Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Above: Rainfish opting to swim into three inches of water in Holgate late today. Herring were the driving force.
Tuesday October 23, 2012: The LBI beaches remain wide and highly rideable, buggy-wise, even after days of winds and waves.
The water has finally cleared up – and is loaded to the gills with baitfish, mainly rainfish but also some spearing and even finger mullet.
It looks so much like fish out there that I can’t believe so little of Classic interest is being bested. To fore myself up – possibly for after dark angling – I keep rereading the weigh-in sheet for Tim Stumpf’s sweet 36.31 bass, taken on bunker after dark in Loveladies. It assumes second place overall, striper division. I kinda knew it was only a short matter of time before Tim worked his way up the leaderboard. He had already weighed in a 24.63 (Oct. 12), currently the event’s 4th largest bass. It pays to fish late – and often.
Closer to the southern end of reality, the Holgate tip has become a baitfish spectacle. The rainfish are so thick and heavy they have schooled up in clouds, often flush against the beach – or the Rip shoreline.
The scent of these fragile forage fish – which die almost immediately outside water – has attracted herring, herring and even more herring. Small blues have also picked up on the rainfish-fest.
Late today, the splash and flash of herring and blues on rainfish was quite a spectacle, topped off by diving birds (most noticeably terns) cashing and splashing in on the sure-shot pickins.
Further along baitfish lines, I threw on some decent schools of mullet, mainly along the Holgate frontbeach. They were running small to too small. However, that size mullet are super tailor blue bait. Don’t hesitate to grab some at your tackle shop.
Not that any of this angling will matter much since the entire Island will likely be totally washed away this coming week.
You’ve heard, right?
There is the possibility of a three-day nor’eastericane, with steady winds over 100 mph, doing unthinkable things to the entire Jersey Shore – before going after any place that even remotely reminds it of the Jersey Shore.
If that epic storm forms then hits, the only things that will be standing in its wake are things that actually aren’t meant to be standing.
Remember, numerically and theoretically speaking, there MUST be such a thing as a 100,000-year storm. You take 100,000 years and the biggest storm for that period becomes the 100,000-year storm. The March Storm of ’62 was a 100-year storm, tops. Technically, there will even be a million-year storm, but who has time like that to worry?
Admittedly, only one of the 11 most respected weather forecasting computers predicts a beyond-prefect storm. And that particular computer has been accused of self-medicating – and experimenting with smuggled aftermarket motherboards.
So, it now comes down to: “Do you feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk?
I’m bettin’ we’ll know more about this system come, say, next week.
Oh, by the way, next Wednesday is the anniversary of The Perfect Storm. Now there’s a disturbing irony, eh?
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