Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Tuesday, June 07, 2016: The south winds I said “might” show did so today. Not for long. The hard west wind intrusion is about to kick in.
Today’s wind pause is distantly due to the effects of the TS far to our south. I’m still trying to figure if that storm – soon out at sea right off our shores – might hold enough oopm to generate some swells. Waveriders will love that, mariners not so much, especially around shoaled Little Egg Inlet. Of course, even the middle of Barnegat Inlet isn’t such a bargain, shallows-wise. The moon phase is moderate for wave transport.
Beach Haven’s replen is almost done. The Dodge Island and Padre Island dredges are finishing up the Queen City work. Great Lakes has already moved its Liberty Island dredge into Holgate, where it is working south from Susan Avenue. Dodge and Padre will soon be joining the Liberty in Holgate, working north from Inlet Ave. Once hooked up with the Liberty, dredges will return to Inlet Ave. and move south. That final push would likely be a one-dredge job.
I’ve been asked (repeatedly) if the replen will stop at the Wooden Jetty (Holgate parking lot) or go right up to the edge of the Forsythe Refuge. The last I heard, the final southerly replen point had been tweaked from the original plan to stop at the jetty. It is now set to go flush to the refuge, likely covering the so-called submerged jetty right at the refuge’s northerly property line. Also being covered are the hideously ugly and dangerous concrete slabs and rusting rebar dating back many decades. The only point of confusion I have is whether or not there will be a transitional area – a feathering of the sand -- between the Wooden Jetty and the refuge border line, as opposed to just loading up the sand right up to the end line. Either way, a swimming beach that I guarded for a lone summer in the 60s might arise again from the sand, just east and south of the parking lot.
Also ... good riddance to this crap!
And help, eventual, to this high-loss zone ...
There is finally official word on a beach rescue incident that left one man dead, likely of a heart attack, though a coroner’s report must confirm that. It occurred off 46th Street in Brant Beach. I can confirm that area has had rip current tendencies, as has much of the replenished zone of Brant Beach, per the beach patrol.
I had gotten word from witnesses that Jim Clark, 55, who I knew, died suddenly after selflessly assisting distressed swimmers caught in a rip. One person I talked to said a bodyboard was also used in the rescue.
First reports had three kids in trouble but later information has as many as five people needing help; three kids and two adults.
The rescue was fairly rapid, helped in the end by others arriving on scene. Thanks were being given to Jim when he collapsed. CPR was quickly begun but to no avail. By LBTPD came on-scene as CPR was being administered and heighted an emergency call for transport to the hospital.
As I noted yesterday, I have to think that cold water contributed to the strain on Jim.
For me, this incident is further proof of the need to maintain – and improve on – the National Weather Service’s rip current awareness and warning system.
NWS’s daily wave observations and estimated rip current threats restarted last month. I think we’re going on 13 or 14 summers since its founding. It works. There simply needs to be a way to update throughout the day. Which I try to do – but need help. I’ve seen risk go from low in the morning to moderate, even high, by late-day, especially if a big tropical ground swell arrives suddenly. I dread having a “low” rating when you can barely wade without getting dragged off.
I should mention something I always impress upon the good folks up in Mount Holly: LBI is wave – and rip – central. We most often have the roughest surf twixt Sandy Hook and Cape May – occasionally challenged by Island Beach and Manasquan. I think it’s best to run with the rip risk level at the worst place, here, and let other beaches down-tweak the rating.
Below: I rate this Ship Bottom surf day as bordering on high rip current concerns ... Wait a minute, what picture did I just put up?
Below: After the front moved through late today, fine surfcasting conditions prevailed. Front was spooky looking in Beach Haven. This Queen City pic is Facebooking around.
Huge congrats to the SRHS's V-ball team for winning South Jersey championships ... and getting off to a power start in NJ state semis -- winning today against surprise contenders Wayne Valley High School, 25-19, 25-15. Onward to state finals on Thursday.
Below: Jumping is a big part of the game. Sophomore Shane Bent gets into rarefied air by even college jumping standards.
Terry caught his personal best today out on his buddy's boat. 47 inch Striper!!!
STATEWIDE YOUTH FISHING CHALLENGE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 11
Free Fishing Day Also Planned in October
The Christie Administration hopes to hook New Jerseyans on a new recreational pastime by offering free fishing as well as a statewide youth fishing challenge on Saturday, June 11, and an additional day of free fishing in the fall.
Free Fishing Days and the Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs Youth Fishing Challenge have two aims: to introduce families to New Jersey's excellent freshwater fishing, and to encourage children to avoid drugs, alcohol and tobacco by instead pursuing fun activities such as fishing.
"Free Fishing Days, as well as the Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs Youth Fishing Challenge are excellent examples of how children and families can spend time together to learn about fishing and visit some of the many great fishing locations found around New Jersey," said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin. "These programs also help remind residents and visitors that our state has an abundance of pristine waterways."
Free Fishing Days on June 11 and October 15 will allow anglers to enjoy some of the finest freshwater fishing in the Northeast without having to buy a license or a trout stamp. Other regulations, including size and daily catch limits, will remain in effect both days. Free Fishing Day on June 11 also coincides with National Fishing and Boating Week, ending Sunday, June 12.
"Freshwater fishing in New Jersey has never been better, with a wide variety of fish and more places for people to catch them than ever before," said Assistant Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources Richard Boornazian. "Free Fishing Days provides the perfect opportunity for families and friends to discover the simple pleasures of fishing while enjoying time together outdoors."
For the Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs Youth Fishing Challenge, also scheduled Saturday, participants age 20 and younger may be eligible to receive prizes for the fish they catch (rules and age requirements will vary depending on the challenge location). Participants must be present at the end of the event to claim prizes. Parents and guardians are encouraged to enjoy fishing during the challenge, but are ineligible for prizes.
Youth Fishing Challenge events are scheduled at 19 locations in 14 counties across the state. The free event will be held rain or shine, and registration is required.
Hooked On Fishing - Not on Drugs is an interdisciplinary, hands-on supplemental program for children in kindergarten through grade 12. It focuses on giving youth a number of opportunities to help them avoid the temptation of using drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
New Jersey has hundreds of local ponds and thousands of miles of streams and rivers that offer outstanding opportunities to all for a great day of family fishing. Nearly every local pond provides plenty of action for anglers to hook bass and sunfish. The Division of Fish and Wildlife also offers trophy angling experiences by stocking muskellunge, northern pike, walleye and striped bass hybrids in New Jersey's larger lakes.Those opportunities are one reason why many are drawn to New Jersey for freshwater fishing.
"Anglers often create lasting memories by inviting friends and relatives to join them for a day on the water and Free Fishing Days make it easier than ever to get outdoors and have fun," said DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Dave Chanda. "As word spreads about the exceptional fishing here in New Jersey, a growing number of out-of-state anglers also come here for their free fishing opportunity every year."
Additionally, the state's cold, clear streams support a top-rate, year-round trout fishery, and this year's spring stocking of more than 600,000 rainbow trout will ensure plenty of fish are still available for anglers in many waters statewide. The Division of Fish and Wildlife operates fish culture facilities at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery in Warren County.
For more information on Free Fishing Days, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/ffd.htm where visitors will find three online regional brochures to locate lakes and ponds with public fishing access close to home. The brochures contain information on each water body's acreage, nearest town, site amenities, boat and shoreline fishing, fish available and fishing tips for each species.
For information about the Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs Youth Fishing Challenge, including event locations, registration information, rules and an event flyer, visit www.youthfishingchallenge.nj.gov . Each hosting organization/location may have its own rules or "need to know" information, and participants are asked to check directly with the host location. To learn more about the Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs Program in New Jersey, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/hofnodnj.htm
For a comprehensive list of "Where To" and "How To" trout fishing information, including directions to more than 300 trout fishing access points in New Jersey, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/trtinfo.htm . To learn more about the Division of Fish and Wildlife's Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/pequest.htm . Information about the Hackettstown fish hatchery is available at www.njfishandwildlife.com/hacktown.htm
Those with mobile devices may use the free Pocket Ranger New Jersey Fish and Wildlife app, which provides real-time information on the state's fish species, and how and where to fish for them. The app also has powerful GPS capabilities and is a comprehensive information source for all of New Jersey's fish and wildlife species. Additionally, the app provides extensive mapping of public open spaces and access points for hunting, fishing, boating and wildlife watching. Both iPhone and Android versions of the app can be downloaded at www.pocketranger.com/apps/Detail/63964006-6a22-f3f2-1144-85aa4e0a23b4
Anglers are urged to respect private landowners who allow fishing on their properties by obeying boundary signs and not littering. Fishing regulations can be found in the Freshwater Fishing Digest at www.njfishandwildlife.com/digfsh.htm