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August 7, 2014 ... Some sweet weather coming our way; injury update and tunas in lagoons


Thursday: Some sweet weather coming our way -- until things break down by early next week. No sweltering anywhere in sight ... maybe through the rest of August. Bizarre. Saturday is the winner: Light winds and mild temps.Don't miss it.
And don't miss the John Sebastian ("Welcome Back" and "What a day for a Daydream") concert at the LBI Library, Saturday evening. http://thesandpaper.villagesoup.com/p/john-sebastian-to-appear-at-j...

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Our close buddy George G. airlifted from the canyons. See video  and update below.

Here's the airlift vid: 

http://coastguardnews.com/coast-guard-medevacs-man-53-off-atlantic-...

Coast Guard medevacs man off Atlantic City, NJ

5th Coast Guard District News
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 53-year-old man Wednesday from a fishing boat approximately 73 miles southeast of Atlantic City.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia received a call from the captain of the 40-foot fishing boat Reel Trouble at about 9:15 a.m. reporting his first mate had suffered an injury to his hand.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City launched, and an already-airborne HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, was diverted to the scene. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at about 10:40 a.m. and lowered a rescue swimmer and rescue basket to the boat.

The man was hoisted to the helicopter in the rescue basket and flown to Air Station Atlantic City where he was placed in the care of awaiting local EMS.

UPDATE: I chatted with George as he was leaving for the hand surgeon. 

Fishing the canyons on a tuna trip, George had been clearing grass from lines when he noticed a rod had gone slack. Reaching the slacked rod, he picked it up and was reeling it in when a tuna hit.

In a heartbeat -- what George said was too quick to be clear about -- a loop in the line, near the reel, wrapped around the middle finger and yanked his entire right hand upward. Either the line or a piece of rod/tackle instantly severed the end of the finger.

The severing was far enough up the finger to include a section of bone.

In an admirable bit of calm-headedness, George immediately told the captain, “Call the Coast Guard.”

Folks onboard the vessel then iced the hand and wrapped it in towels.

As for pain, George said his hand had gone numb when the injury first occurred and the pain wasn’t given a full chance to set in thanks to the rapid application of ice. The wound remained numbed up as he was basketed onto the rapidly arriving USCG chopper – and during the speedy trip to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center Trauma Unit, AC.

“The Coast Guard guys were great,” noted George. He also commended the folks at the hospital for their care.  

Now it’s up to the specialist to see what can be done to the finger.

Philosophically, George said, “It coulda been worse.”  

Whadda ya mean “What happened to the fish?” OK, if you must know, it was, indeed, successfully landed; a 60-pound yft. 

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I've been getting on a bit about the lack of LBI bugginess this summer. And it now seems it’s not just the lack of mosquitoes making it kinda weird out there. I ask any and all summer regulars how often you see west winds, like we've been having lately, and not a single black fly in sight. In August!! You can’t tell me that’s not weird. I won't press my luck by ditto-ing greenhead flies. I hate them so much I don't want to taunt them into showing up out of spite. I know they read Facebook.

I've been getting on a bit about the lack of LBI bugginess this summer. And it now seems it’s not just the lack of mosquitoes making it kinda weird out there. I ask any and all summer regulars how often you see west winds, like we've been having lately, and not a single black fly in sight. In August!! You can’t tell me that’s not weird. I won't press my luck by ditto-ing greenhead flies. I hate them so much I don't want to taunt them into showing up out of spite. I know they read Facebook.
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In other news:: 

Check this out email from Steve S. I'm looking into more info on it. Anyone recall the time a large tuna came into our surfline and angler made headlines claiming he hooked it. Well, he kinda did. Yep, he foul-hooked a wounded tuna -- and manually wrestled it in. Steve's report is a lot odder and potentially eco-serious. 

Hi Jay,

 
...  Knowing your interest in the odd and unusual, especially as related to fish and fishing, I thought you would find the attached video interesting. It was taken by a renter where we own a home and witnessed by people I know and trust.
The fish was lazily swimming in the boat lagoon for 20 minutes so these guys got gaffs in preparation for a shot at it - and got one. A yellowfin way inshore like this is odd, but here is what is truly bizarre:
- This is in Islamorada FL, where they are not at all common (normally the smaller balckfins are there off the big reef).
- The oddest thing? This lagoon is right on the Islamorada flats -- which are a mile wide and 1-3' deep. So it had to swim that mile through a 20' wide by 4-6' deep channel to get to our lagoon. Prior to that is a mile or so of 10-20' water, then a mile or so of patch reefs in 20-60' of water, and THEN the big reef starts, and only after that do you get into 200' of water. So this fish left deep water and swam at least 3 miles in pretty shallow water (for a tuna) to get to the lagoon. Probably chasing bait and then got disoriented. Pretty warm water down there at this time of year too.
This also hit the local newspaper so I am waiting to hear if this was even a legal method of catching a tuna, since it wasn't caught on rod and reel before being gaffed.

STEVE S.
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Fightin finfish fun: 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10202358040143423

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"Fish on! ... I said ..."


 

I was wondering when we'd start to see the weakfish get more active. They're out there but it takes some chum and time to find them -- until the days start to get shorter. j-mann

Late last night-released
Late last night-released
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All catch and release ... 
We had a great time and caught a few shrimps!!
We had a great time and caught a few shrimps!!
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Finally, striped bass managers have approved for public comment a range of options to reduce fishing pressure on striped bass. Soon, they will begin a public comment period, asking us whether we want to see an immediate 25% reduction for 2015 or a slower 3-year reduction... What are you going to tell them? Would you support stricter recreational regulations of 1 fish at 32 inches?

The Striped Bass Management Board finally approved a Draft Addendum to reduce...
ONTHEWATER.COM

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The weigh in scale is up and working fine. I tested it out with a bunker, but now I need YOU to bring in the fish.
Bill's Surf and Tackle's photo.
Bill's Surf and Tackle's photo.
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Team Jersey Cape releases an estimated 700# Blue in the Beach HavenBHMTC White Marlin Invitational Tournament. All done on the 31' Little Devil- "Diablo"

Jersey Cape Yachts's photo.
Jersey Cape Yachts's photo.
Jersey Cape Yachts's photo.
Jersey Cape Yachts's photo.
Jersey Cape Yachts's photo.

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