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Sunday, September 20, 2015: The skies they are a-changin’ … a take-off on Bob Dylan’s very first album, which I played until my ears bled.

"Oh, you gotta be kidding me!!!!"

Sunday, September 20, 2015: The skies they are a-changin’ … a take-off on Bob Dylan’s very first album, which I played until my ears bled.

There will no hiding from an entire week of headstrong northeast winds. Look for small craft advisories hanging in through tomorrow -- and then possibly being extended for days on end.

This north-wind pattern is going to be create terribly trying angling time. Even the surf, which comes alive right about now, will be barely workable … though better bass and blues might be in the thick suds going after forage fish and clams being knocked around by the six- to eight-foot wind waves.

I’m seeing Holgate tip as a possible hideaway surfcasting area, however, the waves pound as scheduled, the front beach, which had been amazingly buggy-friendly, will get eaten away. Let’s hope enough sand has built around the ramp to save us from getting cut off from beach.

This is actually the first nasty-long stint of beach-eating weather we have had since last spring. We had nothing even close this summer, thus the Holgate beachfront has accrued sand and the washover erosion has been highly curtailed.

As to fishing – which will quickly be in the past tense – the cocktail blues had just started to make their two-pound presence known from Barnegat Inlet southward along the beachline.  Oddly, these fish were sorta thin. I can only guess the warm water has their metabolisms sky-high, as they burn off sustenance as quickly as they catch and digest it.  

Below, Above: Mark Temme

A lizard fish was taken on pig rind on the west side of the Holgate tip by James B. And these are one mean-lookin’ fish even at their small size.  

  

ASK ME: Got a couple interesting e-question sent my way.

“Are a lot of these tropical fish being caught due to folks using teasers and flies more?”

Below: Lesser amberjack via Jay Koestel‎.

Great question. I think it’s occasionally spot-on because I see so many of the smaller exotics being taken on very small artificial offerings.

Below: Common butterfly fish via Susan Southwick

Still, this entire abundance of tropicals in NJ is a lot more complex. I can’t help but theorize it might be the initial effects of a tangible longer-term increase in ocean surface-water temps.

If the Gulf Steam is even minutely temperature-driven – yet to be totally proven -- the increase in ocean temps could have it moving ever so slightly northward, annually. This is huge when one considers the egg and larval carrying duties of the Gulf Stream.

With planetary warming in place, it might very well be moving a greater quantity of tropical species’ eggs and larvae slightly northward, meaning they’ll be blown into NJ nurseries, like Barnegat Bay. There are also theories that melting ice caps will thwart the Gulf Stream's northern progress. Not for many years to come ... if ever. Run with my near-term theory and you'll be fine.

As I said somewhat jokingly in here, we could become the new Outer Banks, NC. It should be remembered that the Outer Banks just aren’t that far from LBI, as the fish flies, so to speak. Again, even the smallest variation in the overall movement of the Gulf Stream could cause a northward jog in the distribution of the eggs and larvae it carries, that would show with more groupers, pompano, assorted tropical snappers, rudderfish … and loads more.

As I often note, such current change scenarios are fully and irritably playing out in the Pacific.

But back to another reason we might be seeing more exotic species being caught: More folks are fishing for them … and social media immediately announces what’s being caught.

I’ve long been singing the praises of fishing small in the bay … and even the ocean. It’s done with smaller hooks and subtle-sized baits, attractive to panfish.

The tough side to fishing for panfish is how hard they are to target. The best bet is to chum and see what salutes.

Another more life-and-death e-question would seeming have an obvious anser, until you recognize it’s easy to overlook the obvious.

“How long can you keep a shark out of the water before releasing?”

The word “immediate” jumps to my regulation-minded mind, since you cannot legally keep one out of the water. Gospel truth. By law, a protected species of shark can’t be reeled all the way in.

That paradox stated, and closer to reality, it’s vital to get any photos taken in nothing flat, as in while tail-hauling a shark back into the sea. Don’t be all, “Oh, wait, my camera is in the bag somewhere.” Have it at the ready to photograph the fish in the shallow water, as it is being immediately released.

But many folks don’t realize the life-and-death need for a rapid release. For all their fearsomeness, sharks are big babies insides. I kid you not. That cartilaginous internal framework does not offer much support for its internal organs. When a shark is on land -- and thrashing like all get-out -- its own weight is wrecking its innards. A landed shark will more likely die from internal damage than suffocation.

As all anglers know, just because a fish swims off, even rapidly, does not mean it hasn’t been mortally wounded. The safest way to release a fish back to life is to handle gingerly and release rapidly.

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BUGGY BANTER: Email: “My Jeep has become absolutely destroyed this season and is making a whole host of new, funny (mechanical) noises. I'm pretty sure the main culprit is busting out of those tracks at too sharp an angle too many times as you discouraged today!

Sorry for the abysmal fishing, but same story on the other wild front. Very bad year for showings of all kinds of migratory species despite good action at northern points just south, like North Brigantine. On an interesting note I'm pretty sure we have some mink living on the northern edge of the dead forest. No pics yet, but I've found the tracks and have seen one. Jim V.”

My truck is also moaning like a sick platypus, a sound we can all relate to, right?

I liken beach-buggy miles to dog years. In fact, maybe there’s such a thing as dog miles. If so, a single mile driving the beach is equivalent to 10 miles on paved roadway.

I know for an oft-seen fact that you can literally watch the fuel needle dropping for every beach mile you drive. What’s the opposite sound of a moneymaking cha-ching sound? How about ching-cha, as in, “I’ll take a side order of ching-cha to go with my two pounds of ground transmission.”

Of course, it doesn’t help that I have a Chevy truck with a big-ass engine. Yes, Mr. Greenjeans, I’m guilty of anti-environment gas guzzling. Someone has to do it. Someone has to help pay for the Alaskan Pipeline and seismic drilling. Just kidding. I signed the petition to send all seismic testers to the Klondike – naked (and afraid.) beside, my ma always said it’s better to guzzle gas than moonshine. No, she didn’t.

Nonetheless, I’d have a hard time going cold off my big-engine habit.

On the upside, I can’t count the number of times all those horses under my hood have gotten me out of tight and sinky situations, including merging onto the Parkway – as I leave approaching traffic in a cloud of GMC dust. Uh, it’s a man thing.

Also, there are those many sunken drivers who thank me for muscling them out of a state of being hopelessly bogged down, the capital of that sunken state being a $300 tower fee. When offered monetary rescue bucks, I make them promise to instead donate said stipend to Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter at www.fosocas.org/the Ocean County Animal Shelter. 

Gary Giberson

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Stan Winston School of Character Arts's photo.

We're gonna need a bigger brick!

Built by LEGO master builder Steve Gerling

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Michael A Cucinotta

I finely broke the bad mojo. I captured this big eye the last trip out a couple days ago 175 lbs. Not bad for an old man!!

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Michael Yocco

 

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Gary Giberson Picture taken by Captain Fred Schirer aboard Gary's OSPREY IV... Spring 2015......

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Bob Popovics

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Nick Luna

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Heather Milloy and her 20 1/2" fluke caught in Holgate, LBI NJ.

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Genny Clausig Jason Craig

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Sennet via Roy Leyva

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Joseph P Gahrmann

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