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Re: Another missed approach at Barnegat Inlet...
On an average day my belief is that Barnegat isn't so bad to run. it's wide, and though the channel is narrow, the inlet itself is runable for most boats. I'd say that as a cautionary statement relying on local knowledge. I myself regulary ran the inlet outside of the channel. brave as i could be in my 18 foot Boston Whaler. Still, i never registered anything below 6 feet at low tide. Most was above 10. Just sayin, it's not so narrow for those who know it.
On the flip side crank up the wind from the east and she has quite a different temperment. Ah, i'm not going out there! Still, if given the hard choice - run Barnegat in bad weather or run the inlet immediately to it's south, I'm going with Barnegat. Holgate, Great Egg inlet whatever it is named these days is a shoaled up monster! And not so calm in NE winds. I've taken that same BW, I stand six feet tall behind the center console, many times thru that inlet. Looking up at incoming swells, can't see over them, deep troughs, short period, in the inlet, time to find someplace else to drift fish for stripers! We have a rule, once the fish is boated we don't want it throwing up because its sea sick! Why does jersey have so many nasty inlets?
Last edited by TJC45; 09-23-2013 at 05:55 PM.