Saturday, December 05, 2009:
Very snotty out there with nasty north winds and brisk temps this a.m. Still, the Ship Bottom Christmas parade was held so I had to dedicate the day to helping to MC that annual down-the-Boulevard event. It was smaller than usual but pretty good overall. The video will be on Comcast soon.
In the meantime, anglers tapped the last days of the Classic in a big way. Today: Rick Bergman took a 29-11. Scott Simpson caught a 32-4 in Brant Beach. And, no, that’s not “burning” a spot. Brant Beach is a huge section of beachfront.
By the by, when folks ask me where they can surfcast for top bass -- without having to go to either end of the Island -- I strongly suggest Brant Beach. I can’t count the number of major stripers that come out of those waters. And only minutes from the Causeway.
I got a wild tale from Porky H. who, just this past week, was duck hunting in the way backwaters of the bay when his decoys began moving on their own. No, this is not a ghost tale. The decoys were being rocked by a blitz. Gospel truth. It was like nothing Porky had ever seen before. Big bunker began busting all over the surface, with big bass on their tales. Swirl and splash accompanied the frenzy. Again, we’re talking just this past week and way up the cold creeks (toward West Creek) to boot. Very odd. I guess when a feed is on, the bass will essentially follow the tails of terrified bunker wherever they go. I must obligatorily mention that old-time talk had such frenzied fall feeding outbreaks as a sure sign of a wild and woolly winter to come. Say it ain’t so, Ned.
The white tail deer hunting is simply super, per bow and/or powder guys. While shotgun season offers the truer picture of the population every single hunter I talked to tapping local zones says it’s hot as it gets. If you’re an outdoors type, please remember to wear orange in coming week as the not-so-reliable shotgunners hit the woods hard and heavy. Also, remember to contribute your deer pelts to the Elks Club over on Hilliard Boulevard in Manahawkin. Just salt, fold and drop them off.
It looks like oceanfront homeowners are winning the battle to stop beach replenishment. Just wait until there are no beaches to drive on – or even walk onto – or when your house down the block is wiped out because the storm surge made it past the non-duneline so easily. Get ready to sue.