Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Wednesday, July 13, 2011: Winds: Light and variable, mainly west. Water clarity: Good. Water temps: All over the board: As low as 60 and as high as 70, as differing nearshore eddies mix. With NE winds on the way, watch shoreline water temps go through the ceiling, as high as 80 – which is currently being recorded in the ocean not that far offshore. There might even be some testy gusting from NE winds reaching 20 mph. I haven’t heard if SCA are flying but I wouldn’t get too far into the ocean tomorrow if you’re in a smaller vessel. There might be some bay fluking but even that could be a bumpy affair.
(Pro reports below blogs)
EDDIES IN CLOSE: Yes, we have nearshore, a.k.a. onshore, eddies. These can be as small as structure-related eddies, caused by larger jetties/groins, which foster rip currents that cause localized upwelling of bottom water. For anyone who surfs or snorkels, the lower water temps caused by eddies near jetties/groins is often stunning – as in stunningly colder than surrounding waters. This is also what makes rips double dangerous, as folks trapped in them have to contend with being dragged along and icy water temps.
Larger nearshore eddies are most often related to wind changes impacting the shoreline waters, particularly during and after an upwelling event.
Seen from the air, upwelled waters take on a discoloration and appearance identical to famed offshore eddies. These near-in eddies often display streaming and swirling effects where the discolored upwelled water runs into warmer cleaner non-upwelled waters. Boaters heading out through upwelled water seldom need a thermometer to see where the warmer water returns, color and look alone marks the changeover.
As warmer water begins pushing out the upwelled water eddies, a clearly marked demarcation line can often be seen from shore, marking where the clean water is advancing and essentially killing the eddy by pushing it up against the beach sands.
In fact, that later phenomena may be happening tomorrow, though the upwelling from recent south winds was not as radical as it can be, though I see some inlet temps during incoming are as low as 60.
TAKE THAT!: It might be called payback from below.
This week, the commercial fishing boat Roque del Águila, (Tenerife, Canary Islands) quickly sunk in calm waters off the Western Sahara.
By all indications and observations, the vessel’s tuna-fishing trip was ended when a huge swordfish gouged a 7-inch hole in the wooden ship’s hull.
The boat had been on a huge shoal of tuna, which were being put-upon by attacking swords.
Despite being equipped with both primary automatic pumps along with auxiliary pumps, the billfish-born hole was low in the hull. The pressurized incoming water easily overpowering the pumps.
All the crewmembers safely escaped on a life raft and were quickly rescued by nearby fishing vessels.
The owner of the Roque del Águila said he was worried about the swords when the tuna shoal surrounded his boat to essentially hide from the fast-moving predators.
Pro reports below:
The boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association concentrated on fluke fishing this past week. Captain Fran Verdi on the “Dropoff” reports he found fluke in depths of 44, 48, and 65 feet and even one drift that went from 62 to 55 feet. On one recent trip he had 20 fluke with four nice keepers including one doormat that measured out at 25 inches and 4.5 pounds.
The “Miss Beach Haven” with Captains Frank Camarda and Brant Whittaker has been seeing the fluke fishing action in Little Egg Inlet and in the ocean improving on just about a daily basis. Mate Sal Rosa reports that trips over last weekend produced a good number of fluke including some sea bass and ling. Pool winner Sunday was 11 year old Xavier from Budd Lake with a fluke that weighed in at over 4-pounds.
Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” fished Little Egg Inlet for fluke with Jenny Dauer, her dad, and three brothers over the weekend. With the ratio of keeper to throwback being very low, Captain George made the decision to try trolling off the beaches of Long Beach Island. That proved to be the right move as they enjoyed plenty of action and ended up with a nice catch of 1-3 pound blues.
Additional information on the association can be found at www.BHCFA.com or by calling 1-877-LBI-BHCFA (1-877-524-2423).
I spent the last four days on the bay fluking. One thing for sure, the heat was on. Fluking remains consistent with dozens of short fish released and a few keepers every trip. The one exception was Tuesday evenings trip. The west side of the bay was 84 while high tide brought in water as cold as 63 to the east side. Even with the fishing slow, 9 year old Jake hung in there with his grandfather to boat a few fish (see attached picture). Jake is a future outdoorsman for sure! A tide change later and a little less of a temperature swing had the fish munching at every spot I fished today during the Lane party's annual fluke trip aboard the Debbie M.
The west side of the bay is loaded with cownose rays right now. These are the rays you are most likely to see in aquarium touch tanks. While they may be a nuisance to some fisherman, it is enjoyable to take some time to watch these magnificent fish.