Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Not only cops but even police dogs hate being shot at ...
Ditto for lions ...
Imagine a police lion? Adds a whole new dimension to a cop yelling, "Come out or you'll get bit ... and clawed and maimed and stomped and ... "
I nabbed this video of a squirrel taking a break from hectic nut gathering...
Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Man, it’s nice out … and I’m nice and shut in. Some weeks at the paper are simply more riled than others, such is this week. No chance to slip out until after dark. My rods are at the ready for maybe 11 pm tonight.
The ocean is once again relatively riled, 3- to 4 feet, short-period out of the north … and maybe building via north winds. It is more fishable at higher tide. Many a surfcaster has simply modified and adapted to cope with the constant wave-age. Near-beach troughs and holes help the bottom-holding cause.
I’m seeing tomorrow and Thursday as offering elevated surfcasting potential, epically late tomorrow afternoon. Chunking will be the ticket.
Boat bassing is doable until hard west winds kick in this weekend, even then, they’ll lay down quickly as weather systems keep zipping through the region. Look for high temps near 60 on Saturday, meaning highly fishable south winds.
LET THE LEI DREDGING COMMENCE: Well, it’s happening … seemingly. The plan to dredge the east/ocean end of Little Egg Inlet has successfully jumped through some serious permitting hoops, the hoopiest being that jiggled around by US Fish and Wildlife Service. That federal agency needed proof aplenty that any inlet dredging would not impact the nearby Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge’s Wilderness Areas on Little Beach and Holgate. The LEI has never been dredged, so assurances of “No Impact” were hard to come by. However, the need for dredging has been apparent.
As many a mariner knows, the shoals near the entrance to LEI have been rapidly building over the past decade, likely due to the north-to-south littoral drift of eroded LBI beach sand, both indigenous and placed (replenishment sand).
Navigating the inlet area became so unsound that the feds gave up putting in navigational aids, like buoys. That led to demands for man-dug channel. The state fully agreed.
Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finally issued a permit to clear “shoals” from the inlet.
From my previous conversations with ACE, that agency was fundamentally fine with the dredging. However, they were not the lead agency. There were those hoops, after which the NJDEP had to submit an official permit application to the Corps.
NJDEP’s application finally submitted, it passed technical muster.
It’s now full speed ahead to suck up as much as 1.5 million cubic yards of sand from the LEI shoals, leaving a channel 25 feet below mean sea level.
The dredged sand will be bound for the beaches of Holgate proper, the inhabited area of that Long Beach Township community. Replenished beaches there have eroded significantly, due to what might be called a kink in the Island. South of Holgate’s end-of-Boulevard parking lot, the beaches fronting the Forsythe Refuge property are as much as 150 yards further west than the rest of LBI’s beachline. That kink causes intense, end-around erosional currents to rapidly eat away at the beach sand near the Island’s most southerly groin, known as Wooden Jetty.
Technical note: There had been a small groin south of Wooden Jetty but it failed and decayed long ago.
At to the timeframe on the dredging, that should be coming along soon. It really needs to be done by, say, May, 2018.