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Tuesday, October 15, 2019: Sweet day. Tomorrow? Did I mention today was sweet? I’m going to issue a mini angling alert ...

Try to avoid these stripers ... actually a well-named tigerfish (tropical): 

Below: Ordered this; saltwater model. It has Classic winner written all over it. 

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Got this one for free ...

To get you in the bassing mood ... from 2016 

Fishing Friday: The Craziest Striped Bass Photo You’ll See This Season

Dan Street and his two big bass. (Photo: Surf City Bait and Tackle)

Keeper striped bass moved into the area this week in larger numbers than previously seen this spring, and nowhere else was than better proven than at the Barnegat Inlet jetty, where angler Dan Street hooked a 40-pound, 48.5-inch cow.

The catch, caught on the LBI side of the inlet and weighed in at Surf City Bait and Tackle, will also likely come to be known as the coolest catch photo of the season. Street’s fish was pictured with another keeper bass – a “tiny” 29.5-incher – in its mouth. No, it’s not a Photoshop, though it’s clear the photo was set up to show the enormity of the bigger bass.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019: Sweet day. Tomorrow? Did I mention today was sweet?

I’m going to issue a mini angling alert, based on a major bass mass up Island Beach State Park, but more significantly, a goodly number of keeper stripers being caught right here on little ole LBI. It just feels like something bassy might break loose – once we get an alleged wicked-ass blow, which should be over in nothing flat.

Here’s a look from Surf City Bait and Tackle · 

Derby Fish!
Last night Joe B got a 10.12 lb bass in BL on squid & this morning Brandon P got a 19.46 lb bass in BL on a swim shad

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Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association

The recent spate of strong northeast winds and extremely high tides over a several day period kept the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association at the dock. Now that the weather in the Beach Haven area has begun to settle down, the boats have been out and about catching fish.

Early reports from boats bottom fishing inshore wrecks and reefs have been positive. The long period of closure for black sea bass have gotten them hungry and feisty. As a result, that action has been strong with limit catches reported in addition to some large “humpback” fish being taken. In addition, there are big tautog, or blackfish, around the same structures as the sea bass.

Those recent northeast winds have gotten the striped bass moving southward on their annual migration. Although the big fish have not yet arrived off Long Beach Island, they are reported to be just to the north of the area. This means it should only be a few days until these fish arrive, and this would be just in time for the annual Sea Shell Club’s Striped Bass Derby.

The Derby is the fishing highlight for boat-oriented anglers in Beach Haven every fall. The event features three days of fishing, fun, food, and great prizes.

This year’s event has special meaning for the captains of the BHCFA. The Junior Mates of the BHCFA have embarked ono an effort to restore the artificial fishing reefs just off the coast of Beach Haven. This effort requires hard work and a substantial amount of money to get into action.

The 2019 version of the Sea Shell Tournament has named the Junior Mates reef efforts as the charitable recipient this year. These funds will be a real shot in the arm to get the program underway. The proceeds will be used to replenish the reef sites.

The Derby will take place from Friday, October 25, through Sunday, October 27.The captains of the BHCFA are urging all local anglers to participate in the tournament this year. Complete information on the tournament including rules and signup information can be downloaded at the Sea Shell’s website at https://theseashellresort.com/striped-bass-derby

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


After the blow, the stretch toward the Holgate back cut had a sneaky, snaky river running through it. Coulda hurt if someone buggied into it. Twas a time many folks fished night at Holgate. How times change. 


Can't makes heads or tails of this six-foot, easily 250-pound wash-up mass of rope-like material in Holgate. At first, I thought it was simply tumbled anchor rope from the shipping lanes, but on closer inspection the rope-like mesh is strongly sewn together. Might it be some sort of fender used on barges? It could even be used carpet a public boat launch. Just guessing though.  


Is Holgate’s refuge area built upon a toxic dump site? If you walk its bayside lately, you might fear same -- upon seeing thought-pristine sands issuing festering rivulets of foul-smelling chemical ooze. In some cases, the outflow is an ominous pitch black. Elsewhere, it’s a sickly silver-grey tint or a mishmash of unhealthy-looking hues.
Not to fear, folks. The odd emissions are quite natural, albeit in a heavy-erosion nature.
The seepage stems from loads of living vegetation being sanded under by washovers. Once buried, it dies and is quickly put upon by bacteria -- sulfate-reducing bacteria that thrive under low oxygen conditions.
The bacteria use sulfates to oxidize the rotting material, which is like lobster tail dining to them. The process by-produces smelly hydrogen sulfide and can blacken the loads of occult (microscopic) lead always hanging in the sandy sediment.
When conditions are ripe, literally, the pressure from the trapped gasses can percolate to the surface, bringing with it chemically ooze of a primordial nature. The same decay processes have been taking place for a billion or so years.
While the ooze issuing forth in Holgate is relatively harmless, it can surely impact nearby creatures and vegetation. Fortunately, the effected areas are very small.
As to my reaction upon seeing the bubble up: I saw natural artwork in the offering – smell notwithstanding. I tried to capture some of the looks, but photos can’t do the hydrogen sulfide artwork justice.
Don't miss the last shots of nebulous aura bearing flowers and a hydrogen sulfide Asian lady. I have dozens of cool artsy shots. Maybe I'll share them

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Asian lady: 

Spooky aura thing offering me flowers ... 

A land manta ray ... with spray.

A snaggeltooth bear-like thing waving to me. ...

Heron tracks ... Oh. wait, those really are heron tracks. 

A pop-art palette ***********************************************************

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1st bass of the Fall Season just hit the scale and it’s a good one. Here’s Tony Ciasca with a 47” 26.75lb Bass that took a frozen mullet in the IBSP Surf this morning. #grumpystackle


Won this first one... now on to the LBI derby.

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Thank you to all who entered the 1st Annual Barrier Island Beach Brawl!

Having to battle remnants of the full moon Nor’Easter, 185 anglers managed to release 8 striped bass on day one and 13 stripers on day two for a total of 21 released striped bass. Day two saw three blackfish that took all the top prizes. First place went to Jesse Avagnado with a 2.68 pound blackfish. Second was earned by Dom Mancuso and his 2.44 pound blackfish, just eeking out Elihu Torres who claimed third place with a 2.42 pound tog. Unbelievably, no bluefish were checked in during the tournament.

The striper category was won by Bob Misak, it was a random draw out of the 21 bass photos. Chris Bodner had high hook with 5 bass, and he also split the mystery fish pool with Liam Rea who released a strange spotted hake overnight. Most of the bass were reportedly caught at IBSP, though a few were in Lavallette and Mantoloking on a variety of cut mullet, metal jigs, and rubber baits. A 50/50 was held for a cash donation to St. Gregory’s Pantry to help the homeless and hungry. The after party at Playa Bowls and Crab’s Claw was legendary. We look forward to putting on the 2nd annual next year!

A special thank you to Blazing Visuals for designing and printing all the killer T-Shirts, banners and flyers, to FB groups like this one for spreading the word and especially to all sponsors and tackle shops that generously gave time and prizes to the gig including:

Door Prizes and Winner’s Prizes Sponsored by: YETI Costa Sunglasses Shimano-MTB St. Croix Rods Tsunami Tackle SPRO U.S.A Mustad Fishing Gamakatsu USA, Inc. Rapala Patrick Sebile's A Band Of Anglers Tony MaJa Custom Tackle Magictail Jersey Mike's Subs Tactical Anglers Inc.@kevinboganrods @surfsidesupply @dtplugs Grumpys Tackle Betty and Nicks Bait and Tackle Fishing Club Charlies Bait n Tackle Fishermen's Supply Co. Gabriel Tackle Co.



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Tattoo For Diabetics Changes Colors Along With Blood Sugar Levels

Who knew that tattoos could serve a function outside of just looking cool as heck?

It's true thanks to some amazing scientists over at MIT in Boston. They've created ink that changes colors to alert diabetic patients of changes in blood sugar levels.

Far more than is needed regarding approaching rapid-fire storm tomorrow. Wind and rain could be impressive in a short-span way. 

A storm that will dive down from Canada early this week will move through the Great Lakes and into the Northeast by Wednesday.

A fast-moving storm from western Canada is forecast to strengthen rapidly and is poised to bring a dose of drenching rain, strong winds and even some high-elevation snow to the northeastern United States from Wednesday to Thursday.

The storm may neither strengthen quickly enough to be classified as a bomb cyclone, nor may there be enough northeasterly winds over a broad for it to be considered a true nor'easter. The barometric pressure has to fall 24 millibars or 0.71 inches in 24 hours for the bomb cyclone criteria to be met. Winds on the front side of the storm may be from the east or southeast instead of from the northeast.

However, the storm will pack a heavy punch.

The storm's swift forward speed will generally limit drenching rainfall to part of the daylight hours on Wednesday in the central Appalachians and eastern Great Lakes region. In these areas, between 0.25 and 0.75 of an inch of rain is likely.

"However, farther to the east, more moisture may be available, and the storm may have time to strengthen enough to slow down and produce significantly heavier rainfall," Brett Rossio, AccuWeather meteorologist, said.

Rain in parts of the lower mid-Atlantic coast and northern New England is likely to average 1-2 inches. A general 2-3 inches of rain is anticipated from northern New Jersey and eastern New York state to southern and central New England, where an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 4 inches is most likely to be achieved.

The weather for the scheduled ALCS game in New York City during Wednesday evening is likely to be stormy with drenching rain and gusty wind.

While the weather for Tuesday evening's NLCS game in Washington, D.C., should be fine, if the series goes to Game 5 scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast.

From the standpoint of abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions, the rainfall will be welcomed.

However, enough rain can fall at the local level in some urban areas to cause minor street and poor-drainage area flooding, which can slow travel.

Where leaves are falling or have recently fell in wooded areas, the wet pavement can make for especially slick conditions on secondary roads. In some cases, fallen leaves can block storm drains.

"We believe wind will be significant in some locations from the storm," Rossio said.


Since this storm will strengthen as it moves along, gusts may be strong enough to break tree limbs, cause sporadic power outages and knock a considerable amount of leaves off the trees in areas where leaf color is peaking or past peak.

"We expect gusts around New York City to range from 40-50 mph, but gusts between 50 and 60 mph are likely in central and southeastern New England," Rossio said.

An AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 65 mph is likely on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and over parts of Nova Scotia.

Winds that strong can lead to flight delays and lead to travel restrictions over some of the high bridges in the region. Construction cranes may need to be secured.

The strongest winds over the eastern Great Lakes, central Appalachians and mid-Atlantic coast are likely to occur on the back side of the storm from Wednesday night through Thursday and will generally be blowing from the west and northwest with most gusts between 35 and 45 mph.

However, New England can get strong winds on both the front and back side of the storm. Winds are likely to increase from the east from Wednesday to Thursday, then flip around to the west and northwest from Thursday to Friday.

"The strong easterly winds on the front side can lead to a period of above-normal tides and coastal flooding in eastern New England," Rossio said.

The shifting winds could also knock over some large or poorly-rooted trees and lead to property damage in New England.

As cold air charges in on the back side of the storm, a change to snow is likely in the higher elevations of the Adirondacks, Catskills and Green and White mountains from eastern New York state to northern New England from Thursday to Thursday night. It is possible the highest terrain picks up a few inches of snow.

In terms of how the air feels, the coldest air of the season so far will rotate in following the storm.

Gusty winds are likely to cause AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures to run 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit lower than the actual temperature from Thursday to Friday.

This means that RealFeel® Temperatures may dip into the 20s and lower 30s over the central Appalachians and eastern Great Lakes region and to the 30s and 40s near the mid-Atlantic coast.

As winds diminish Friday night, temperatures are likely to dip to frosty levels over the interior mid-Atlantic with a freeze possible for the higher terrain of northern New York state and northern New England.

In most cases, the frost and freeze will not occur in areas that have not yet experienced temperatures at this level. However, there can be some exceptions where a frost occurs in locations that have avoided a growing season ending event in parts of the mid-Atlantic and central New England.

A few locations may equal or dip slightly lower than their lowest point so far this season in terms of actual temperature by Saturday morning.

That mark is 34 F in Pittsburgh, 42 in Boston, 45 in New York City, 46 in Philadelphia and 49 in Washington, D.C.

Temperatures are forecast to rebound for several days late this weekend and into next week before much colder air sweeps in prior to the end of October.


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