Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
(It is that humbling time of year when I hold the hat out for my one annual donation drive. I’m heading toward my 15th year and I promise there are a load of various expenses. Every donated penny goes to covering costs. I also want to assure that I absolutely do not EXPECT donations from anyone. Some folks have annually been kind – and I want them -- and all -- to realize that I’m thankful for past help but fully understand some years are better than others. Donations can be mailed to: Jay Mann, 222 18th Street, Ship Bottom, NJ, 08008-4418. Also, I can be PayPal-ed at firstname.lastname@example.org. )
Thursday, October 13, 2011:
The winds have calmed a bit, after some serious gusts yesterday. The surf is still royally roiled, pushing 6 feet, but far more fishable than yesterday. Throwing some clams out would likely bring some just-keeper stripers to hook. It’ll take more oily meat, mainly bunker donuts or heads, to attract Classic-grade bass.
Though the mullet run has damn near stopped over the last couple days, there are still some to be netted – and they remain as large as mullet can get in one summer’s growth spurt. (For you sciencey types, our mullet annually begin life with the adult mullet spawn offshore to the south. As larvae, they are transported by northbound currents and are eventually carried/blown ashore -- into the bays.)
Anyway, large mullet live-line better than just about any baitfish out there. Where herring and bunker rather quickly lose their spunk, mullet have an amazing constitution, one geared for a 1,000-mile swim southward. They are so energized, I’ve fished them for, say, half an hour and if nothing grabs them, I unhook and release. They zip off at like-new speed. Some live-lined mullet seem friskier than when first hooked. Recently, some of the largest stripers taken in town fell for live-lined mullet.
As of today, Holgate is closed until further notice. Work is once again being done near the troubled access road, which washed out again overnight. The next effort to thwart erosion will be the on-scene making of geo-tubes. This is geotextiles in bag form, filled with sand and arranged in a specific pattern to break wave action. This is the most the state will allow since banning any hard structure, like rock breakwaters and such. The bags have met with moderate success on LBI. However, the jury is out on how well they will work against a very aggressive erosional scenario, like the entrance to the Holgate Wilderness Area. I'll keep off-Islanders posted on the reopening on the south end to buggies and beachcombers.