Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
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My reporting of rough and tough surf is like a broken record – if I can still recall what they sound like. It’s become more: How riled is it out there? On a one-to-ten scale, today is 6.2. There, now you know just what I mean, right?
It’s time to gird for some cold -- actual cold, not just a chill in the air. Wind chills possibly into the teens will be going straight to the bone since we’re totally acclimated for the windy mid- to even low-20s about to blow in at night. What’s more, N to NW winds could reach 30 mph Friday night. Freeze watch – colder than frost warning – Friday night.
We all knew the weird mildness couldn’t last forever, though I do see a decent rebound in day temps for next week, though another wind hit out of the northeast by Monday.
On the up side, we really saved a nice chuck of change by not having to fire up the heating system until now. Hundreds of bucks stayed warm in our bank accounts so far this fall. Yep, that savings means you can zip out and buy a new reel, guilt free … unless the little lady hears about the savings, i.e. with suddenly enhanced shoe-buying on her mind. Hell, the cost of good reels now you need to pay on time anyway.
I’m getting dribs and drabs about the rather rapidly-moving Double Creek dredging project. The west portion is done. The west-east Double Creek Channel work is progressing nicely, thanks to nice weather up to now – at least nice for bayside dredging. The next couple days could be the project’s first slowdown (maybe even icing) conditions for the seven-days-a-week work. The High Bar and boat ramp channel phases are approaching rapidly. I was told off the record that the state work cannot be done on federal waterways. I’m not sure if that means the dog-leg channel east of Myers Hole is off-limits. As it is written: “The project will include the following channels: Double Creek Mainland, Double Creek Inlet, High Bar Harbor and Barnegat Light Stake.” The “Double Creek Inlet” mention is the confusing one to me. How far will it extend into the convergence zone (ICW) between Oyster Creek and Double Creek channels?
Completion date is now focused on late this month or the first week of December.
I got a small update as to “sand to the Barnegat Borough Beach near the Barnegat Lighthouse Stake Park.” The NJDOT use the word “stake” twice in a press release. I have to assume they mean “state.” Below I’ve printed out the entire release so you can wonder also.
Anyway, I hear that the dredge pipes going from the High Bar Harbor and the BL boat ramp will pass near Andy’s, likely not affecting the roads near the BL State Park.
I’m checking on the park being closed or imposing restricted usage when material is being pumped onto the south side of the jetty. Even if it does impact the park, the work will be done in short order. The end of November is right around the corner.
I need to get further confirmation but I’m now hearing a very significant amount of material is bound for the park, more than I had first guessed at. I have calls in for the cubic yardage, though I’m not sure that volume is hard to pin down since it’s based on the unknown buildup within those channel areas.
The NJDEP, not the NJDOT, will be the lead agency when it comes to where, exactly, the dredge material will be placed adjacent to the New South Jetty, in the park.
NOTE: The material is NOT to be called “spoils,” the old expression for dredged up sand and such. The NJDOT got miffed when a recent SandPaper news story used the word “spoils,” even though it is still used in many other states. I won’t use it in an NJ text ever again – if it helps to get maritime channels dredged.
Future note: Right after Thanksgiving I will likely be off-line for likely a solid week – or at least be on in a highly redacted manner, as renovation is done to me office. I know, you miss be already, right? Sarcasm.
Hi, a picture of Fran Verdi holding his recent bass. The picture is courtesy of Tony's Bait and Tackle in Manahawkin.
Jim Hutchinson Sr.
Raging northeast winds and high waves have made fishing difficult recently for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. There is hope this nasty weather will bring about some positive changes to stimulate some striped bass action.
Captain Fran Verdi of the “Francesca Marie” has experienced several good years in a row putting his anglers on striped bass. He notes the current water temperatures are still in the 60’s, which is really too warm for consistent bass action. The current weather has him hopeful those water temperatures will drop and the fish will head south.
“I have heard of a big mass of fish to the north of, us, we just have to be patient,” notes Captain Fran. Despite some very thick fog one day recently, he jumped in his boat and headed for the inlet. The normally quick trip took exceptionally long thanks to the fog, but he preserved and finally made the ocean where he headed north.
Captain Fran dropped a green bunker spoon over the stern and spent some time trolling off Seaside. His patience was finally rewarded and he was able to hook and boat a fat 34-pound bass. Now it is a matter of waiting for the current weather to break, and more fish to arrive. When they do arrive there will be no time to waste.
Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.net.
RELEASE: September 25, 2017
Barnegat Bay Inlet area dredging to begin in October
Contractor in the process of mobilization and placing pipeline for project
(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced a project to dredge five State navigation channels in the Barnegat Bay Inlet area in Ocean County.
The work is part of an $8.7 million dollar project to dredge State channels in Forked River and Barnegat Bay. This portion of the project will include the following channels: Double Creek Mainland, Double Creek Inlet, High Bar Harbor and Barnegat Light Stake. Double Creek Inlet Channel has been closed, and commercial, sailboat and general recreational traffic had been severely limited in some locations since Superstorm Sandy. This project will ensure renewed safe navigation, and maintain these Barnegat Bay Channels in a state of good repair.
In preparation for the dredging, NJDOT’s contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC, is now working during daylight hours, seven days a week to place pipeline in or near the channels, which will be both submerged and floating. The pipeline will be used to pump sediment to the Oyster Creek Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) and sand to the Barnegat Borough Beach near the Barnegat Lighthouse Stake Park.
Dredging operations are expected to begin in early-October and continue 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week through the end of December. Channel use may be limited where the dredge is in operation and where the pipeline is carrying dredged material to its placement locations. Channel closures are not expected, although this is subject to change.
Mariners should be advised that State Aids to Navigation (ATON) will be removed as necessary for the duration of the project. Updates to the Local Notice to Mariners should be expected as the project progresses.
The public is advised to be aware of and stay alert to the pipeline, buoys, dredge and other equipment during this time. NJDOT asks that no one approach the pipeline, dredge or any related project equipment under any circumstances, whether or not active dredging operations are observed.
Pipelines can often be difficult to see on the water, and boaters should proceed through dredging maintenance and construction zones with the utmost caution. No wake speed should be observed in active work zones throughout the project duration.
Following Superstorm Sandy, NJDOT in March 2014 announced a comprehensive State Channel Dredging and Emergency Response Program to ensure and maintain safe navigation statewide, and to continue to be able to respond adequately to waterway impacts from named storms.
The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. For NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.