All Beaches Have A Steep Ledge From High Surf Conditions
Angry seas today my friends, and they gave everyone a show. At incoming to high tide today, fast waves cut a ledge or a cliff, for a better visual description, up and down the Delaware and Maryland beaches. Heavy carving in Ocean City Maryland as well. The water is still working the ledges. This always happens with these conditions. Northeast winds and waves, like a mini nor’easter. Tomorrow will be worse but winds will calm down (a little) tonight and wave height will increase from the east.
Parking anywhere near this drop off is a really bad idea and do not drive along it. If you are night fishing be very careful driving, these edges get lost in shadow when they are that steep. By the time you see it you are in the collapse zone. Tomorrow these ledges will be cut back even more and definitely overnight.
Hopefully by tomorrow with the wave direction shift, this will possibly flatten out with heavier surf. More than likely though all of the beaches will carve or cut out even farther back and be much steeper or taller. One angler said the drop off was five feet, it is waist high at Cape Henlopen. Not surprised at all. Even Assateague is seeing a small drop off.
Take a couple of extra boards with you about a foot wide and two feet long. Carve a set of steps into the ledge so you can walk up an down easier. Use a real shovel preferably a flat head. The ocean and winds will eventually bring that steep slope back to the beach. We will have a nice set of mini sand bars and tide pools up and down the beaches for a while too.
In the wide surf wash on that incoming tide into the outgoing, striped bass were running through that area eating sand fleas and bait fish. They love that fast moving white water for feeding and those little pools.
Just a heads up for tonight and tomorrow. Watch the ledge, no one wants it to collapse and get a vehicle stuck or even roll into the surf.
Marine Forecast …
Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm-
Coastal waters from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island DE out 20 nm-
616 PM EDT Sat Aug 24 2019
…SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON…
.TONIGHT…NE winds 15 to 20 kt, diminishing to 10 to 15 kt after
midnight. Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Swell mainly from
the SE with a dominant period of 8 seconds. A slight chance of
showers and drizzle late this evening and overnight with vsby
1 to 3 NM.
.SUN…NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 4 to
6 ft. Swell mainly from the E with a dominant period of
8 seconds. A chance of showers and drizzle in the late morning
.SUN NIGHT…NE winds around 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas
4 to 7 ft. Swell mainly from the NE with a dominant period of
7 seconds. A chance of showers and drizzle early in the evening,
then a chance of showers in the late evening and overnight. Vsby
1 to 3 NM early in the evening.
.MON…NE winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 5 to
7 ft. Swell mainly from the NE with a dominant period of
8 seconds. A chance of showers early in the morning.
.MON NIGHT…E winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas
4 to 6 ft. A chance of showers after midnight.
.TUE…NE winds around 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 4 to
6 ft. A chance of showers.
.TUE NIGHT…E winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt, becoming
NE 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Seas 4 to 6 ft.
.WED…NE winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming SE in the afternoon. Seas
3 to 5 ft. A chance of showers. A chance of tstms in the
.WED NIGHT…S winds around 5 kt, becoming W after midnight. Seas
3 to 4 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
.THU…NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 3 ft. A chance of showers
and tstms in the morning.
.THU NIGHT…NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 3 ft.
Winds and seas higher in and near tstms.
Tides Indian River Inlet