We are still in our 4/3's, but the sun is shining, and I didn't have to wear gloves or a hood.
Soon ... what's left of the beach will be crowded.
George in a nice clean westerly at Gilgo.
This Summer has been freakishly warm. Especially the water. I went straight from wearing a drysuit to wearing a 3/2 or a rash guard in early June. As a result, we have not been enjoying our normal thermals each afternoon. Instead we have been enduring 90 degree air, and 71 degree water temperatures.
While Friday's rain kept me out of the water...it's cool Easterly made for a wonderful sail with Lauralee on Saturday.
On Sunday the breeze was light but had switched to WSW. I left my mooring at high tide, so every thing seemed right with the world. As I was sailing I saw more Bunker schools than I had ever seen in one area. Giant bait balls with fish jumping everywhere. I thought something is forcing these fish to the surface, ( must be Blues). There were so many visible dorsal fins , the schools looked like cat paws on the water. What I didn't get, was why the fishermen where ignoring these giant bait balls.
It wasn't till I sailed back to the bay that I understood. The bay was back to smelling like a sewer. I'm no scientist; but I've seen this before...reports of whales beaching in the Sound: dead Bunker lining the shoreline...Hypoxia. These fish were desperately gasping for air.
|myself by Richard J in 1980 something|
|myself, shot by Steve|
|George shot by Ted|
Jones Beach· The surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing area is open year-round at West End 2. The area is located on the west side of the beachfront, avoiding protected species.· Off-season surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing are permitted at all open parking fields from October 16th thru May 14th.· In-season surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing are permitted west of Field 2 from June 1st thru October 15th.· Surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing are permitted beyond 100 feet east of Field 6 picnic area year-round.· Surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing are permitted at the west end boat basin.· Surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing are permitted at Field 10.Montauk State Parks Complex· Surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing are open year-round from sunrise to sunset at Shadmoor and Hither Hills (outside bathing area).· Surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing area at Montauk Point State Park is open December 15th thru March 31st from sunrise to sunset.Robert Moses· In-season, surfing, paddle boarding, and wind surfing area is located on the west side of each open field beyond the lifeguard protected bathing areas. (closed fields) Including Democrat Point west of jetty.· During the off-season, surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing are authorized within Fields 2, 3 and 4 by permit only when fields are closed. Effective dates are September 15th thru December 31st daylight hours only. Field 5 surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing are authorized year-round on the west side.