Yesterday February 21st was a beautiful day in the neighborhood! It sure hinted at spring in a strong way. I was fortunate enough to get out and enjoy the day on the water.
Wednesday’s storm generated a medium sized but strong south east swell and Thursday’s light westerly winds made for clean conditions. The mid-island beaches have some beautiful sand bars set up and they welcomed in the waves. For most of the day chest high waves crashing on the bars. During the best tide 12-2pm it was most consistent with head high plus waves pumping in. Lots of fun!
Why share stoke of surf on FishingLBI?
Because the end of winter is near! And I have a couple things of value to local anglers looking forward to spring fishing.
- Bait – While walking up current I saw two fresh bunker on the beach. I has beyond shocked and happy to see two fresh bunker on the beach. They were separated by about two or three blocks and both were being worked over by a lone gull. Spring + Bunker = Bass!
- Water Temperature – The ocean water felt slightly warmer than my last surf session. Most likely due to the light winds, warm air and sun; however, I’m confident it came up a couple of degrees. The surf temperature might have bottomed out for the winter. If that’s the case it’s only up from here. sure water came up a couple degrees.
- Beach Conditions – The mid-island beaches of Long Beach Island have some beautiful set ups. The bars, sloughs and cuts look promising. Also the 4×4 access ramps look very good in both Ship Bottom and Surf City. Our fingers are crossed they survive March. Last year we had a historic run of North East winds and swells which clawed out the beaches. March can be brutal!
Spring Is Right Around The Corner!