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Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Late winters can be a pain is the ass ... .
As if any more proof is needed that size matters ... "You bastard!"
Saturday, March 18, 2017: It got dismal real fast as the day went on … or did it (see pigeon times below.)
I don’t do indoors well but I’m doing decently in the mist, via hot chocolate and knowing this March madness, sky-wise, can’t go on much longer. In fact, it might be ending somewhat soon … after we see another upcoming night (Wednesday) that could drop into the teens in the woods --leading to the tenth “WTF!?” this month already. I also anticipate we might we some snow/rain shower mixes clear before all is said and done. Easter, though, will be highly toasty.
I’ll note again that even those thrown-in icy nights damage the spring striper runs, mainly in the rivers, which lose daytime heat very quickly. In fact, at this rate, I’ll bet the ocean schoolies arrive before the Mullicas. By the by, spawning urges begin to win out – based on length of day – regardless of a late winter’s influences.
WRONG NUMBER, DUDE: I got an email from a New Jersey Sierra Club gal who obviously got the wrong number, so to speak (in old-fashioned terms.) She wants my – or, more closely, The SandPaper’s -- editorial support for a protest against the protective replenishing of beach and dunes up Ortley Beach way.
As most folks know, I don’t take prisoners when it comes to protecting my LBI lifestyle.
This protest is part and parcel to a growingly clueless Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club band. They are becoming the equivalent of PETA when it comes to griping about how horrid humans are toward their beloved global warming and death of The Shore. They live for it.
Here’s a partial Tittel comment. I have bold-faced the points that perpetually piss me off – from him or any such numbnuts. The theme is mired in doomism and abandonism, not to mention cluelessness when it comes to the fiscal survival of the state … or where they plan on relocating us coastal residents.
“Instead of dealing with sea level rise and climate change, the Christie Administration is clearly promoting the failed policies of the past. Instead of creating flood storage areas, moving people out of harm’s way, stopping flooding vulnerable areas, and elevating to safe levels, the Christie Administration has put more people at risk. Projects like sea walls have wasted important federal funds, while could have used the money for buyouts. These projects have given people a false hope. We need to have a holistic approach to storm surges …this is a disaster waiting to happen,” said Jeff Tittel. “The other problem is while they are pumping all this sand on the beach we are not sure where the sand is coming from. This could do more damage to the environment because it could be taken from mounds and shallows that impact fisheries and the health of our waterways.”
First of all, I have seen no fishery damage from borrow areas, which are already starting to replenish with sand. It did move the fish – and disturbed an angling zone – but the fish survived just fine. Yes, the “Lumps” took a bottom-contour hit but don’t try to tell me that NJ fishing, overall, was horribly impacted by that sand pumping; pumping that has now moved off the Lumps.
Health of our waterways?! If that isn’t some general-ass statement, nothing is. What frickin’ waterways … in the ocean!? The bay is in trouble and this club is trying to cash-in on it for oceanic abandonist causes. Cheap.
I won’t get into further details gerund to Tittel’s North Jersey thinking except to say his group is willing to sacrifice millions of dollars earmarked for New Jersey’s tourism business/coastline – which fully floats the state’s economy. That money is NOT – nor will it ever be -- earmarked to buy out (abandon) the coastline. The New Jersey Sierra Club would rather see that funding go off to some other state. WTF!? In fact, they must f****** hate this state. And why they don’t just get the f*** out, I have no idea.
Out of fairness, the entire Tittel stance is below. I wasn’t taking things out of context. Much of the statement simply has to do with unique situations up north. I think you’ll agree the vein of abandonist thinking runs far too thickly within this statement.
Below: Who wouldn't want to fight to save beach days like this ... for tens of thousands?!!
PIGEON PONDERING: Driving around in the thick ocean-wind drizzle, I noticed what had to be three dozen pigeons perched on the highest electric wires, facing into the onshore icy onshore flow. Seeing it was just one of those do-littler days, I pulled over. I had this odd urge to check them out closer, through my windshield, that is. This urge was partially due to my having just cleaned my classic Zeiss binoculars, usually focused on far more majestic forms of wildlife. Despite the near banality of this harmlessly invasive species, this spontaneous pull-over look turned out to be semi-profound.
Now, on a dismal day like this, humans inevitably view the icy drippy onshore winds as aggravating at best. This clearly wasn’t the case for all these pigeons. I could see this at a focused-in glance.
I’m not claiming to be some sort of pigeon whisperer but, as I moved from one bird face to the next, I swear I could see highly-contented beakish smiles on their faces -- something humans might exude when on a sunny beach, facing into a mild summer onshore breeze. This was take-it-all-in contentment for these drenched birds.
There was no telling if they were simply goofy, i.e. birdbrains, or if we as over-sheltered humans are missing out on some of the finest gifts nature has to give.
Naturally, I was instantly compelled to hurry up to the nearest street end and hit the dunes. With the spirit of damp pigeons coursing through me, I stood and faced the wintry ocean mist. I might not have been electric-wire high but I quickly felt something intensely fresh and frostily magical about the soggy ocean-seasoned mist … for about ten frickin seconds. It was between the time my eyes filled with salty mist and my eyelashes became weighed down with drips of that magical mist that I realized this is for the birds … without even realizing the pun.
Nonetheless, it got me thinking how nature can gift one species with something that brings it sheer delight while simultaneously giving another species utter aggravation. I guessed that it ultimately comes down to each species reacting as it sees fit. I saw fit by rushing back to me truck and cranking up the heat, thank you very much. Later, while driving home, I threw a passing glance toward the still happily perch pigeons, harboring a touch of envy toward what a fine day they were having, beaks into the species-pleasing mist.
After being told of a friend's college-bound daughter is moving to the big city, I began mulling over numerous personal protection alarms. These ultra loud safety tool, especially when combined with mace/chem sprays, can be a lifesaver -- be it fending off an attacker or drawing attention to the likes of an entrapment.
They are frickin' loud!
Below is one type that gets it done -- and has gotten rave reviews. There are many others.
I'm not wild about the fact most sound like car alarms, but, when used as a time-buying, attention-getting device, the sound theme isn't overly important ... especially to an attacker, or even a stalker. Obviously, it is invaluable if separated from the group in the woods, though in that case I greatly prefer a Storm safety whistle ... the best whistle in the world.
Although the video below shows kids using it, this device needs serious parental input before placing one in the hands of many/most smaller kids, who simply can't resist toying with it.
This is a top seller:
DEP Beach Projects Will Put People and Property at Risk
The DEP is moving forward with a $128 million project to conduct the first phase of construction for beaches and so-called dunes in northern Ocean County. The contract is part of the beach replenishment project for 14 miles of coastline, despite our concerns that the project will fail. We believe this project will actually put more people in harm’s way because it includes a steel wall and pumping more sand on the beach. The first phase of the plan is to widen beaches from Bay Head to Seaside Park. The second phase will include beaches in Point Pleasant and Bay Head, which are the ones who are suing the Christie Administration against taking eminent domain for the project.They also plan to move forward with a $63 million Absecon Island project covers 8.1 miles of shoreline in Atlantic City, Longport, Margate and Ventnor that includes a sea wall. None of these projects will actually protect homeowners or the shore, because they have failed to implement a proper comprehensive plan to deal with sea level rise and proposed a sea wall that will increase erosion and flooding.
“Once again DEP the Christie Administration's plan to deal with sea level rise and climate change is just piling sand on top of a metal plate sea wall that will fail. While Commissioner Martin boasts about these projects, building a sea wall will actually cause the beaches and so-called dunes to wash out even faster. Every major storm since Sandy, we have seen all of this money be washed out to sea. Without a comprehensive plan with buyouts and raising homes, the millions of dollars spent on this project will get washed out during the next storm,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of New Jersey Sierra Club. “Not only has the steel wall they built in Brick already failed, sea walls provide a false sense of security. They raise the level of the storm water creating more flooding as the water goes around the wall. Homeowners have actually seen it cause a drop off of 15 ft. The Brick seawall has not protected the town from storm surges. Instead of coming up with a comprehensive plan to deal with sea level rise, this project has created more problems.”
The steel wall was installed in 2014 to protect the Route 35 section of Brick and Mantoloking that impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The wall was planned to be paired with a massive federal beach replenishment project that would have made the beach 150 feet wide. However, the Christie Administration failed to build an appropriate dune system, exposing the wall and creating a drop off of nearly 15 feet.
“Instead of dealing with sea level rise and climate change, the Christie Administration is clearly promoting the failed policies of the past. Instead of creating flood storage areas, moving people out of harm’s way, stopping flooding vulnerable areas, and elevating to safe levels, the Christie Administration has put more people at risk. Projects like sea walls have wasted important federal funds, while could have used the money for buyouts. These projects have given people a false hope. We need to have a holistic approach to storm surges. This sea wall must be eliminated, otherwise it is a disaster waiting to happen,” said Jeff Tittel. “The other problem is while they are pumping all this sand on the beach we are not sure where the sand is coming from. This could do more damage to the environment because it could be taken from mounds and shallows that impact fisheries and the health of our waterways.”
Restoring natural systems protects property and is environmentally beneficial. In order to deal with storms, there needs to be an overall comprehensive approach including the need to elevate structures and move them back from the water’s edge. Restoring natural features like stream buffers. Also regional storm water planning and developing new flood storage areas will prevent further development in flood pone areas.
“The Brick sea wall has increased beach erosion because the water pushes against the wall forcing sand downward and erode faster. The sand has eroded exposing the wall with the waves bouncing off the wall scouring the beach eroding it even faster. When there is a wall the energy has nowhere putting all that sand back out to sea,” said Jeff Tittel. “The purpose of dunes is to absorb the energy from waves and storm surges. We need towns to provide easements for building dunes because it is an important way to reduce flooding and storm impacts. We also need buyouts because they open up waterfront while by offering flood storage during storms and helping protect surrounding properties.”
The Administration’s rollbacks have actually increased development in flood-prone areas. Most of the stormwater control systems we have are broken or do not work, contributing to flooding and pollution. Instead of improving these systems the Governor has vetoed legislation to finance detention basin retrofits. Under the Christie Administration, the DEP also adopted Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA) rules, which allow for development without consideration of sea level rise or climate change and put more people to in harm’s way. Instead of re-building to protect our coast, the Administration has rolled back programs that will cause even more devastation. Since the Water Quality Management Planning (WQMP) rules have been weakened it has allowed 16,000 environmentally sensitive acres in Ocean County for sewer service, adding close to 500,000 people to an already over-populated coastal county.
"This Administration has roll backed and eliminated protections for flooding, while increasing our impact on climate change. They’ve clearly taken the side of developers, polluters, land speculators, and special interest groups instead of protecting our coast,” said Jeff Tittel. “New Jersey is the only coastal state without an adaptation and mitigation plan for sea level rise. We used to say we are ‘Stronger than the Storm,’ but it’s not about being stronger it is about being smarter than the next one.”
Rutgers predicts that the coast will see a 1 ft. increase in sea level by 2050 and that is up to 3 ft. with ebb and flow. The state has not only failed to protect us from future storms, but has not taken into consideration sea level rise or completed suitable FEMA mapping after Hurricane Sandy. We also do not have proper projections are for sea level rise. Without climate change data and projections, we cannot properly build to protect our shores from the results of climate change like sea level rise and storm surges.
“Instead of pushing through a failed dune project with a sea wall, what these areas really need is a plan to deal with stormwater, elevating homes and buyouts. The federal monies coming in for rebuilding should be going towards adaptation and mitigation, restoring natural systems and requiring green buildings and energy efficiency. We should be implementing adaptation and mitigation planning and reducing carbon pollution to help people living at the shore deal with sea level rise and flooding,,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “The Christie Administration’s failure to deal with climate change has not only wasted millions of dollars, but put people at risk.”