Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Wednesday, December 10, 2014: What a difference a wind shift makes. Yesterday’s wild wet-out, similar to a white out but wetter -- has petered out in the face of brisk westerlies. The hard offshores knocked the surf down to one/tenth of what it had been yesterday; a remarkable drop.
While there are still wet spots along the Boulevard – and a few barrel-marked right lane closures – it’s astounding the difference a day makes. LBI life is back to damn-near normal. The guy driving the county street sweeper looked whipped – and the trucks that get the offloaded sweepings were zipping around at a goodly clip. You know how places in the snow belt are impressively efficient quickly cleaning up after snows? They likely think the same about how amazingly well we clean up after flooding.
I drove the beach, mid-Island southward, and already some of the overwash damage from yesterday is self-repairing, though some areas took a beating that’ll require public works help. However, overall, it’s sorta amazing how well many stretches of beach fared, due in large part to wide beaches prior to the storm. It is sometimes forgotten that a big aspect of replenishment is the extra sand it adds to the system, allow enough sand to quickly recover after a blow. That recovery is just what’s happening.
Not so speedy in self-repairing is Holgate. Below are two videos, one of the fix-up being done to the ramp by LBT PW and the other my short drive on right after ramp repairs were done.
You’ll hear me mention in the drive-on video that I now see the worst washover area being only 1,000 feet in, not far from where the old Beach Have Inlet broke through back in the day. At about 1,500 feet, the bay and ocean are just about eye-to-eye. While the same set-up can be seen more graphically down at 5,000 and 7,000 feet, the 1000-foot washover has nothing but bay showing on the bayside. What I mean by that is there are no sedges, or even meadow grasses, between sea and bay. It a straight sand shot twixt the two waters. This entire winter the insidious bite-down from near-constant west wind waves will chew away at what little solid material is attaching the Holgate refuge from LBI proper. That slow-but-sure erosion is similar to the bayside eat-away of Mordecai Island off Beach Haven. The eating away of Mordecai is from an insidious, winter-long west-wind wave action.
That said, we’re closing in on word of which end of LBI will see the start of the “big fix.” I’d like to push the “south first” point with Great Lakes but I sure don’t want to get on their bad said. I picture coming home one day to find a 40-foot mound of sand where my house had been.
Fish art ... natural ...
Ship Bottom residents - have SANTA visit your family on the firetruck!!
Info is as follows:
The yearly Santa run will be on Monday December 22. This year Santa will be starting at 5pm on 1st st riding up and down each street of Ship Bottom! When you hear the sirens, come outside & greet your fire co and SANTA & say hello!
If you would like Santa to drop off a gift for your child, please include name, address, kids names, AGES & addresses and genders & if you'd be requesting a gift ( 7 and under please) to SBVFD attn SANTA! po box 185 Ship Bottom NJ 08008 no later than Dec 18. Any questions please call 609 848-8380.
If you have a child that is 8 years or older, Santa can still stop by your house, however, You would need to provide the gift for Santa to give to your child. A gift can be dropped off to the firehouse before the 22nd, but you MUST call 609-848-8380 to arrange drop off and info
A donation to the SBVFC is strongly suggested for this amazing opportunity, as Santa LOVES our firemen too!
This is for Ship Bottom residents only. Other LBI towns have Santa do the same thing, contact your town FD to see when he rides with them