Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Saturday update: Early Afternoon. The combining of scalding hot air and a cool ocean created some very trying times for boats that zipped out early today then ran into water-top fog so thick at least one boat ran aground on LBI. Fortunately, most boat anglers started out the inlets, saw the zero visibility ahead and discretely headed back in. later inn the day much of the fog had blown away but the fishing pressure wasn’t real high outside and the bite was way off.
I stopped at the BL boat ramp and heard nothing but totally down tales of zero bring-homes. Obviously, that was bayside fishing, with the ocean sealed shut.
Here is a weekend surf report (mid-island). I also saw a fellow catch a very sizeable kingfish in HC. Not much else though as the surf was sassy.
I only want to mention this in passing, since it was a very emotionally charged incident -- and I usually don’t publicize such.
A drama of the highest order took place this afternoon in Manahawkin Bay when a 13-year-old, boat fishing with his father, watched as his dad suffered a heart attack. The young man began CPR right in the boat (just south of Bonnet Island) and in a beyond heroic effort maintained his CPR while trying to get word over the radio that he had a life-and-death problem aboard. He could not stop the lifesaving effort long enough to raise the anchor or even offer exact information other than a location near Bonnet Island. Initial police reports had officers uncertain whether the boat was north of south of the Causeway.
I was among those trying to get an exact location on the boat, using binoculars from the shore. The craft was located in the bay on the south side.
As the incident progressed, there was a huge emergency personnel response, including fire departments, police departments, paramedics, the Coast Guard and other boaters. I’ll say it for the umpteenth time: our emergency people are as good as it gets, anywhere.
Apparently another boat assisted and the victim was transferred to that craft. He was brought to shore and was rushed to SOCH.
I fear the outcome of this awful event – and current laws do not allow a hospital to offer any information except to family members – but the effort of that teen was just astounding and prayers go out to all involved.