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Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Sunday, August 10, 2014: Missed a couple posts in here. I just had to take advantage of as fine a weekend as you’ll see this or any summer.

It was a good day of fishing...Frank caught the 3 fluke and sea bass and I caught the bluefish..Susan Hughes

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Sunday, August 10, 2014: Missed a couple posts in here. I just had to take advantage of as fine a weekend as you’ll see this or any summer.. I’ll be making up for it as we inch into the season of sizzling angling and more, beginning roughly on September 1.

I’m sure waveriders wanted more surf-age this weekend but the 75-degree water and some small stuff was sweet for entry-level bodyboarders having a blast. It’s all good …

I did some double-timing, taking in some seriously long beach volleyball sessions on both days, while keeping my eye on the water for any fish signs. None to be seen.  

Thanks to sunscreen science for somehow keeping my off-color skin from a dive into the danger zone. My main suffering came via some of the hottest sands we get around here. I’ve been out on plenty of beach days way hotter but for some reason the surface sand grains today approached skin-melting temps.

I did get fish reports – almost exclusively about fluke. Folks able to fend off grass even found out that surf fluke are making a re-showing. That should be fun for the rest of the month. Boat anglers tell the same-old smalltime fun in the bay. Oddest tale was Walt P’s use of people-food salmon strips that fluke couldn’t resist, surely the oils swirling off on salmon are like beacons for feeding flatties.

REPLEN REHASH: Things remain on schedule to fix all th ebach of LBI, sans BL and Holgate. It turns out a chunk of Loveladies (south end) will be replenished.

There are still some paperworkish things the state of NJ has to do, namely acquire easements and such, before the project is put out to bid.

November remains the target date for beginning the largest sand acquisition this Island has ever seen. There is a slight chance the work could dillydally until December -- or even January.  That would only happen if some major last-minute snafus occur.

No official efforts/requests have been made to tweak the sand placement profiles. I’ve been told some folks want those tweaks made to save sandbars but the Army Corps hasn’t been forwarded such paperwork. Just sayin’. 

BURNT FACE BOOGIE: 

The oddest report I got, visually speaking, was from a fellow who was so ruinously sunburned on his face that I literally suggested he might want to undergo medical scrutiny – or contact The Guinness Book of World Records. “It was so slow fishing, I accidently fell asleep,” he explained -- to my wise-assed response, “Whadda ya, Rip Van Winkle?” 

On the sultry subject of sun abuse, anglers perpetually offer the sun some of the most vulnerable pieces of sensitive skin.  According to my dermatologist, boat anglers get burnt every whichaway, due to both direct sun strikes and sunlight reflecting off the water. 

Being a lifelong waterman, I know that waveriders lead the pack when it comes to openly presenting bare skin to the UV wrath of the sun.  However, per my doctor, surfers tend to get fully tanned, which offer at least a modicum of protection. On the other hand, boat anglers and surfcasters are notorious weekend warriors. They get annihilated by the sun for a couple days, then go back to work, as the savaged skin tries for all its worth to repair itself. Then, just as the healing is underway, along comes another skin-ravaging weekend fishing fling and the same brutal sunning session is repeated.

It turns out those weekly wham-bam bombardments, without a tanning foundation, is the worst possible scenario for catastrophic skin damage. It’s a  highway to hell on skin wheels -- as one gets older and years of skin damage surfaces in the worst possible ways.  

What’s an angler to do?

While I’m still a diehard fan of using goops with SPFs exceeding one’s average IQ  level, to reach the higher realms of skin protection, one can look to sun-ravaged places like the Middle East, where covering up with light clothing is among the surest form of sun protection. The angling industry has seen that distant light and is now offering cooler and cooler lines of full-body, sun-protection apparel. Some of it is quite stylish, albeit wallet-emptying in nature.

Per my doc, likely the biggest and best facial sun-thwarter – post-goop -- is a hearty hat. He’s not talking your typical tiny baseball caps, which essentially protect your locks, but wide, baggy hats that truly offer a yeoman’s blockage of face-targeting rays. Admittedly, stylishness falls to the wayside with the likes of drapey boonie hats. Those buggers work, though. Outdoorsy companies have knockoffs that try to add a bit of pizzazz to this look. 

Truth be told, the sun fightingest hats out there are those insane sombrero-type hats that many women wear to the beach. While I’m guessing we won’t be seeing many male anglers donning colorful Audrey Hepburn flashback hats, the Sun Bucket Hat from Sierra trading Post, the Bora Bora Booney II Hat by Columbia® or the Glacier Glove® Dr. Shade™ Outback Hat are captain approved.

Once again, never forget the sunscreen. It’ll be a while before I get the image of that fellow’s ravaged facial skin out of my mind. Face it, the sun is a bitch. 

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(Massachusetts schoolie bass heading our way this fall. Well, not these exact fish, mind you. j-mann)

Nice afternoon in p town.

Nice afternoon in p town.

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Paul Haertel

 

Flukiing is a little slow so far but Ray Kerico just pulled up this 9 lb plus fluke.

Flukiing is a little slow so far but Ray Kerico just pulled up this 9 lb plus fluke.

Matt Christensen



A pair of 5+ lbers

A pair of 5+ lbers

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Long day... Watched the sunrise and sunset by boat... Out 50 miles to the east... Grilling some fresh Mahi Mahi tonight for dinner.

John Cafiero's photo.
John Cafiero's photo.
John Cafiero's photo.
John Cafiero's photo.

Barnegat Bay take ...

That's a LOT of crabs!!!!!

That's a LOT of crabs!!!!!

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I fished with my wife Jennifer Taylor and my father Mike Taylor for the Make-A-Wish Fluke Tournament ran by South Harbor Marine (Waretown, NJ). The staff at South Harbor does a hell of a job organizing and running the tournament - hats off to them!! Regarding the fishing, we fished some of the local wrecks and ended with 4 keepers (20, 21, 22, 24) and 1 nice sea bass. All fish we caught on S&S bucktails Rattletail jig tipped with various baits - our two fish total was 8.4lbs. All in all it was a great time for a great cause - again hats off to South Harbor Marine and the various businesses that donated for the tournament. We'll be at it again next year!!!

Brett Taylor's photo.
Brett Taylor's photo.
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So THAT'S what a keeper looks like. With the changes in regs I almost forgot! Fun day on the water 

So THAT'S what a keeper looks like. With the changes in regs I almost forgot! Fun day on the water :)
 

The Bassmaster Elite held it's first ever Delaware River tournament over the last few days. Was watching this fisherman for awhile right down street. I think it was Byron Velvick.

The Bassmaster Elite held it's first ever Delaware River tournament over the last few days. Was watching this fisherman for awhile right down street. I think it was Byron Velvick.
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1 hr · 

8'4, est 225lbs!

Apex Anglers's photo.
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(Check out sashimi dog in the bottom photo. j-mann) 
Ginger Lenart Oliszewski added 2 new photos.
 

Erics' Birthday fishing trip ! YUM! -- 

14.9 lb Mahi
Ginger Lenart Oliszewski's photo.
We met friends at Oyster Creek for dinner last week. Love that place. It is not possible for me to go there, regardless of how nasty or great the weather is, and not take pictures. Last week was no exception. Hope you enjoy it; I had fun doing it.

We met friends at Oyster Creek for dinner last week. Love that place. It is not possible for me to go there, regardless of how nasty or great the weather is, and not take pictures. Last week was no exception. Hope you enjoy it; I had fun doing it.

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