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Lil egg inlet? (NJ)

what's the story on LE inlet? Not that it's going to matter to me, as it's not likely I'll ever be on saltwater again in the rest of my life, but, my wondering mind still wanders. Orzit my wandering mind still wonders?

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Re: Lil egg inlet? (NJ)

No place for a sailboat of any size. I lived in Ocean City, NJ for many years and kept my boat on Barnegat Bay. I had friends on Great Bay and Beach Haven

LE shoals shift weekly and the CG moves the buoys ( round balls) all the time . Both the back bay entrances have shifting sandbars. The swells break into rollers and cross the channel and can lift a slow moving sailboat and deposit them on the sand.

Only good for a hobie cat and Greenhead flies as lots of salt marsh there


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Re: Lil egg inlet? (NJ)

I didn't spend a whole lot of time researching it I thought I saw something about it being dredged somewhat recently

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Re: Lil egg inlet? (NJ)

It will never be a safe sailboat inlet no matter what they do as the shoals shift after every storm.

There are really no services close by and the very narrow inter coastal behind Long Beach Island is super shallow with almost canyon walls to get your keel stuck in by a passing by runabout rocking you with their wakes. Markers are close together for almost 8 miles up to and away from the Manahawkin Bridge.

The inter coastal the other way is through 6 miles of salt marshes to Atlantic City. Again shallow and shoaled

I once tried the intercoastal from Atlantic City to Barnegat Bay once years ago when the ocean was roiled up and no way would come in Barnegat. I gut grounded 4 times before I got to the Little Egg Inlet which I had to cross the back of the inlet. The breakers off shore and in the inlet ( where I wasn’t going) were impressive with whitewater and roiling surf. I then grounded 4 more times on the way to Barnegat .

My lesson...stay put .


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Re: Lil egg inlet? (NJ)

I last entered Little Egg inlet in August of 2005 when I brought my boat up from the Chesapeake. Don't know what we were thinking. ;-) There were no marks then. I had breakers just north of me, but I could see a line in. We made in safely, but I'd never do it again
Motored the rest of the way without incident to the Captain's Inn on Forked River. There's really no sailing down that far it's all just a ditch. It's a Local knowledge small power boat inlet, Boston Whalers etc. The dredging was put on hold. That said, it was a very scenic natural inlet, once the blood returned to my knuckles. ;-)
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Re: Lil egg inlet? (NJ)

Not even thinking of sailing there, I bet it's too shallow for crabbing too I wonder about fish?

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There's no shortage of fish or crab there or those who go after them.
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Re: Lil egg inlet? (NJ)

They still race the barnegat sneakbox down that way,

but I'm not like I said in the beginning I was just wondering because I saw something about it being dredged

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Re: Lil egg inlet? (NJ)

Funny all the time I live in Ocean. City , NJ ( 18 years), crabbing wasn’t a real big thing like it is in MD.
The area off the LE Inlet is a prime fishing spot with wreaks and lump.


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