Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Thursday, September 01, 2011:
Well, I’m already limbering up for the fall. Yes, it’s way early but there are some early issues that make this fall a little more, let’s say, pressing. Holgate comes to mind. I am absolutely letdown and then some over the hurricane-ravaged entrance at the parking lot’s overlook area. It now seems it’ll take a solid week-plus before trucked in sand is available to make the entrance even remotely passable. Actually, it might take that long just to get sand at the entrance so repair equipment can get on the beach to effect wider-reaching repairs.
I realize not all of you are Holgate-ites but sufficed to say you all have some get-away place that can help ease the worries of your world, somewhere to lick clean work wounds and such. That’s Holgate for a goodly group of us. I actually kinda like it when new folks (politely) discover the far south end. I’ve always been good about sharing the Island. I used my highest-powered binocs to scan and Holgate beachfront and it looks smooth but highly drivable. Frustratingly, boat clammers are hitting the back mudflats at high tide.
Anyway, there is some good news for all beach buggy enthusiasts, a.k.a. mobile anglers. All of Long Beach Township, and that includes Loveladies and North Beach, will be open to buggies on September 15, same as Beach Haven’s opening. I may be losing my mind, but that sure seems weeks earlier than usual. When I asked the PD, a dispatcher said that’s the way it has been in the past. I’m pretty sure that early on was a trade-off whereby LBT closed the beaches earlier last spring. Again, I might have mentally missed a fall in there.
I won’t harp on this any further beyond saying that we weathered the storm amazingly well. I’m not just talking beaches but also marinas and, seemingly, navigational markers. Either a photographer or myself will be going out with the Coast Guard to see exactly how well those buoys and such stayed in place. My guess is there will be some serious tweaking of navigations aid markers. Even everyday winds can screw up their placement. If any of you see some serious discrepancies in the markers, please let me know. I’ll get word out to mariners and also the Coast Guard. Anyone check out Beach Haven Inlet yet, out to north of the shoals?
I read a report on draconian cutbacks in next year’s black seabass allotment for recreationalists. As oft-noted in here, the species is going down the conservation toilet. The quotes I saw attributed the problem to discards and by-catch. Once again, there is a blind eye turned to the utter predatory annihilation of the young-of-year leaving the bays, as fluke, then stripers and bluefish, absolutely eliminates every year-class before it even reaches the point of discard or by-catch morbidity. Sorry, I know I’m bugging you guys to death on this subject but every time I see a new report on how bad the black seabass is doing and each time a new theory on why its numbers are dying – and none address the impact of over-nursed species …
Good catches of fluke at both ends of the island. No great bass action.
Email from Paul (Angler PMH) “I decided to go wreck fishing yesterday as I figured the fishing offshore would bounce back after the storm quicker than the inshore fluking. Anyway, we headed out to the first wreck hoping to duplicate my neighbor’s great catch last week. Unfortunately, there were no fish biting there at all. We moved to a deeper wreck and still no fish. We moved out even further and found a wreck that had some fish on it. There were not many fish there but the bites we had proved to be quality fish. I caught a short cod, 2 pout and two pollock but they were 28.9 and 31.9 lbs. My one friend did not catch anything and another friend caught 2 ling, 3 pout and 3 cod from 6-10 lbs. My third friend caught only one fish but it was the best of the day, a 35. 15 lb. pollock. All were caught on salted and frozen clams as fresh ones were not available. The ocean was flat calm but dirty green and the water temperature ranged from 68-72, much cooler than before the hurricane. I listened to the radio all day and heard no reports of tuna and it seemed the fluking was very slow as well.”
The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association breathed a collective sigh of relief when Hurricane Irene spared the Beach Haven area from any severe damage. Despite the storm not being quite as destructive as billed, the captains did not regret any of the pre-storm preparations that helped to keep their boats and equipment safe.
Those with smaller boats pulled them out of the water and stored them safely on land for the weekend. The larger boats were tucked away in safe harbors with extra lines in place and a myriad of tasks taken care of.
The question now is just what kind of effect Irene will have on the fishing. Just prior to the storm, Captain Tim Knorr had his boat the “William Knorr” out on four inshore trips and reported a definite improvement in the number and size of the sea bass being caught. He fished the Garden State Reef, the inlet, and the Barnegat Reef where he managed to boat some nice fluke to 24-inches in addition to some nice sea bass. Capt. Tim Knorra of the 34' Wayne Beal "William Knorr" can be contacted at phone (908)963-1190
Anglers wishing to catch sea bass are reminded that the season will close after September 11 until it re-opens November 1. The summer flounder season will close for the year on September 25.
Although the storm did muddy the bay waters quite a bit, some captains believe the storm will be a benefit to ocean fishing. The green algae bloom that had been just off the beaches should be dissipated now and the upheaval of water will help add oxygen.
Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association (BHCFA) can be found at www.BHCFA.com .
~ Jim Hutchinson Sr.
BERKELEY STRIPER CLUB
FALL FISHING DERBY ~ 2011
September 1st through December 31st
1st Place Striped Bass - $ 400.
2nd Place Striped Bass - $ 200.
3rd Place Striped Bass - $ 125.
1st Place Bluefish - $ 100.
1st Place Weakfish - $ 100.
Entry Fee - $10. (plus $1. shipping and handling for mail in entrants)
Boundaries: Any New Jersey waters. NO BOATS.
Minimum sizes: Striped Bass – 15 lbs., Bluefish – 12 lbs., Weakfish – 5 lbs.
Entrants must be registered 48 hours prior to weigh-in.
Weigh-In Stations: Any tackle shop with a NJ certified scale and weighed within 24 hours of catch.
Entrant must get a valid weigh slip at the time of weigh-in and mail it to the address below no later than
14 days after weighing in the fish.
Each contestant will receive one numbered button.
One prize per individual, per species.
Prizes based on 125 or more entrants. Prizes will be reduced if participation is less than 125.
Berkeley Striper Club 2011 Fall Derby Committee has final say on all eligible fish weighed-in.
Mail entry fee and valid weigh slips to: Berkeley Striper Club, Attn: 2011 Fall Derby Committee
P.O. Box 9, Seaside Park, N.J. 08752
For additional information visit our web site, www.berkeleystriperclub.org