Drive On Beach Conditions
I went to Faithful Steward this morning for some predawn and sunrise surf fishing. There was icy dew on the cooler, and the coffee was hot, I took a whole pot with me. I skipped the computers and phone before I went. It is was just like a normal day at the beach, with a bonus. No one was out there, I had it all to myself. The offshore coastal storm is pushing some serious surge at the beaches.
The wash was wide on the outgoing tide. The beach is sloped pretty steep, watch the edges. Finding the cuts are much easier. I could see short striped bass running in six inches of water, I assume eating sand fleas. Hooking up was easy, I just dug up some fleas, and tossed them into the wash on a DS Custom Tackle surf rig. You have to hold onto your rod when you fish the wash, so the line doesn’t turn into Medusa’s hair on a good day. Even in the heavy surf a four ounce pyramid sinker was holding just fine and allowing the rig to move around.
The waves were big today, lot of power pushing against the beach. They lift up farther out and then crash in hard washing across the sandbar and filling the swales. I watched the sun rise, caught small striped bass, and just enjoyed the morning. Never saw a single person for a couple of hours. When the wind picked up I decided it was time to go and I wanted breakfast. The french toast was at the house.
The fact we are able to use the drive on beaches during all of this craziness is a blessing. You can go out there and forget everything going on in the world. Not that we should forget, but we do need a break. Now for some bigger fish to fill the dinner plate. The seagulls miss everyone, they are on the hunt for food, no easy pickings at town boardwalk trash cans. Food competition is fierce.
The surf is going to be rough into the weekend, that offshore coastal storm will push in some serious water. Be mindful of incoming tide. All of the beaches are carved at the surf edge and water is pushing up farther than usual at high tide. Don’t drive through the wet spots. Make sure the drive on you use to come on is the one you use to come off. I forgot and made my way to Keybox and had to double back to Faithful Steward. The air stations are open, use gloves, and don’t touch your face. Also take everything you need with you , no need to stop and pick up food, make a sammy and roll.
The first dose of reality when you leave is using the air hoses. Otherwise it is business as usual on the drive on beaches for the spring with miles of beach all to yourself.