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Saturday, March 13, 2010: There are schoolie bass and even way-early blues in Manahawkin Bay. Trolls had been doing decently. This storm won’t mess thing up that much but it’ll take some time for th…

Saturday, March 13, 2010:

There are schoolie bass and even way-early blues in Manahawkin Bay. Trolls had been doing decently. This storm won’t mess thing up that much but it’ll take some time for the bay to drain and calm. On Thursday, I saw a pod of riled bait on glassy water surface, south of Causeway. That happened a lot last summer. I also got interesting word of huge numbers of baitfish in the creeks feeding Great Bay.

DODGED ONE: We didn’t dodge a bullet, we dodged an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade).

You might think this storm sucks to high heaven – and you’d be right if you had to go anywhere today or have had to quickly move your vehicle out of flood-prone lowlands. Rain is occasionally falling at inch-per-hour rate. What’s have been blown around like rattled soldiers. Some are fallen over, some are teetering, some are in the roadway diverting traffic, some have gone over the side of the bridge into the drink some 100 feet below. These winds are the strongest of the entire winter – to this point. That said, back to the bullet dodging. Has this been snow – and it’s still winter, mind you – we’d be easily in the 30-inch range with flakes still flying.

The next couple high tides will surely bring moderate to severe flooding, with the tide and rain combining. This morning the bay water was just inching into what might be called high human-use areas. Since then the winds have turned it up a couple notches. It will also be the worst flooding of the winter, though we haven’t really been too rocked by flooding to this point.

Imagine the folks trying to work the Harvey Cedars beach replenishment project this winter. They’ve now had to run for their lives for maybe 4 or 5 storms – a goodly number of those workers slowly bouncing in their vessels to harbor areas up north. As for the sand loss, it’s like two steps forward and a step and a half backwards for the beach-fix. HC will see wider beaches this summer but every grain was a battle to place.

A warning issued by PDs: Wires are coming down everywhere. At 2:30 every single town on my police scanner is up to their ears in downed lines. SB and SC fire companies have been called out to tend to sparking wires or trees across lines. If you see a wire down, do not be walking up to check out what type wire that is. The ground is saturated, so any wire with a jolt to it can carry a long ways. The foyer into LBT town hall is on the brink of collapse, per LBTPD. A radio notation of import: A Stafford officer, among the many spread so thinly they can barely cover the emergencies, asked out loud “Maybe we can get the 5 officers who are going to laid off to help us.” There’s been a controversy over plan by the township to layoff five cops – and a police dog.

If there’s up side to this high-pressure dousing, it is the total washing away of winter road salt -- and its dilution in the bay, thanks to surging ocean waters purging the backbay areas. Another up-thing of note is the blowing in of relatively warmer ocean water. Those mid-30s of last month are gone and I wouldn’t be surprised to see upper –degree waters by storm’s end. That could easily spike an early bass bite in the surf. The bottom churn from these massive waves will surely loose crabs, worms and any remaining surf clams, yet another reason for bass (those overwintering not that far off) to move in close to the beach.

We will be running the spring Simply Bassin’ tourney again. If you haven’t given this excellent bassing event a try, this will be a perfect year. I say that not just because this event annually offers a shot at the biggest stripers of the year, but all of us (who stayed around all winter) are in desperate need of some angling winter-relief time – make that, lots of relief time. No better way to do that than to hit the beach to savor the first milder days of the year, though always keep in mind the south wind-chill factor this time of year. The mainland might have 70 air temps and the beach barely 50. Dress accordingly.

I have some fears about buggy access along numerous LBI beaches. However, I always note how quickly the sands can return after nor’easters. By Simply Bassin’ time, we’ll have a good shot at the sand berming up enough to make room for safe passage by buggies.

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