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Ran across these this morning at the mouth of a stream I fish. I know this used to be a major issue but I can't say I can remember seeing this before in all my years of surf fishing here. Did they just get caught up in the heat and low oxygen yesterday? I know it was hot but the water temp here is still really cold. Many were still gasping for air.
 

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When it used to be an issue the beaches had to be bulldozed. Several feet deep. Those are simply strays, might have been wounded in a fish attack, temp shocked near a river channel, or otherwise diseased. Back in the day, we some times walked the beach at first light to find a couple before the birds did. We fished them on bottom for browns from the pier, and did better than the spawn guys.

It also means that location is going to be ready to sabiki in a few days, lol.
If I didn't have to make my way to work, I would have re rigged and tossed one out there. I'm guessing temp shock because they were up and down the beach as far as I could see. Big winds blowing at this beach last two days as well.
 

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It's pretty nasty around TC beaches now. You can smell them from a good distance away even as you drive through. I've been sticking to Long Lake and Leelanau rather than the bay because of the smell. I saw a bunch of dead goby's along west bay as well. I'm hoping it's just part of of a normal cycle and a poorly timed spike in temp but it does seem odd. I know I haven't seen anything quite on this level but my time on these particular waters only goes back around 20 years. We shall see this summer and fall if this level of die of was a good sign or a bad one I suppose.
 

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Also, I know some guys are taking advantage of all this available bait and stocking up their freezer.
 
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