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Friday, June 26, 2015: Not a stellar day on the beachgoing front but just fine for fishing

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Friday, June 26, 2015: Not a stellar day on the beachgoing front but just fine for fishing around a bit – as Friday-bolters leave work early and hit the beach by later today. The ocean is a mere bit riled with these light northeast winds, though it doesn’t take much of a flow out of the north to add side current – technically lateral current – to the beachside flow of water. Still, it’s a fairly easy go, though eel grass is edging in from north to south.

The grass is more of a problem next to the New South Jetty, BL, especially during the late-day incoming tides. Outgoing is better once the first blast of grass get blown out seaward.

The Dike has some decent fluking from the banks, though the average size is that frustrating one-inch short of take-home.

Odd sighting at Dike: Hundred sand hundreds of dead spider crabs. These were not sheds. While spider crabs are of no commercial value whatsoever, why so many would die off is worrisome since these slow bottom-feeders are yet another canary in a coal mine species. Also, numerous corpses of porcupine fish. Those ate it during extreme water temp changes. They’re tropical and ride currents up this way on currents … but are far too slow to swim out of icy currents the intermingle with warm water this time of year.

Below: poison ivy loves dunes: 

The erosion at the north end of the Dike is worse than ever. At higher tide, you now need to climb an eroded sand-slide cliff – with poison ivy all over it -- to reach the prime sedge banks toward the point. I’ve had super bassing days thereabouts, casting lures and jigs. Last year or so, I attended a meeting where there was DEP talk of reinforcing that erosion zone – possibly with rocks -- but nothing seems to have come from that sit-down. The entire Dike now has a slew of state park signs.

DO NOT Take the path to the left ...  I've long warned folks about that insane tick area. I've never seen ticks like there. I once had khaki pants turn red at the bottoms, compliments of hundreds and hundreds of suddenly attached tick. 

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Sorry to hear how much damage Baker’s Acres park and camp ground suffered during Tuesday’s storm. It’s closed until further notice. I know a goodly number of folks who patronize that fine LEHT family-oriented facility. I had gotten a call from folks there right after the storm hit. They were rattled and said the woods around them were “flattened.” I didn’t get word on damage to the trailers. Hopefully it was mainly foliage that took the tornadic beating.  

I lost a costly front screen door during the storm. It’s not like we all haven't seen front doors go the way of winds on LBI. The problem now is all the elaborate glass/screen/filling in newer screen doors. Expensivo.

Ironically, way back in the day, a typical Island screen door was a border of pine wood, a couple sections of screen and had a big spring that slammed it shut. Twenty-five buck, new. Those simple buggers would last for decades. They were a tad problematic during snow storms when they essentially sifted the snow into a fine powder before packing it in next to the inside entryway door. You’d open the entry door to a perfect wall of top-to-bottom whiteness.

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After my recent -- and deserved -- bashing of bull sharks I had a phone-chat with a shark-protective person. It didn't take long for us to come to common ground -- or water, as the case may be -- that the current shark protection is fully warranted.  I never denied it. I just know that bull sharks make it hard to portray sharks as generally harmless and predictable. This sharkist even agreed with the notion of bulls being perpetually unpredictable.  However, he wasn't as wild about my then jawing about tiger sharks in Hawaii and great whites in Callie and other places. He even shied away at the problems I've had with hammerheads, most memorably a full-blown surface charge by one off outside Honolulu Harbor. By the time I was done talking, it hit me that sharks of many ilks can be trouble. So maybe I shouldn't single out the bull shark -- which you can't trust any further than you can throw them, as was once proven out near Cocoa Beach, when this insane little bull shark came in and began going after folks wading in the shallows. It bite on younger boy. About to had out surfing, I grabbed it by the tail and flung it a solid 20 feet through the air. No sooner had it gotten its senses back than it swam back in. By then a lifeguard had arrived and was emptying the water of swimmers. The incident even made the evening news. They said it was just a crazy fish but it was really a buncha bull. And that's not the first time small bulls have come in to bathing areas, snappin' at anything in sight. 

Somewhat Related story /....

Personnel from Brevard County Fire-Rescue, Brevard County Ocean Rescue and the Cocoa Beach Fire Department visited 11-year-old shark bite victim Lucas Vertullo at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando on Thursday.

Vertullo was presented with gifts that included department T-shirts, hats, a special coin and gift cards along with a lifeguard can signed by all of his rescuers that helped him.

In return, Vertullo gave each of the rescuers a baseball that featured his name and the words "Thank You."

Personnel from Brevard County Fire Rescue, Brevard

Personnel from Brevard County Fire Rescue, Brevard County Ocean Rescue and the Cocoa Beach Fire Department visited Lucas Vertullo at Arnold Palmer Hospital on Thursday. (Photo: Brevard County Fire Rescue)

Update, Monday, June 8:

The family of 11-year-old shark bite victim Lucas Vertullo issued a statement Monday thanking rescuers and medical personnel as Lucas begins his recovery.

Original story:

An 11-year-old Winter Springs boy is recovering after being severely bitten at least twice on the leg by a shark in waist-deep waters off Cocoa Beach on Sunday.

The boy was visiting Lori Wilson Park – one of the area's top beach destinations - in Cocoa Beach with his family and a group of other people when he waded into the waters.

Then at 10:50 a.m., a Brevard County Ocean Beach lifeguard spotted the boy thrashing in the water.

"He was in waist deep waters near his mother and our lifeguards saw him in distress," Eisen Witcher, assistant chief of Ocean Rescue, told FLORIDA TODAY.

Story continues below:

"There was blood in the water," he said. A lifeguard immediately went into the water and pulled the youth back to shore. The boy had large, bloodied laceration on his lower right calf. "It's severe. We wrapped it up as fast as we could," Wicther said, adding that lifeguards immediately waved people out of the ocean for an hour as a precaution.

The boy, with his leg wrapped in a thick packing of bandages, was carried by an Ocean Rescue lifeguard, then placed in a waiting ambulance and taken to Cape Canaveral Hospital.

Because of the severity of the bite, he was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women in Orlando for further treatment. Several witnesses at the beach said the child may have been bitten at least twice by small bull sharks seen in the water.

Bull sharks, which can be aggressive, are one of several species of shark known to swim along the warm waters of Brevard County's 72-mile-long coast line.

It was also believed to be the third shark bite to have occurred in Brevard County since Memorial Day, the beginning of the summer season and a time when thousands of area families, visiting tourists and others crowd the beaches for sun bathing and a chance to get in the ocean. Earlier this month, a 13-year-old suffered a non-life threatening bite along the left ankle area at Cocoa Beach.

"This is shark territory," said Stephanie Yelenosky of Orlando. Yelenosky was one of the witnesses who was at Lori Wilson Park beach Sunday. She watched as lifeguards treated the 11-year-old boy.

"It was his right lower calf. The kid handled it the best he could…accidents happen. Our heart goes out to the kid, blessings and hoping it's going to be okay," she said as she was waiting for lifeguards to give the go-ahead for beachgoers to get back in the water.

Witcher said there have been more visitors to the beach this year.

"We're seeing more people, more tourists and they're coming to Cocoa Beach," he said. "And it's definitely been a more active year for shark activity," he said.

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The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association (BHCFA) have been busy on the water this past week.

Captain Dave Kreines of “Byte Me” Sportfishing had some spare time on his hands recently so he did a little drifting on the ICW behind Beach Haven and picked up a pair of short fluke and a 4-pounder. The next day he had a cancellation and drifted behind Holgate and boated a 4.5-pound fluke. Both days’ fishing was a total of 3 hours.

Captain Carl Sheppard on the “Starfish” has been doing well reef fishing for sea bass and some small fluke. His best catches have been south of the inlet. One day he had a crew of 12 from Bensalem, Pa., out and they totaled about 125 black sea bass along with a couple of short fluke. Jigs outperformed bait. Another day he had the Zinn family out and they picked up some sea bass and short fluke. When large swells made ocean fishing tough for the youngsters, he got them into calmer bay waters where they had fun with smooth dogfish.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky had a full crew on the “Reel Determined” which left the dock at midnight last Friday night for some offshore fishing. Offshore mate in training, Liane Lopez, was getting instruction from Captain Jimmy and Pat Zavacky. At first the bite was slow but eventually they found some yellowfin along with a missed big eye and a white marlin in the baits. Thirteen year old Teddy Janice picked up a very nice 17-pound mahi-mahi, and he and Liane caught their first yellowfin tuna. They reported plenty of life spotted in the canyon.

Captain Ray Lopez had the “Miss Liane” out last week for a day of fishing on the Barnegat Light Reef. They picked up three keeper fluke, one jumbo sea bass, and some feisty 2-4 pound bluefish near the inlet. The largest fluke was almost 24 inches and the sea bass was about 4.5 pounds.

Captain Bob Gerkens had his initial fishing run of the season on the “Hot Tuna” fishing the shark tournament at the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club last Saturday. Although they caught no mako sharks they picked up a blue shark and hammerhead. Bob says he plans to start focusing on tuna the rest of the month.

Captain Fran Verdi on the “Francesca Marie” was scheduled to have a fluke charter recently but it was canceled at the last minute. When he could find no one to fill the slot, he got up early and headed out on his own to the wrecks and fished in 80 feet of water, looking for Sea Bass. He got set up and had some nice action right away. He was able to put a Father’s Day dinner for eight in the box in no time. He plans to target sea bass one more weekend before switching over to ocean fluke fishing.

It is not too late to sign up for the Junior Mate's Program conducted by the BHCFA. It begins Thursday, June 25, at 7pm at the Maritime Museum in Beach Haven. Additional information on the Junior Mate's Program and on the captains and boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.net.

~ Jim Hutchinson

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Cod fishing was a little slow, just 10 keepers between the three of us. However, 
Frank Zappella broke my boat record with this 41.4 lb beast! With
Kyren Dooley
Paul Haertel's photo.
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This is one of those pivotal points when you really need to recognize your life has gone a bit off-track ... 

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Testicle-eating fish, similar to one found in N.J. 2 months ago, reeled in from Illinois lake

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pacu.JPGFisherman Tom Boylan holds a pacu -- a piranha cousin known to mistake testicles for tree nuts -- that he reeled in from a Passaic County lake in September. 

Ah, nuts!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the lake, a fish that has been reported to mistake testicles for tree nuts has been found in Illinois — two months after one was discovered in Passaic County.

In a story sure to make guys cross their legs, fisherman Jim DePersia found the piranha-like pacu, which resembles a bulldog with its bulging eyes and prominent bottom teeth, in the waters of Cedar Lake, Ill., the Huffington Post reported.

No fish story was needed to exaggerate the size of this swimmer: It was 20 inches and tipped the scale at close to 7 pounds.

Two men in New Guinea died from blood loss after a pacu bit their genitals in 2011, the report noted.

Pacus are tropical fish, so it was believed DePersia’s catch outgrew its aquarium and was dumped into the lake by a collector, according to the Huffington Post.

Two months ago, Tom Boylan reeled in a 10-inch pacu, a cousin of the piranha, from the lake at the Third Ward Veterans Memorial Park in Passaic. The NJ.com report described “rounded teeth, and an orange belly and fins.”

Also in September, HuffPost UK reported, a pacu was found near Paris — a month after a pacu sighting in Sweden.

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