Thursday, July 30, 2009: Waves: Building 4- to 6-foot medium period southerly groundswell. Winds: SW 15 with higher gusts.
The elements have conspired out there, pretty much overnight. Not only are the winds totally honking this a.m. but that near nonstop southerly groundswell has kicked it up a notch. There are some serious south waves. I had seen that on the buoy forecasts but didn’t expect it since it was a high pressure-based swell, which seldom develops hereabouts. Well, it… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 30, 2009 at 5:51am —
PLEASURE BOAT SINKS IN SURF OFF 93RD ST. BEACH
Long Beach Township Police responded to the Beach at 93rd Street in the Peahala Park section of Long Beach Township at 9:50 Sunday night – July 26, 2009 – on a report from the US Coast Guard that 4 people had abandoned a pleasure boat which was breaking up in the surf. Upon arrival, Ptl. Mark Stanish, Special Officer Dan Petrone and Sgt. Chuck Schnell observed a wooden pleasure craft, approximately 32 foot in length floundering in the… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 27, 2009 at 3:41pm —
Sunday, July 26, 2009: Waves: 3- to 5-foot south swell. Winds: Cranking south early. Water clarity: fair but worse in some beachline areas. Watch for some significant thunderboomers today.
Wind and waves played the spoiler yesterday. Harder than forecast southerlies kicked in early and waves went from maybe 3 feet at sunrise to up to 5 feet by midday. That same swell we’ve had for over a week is still in place today. It’s very unusual to see waves like this in the summer without some… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 26, 2009 at 5:25am —
Saturday, July 25, 2009: Waves: dropping 2- to 2.5-foot south swell. Water clarity: Very good but may get rolled by increasing south winds later.
It’s a fine Saturday for fishing – once the wind comes up a tad to get a fluke drift going. Early a.m. is dead calm as do my wave call-in for the Weather Service. As noted before, calm air is a time to check some narrower bayside channels for fluke since you can sometimes pickup the ambient current and glide with it along the channel… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 25, 2009 at 5:53am —
Friday, July 24, 2009: Waves: Dropping but still holding at a solid 5 feet on sets, powerful swells. Water clarity: generally good to very good as light onshore winds push in outside waters. Winds: Light east for a good part of the day. Look for SE to have a significant impact on weekend.
Wind note: LBI is tilted NE to SW. This is hugely important when you’re taking in the National Weather Service “Martine Forecast.” The forecast of SW winds sound as if they would be lightly offshore… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 24, 2009 at 1:30pm —
PLEASE (!!!!) Please take a minute to read this FBI transcript from the Assemblyman Van Pelt
If you’ve ever wondered how developers fare so well in this county, this might be a hint.
No, I’m not saying this is what goes on with every bit of build-out but please realize that this is just one time the FBI tried this investigative technique hereabouts. You’re telling me that no other local developers weren’t caressed like this in the (recent) past? You figure out the odds of… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 23, 2009 at 6:37pm —
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Thursday, July 23, 2009: Waves: 4-5 feet medium period south swell.
ALERT: The waves and winds are going to be very tricky today as an ongoing groundswell builds and a nasty little storm zips up the coast. Look for winds to reach 20 mph from the east-northeast.
The bigger bugaboo is going to be the wave action. There is a powerful south groundswell already. This will get royally roiled from the hard NE winds hitting it head on. The… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 23, 2009 at 6:00am —
Late ID: This is a mink (and family) in BL rocks.
BYPASSING BASS FOR GAS: One of the world’s largest producers of sterile stripers has given up raising hybrid bass – and has turned to raising subaquatic grass. Bass for grass, as it were. .
Looking kinda gray at the gills, Kent SeaTech of San Diego saw the writing on the aquacultural wall: You can’t make no stinkin’ money farm-raising stripers.
The reasons were glowing… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 21, 2009 at 4:30pm —
Monday, July 20, 2009: Waves: 2 foot, south. Water clarity: excellent. Water temps: back up to above 70.
Ideal conditions all day. Fluking a breeze on the ocean. A few reports indicate easy pickin’s and a slightly elevated keeper rate.
Hutch’s BHCFA weekly report:
Despite water temperatures that have been changing as much as 10 degrees from one day to the next, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been putting together some nice… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 20, 2009 at 10:25pm —
See glass eel news story further below ...
Saturday, July 18, 2009: Waves: Strong 2- 2.5-foot south swell. Water clarity: Fair to poor; cold water is in place, cleaner warmer water not that far off beach but won’t be in today. Winds: Brisk offshores.
Oddity: Virtually no flying/biting bugs at all on the beach despite the winds right out of the Pines, which have been as buggy as any summer in recent memory. Hopefully, the… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 18, 2009 at 5:02pm —
Friday, July 17, 2009: Waves: 2- to 3-foot south swell; medium period.
There is a swell running today. Actually, it’s been a fairly brisk wave season, seldom lake-like out there. As we head into the tropical season it should make for a roughish summer into fall. That’s not the worst thing for angling but it does keep the inlets a tad testy, and downright risky near the Beach Haven… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 17, 2009 at 10:42am —
PETA TO MY RESCUE: Thank the heavens above for People for an Ethical Treatment of Animals. When I’m fully convinced my face has settled into a perpetual idle stare, those madcap PETA folks can get me up and laughing, viz-a-viz the Three Stooges, Wile E. Coyote, and that little perverted man in the long coat who used to fall over sideways on a tricycle back in the “Laugh-In” days.
The latest PETA instant-classic took place last week in Seattle, during an American Veterinary Medical… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 16, 2009 at 1:18pm —
Wednesday, July 15, 2009: Waves: Small. Water clarity: Excellent. Water temps: Low 70s.
Emails and news reports: Fished the north jetty Monday afternoon at 5:00 and was bergalled to the limit. I should have saved some of the 10” average size for a meal as there was nothing else in the catch report. It was picture perfect out there with no swell, a light SE breeze and beautiful temps. Water outside the inlet at the 1st set of channel markers was 73 degrees. Tried fluking there and in… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 15, 2009 at 10:17pm —
Sunday, July 12, 2009: Waves: Down to 2-3 feet out of the east; still enough swell to effect surfcasting and inlet boating.
Man, did that cold front blow through at NASCAR speed last night. I could hear a rumble way in the distance to the west and within minutes it was approaching the back bay, and considerable louder, then the obligatory bed-shaker that always seems to hit right in my backyard and then whole shooting match was out to sea in a flash. It must have been moving at warp… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 12, 2009 at 10:17pm —
Saturday, July 11, 2009: Waves: Down to 3 feet; north groundswell. Winds: Light a.m. but beware of increase from south.
Ideal a.m. out there, sky-wise, though no wind for ocean fluke drift. Light winds work for fluking inside the bay but allowing drifts in narrower channels. Still plenty of small fluke near inlets. Got an interesting report from a surfside fluker who’s had some of the best beach fluking he can remember. “Not many keepers but it’s fun to have something to go after… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 11, 2009 at 10:00am —
Friday, July 10, 2009: waves: Sizeable north swell.
The ocean has reared up a bit. If you’re heading down to grab some Friday angling, be it boating on the ocean or surfcasting, you better plan for some roughness. A long-period swell, essentially a long-distance fetch created by a complex weather system well out at sea, has generated enough swell that you better take it into consideration if you’re a small craft messing around the shoals near either LBI inlet, especially the Holgate… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 10, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Clarification: I had a slew of responses about the photo of George Perry’s world-record largemouth bass -- mainly folks as amazed as myself over the size of that frickin’ thing.
I do want to clarify that man in the photo is NOT George Perry. Sorry about the confusion.
The guy in the old photo is actually an enigmatic figure, part and parcel to the well-published history of the fish. He is sometimes referred to as the “smoking man,” – oddly relatable to the “smoking man” on “X-Files.”… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 9, 2009 at 2:05pm —
Famed Perry world-record largemouth
‘Yaking for Sharks; Targeting Triggerfish
Expectedly, the great folks with our US Coast Guard – and our “Coasties” are some of the best anywhere – didn’t have much down time over the weekend, as boats of all shapes and forms simultaneously took to the water in a display of watery wildness seldom seen beyond the coastline of Somalia.
Per usual, it was hot-rodders,… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 7, 2009 at 10:34pm —
Monday, July 06, 2009: Waves: Small. Water temps: back to a normalish upper 60s. Water clarity: Very good.
Still no glowing holiday weekend reports. Some bigger bass were taken, singularly, on the beach and near inlets. Fish to 35 pounds hit the scales but most were very rogue-ish, as in the famed one-and-done resident-fish hookup.
Fluke are everywhere and nowhere. Everywhere in number, nowhere in take-homes. I heard the expected bitching and moaning over ratios so lousy… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 6, 2009 at 9:46pm —
Saturday, July 04, 2009: waves: Small east swell. Winds: hard west.
Well, if you're one of the 19 people who aren’t on Long Beach Island this weekend, be thankful. It’s as shoulder-to-shoulder out there as I can recall – back years, even decades. All of Friday and Saturday, the Causeway was stop-and-go. The number of anglers was equally congested.
I listened to radio chatter and got quite a few fluke reads, mainly goodly numbers of hookups and very poor keeper rates. As… Continue
Added by jaymann on July 4, 2009 at 9:25pm —