"It would have been a good day fishing" for striped bass, Dave Showell said Friday with the cool, overcast weather.
In fact, he was going to give it a try Friday for a couple of reasons. One was to catch a striper, take a photo and post it on the web to show cabin-fever afflicted anglers that bass are here.
The other was to maybe get them motivated or at least briefly divert their attention from the destruction created this week by the storm, Sandy.
He said that one of the bad things is that he does not know how many will be able to go fishing because there are almost no docks for skippers to tie up their boats. Anglers who trailer their boat might be able to find some ramps to launch.
Showell owns Absecon Bay Sportsman Center on Absecon Creek. He said he has never seen wind-driven waves like it was in Absecon Creek just before the eye of the storm blew over. When that happened, he was outside as the water started to subside and that's when he knew Absecon Bay S.C. was going to be all right.
Showell described the situation at Absecon Bay S.C. as not bad, and then he added that he can't really say "good," but relatively good with minimal damage. He said he had a live spot pen damaged and lost about 2,000 dead spot.
He did plan ahead, however, and bought extra clams for bait from Forked River Freezer. Curt Rott, who works at Absecon Bay S.C. was shucking clams when the local scribe called to see how they were doing.
Noel Feliciano said he had a chunk of the Absecon Inlet section of the Atlantic City Boardwalk right in front of One-Stop Bait and Tackle on Atlantic Avenue.
One-Stop is located in what appears to be one of the hardest-hit areas a few blocks from the inlet.
"We're healthy, pray to God," Feliciano said. He said 4-foot waves were breaking down the street on Atlantic Avenue a couple of blocks closer to the inlet.
He and his son, Jeremy, are hard at work trying to get all of his units - freezers and such - working and trying to salvage what he could.
Feliciano usually greets people with an upbeat, "What's happening Dude?" This time he said, "It was bad!" but his message is that he will "roll with the punches."
He expects to be up and running and open again this week.
Robin Scott had family and friends around to help carry through the storm at Ray Scott's Dock in Margate.
She listed her son, Scott, and daughter, Rachel, plus their dad, Dick Bonnar, who was visiting from California, Liz McClennan and daughter Codie, Frank Truman, John Navratil, Jason Kadiou, Cindy Consalvo and one of her boat captains, Ed Giacomucci.
She said that the water rushed out of the Margate back bays and washed three feet deep through her shop and home on Amherst Avenue. She said it came through "like a dam broke." She said she cried when she saw the damage.
That crew is also hard at work cleaning up and picking up. Son Scott also planned ahead and started pulling boats last Friday. Scott and his able assistants hauled 54 boats out of harm's way and tied them up so they would not wash away. Robin said one of her main jobs was to keep everybody healthy.
And, on a typically positive note from Robin, she says as soon as they get the mess cleared, they will open.
She reported tautog fishing was excellent just before the storm along the sod banks and around the rocks and piers in the back bays, and hopefully, striped bass, big bluefish and maybe some weakfish will start to make their fall appearance, as expected.
Jim Moran was relatively high and dry at Moran's Dockside at Avalon Sportfishing Center. You walk up a few steps to get into the tackle shop and deli he has there. He did say found his ice machine three blocks away. He also had to toss a lot of spoiled bait.
"We did pretty good," he said.
So much so that he got Dietz and Watson to donate a case of hot dogs, and he was providing free coffee and hot dogs to the cleanup crews in Avalon.
He said he can see two jet skis and other debris washed up against the trees on Cedar Island across the bay from his place.
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