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Quick report: Wednesday, November 13, 2013: Genuinely cold out there. The weather finally matches the fishing, i.e. frigid. Look for serious blowout tides

 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013: Genuinely cold out there. The weather finally matches the fishing, i.e. frigid. Look for serious blowout tides

I was out for much of the day throwing the closest I get to using “bait,” namely GULP!

With the ocean so calm, I use a jighead for weight and let the smelly plastic sit on the bottom a bit, adding a slow retrieve now and again -- getting the best of bait and jig-action worlds. No fish, mind you, but I’m confident that if the bass were out there they’d salute my rig and my method. It’s the thought that counts.

Looking around for any upbeat angling news, I heard that some select folks are getting bass (mainly small) pre-dawn, that twilight time.

T’was a time I’d work the wee hours but I’ve been so busy for so long that I can easily talk myself out of pre-dawn rise-and-shines. Add to that the low possibility of striper success and it’s easy to roll over and  return to Slumberton.

BIRDPLAY INVESTIGATION: The birdplay off Brant Beach has been consistent and misleading. How so? This morning, I saw some hectic gull action within casting distance. I drove toward it, at a legal 20 mph speed. I was semi-certain that fishing things were finally beginning to start up – as I have been thinking every day this fall. I got there and first became suspicious of the blitz when I recognized the diving birds were mainly clumsy juvenile herring gulls, always dumb as dirt. Then, I homed in on a type bird I wanted to see even less: cormorant.

While cormorant are among the brainiest of birds, they are often the reason behind pseudo-birdplay, as it was in this instance. The cormorant were going under to chase forage fish, likely sand eels, and when they surfaced, the dumbass gulls were trying to steal whatever the cormorant had in their bills. The entire splashy scene had nothing to do with blitzing gamefish.

With no luck in BB, I went down to Holgate to take in some southern skunking. The only things of interest were touring Refuge-ians – being shown around by Refuge personnel -- and the Aids to Navigation vessel passing through Little Egg Inlet – not through the Beach Haven Inlet as it first appeared when I arrived at the Rip today. Here’s the boat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD1nP8p70n0&feature=youtu.be .

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An ICW note to mariners.  

The ICW runs parallel to the Atlantic and gulf coasts from Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey to the Mexican boarder. Aids to navigation marking the ICW display unique yellow symbols to distinguish them from aids marking other waters. Yellow triangles indicate aids should be passed by keeping them on the starboard (right) side of the vessel. Yellow squares indicate aids should be passed by keeping them on the port (left) side of the vessel. A yellow horizontal band provides no lateral information, but simply identifies aids to navigation as marking the ICW. Note: When following the ICW from New Jersey thru Texas, keep yellow triangles on your starboard, yellow squares on your port regardless of the color navigation aid they appear on.

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