September 3, 2011 Post Irene Open Boat Lack of Fluke

Today hosted George, Joe, Barry, Marty & Bill for our Open Fluke trip. After a week of living on generator power thanks to Tropical Storm Irene, I was chomping at the bit to get out Saturday. I felt really good that the areas we’d been fishing right before the storm would still be holding fish afterwards so off we went.

Well, we had a good summer Fluke run and today it ended thanks to Irene. So with the good, here is the bad, no probably ugly better sums it up. We fished 9 different areas covering close to 100 miles of water from 20 – 90 feet in hopes of finding the flatties but struck out everywhere. Not a single Fluke hit the deck today and it was not for lack of trying. Water was dirty everywhere ranging from green to Tea colored. Some sea robbins and a lizardfish were all we had to show for our efforts.

Canceled our trip for tomorrow given our dismal results today. Hopefully this isn’t the end of the Fluke run for us up North. Conditions permitting, we’ll be back at it once the water cleans up. There is no point fishing til then. Last trip I was the windshield, today I was the splattered and squashed bug.

Below is a satellite picture of Raritan Bay to give you an idea of what we are dealing with due to the Post Irene runoff. Yes, The Hudson Looks Brown (Or Red) Because Of Irene. From the Gothamist article:

Last week, NASA’s Earth Observatory shared a satellite photograph that showed how Hurricane Irene pushed sediment into the Hudson River: “In this true-color satellite image, pale green and tan water flows past Manhattan and mixes with the darker waters of New York Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean… Sediment plumes are prominent in Delaware Bay and along the Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina coasts. Also, the Delaware, Hudson, and other rivers stand out as tan and brown tracings far into the interior landscape.” So, @DJAstro, no need to worry! And, @jzeveloff, it does look “pukingly” brown, but it’s just nature.

The city’s Department of Environmental Protection confirmed to City Room that it is storm run-off. And Woods Hole oceanographer David Ralston told NASA, “The sediment flux from Irene is really massive…unusual, but not unheard of. One big event like this can move and deposit as much sediment as you might get in several years of regular flow on the Hudson.”

Earth Observatory also explains, “The color of the water generally depends on the amount and type of sediment, as the green, tan, and deep brown areas have varying degrees of suspended silt, sand, mud, leaf tannins, and other organic matter. Note, for instance, the darker brown tinting near the Passaic River in New Jersey (image left). The brightness, or reflectance, of the water is also an indication of how close to the top of the water column those sediments are moving.”

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