Hurricane Sandy did the most damage on the coastal areas of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut because of high water, otherwise known as the “storm surge.” Higher-than-normal full moon tides along with the surge meant huge waves, marinas and boats destroyed, and an enormous amount of water damage.
All of that has killed the fall striped bass and blackfish seasons on the coast, but inland, things aren’t as bad. Though it’s more than a week after Sandy hit and many people still don’t have power – and also may be dealing with house damage – a fortunate few are out hunting and fishing.
“Once you get off the coast, hunting and freshwater fishing is pretty much unaffected other than power and access issues,” said Jim Sciacia, spokesman for the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. “But a lot of power has been restored, and inland access probably is not a problem.”