Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Friday, September 24, 2010:
No sooner does the wind lay down a tad then fog and mist moves in. It just hasn’t been prime boat fishing times. Surfcasters are fairly a bit better. For the first time in something like 2 weeks, the swells have dropped to quieter levels, maybe 3 to 4 feet on sets. I was a tad surprised to hear that the kingfishing in Town (BH) has been good to very good for the past few days. Some folks are actually kingfished out. That success is not overly apparent on most island beaches. I have to think there are certain surfline areas that have some attractive bottoms, so to speak. The same spots produce not just day in and day surf zones fully loaded with clamworms, also known as sandworms. I’ve dug them during blowout tides.
Cocktail blues are already working their way into areas that had only seen those tiny snappers. That’s making plugging and chunk fishing a lot more interesting.
The mullet run began to show today. It had been totally and inexplicably AWOL for the past three week. While I was worrying about some problems with the summer grow-out of larval mullet, which arrive in the spring on currents off the Atlantic. However, George G. had his suspicions about the big surf forcing the mullet to migrate further off the beach. That seems more and more feasible. As the surf drops the mullet are showing. The problem is there’s no guessing how much of the fall run was lost to the big surf.
I took water temps in BH Inlet and wasn’t overly surprised to see them in the low 70s, primarily due to water pouring out of the sun-heated bay. The thing is, even the ocean wasn’t that much cooler, 68-ish. Despite the water warmth, I have to think the mullet now running the beachline will draw some larger gamefish into surfcasting range. Tomorrow’s World Series of Surf Fishing (LBI fishing Club fall tourney) will surely be showing a load of kingfish and croakers but there could be an early tallying of stripers, until those hundreds and hundreds of splashing sinkers spook them further out.
Holgate happenings: I’ve been getting in some clamming, now that we’re finally seeing a low tide. We hadn’t seen low water bayside due to the swells and wind action over the past few weeks. The full moon is adding to the lower low tides. The clamming has been decent.
The oddest thing I’m seeing is an insane explosion of fiddler crabs from where we drive into the grasses all the way back to the flats. The ground is nothing but thousand of perfectly round holes where these crabs have taken over. I’ve never seen it like this – ever. I know this is odd for one excellent reason: I’ve been one of the few folks to regularly dig soft-shell clams, going back decades. The only way to find the larger soft clams is to look for their distinct air holes, found up in harder ground, a goodly distance from hard clams. Most of the places I dig softies now have so many fiddler crab holes I haven’t got a chance of locating the small and subtle clam holes. There are so many crabs that sitting down and waiting for them all to come out offers a horror show visual, as these spidery looking side-steppers slowly come out of the ground, as if like zombies, by the hundreds. I’m not sure why they’re making such a move on the far south end but some unseen factor in the ecology is encouraging their expansion.