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Wednesday, December 09, 2015: It was a good bit drab out there early today

This is exactly why short, heavily-bearded commentators should not mess with the basketball game ... 

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The Week 3-4 forecast from the Climate Prediction Center now goes until 1/1/16! The forecast continues to favor warmer than normal temperatures for holidays. Precipitation may be closer to normal.

 

Wednesday, December 09, 2015: It was a good bit drab out there early today … and a bit rawish, as a south wind kicks in off the ocean. Yes, a south wind is slightly onshore for LBI since the Island lies NE to SW. It is getting nicer as the day blows on.

The ocean is beautifully clean today, though an unknown-source groundswell has solid three- to four-foot waves breaking. The waves are steady and need to be watched by smaller vessels working near the beach or transiting inlets. This is the third nonscheduled groundswell we've had in the last 10 days. Water temps are still mild for December. I've taken as high as 54 degrees -- and as low as 49. 

Those south winds will kick it up tonight -- to 20 knots.

Then, tomorrow, they'll back off before SW on Friday. After tonight, no steady hard winds, though a.m.s will be typically smoother. We should have very sky-friendly weather for boat bassing and surfcasting. 

More reports that the latest batch of schooled stripers -- including many fish larger than "schoolies -- are lean-bodied. That's different than the footballs being caught a short time back. Also, it seems the 

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Since I mentioned handcrafted fishing plugs as great gift ideas, I’ve gotten three calls on where to find them. Truth be told, short of my favorite plug-maker, Tom White, I have no idea how to find these builders. And even Tom is more-or-less “buddies-only” with his plugs. Most tackle shops know of shapers they might be able to hook you up with. ... Get it? hook you up with? Anyway, I see a slew of wild and wonderful plug creations on Facebook. That is another way to see what's being made and sold. And they don;t come cheap ... nor should they. Not only does the shaping take time and money but the painting and finishing/lacquering is tedious and also costly. 

I'm super into handcrafted plugs but not as much for fishing as appreciating them as a vivid and skilled form of folk art. However, many a plugmaker would have piss-fits if their creations weren't also swum ... even of only symbolically, as I often do, praying nothing attacks them.  Designers spend a huge amount of time and effort perfecting the swim/action of their plugs. To not view the catch-quality in a plug is selling the artisan short. I try to get plugmakers to do videos of both the making and fishing of their lures. 

Another way to find custom plugs, or get into contact with those who  make them, is fishing flea market. And dang if we don't have a fine one this coming weekend.  I would strongly suggest homing in on Barnegat High School Fishing Flea Market, Dec. 12 

Here's a SandPaper write-up:

Angling for a holiday gift for the fisherman in the family? Check out the Barnegat High School Fishing Club’s 7th Annual Fisherman’s Flea Market on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The event, held at the high school, features new, used, custom and antique items such as rods, reels, lures and more. 

Admission is $4. Children 12 and younger are admitted free of charge. All proceeds benefit the high school’s fishing club, comprised of students in grades 9 through 12. 

Door prizes – lures, tackle, rods/reels, headboat passes – will be awarded every half hour.  Those interested must be present to win. 

“We always get great support from local anglers, businesses and our community,” noted club adviser Brett Taylor. “Last year we packed the house, and were able to give away $1,000 in scholarships to students of the club, (and) help offset the costs of the club’s fishing trips. … So please come out and support the students of the fishing club. 

“Plus, it is a great time to stock up on fishing gifts before the holidays.” 

For more information, contact Taylor at 609-290-7709 or btaylor@barnegatschools.com.  —J.K.-H.

Directions to the Barnegat HS Fishing Flea market

 Barnegat HS Address:

180 Bengal Blvd.

Barnegat, NJ 08005

 Traveling from North Jersey (heading South on the GSP): Stay on Garden State Parkway and take exit 67 Barnegat.  Bear right onto Lighthouse Drive and come to the stoplight (WAWA will be on your right).  Make a right at the light onto West Bay Avenue and at the 3rd light make a left onto Barnegat Blvd.  Follow Barnegat Blvd (you will pass the Collins school/Brackman school on your right) and make a left at the 2nd light onto Bengal Blvd.  Follow Bengal Blvd and make right into Barnegat High School – follow the signs.

Traveling from South Jersey (heading North on the GSP): 

Stay on Garden State Parkway and take exit 67 Barnegat.  Make a right onto West Bay Avenue and at the 2nd light make a left onto Barnegat Blvd.  Follow Barnegat Blvd (you will pass the Collins school/Russel Brackman school on your right) and make a left at the 2nd light onto Bengal Blvd.  Follow Bengal Blvd and make right into Barnegat High School – follow signs. 

Traveling from Lacey, Forked River, etc (heading south on Route 9): 

Make a right onto Barnegat Blvd at the light (TD bank will be on your Driver’s side at the light).  Make a right at 1st Light onto Bengal Blvd.    Follow Bengal Blvd and make right into Barnegat High School – follow signs. 

Traveling from Manahawkin, Tuckerton, etc (heading north on Route 9): 

Make a left onto Barnegat Blvd at the light (Wawa will be on your Passenger’s side at the light).  Make a right at 1st Light onto Bengal Blvd.    Follow Bengal Blvd and make right into Barnegat High School – follow signs. 

The Barnegat High School Fishing Club gets ready for their trip aboard the Carolynn Ann III..

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Nick Honachefsky with James Amore 
Fought the heavy surf last night to find a few stripeys to 30 inches. This morning only two schoolies, will see what afternoon brings!
Nick Honachefsky's photo.
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"Last one in is a cat's behind ... OOOMPH!"

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Long Beach Township Council Meeting, Dec 7th

I attended the town council meeting on Dec 7th to hear what might be said regarding the status of the beach replenishment project schedule for the south end of LBI and to express the concerns of Holgate residents on this matter. At the beginning of the meeting, Kyle Ominski, the township Administrator, confirmed that the town had received notice, in the last few days, from the Army Corps of Engineers and Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. that at the beginning of January, all of GLDD’s dredging equipment would be moved away from LBI to be used on other projects including one near Georgia (which was later explained to be a US naval project). GLDD has said it expects to complete all planned replenishment north of Beach Haven by the end of December prior to moving their equipment elsewhere. GLDD said they expect to return to LBI sometime in April to complete their work from Beach Haven south through Holgate. Kyle clearly said that it was highly likely that GLDD’s work would extend beyond the currently specified deadline of May, 2016.

In the public session at the end of the meeting, I expressed, on behalf of all Holgate residents, our disappointment and outrage regarding this decision by GLDD and, as the worst hit part of the island, the justified fear that we have that our beaches and homes may be at great risk this winter because of GLDD’s decision. I asked the Mayor and the Commissioners: (1) What is being done to enforce the contract that GLDD has with the ACE?, (2) What penalty, if any, is GLDD subject to if they do not complete their work on time?, (3) What are our town elected officials or other politicians doing to support the outrage that Holgate residents are feeling as a result of the apparent violation of the agreement and to influence a change of plans by GLDD?

The Mayor responded by saying there is very little that anyone can do at this point because GLDD is not formally bound by the terms of the contract until 100% of all easements are signed on the island or the remaining easements are taken through eminent domain proceedings. The Mayor said that 32 easements remain outstanding ( not in Holgate) and that eminent domain proceedings have taken far longer than expected, due, according to the Mayor, because of delays and screw ups by the Governor’s office since 2013. He said the Governor is not giving much attention to the matter because he is “too busy in Iowa and New Hampshire right now” and that perhaps “he is making sure that there is plenty of sand in Iowa and New Hampshire”. In any case, the Mayor said that, given that the easements are not complete, GLDD could, in theory, walk away from the contract until they are complete. However, GLDD did agree to begin the project voluntarily even without the completed easements and the work done thus far is part of that. But, since they are not currently bound by the contract, they have the right to move their equipment where they choose. The Mayor urged us to put pressure on the Governor’s office to complete obtaining all easements, but that may not help getting GLDD back to LBI earlier than April. The Mayor pointed out that there had been some work done by local equipment on the beaches in Holgate to grade them to improve the slopes up to the dunes, but it is not clear how much help that will have until GLDD returns.

I spoke to Commissioner Lattanzi after the meeting. He said that the one elected official who is knowledgeable enough and may have some influence with the ACE and GLDD on this matter is Congressman Frank LoBiondo. He suggested that Holgate residents contact the Congressman at one of his offices to ask for help in this matter. For those interested, Congressman LoBiondo can be contacted at

The Honorable Frank LoBiondo
5914 Main Street Suite 103
Mays Landing, NJ 08330-1746
Phone: (800) 471-4450 or (609) 625-5008
Fax: (609) 625-5071
or
US House of Representatives
427 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6572
Fax: (202) 225-3318

In addition, another useful contact (provided by Tim Feeney) would be Stephen Rochette of the Army Corps of Engineers who can be reached at stephen.rochette@usace.army.mil.

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