Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Tuesday, January 08, 2019: I spoke too soon. Where it seemed I had effortlessly transitioned ... Odd "logs" in Spray Beach

This somehow bugs me ... 

Out tomorrow ... 


It's official: We slogged through the wettest year since sometime before 1895 -- a time prior to measurements being reliably taken. 

Annual precipitation (rain and melted frozen precipitation) averaged 64.30”. This is 17.94” above the 1981–2010 average and is the wettest calendar year on record (Table 2).


The 10 wettest years across New Jersey since 1895. 

Rank Year Annual Avg. Prcp.
1 2018 64.30"
2 2011 63.95"
3 1996 59.18"
4 1983 58.50"
5 1975 57.66"
6 1972 56.95"
7 1979 56.49"
8 2003 56.48"
9 1902 55.64"
10 1989 54.54"

Of local import: In 2018, NJ saw 8 days with winds gusting above 60 mph at one or more stations. LBI took top-wind honors for the year with a maximum gust of 71 mph at Harvey Cedars on November 25th.

Minor to moderate coastal flooding with beach erosion, road flooding and some structural damage occurred most notably on January 3rd–4th, March 2nd, March 12th–14th, March 20th–22nd, September 7th–10th, October 27th, and November 16th.

(We've always needed to be wary of March ... Ides or otherwise.)


Tuesday, January 08, 2019: I spoke too soon. Where it seemed I had effortlessly transitioned back into work for 2019, today I got plowed under by folks calling/emailing about matters all over the charts. I’m initially taking the easy way out on many a local matter by simply suggesting one and all read tomorrow’s “We’re back” SandPaper -- since I’m highly inclined to turn news matters over to the paper’s topnotch staff of writers, winners of the state’s top-newspaper honors.  

A few of the news matters I’ll be handling myself includes updates on what is amounting to a sure-thing wind farm off SW LBI. While said wind farming will officially be located off Atlantic City, it is well within our range, especially for boat anglers who will surely be visiting the “farm” to take advantage of the upper-end fishing soon to blow into town thereabouts. Every report I’ve read about the upcoming placement of wind turbine has made a special point of maintaining accessibility to fishermen.

I know full-well that fishermen by the slewload are opposed to the wind farm, primarily out of abstract fear, couple with not quite understanding the mechanisms involved.

As noted in the past, I have talked directly with European anglers now fishing near completed wind farms. They have glowing reports of exceptional fishing, in some cases where there had been none before the wind farm. While it is unscientific to assume fishing things will be identical within a wind farm here in the west Atlantic, I’ll gamble a guess that something invitingly fishy will develop around the proposed AC farm. I use the “pots,” located in the vicinity, as an example of how well structure can foster hot biosystem.

Closer to home, I got info on those odd pieces of fencing on the beach in Spray Beach, LBT. Thanks to Dustin and the mayor for info. See SandPaper for closeup photo. 


My caption in The SandPaper: “Where bloweth the beach sands? These block-long zig-zagging poles and dune fencing, located in Spray Beach, are meant to offer Long Beach Township some insights into how drifting beach sands might be captured in the off-season. A series of sand-catches of assorted configuration, including a half-moon design, are being placed by public works, focusing on high-erosion zones. To monitor how on-the-move sands respond to the barriers, beach-level and overhead drone photos will be strategically taken until spring. The sand catches will be dismantled for summer. This experimental concept comes via Mayor Joe Mancini. Should the sand-grabbers work, the township will then contemplate an annual readying-for-winter placement of the more successful designs. The locations of the placement keep in mind public access and beach buggy traffic.”

Nick Luna


Paul Haertel

The ocean was testy and it was cold out there today but Mike Frezza and I put together a decent catch. Mike had the biggest at 8.15 lbs. My other two crew members slacked off all day because they were not feeling well. That is Andrew Wojturski passed out on the deck and his friend Anthony in the chair, pretty much where they stayed most of the day.
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We caught a tagged dogfish this summer....from the 43,000 fish tagged, most are caught within one year of getting tagged....Ours was tagged 13 YEARS AGO!!!! That is really cool. It is also statistically crazy for a fish to be coastal for that long and not get captured or eaten....so there is a theory that they move offshore into deep water for years before coming back...which is why a species that looks in trouble can "bounce back" so quickly....they aren't necessarily where we think they are all of the time. 13 years!
Ric Anastasi shared a post to the group: SALT-LBI.
Story is true, thought sharing it here would be a good place. These guys are top notch surfers and ex lifeguards. This was kind of a memorial to one that had passed. But not on this day, on this day they saved lives
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A reminder to please give our winter resident seals their space. It's common for seals to lay on the beach to rest & warm up. Passerbys are often alarmed & assume the seal is sick or dying. Please do not feed them, try to pet them, keep dogs on a leash, and no seal selfies. If a seal truly does look injured, you can call the Marina Mammal Stranding Center at 609-266-0538.

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While far away, this guy gets an amazing photo shoot before release ... 

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