Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014: South winds have things a tad tricky out there – and not ocean-friendly for smaller vessels. Still, there are fluke to be had. Per always, you have to get on the bite and go with the flow. Rarely does a mass of fluke hang in one spot, except when camped near the beach or within a fluke halo around structures, like the Tires and artificial reefs.
Also, there are already high-topped clouds stacking in the west, midday, so we could see some flash and blow by late-day.
Actually, we haven’t been in the thunderboomer business much this spring, now summer. That has to do with the less-than-hot air temps and also a lack of powerful cold fronts. There’s no knowing how the storm scene will play out on the long run. I still think we’re in the market for a rare tornado or two, likely mere F1s. (See chart below)
If you haven’t seen the Weather Channel special on the 2013 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, schedule it. They recycle it frequently. Go to weather.com.
We went crazy over the Sandy flooding and wave damage but the wiping out of Moore easily surpassed the total number of utterly destroyed houses that Sandy left behind.
That comparison is not being cruel or unkind to all of us who suffered the Superstorm, it just reinforces the notion that sky-s*** happens everywhere. Imagine trying to tell the people of Moore that they shouldn’t rebuild there? Truth be told, the prospect of living in tornado alley, as storm intensity around the planet seemingly increases, would scare the ever-lovin’ crap outta me. Gimme the coastline weather, any day. Hell, with hurricanes we have days to get away and hide – not minutes, even merely seconds, as they must contend with out west.
The five categories are listed here, in order of increasing intensity.
|Scale||Estimated wind speed*||Relative frequency||Average Damage Path Width (meters)||Potential damage|
|F0||40–73||64–117||38.9%||10–50 (approx. 32–164 ft)||Light damage.
Some damage to chimneys; branches broken off trees; shallow-rooted trees pushed over; sign boards damaged.
|F1||74–112||118–180||35.6%||30–150 (approx. 98–493 ft)||Moderate damage.
The lower limit is the beginning of hurricane wind speed; peels surface off roofs; mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned; moving autos pushed off the roads; attached garages may be destroyed.
|F2||113–157||181–253||19.4%||110–250 (approx. 360–820 ft)||Significant damage.
Roofs torn off frame houses; mobile homes demolished; boxcars overturned; large trees snapped or uprooted; highrise windows broken and blown in; light-object missiles generated.
|F3||158–206||254–332||4.9%||200–500 (approx.655 ft- 1/3 mile)||Severe damage.
Roofs and some walls torn off well-constructed houses; trains overturned; most trees in forest uprooted; heavy cars lifted off the ground and thrown.
|F4||207–260||333–418||1.1%||400–900 (approx. 1/4-1/2 mile)||Devastating damage.
Well-constructed houses leveled; structures with weak foundations blown away some distance; cars thrown and large missiles generated.
|F5||261–318||419–512||<0.1%||1100 ~(approx. 3/4 mile or more)||Incredible damage.
Strong frame houses lifted off foundations and carried considerable distances to disintegrate; automobile sized missiles fly through the air in excess of 100 m (110 yd); trees debarked; steel reinforced concrete structures badly damaged.
*Fujita's initial wind speed estimates have since been found to be highly inaccurate. See Enhanced Fujita Scale
How about that Uruguayan soccer player Luis Suarez, the guy who bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini squarely on the shoulder during a World Cup match? Wow. Now there’s a guy who knows how to put some bite into the sport.
Sure, that’s a lousy play on words but here I’m struggling to understand the insane draw of the World Cup and the most drama I’ve seen are grown men getting nudged, then falling to the ground screaming for their mums. Of course, I now have a better command of the soccer mom concept. It’s like job security for those moms. Throughout life, soccer players straightaway fall to the ground and cry out for them. It would be kinda cool if soccer matches had the moms of all the players poised right behind the team benches. When one of their sons hit the ground crying, his mom would bolt out to his side, screaming and swinging a shoe at offending player along the way.
But back to that open-field biting thing. The potential has me watering at the mouth. Just imagine if soccer players routinely got into frenzied bite fights, right there on the field – arms down at their sides, snapping away at each other, maybe a little froth around the mouths; picture the refs holding back other players, as they snap at the air to get into the affray. I would never ever miss another soccer match. (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((())))))))))))))))))))))))
It's HUMPBACK Day here in LBI ! Halfway to the weekend! A perfect day to be out on the bay in one of our Carolina Skiffs or Pontoon Boats! Our Kayaks and SUPs are waiting for you to get an up close experience on the bay! Come ride one of Wave Runners and let us get you wet!! Fishing/Crabbing Report: Crabbing has been steady with nice BIGGER Blue Claws showing up this week! The Fluke bite has been great !! BEACH: The Bluefish blitz continues with some NICE Stripers mixed in and some nice Brown Sharks for some surf action!
A beautiful evening on the water.
Well Mako Mania 2014 in the books, day 2 brought a small Mako and more blue dogs once again , lost a real nice fish when she decided to come back to boat at 30 mph...but that's fishing...had a great charter and the guys gave it their all......lots of fun to be had and fish all went back to fight another day...Congrats to the winners....
The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have recently been showing that there is excellent fishing in the bay waters around Beach Haven, on the inshore wrecks and reef sites, and even offshore.
Captain George Finck of “Sparetime” Charters took Joe Delago and his three sons out for a day on the bay. The weather cooperated as the anglers had a nice catch of fluke and bluefish with the largest fluke stretching out to a full 22-inches in length.
Captain Carl Sheppard reports that Captain Vic Bertotti ran the “Star Fish” and had some nice catches of black sea bass on the wrecks in addition to some nice fluke in the inlet. Captain Carl had a group on the “Star Fish” and found unlimited 3-pound bluefish in the inlet. Once the anglers tired of reeling in the feisty blues, they started drifting for fluke. There were quite a few short fluke with some big ones which produced fillet almost 2-inches thick. On Sunday the McIlvaine family from Philadelphia fished on the “Star Fish” and bailed the fluke. The youngest angler, only 5 months old, caught her first fluke on the trip.
Captain Bob Gerkens on the “Hot Tuna” had George Penna, Bob Lebevre, Pete Nork, Nick DiPano, and Dante Soriente out on a sharking trip with him. While chumming for sharks, this experienced crew caught two brown sharks and heard on the radio about a bluefin tuna bite about 20 miles away. Captain Bob decided to pick up and head that way. Almost immediately upon starting the troll, they were greeted with 7 rods going down. This turned out to be some big bluefish. In the same general location were schools of bluefin tuna, and in the 2.5 hours they worked that area they caught 11 bluefin and at least 30 large bluefish to 15-pounds.
Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org.
*********The LEHPD is asking residents to call immediately if they notice suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.*******************
Burglary Prevention Tips
Burglars go through neighborhoods looking for uncut lawns and stuffed mailboxes. In the evening, they look for darkened houses or lights that have been left on too long. The following burglary prevention tips will help to make you and your family safer while also showing you how to become a part of the LEHPD Team - so that we may serve and protect Little Egg Harbor - our community - together.
The burglary basics:
Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
Keep your garage door closed and locked.
Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
Push button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.
Don't tempt a thief:
Lawn mowers, snow blowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight.
Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
Use curtains on garage and basement windows.
Never leave notes on your door such as "Gone shopping."
Locks…get the best:
No lock, regardless of its quality, can be truly effective. Key-in dead bolt locks provide minimum security. Ask a locksmith for advice on your situation.
Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.
When moving into a new home, have all locks changed.
Targeting the Outside:
Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.
Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.
Most windows can be pinned for security.
Drill a 3/16" hole on a slight downward slant through the inside window frame and halfway into the outside frame - place a nail in the hole to secure the window.
An alarm system is excellent for home security. It provides peace of mind to homeowners, especially while on vacation. There is a wide variety of alarm systems on the market.
Make several inquiries to different companies for the best security system available to you.
If Your Home Is Broken Into:
If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:
Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
Use a neighbor's phone to call police.
Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.
Other precautions you should take:
Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other "secret" hiding places -- burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home -- this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
Trim your shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars.
Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 911 immediately.
Mark your valuables with your driver's license number with an engraver you can borrow from your precinct. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.
Consider installing a burglar alarm system.
The MOST important thing YOU can do is CALL THE POLICE to report a CRIME or any SUSPICIOUS activity. You have to be the eyes of your neighborhood. And remember you can always remain a pair of anonymous eyes!