Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Jennifer knew there was always the possibility the judges might not understand her newly-perfected "fish flop" dismount ... nonetheless.
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Thursday, May 05, 2016: From the angling side of things, it’s a day with limited redeemability. The winds are way harder than I thought they would be. I see some gusts to nearly 30. That doesn’t work, except maybe for the well-seasoned folks working the IBSP at the Barnegat Inlet North Jetty.
Below photo: Judy Russotto Bouton
I’m into crapified days like this when Holgate is open. For the far south end, northeast winds of offshore. Also, the riled water activates the bite.
WEEKEND LOOK-AHEAD: Just maybe. That’s the angling/weather rating for the weekend. I’m seeing a rapid decline in winds through the weekend, mainly out of the south; not much more 15 mph by late-day. Sunday could see some increasing west winds, dampening boat fishing … but just fine for surfcasting.
I won’t get into the occasional drippiness since that’s not the real bugaboo. I saw tons of folks out there in the rain, being attracted to siren’s call of the bluefish.
KEEP THE BLOODINESS AT BAY: With so many Barnegat Inlet bluefish in play – and so many being kept, allowably so – I’ve been asked to encourage fishing folks to keep your fishing area clean. The blood stains along the Barnegat Light State Park deck are a turnoff to those just wanting to walk the deck for a scenic look-about. To be sure, those crimson patches don’t wash away all that well. I have to admit that the few photos I’ve seen from fishing areas along Barnegat Inlet are a bit ugly.
No, I’m not getting all officious. In fact, I fully understand that bluefish dehooking can get sanguine. However, I’ve heard some anglers are bleeding their fish on the deck, cutting their throats, per custom.
If on a meal-seeking bluefish mission, I suggest bringing along thick garbage bags, as are often used on headboats to hold the catch. As long as the weather stays coolish, those bags work great to control and contain the fish.
BUCKTAIL FALLOUT: That entire dead-culling uproar thing has bent the entire fish-keeping thing out of kilter, as I feared it might. There are now folks going gonzo even over bluefish keepers.
I always encourage conservation first. At the same time, I’m a fish-keeper myself, though not all that often of late.
The one thing I hype regarding the keeping of bluefish is knowing how much you need. Just as importantly, it’s a sportsman’s duty to show some respect to the fish being kept, like not leaving fish lying around too long. Get them cooled or on ice quickly.
Above: Is this kid truly as bad as he's being made out to be?
Untrue-ism: I can do whatever I want with legally caught fish. Not so. It is illegal to waste fish. It’s called “wanton waste” and can lead to fines, loss of license(s) and – in huge or repeated cases – jail time.
Truth be told, I’m always impressed with the overall proper and respectful handling of kept fish. In fact, the rage over the bass culling incident shows how sensitive many/most anglers are regarding proper utilization of the resource.
JUST SAYIN’: While the angling realm is chockful of really cool folks – the majority, in fact -- there is a contingency of nasty-ass f*****. A famed angling website I used to visit seemed to harvest these mean-spirited numbnuts. While I tolerate perpetual whiners pretty well, their shtick often gets tired and, more aggravating to me, so damn predictable.
Not that irate in-group exchanges are new to my life. During my decades/lifetime immersed in the surfing realm, there were many feuds breaking out -- almost always over waves. Punches flew – and that was that. More often than not, all was forgotten long before the wounds healed. Bad blood in the angling sector seem to hang around -- until one party or the other dies.
Adapting an old adage: Shut-up and fish … said in a friendly way, mind you.
REPLEN CHATTER: I want to offer a minor update on the replenishment of the human-occupied section of the Holgate.
As expected, the use of inlet sand has hit snags. Groups, including the Forsythe Refuge, have raised concerns about the eco-impact of such a dredging action. The health and welfare of such species as newborn nurse sharks has been called into focus.
Another protest I knew would arise centers on the fact that Little Egg Inlet remains a “pristine inlet,” one of the last along the coast. Researchers consider it a natural baseline, an undisturbed waterway, to establish the impact of man-influenced inlets.
I don’t see major negative impact, like those being portrayed by the likes of Rutgers University. I also don’t see the relatively small zone of dredging as affecting the inlet’s all-natural rating. Building jetties, on the other hand …
Of course, it’s good that my opinion doesn’t count – just in case things were to go really wrong during the dredging.
If the inlet-to-beach dredging were to take place, the Great Lakes hopper-dredger Illinois would be called into action.
That vessel is currently working Egg Harbor. Per company literature: “The Company was also awarded a $15.8 million modification to an existing contract at Great Egg Harbor Inlet, NJ. Major winter storms caused significant erosion to this portion of the coastline. The dredge Illinois is presently executing work on this project modification.”
Interestingly, that same Great Lakes’ literature next reads:
“Finally, we will mobilize a dredge and attendant equipment, including 35,000 feet of pipeline, to perform emergency maintenance dredging on four small boat channels in Ocean County, NJ. Work on this rivers and lakes project will commence later this year. The value of this award is approximately $9 million.”
The above OC project is unnamed but it sounds like the Double Creek work.
Back to Holgate replen. The beach-fix is happening soon, one way or another, i.e. sand from the current borrow source or from LE Inlet.
In assuring that, I hope to dispel rumors (?) that an effort is being made to waylay the entire Holgate replen until environmental impacts on the Forsythe refuge are made. That crossed my desk and sounded very suspicious from the get-go.
I’m hoping that notion simply arose via a misread of Forsythe’s comment to the NJDEP, questioning the impacts a Little Egg Inlet dredging might have on the adjacent Wilderness Area. I fully expected the refuge to worry about any impacts from work so close to its property. I would too if I owned said property.
Looking further north, recent court decisions regarding eminent domain mean replenishment work will likely move toward North Beach and Loveladies after Holgate. Two scenarios arise: 1) If the Holgate fix stays with the current replen set-up, the dredge Liberty – one of three now being used will do Holgate. 2) If the Holgate portion switches to inlet sand, and the above-mentioned Illinois hopper-dredge will take over the sand transport duties; the Liberty will move north to Loveladies, North Beach, north Surf City.
The north work could possibly extend into summer. There are many folks who think that timeframe is a decent comeuppance on the holdouts. The problem there is the impact hits hard on the majority of folks who live in the neighborhoods west of the beachfront homes. Nearly all of them have supported a beach-fix.
BL/LOVELADIES LINE: Along Loveladies lines, I have to wonder about the look and feel of the beach boundary where just-replenished Loveladies will meet unreplenished Barnegat Light sands. I’m thinking in both angling and beachgoing terms.
While BL has always had nice large beaches overall – far more so than neighboring Loveladies – it will likely seem weird for BL’ers to suddenly be dwarfed by the neighboring LBT beachfront to its south.
It should be noted that, overall, there is very little south-to-north littoral drifting/transport of sand on LBI. However, there can be a couple blocks worth of sand movement, northward, if the summer is heavy on the south wind front, i.e. a lot of Bermuda high pressure systems.
BL beaches nearest Loveladies might also experience that odd tidal ponding effect, whereby the protruding replenished beach turns ocean waters beachward, forming troublesome tidal water collection areas, which can be almost lake-like -- as was seen in Ship Bottom not that long ago. This could make things tough for Don, Bob and the rest of the BL Beach Patrol.
Did you know: Loveladies was the first beach on LBI to be replenished via dredging? It wasn’t that long ago. It was in conjunction with the building of the New South Jetty. Somewhere, I have photos of the pipes snaked along the beachfront. Also, there was once a short-lived effort to have hopper-dredged sand, taken out of Barnegat Inlet channel, deposited flush against the Loveladies beachline. It was way too work intensive and time consuming.
If you’ve ever wondered what the (longish) deed to give up an easement looks like, called “DEED OF DEDICATION AND PERPETUAL STORM DAMAGE REDUCTION EASEMENT,” see http://www.nj.gov/dep/ec/lbi_sample_easement.pdf.