Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Thursday afternoon --
Special statement: The tides were frickin insane today. Not only did the beaches get worked but the bay filled with water and jacked up. The excess did the usual through-the-sewer ninja arrival on the roadways. Water completely covered much of Long Beach Boulevard from mid-Island south; it became impassible forcing motorists to divert onto Ocean Boulevard. It shouldn’t be nearly as bad tomorrow but washover will remain a factor for surf fishing during high tides). As for Holgate …
ALERT: We have problems in Holgate. The somewhat bizarre super high tide today ate up the Holgate sands and left a stretch of impassible beach (6,000 feet thereabouts). That portion of beach is a twisted mess of exposed roots and deceased shrubbery. There were actually some folks trapped at the end today, unable to get off by dark because of the dead forest blockage.
Though we shouldn’t have as high a tide tomorrow, the damage has been done so even a minor washover (just about inevitable) will make things even worse. The only up side is the way the erosion at the entrance was so intensive it actually washed sand onto the entrance, keeping it open -- though Stu closed the beach for the high tide today and may possibly do the same tomorrow.
The Holgate beach is open now (sunset) but if you’re going on after dark you’re going to run into the above-mentioned mess – and have only headlights to guide you.
As for driving over those shrubbery roots and such, they are usually fairly forgiving. However, some of the older, long buried shrub remains get brittle and can possible damage tires.
PLEASE (!) DO NOT cut off the plant remains at sand level. That might work to get over one time but those cut-off pieces will poke up and create a bamboo spike effect when the next batch of erosion happens. That can surely ravage tires.