Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
"I hate Thanksgiving leftovers ... Hey, maybe they ain't half bad."
Saturday, November 29, 2014: Very nice fishing conditions, both beach and boat, though the beach will be seeing high tide all afternoon; clam seas and surf. The water has cleaned very nicely, low 40s. I’d be stunned if there wasn’t some good schoolie fishing in the surf, late-day. Boat fishing has been fair, mainly north. Headboats still fishing if you want to get out.
For those buggying about for the weekend , there is unusually loose and deep sand due to recent storm waves and beach overwash. I’ve helped pull out a couple people. Driving the beach I see highly torn-up places where folks were stuck – and left behind gaping holes in the sand for others to fall into. That’s bogus behavior but I’ll be the first to admit that after escaping being stuck the human reaction is to get the hell outta that place; going back to refill holes isn’t a high priority. Even when professional tow services get vehicles out, they don’t do any repairing of dastardly divots left behind. Hey, I’m not the beach police – though some wrongly think I am. So, the most I say is, when buggying, watch out for torn up pieces of beach up ahead, especially near on/off buggy points.
Holgate has a pinch point at 10,000 feet (below). It has loose sand and is impassible from mid-tide rising. Don't mess with it.
I ran into a few locals and the head shaking in disbelief continues unabated. The surfside hooking is so bad that word of a single fish travels like wildfire. Hell, you can’t let folks know when you just caught a fish, you might get mugged over it. One decidedly skilled angler has yet to get a bass over 34 inches. Another was embarrassed and PO’ed that he had to go out and buy salmon for Thanksgiving dinner.
Folks asking but the brightly colored ducks in the ocean right about now. Those are northern pintails (not harlequins) or old squaws. And there really is a superb showing of them this year.
(Below: Today, Beach Haven, old squaws and/or pintails.)
Gift gab: GoPros are a super Christmas gift when buying for folks who get into rough conditions. However (!), there are regular video cameras for the same price that do way more, especially telephoto-wise. What’s more, some non-sports model vid-cams can also take a non-wet beating, as I know quite well.
For no GoPro videoing, I highly recommend Canon Vixia line. And you don’t have to go high-end to get absolutely lifelike quality. In fact, my lower-end HKR500 ($300) gets exactly the same quality images as Vixia HFG20 ($900) – though surely without as many bells and whistles.
By the by, the new GoPro HERO4 Black ($500) is so far ahead of the previous model GoPros that it’s a pisser for those of us who own those earlier models. That’s a hint that it might be best to go whole hog if buying someone a GoPro. That said, earlier models still capture breathtaking images, providing you’re in a breathtaking situation. I mean that seriously. Many folks buy GoPros for shooting mundane everyday affairs and aren’t overly pleased. As noted above, tame conditions beg non-sports model cams.