Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Saturday, September 10, 2016: Winds came south early, sparing us from ...

Adorable parenting tricks ... 

Yet this girl laughs her ass off at Saturday Night Live ... 


"Got it! ... Or not!" 

Today: Hot on the mullet Trail, kinda:

This young gal was nailing floor exercises in Holgate ...

Saturday, September 10, 2016: Winds came south early, sparing us from what the nearby mainland got all a.m. – nasty heat. The antique show at Lake Pohatcong in Tuckerton sweated it out something awful. I got there in the early afternoon and the southerly ocean breezes were just getting there.

Beaches weren’t hurting for folks, nor was the bay for boaters, even though boat storage places are already tsunamied under by folks wanting their vessels pulled, polished and shrink wrapped … ASAP.

By the by, we have some great local “detailers” who can make you pulled boat look prettier than ever. Check The SandPaper for listings. I did detailing for a couple years … and never again! I’m a hard worker but that sh-stuff sucked. Getting the experts to do it is worth every penny.

Mullet are showing a bit, though nothing noteworthy.

Disturbingly, the water in the south end of Barnegat Bay, Beach Haven to Little Egg Inlet, is hideously dirty. I kid you not. It’s brownish and maybe two feet of visibility, tops. Myself -- nor any of the regulars -- can figure out why it’s staying so crappy. It really matter when looking for baitfish.

HOLATE ALERT: The first two hundred yards last the ramp onto the beach is loose as sin. You better be low on tire psi (20-ish) both coming and going. Even staying in the existing tracks doesn’t help a lot. It’s not until you get past those long beach tidal ponds that things get a bit more solid. Also, high tide does not allow safe/dry access, starting at around the 7,000-foot mark and extending for a solid 2,000 feet or more. Getting around the west point and to the back-cut is a one-lane affair until the tide is really out. Also, there is not a lot of sand at the back-cut, especially if loads of boats have pulled out to party.

We have early and very late low tides for a few days to come. That means high tide during the meaty chunk of the day. Please time your Rip trips accordingly. This tidal timeframe is always problematic with folks who don’t know the Holgate ropes. It once again satisfies my favorite adage: “You can’t get there from here.”

One other safety matter. For weeks to come, the Holgate parking area is going to be jam packed. If you like your buggy to stay relatively blemish-free, inch through that parking lot – at the ready for just about anything to pull/jump out. In defense of some folks, they begin to back out after not seeing any traffic to the south … and then we pull up off the beach. Don’t count on puller-outers to have seen you suddenly enter the parking lot picture. I had a minor bumper bump just last week, though I saw it coming and was reversing fast enough to make it less-than-minor. A mere tap. However, the old-timer who tapped me hadn’t seen me come off the beach and he was mortified and apologetic beyond measure. I felt worse than he did. What’s more, he was actually backing up a bit further than usual to allow another reversing car enough room to pull out. It’s the other old saying, “No good deed goes unpunished.”

Finally, make sure you put a digging shovel back into your beach vehicle. I’ve come across even the savviest of beach drivers who have found themselves in a spot of trouble and were amateurishly asking, “Uh, you got a shovel?” I do … but do you? Of course, after that bit of wise-assedness, I always help dig them out. 

We have 15 more days of fluke season. Five at 18, locally.


EPA Sued for Not Setting Water Quality Standards to Combat Ocean Acidification

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] September 9, 2016

The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to set new water-quality standards to combat ocean acidification or respond to a three-year-old Center petition demanding the agency address this growing threat to marine life.

The Center filed a legal petition in April 2013 requesting the EPA develop new water-quality standards to monitor and detect ocean acidification as required by the Clean Water Act. The Center said such standards are the foundation of the Act and provide a basis for water-quality monitoring, identifying impaired waters and controlling water pollution. In 2010 the agency acknowledged that it has the duty and authority to address ocean acidification under the Clean Water Act.

“The EPA is ignoring the threat of ocean acidification, and that’s very dangerous. We need to act now to protect oysters, corals and other marine animals that are already being hurt by the deadly effects of ocean acidification,” said Emily Jeffers, a Center attorney.

Oceans become more acidic as they absorb carbon dioxide emissions, interfering with the ability of shellfish and corals to turn calcium carbonate into protective shells, among other problems. According to a recent report published by leading scientists on the West Coast Panel on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia, current federal water-quality standards, measured by pH, are 40 years old and are neither based on current science nor strong enough to protect marine life.

"Scientists are telling us we need new water-quality standards, but the federal agency charged with protecting our water is turning a blind eye to the problem,” said Jeffers. “If we want to save our fisheries and coastal ecosystems, we need standards that reflect the best scientific knowledge. To be wise steward of the oceans we need to be able to identify the water bodies that need our help the most.”

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