Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Dog days of summer.
Friday, August 21, 2015: It now seems the forecasted northeast winds aren’t developing quite as expected. We’re actually in for some calm air Saturday a.m. that calmness could ruin any chance of any early-day ocean drift for fluke until later-day winds pick up a bit throughout the morning.
The bay should be highly fishable throughout the day. Inlet and ocean should be doable for everything but smaller craft.
I’ve gotten half a dozen reports of manatees in the bay – and ocean. You might recall we had one or two a couple years back. However, if I’m putting reports together right, we might have an entire herd moving through our water.
Boaters, please keep an eye open for these manatees. I look at it this way: As large as they are, you always want to be alert to – and avoid – anything that large looming in front of you. It simple, everyday boating vigilance.
Manatees are difficult to see, especially when moving in a boat on the water. Observations may include a swirl on the surface caused by the manatee when diving; seeing the animalsback, snout, tail, or flipper break the surface of the water; or hearing it when it surfaces to breathe.
|Manatee snout||Manatee tails or backs|
|Water swirl "footprint"|
The manatee is protected under federal law by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and by the Endangered Species Act of 1973, which make it illegal to harass, hunt, capture or kill any marine mammal. The manatee is also protected by the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act of 1978, which states: "It is unlawful for any person, at any time, intentionally or negligently, to annoy, molest, harass, or disturb any manatee."
Anyone convicted of violating this state law faces a possible maximum fine of $500 and/or imprisonment for up to 60 days. Conviction on the federal level is punishable by fine of up to $50,000 and/or one year in prison. The State of Florida can pursue prosecution under federal law in circumstances of extreme harassment, resulting in the death or injury of a manatee.
Tomorrow morning ... lots of fishing stuff ...
I’ve been alerted to folks suffering from clammers itch, swimmer’s itch, duck itch just to offer few names of those insufferable parasites that attack legs, ankles and feet tops with bites similar to chiggers but worse … if you can imagine that.
Technically the hideous itches are caused by the free-swimming cercariae phase of the parasite Schistosomatidae. Now through fall is one of the worst times. Bayside shallows and mud flats reek of these menaces due to the number of snails -- the carrier of these larvae. The cercariae are seeking birds but go after anything living.
I know of two LBI cases of kids needing to be hospitalized because of countless infiltrations/ bites -- and resulting reaction. Skin infiltrations often leave permanent scarring -- after being scratched. My ankles are proof of that. There is no fast fix for the itch.
I bring this up because I have seen, without a doubt, that some years find these hideous things far worse than other years. The attacks I’ve recently seen on Facebook tell me that.
NEVER walk in bayside mud barefooted. Or pay this price.
By the by, a fellow I know who was (and still is) healthy as an Olympian was mud raking for clams in just socks. He was badly attacked by Schistosomatidae. Later that might the itching became so unbearable he became lightheaded, had difficulty breathing and displayed symptoms of shock. He had go to the hospital. It was not anaphylaxis. His body simply couldn’t tolerate the itchiness – and, I believe, began shutting down. That’s a radical example but I can give you half a dozen mighty tough Island dudes who were to the brink of ripping their skin off the itching became so severe.
Below: When fishing and PWCs finally play nice together.
Here's Mapi Koz of Wantage with a nice #weakie caught with Capt. Dave.
Wanna fish? Call Dave at 7323305674...
What a difference a day makes - same area, same tide, and the keepers were biting compared to yesterday's trip. I had Tim Murphy of Doylestown, PA and his son Kevin on a 4hr Bay & Inlet charter targeting fluke on a blustery morning. We used the drift sock for the majority of the trip due to the wind and tide. But the fluke were hungry and wanted the S & S Bigeye bucktails tipped with live bait. It was game on. We hit some areas that were holding fish and the father-son team landed close to 30 fluke with 5 keepers (21, 19, 18.5, 18.5, 18). Nice job and looking forward to our fall striper trip.