Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Oh, so that's what it takes to gain a Red Belt ...
Much to do today. Just want to get in this short blog. I have to run out and make plans to go here: https://www.facebook.com/memes/videos/1505241992826716/
Thursday, March 02, 2017: I’m in a state of stunnedness. I couldn’t believe the single-digit weather forecasts so I called up the meteoro-maps myself, thus my stunnednosity. We really could be seeing night wind-chill temps into single digits, with actual lows down to 12 in the Pines. WTFF!? … with that extra “F” thrown in for vile measure.
Even hardcore woods frogs, which have been out in noisy abundance lately, aren’t going to be liking this sudden freeze … though they won’t be croaking. Due to some miraculous natural antifreeze in their blood they can freeze almost rock-hard and then thaw out and commence to seeking good spring lovin.’ However, some other species that have already emerged won’t be faring the freeze as well. There will be goners. Could this be one of the many small follies associated with gone-whacky weather? DYK, amphibians are truer than the proverbial canaries in a coal mine when it comes to, let’s say, responding badly to atmospheric abnormalities. Worldwide, amphibians are dying off at an awful rate, in fact, they’d likely rather be canaries right about now.
Now onto the winds, which might be the hardest winds of the season. I had a 53 mph WSW gust. I can also anecdotally attest that some gusts rocked the rafters like they hadn’t been rocked in many a moon. When you own an older home like mine, surviving any serious rafter-rocking is a success. I did have some clothes hanging on the line that are likely a few backyards down by now. That’s OK, my herring gulls will fly them back … for an extra hotdog or two.
Winds will die just in time for the freaky cold to come in with more gusts.
Below is another read on North Carolina (East Coast) shrimp and efforts to greatly reduce the bycatch damage they do. It must be remembered that this damage wrecks both recreational and commercial fishing effort alike. It’s just wrong to kill so much marine life for such a minimal-by-comparison take-home catch. I’ll also repeat that I believe there must be viable shrimping methods that allow for the industry to survive while other fishermen aren’t deprived of their sport and livelihoods.
As I look back at the many osprey platforms that I've installed throughout the state, there are some that I'll never forget, like the one that I installed with my dad near the Oyster Creek Generating Station. My dad was a huge supporter of my work and is largely responsible for who I am today. I am eternally grateful for everything that he taught me in life.
With help from my family and friends, I'll be building and installing a #reclaimedwood osprey platform as a memorial for my dad. The new platform will replace a very old 4-post platform which is located inside Sedge Island WMA (right inside the Barnegat inlet). He passed this location many times while heading out fishing in the ocean. In addition, it will provide a home for a lone male osprey that attempted to build a nest on a nearby house last spring. I know he would be happy to see this old nest site become active again.