The Great LBI Bluefish Blitz of 2012

BLIIIIITZZZZZZZZZ!
BLIIIIITZZZZZZZZZ!

Just when I was about to write a post asking why we never see Bluefish Blitzes like I remember as a kid… Today we had a Bluefish Blitz of epic proportions on the North End of LBI. It was like to 1970s up in here. Snappers were leaping out of the water. We were dodging them as they chased baitfish in the shallows where we bodysurfed. The birds went berserk. And for the first time in years, we saw old timers run back home to grab their rods in hopes of catching some of the action. Heck, some old timer even called me a “s%#tbag” and tried to cast into my face as I paddled in from a run on the paddleboard. It was awesome!

It is hard to say how long the trend will continue. It has certainly been building for a few days in the wake of the strong South wind and the upwelling. The tiny baitfish both Terns & Bluefish love to nom nom were still thick in the surf by evening. Whatever the future, it was a day we won’t soon forget.  We even got a chance to see why they call them “Bluefish”. While on land they are a deep greenish-color, when you see them swim they flash a beautiful neon-blue tone.

Terns flying in untold number to the sea
Terns flying in untold number to the sea over our heads
"Cocktail Blue" Rob, one of North Beach's finest, took full advantage of the day in his classic laid back style.
“Cocktail Blue” Rob, one of North Beach’s finest, took full advantage of the day in his classic laid back style.
Mac Daddy, also one of North Beach's finest, took full advantage of "Cocktail Blue" Rob's scraps.
Mac Daddy, also one of North Beach’s finest, took full advantage of “Cocktail Blue” Rob’s scraps.
Nom nom nom... i can haz napkinz? ... nom nom nom
Nom nom nom… i can haz napkinz? … nom nom nom
Classic Chaos. The Modern version of the Blitz has some interesting characters, including Pelican & Osprey
Classic Chaos. The Modern version of the Blitz has some interesting characters, including Pelican & Osprey
The last thing a Bluefish sees: Osprey's Talons
The last thing a Bluefish sees: Osprey’s Talons, comin’ in hot
But this time, Osprey comes up empty taloned. Truth is, the Blitz is a tough environment for Osprey. They are forced to work the perimeter.
But this time, Osprey comes up empty taloned. Truth is, the Blitz is a tough environment for Osprey’s aggressive, surprise attack style. They are forced to work the perimeter.
Halp!
Halp!
Terns waiting their Turns
Terns waiting their Turns
Poor, naive little Tern, trying to hawk his little baitfish to a potential mate. There are millions of them in the water. Save this trick for leaner times.
Poor, naive little Tern, flies frantically trying to hawk his little baitfish to a potential mate. But the ladies are not impressed. There are millions of them in the water. Save this trick for leaner times.
After the Blitz: "Dude, and then I, like, dove really deep, and like, bam, this HUGE Snapper was right next to my head!"
After the Blitz: “Dude, and then I, like, dove really deep, and like, bam, this HUGE Snapper was right next to my head!”