Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Friday, October 12, 2007: Waves: Down to 2-3 feet, inconsistent and dropping. Water clarity: Fair to poor; sections of heavy weed.
Winds played the total spoiler for boat anglers; gusts to over 40 mph with steady winds to 30, honking westerlies. The surf casters didn’t mind much. A load of fishermen along the beachfront with some decent bass fishing starting to show; not large fish (though a couple 20-pound-plus fish showed, topped by a 24-6 (verbal report) bass caught in Town.
There were also huge blues in Town and a couple other beach areas, however, those gator passings were fast and far from furious with just a few being yanked from the micro-blitzes.
Outside the winds, the main item of the day was the ever increasing baitfish presence. The peanut bunker are thick as bricks and all but paved the inside of the Rip in Holgate. The bunkies were also just off the beach, north to south. The problem is there are far more baitfish than gamefish. That is about to change in a big way. There simply has to be a coming together of the two – quite possibly in an explosive way.
Oddly missing are the small blues. Most everyone who noticed the gone-ness of this nonstop bite attribute the exit to the arrival of the killer large blues. I agree the slammers are having an impact but I’ll bet the cocktail blues are back by this weekend. There are just too many of them – and too much bait for them to down.
Formations of double-crested cormorant – 100 birds of more – are becoming a constant sight in the airway – and waterways, as they land and feed voraciously on bunker, mullet and flatfish. I catch hell from the bird folks for saying this, but the cormorant numbers are overpopulated by my reckoning. They eat huge numbers of fish but, more, they bully virtually all other bird species. Hell, even the gulls won’t stand up to them – though the gulls harass the cormorant as they eat, trying to steal the cormorant’s fish before they can adjust it in their beaks to swallow headfirst.
The first gannet showed today. These insanely diving birds – dive bombing from 150 feet straight down into the water – are the largest members of the famed booby family. Every fall a couple few of them come ashore, seemingly stunned from having hit wring. They are ultimately goofy looking but can bite like you don’t want to see.It could be an interesting weekend so please get me any hook-up reports – and check in here for anything exciting going on.