Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Friday, October 13, 2017: All I have to report upon is the ocean and beachfronts.

OLDIE: Further proof that white birds can't jump. (My photo.)

Below: Those were the days. (My photo)

As were these ... (1954) I'll include some readable close-up in blogs to come. 

Friday, October 13, 2017: All I have to report upon is the ocean and beachfronts.

 I drove a goodly stretch, mid-Island. While the beaches are holding up decently, it’s a damn good thing we lengthened the 2017 Surf Fishing Classic. This first week has been an almost total loss to the skies.

There were a scant few ultra-hearty souls out there fishing, walk-ons – wind- and sand-blasted but holding their grounds in hopes of a rogue bass or blue stopping by to say “Hey!” You gotta be real to be out there today, unprotected – short of a hoodie and hope.

Not that long ago:

There were two buggies fishing, a half mile apart. Inside-sitters. Smart.

I’m pressed for time so I couldn’t do a Holgate run today – in time for the 9 a.m. low tide. There has been your typical Boulevard and backroad flooding at high tide. Drive accordingly. I saw a sedan go full-fishtail in an explosion of water when he/she angrily tore out of a slow-moving passing lane – which MUST be driven at high tides – and hit ponded water at 50. I couldn’t tell in my rearview mirror but he/she might have even stalled out. Even if there was no stall out, can you imagine how deeply into the chassis and engine compartment that saltwater must have gone?!

Below: Typical ponding. previous. 
Jennifer Houlis Bolger

While the winds are still going whole hog out of the NE (noon) they will be swinging south, rather rapidly. There could be a slight calm down period during the changeover but absolutely not enough to allow boat ventures out the inlets. The  surf remains dangerously large (rips).

There is some boat fishing being done in the bay, south end. That bayside zone could be doable throughout the weekend, although south winds could honk. BL boat launch will still likely see a some business.

A muscular cold front moves in for Monday. Notice there is even some snow mixed behind the front, far to the north. Shows a chill, though I see milder air returning for the long run. 

I’ll repeat: That cold front passage will not only knock the surf down fairly quickly but will usher in the first feels-like-fall surf fishing of the year. It will allow for some wind-assisted casts, egged on by five-ounce sinkers, i.e. real autumnal surf angling. Bunker chunks will be the call, though mullet will nab blues. As notes, I’m going big jigs, though I might add some meat (strips of mackerel I had frozen). My luck I’ll get a ten-pound fluke. Yes, it’ll go back in the water.

Below: http://www.onthewater.com ... Gary Thompson caught this 15-pound, 3-ounce monster fluke aboard the Captain John out of Keyport, this summer. 

BUGGY BANTER: I’m not sure why I’m even bringing this up except a blog is a place to share. And this is purely “don’t try this at home.” Seeing I must do both beach and mainland driving, I’ve opted to take my truck's (Chevy Silverado, 8-cyl, heavy) tire pressure up to 30 psi. That allows for less destructive damage to my tires when, say, driving out to my cranberry bog.

I can dream: 

Image result for 2017 red chevy silverado loaded 4wd

For two weeks now, I’ve run with that dicey psi, using my beach buggying smarts by sticking to existing tracks when driving the sand. I haven’t even remotely had a problem.

But this hybrid tire pressure won’t work for everyone. I have road tires on my truck -- not the typical knobby, over-bite mountain tires, aka “off-road” tires.

I use roadies for just for my unique driving needs.

Many a 4WD buyer doesn’t realize that the last thing you want during beach travel is bite. You want to roll over the sand. To be sure, at dealerships, many/most 4WD trucks and some SUVs are equipped with showy deep-tread tires. These vehicles showy-tired to sell. You pay for that manly look in reduced gas mileage, along with the time-is-money need to air down drastically for beach/sand driving.  I get rid of that non-Jersey macho tire look straight away, via road tires. Truth be told, I know of nowhere in our area any terrain that big-bite mountain tires serve a purpose – short of dazzling the ladies and other drivers. Of course, this is just my read on truck/SUV tires. No offence to you showy types. They have their place. 

I should mention that all this blowing sand could make the beach end of buggy ramps duned up. Many of you know of what I speak. Ship Bottom has ready flattened the sand shoaling as of this morning. LBT has a load more street-ends to contend with.



The fishing action off Long Beach Island for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association continues to be a wide mix of fish from the inshore structure and artificial reefs along with some good action on false albacores, bonita, and some bluefish.

Captain Carl Sheppard of the “Star Fish” is counting the days until the black sea bass season in re-opens in New Jersey on October 22. He figures the sea bass will be thick along with some trigger fish for some topnotch bottom fishing. Until then he plans on fishing for blues and tautog and getting out to the offshore waters for some pelagics. He terms the current fishing “good” and expects it to improve, especially when the big stripers arrive in another week or so.

Captain Lindsay Fuller of the “June Bug” has been catching a good number of false albacore on light tackle. He says these feisty fish provide all the action any angler could want on light tackle. He is also looking for bonita. He too is looking forward to striped bass season and is keeping his fingers crossed for some cooler weather to cool the water off.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.net.


One of my too-many cook/chef days ... 

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