Worrying about south winds seems like a new thing. Don’t think we payed a southe…

2021-05-26 19:34:02
Monty Hawkins

Worrying about south winds seems like a new thing. Don’t think we payed a southerly forecast much mind back when. Don’t think recall it..
Sure do now. Over the last couple years I’ve lost more trips to south winds than north-east, and that’s saying something.
Today’s “10 to 15” began at 19.7 knots. Got a bit saucy, but with wind and current pushing ocean waters the same way, it didn’t really build a set.
Had the current been running equally hard from the north and straight into the wind, opposing forces would have quickly mounded up a nasty set of sharp waves. The current had all but died and was coming around NW by 11:30. At the same time the breeze also luffed to a steady 15 and the ocean became calmer.
Fredricka Higgs of Laurel pushed our reef blocks over the rail onto a flat steel barge deck 75ft below. This type of reef block drop, if they stay, becomes amazingly productive. Sometimes, however, a barge’s deck is just too slick and the first good storm pushes blocks right off. Even pushed off they’ll increase a reef’s rugosity & therefore an increase in a reef’s production.
A year or two before Hurricane Sandy, divers (led by Ted Green) had volunteered to build a 7foot tall pyramid with castle blocks. Close to 200 block as I recall; these 32lb square blocks were designed to interlock and resist wave forces in shallow estuaries. They’re fantastic for oyster restoration efforts.
The underwater pyramid was made on the steel deck of an old CG buoy tender with a large work opening in its rail in 120ft of water and videoed. The owner of the company gave us a whole tractor trailer load free.
In water that deep I didn’t give wave energy much thought.
Sandy taught me different. That whole pyramid was picked up and dropped over the side by wave energy reaching 120 ft down to the bottom with tremendous force.
Had just a couple guys in double digits today. I could not find a stellar bite – we sure did look though!
Michael Hines of Waldorf swept the pool. Dinner was caught by everyone who could fish…

Capt Monty Hawkins


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