Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
January 17, 2011:
A little blog gap there due, mainly, to next to nothing really happening. Thanks to those who sent in some story ideas to carry me through winter. I’m working on a number of them.
It seems the big wash-off may be arriving via an arriving rainstorm. Such a gush of runoff isn’t good news for the bay but it’s not the worst thing for those of us desiring to see good old ground instead of ice, snow and that dirty mix that shows when black street grime and pure white snow meet – then freeze into a ugly solid block.
After the rain comes the worst cold of the season, mainly at night.
If La Nina is going to make her move, it’s after this next bitter batch of air.
I’ve gotten a goodly amount of feedback on the pictures of “rockfish” being taken in N.C. Through a combination of conservational indignation and jealousy, there wasn’t a lot of appreciation of the big fish – and far less for the fish taken from what might called that high potential midrange zone, 32 to 40 inches. I will pass on what was impressed upon me by a couple tackle shop owners I talked to down that way: many, many big bass are caught and released. In fact, an angler I know, Joe-Bob (real nickname), said he’s never seen so many rockfish being caught and released. “I plum lost count of how many I caught and released,” he told me by phone. I, of course, couldn’t resist firing up the ancient north/south duel by sneaking in, “Hell, that doesn’t tell me squat. You know you guys can’t count much above ten anyhow.”
I got a call asking about an odd and tragic drowning incident that took place on Long Beach Island yesterday. After some investigating, I got pretty much the same limited details reported in the daily presses.
On Sunday, the LBTPD got a call from an Island resident who had come across clothing, shoes and eyeglasses left in a pile next to the ocean. The items had been recently placed there.
Arriving police officers quickly noticed footprints leading from the personal items and into the icy ocean waters – no footprints coming out. This did not look good to the officers so they contacted the Coast Guard.
Once on scene, the Coast Guard found the body of 81-year-old Charles Gilfillan, 82, of Moorestown in Burlington County. CPR was started, to no avail.
Note: Even after lengthy periods of submersion, accident victims falling into icy waters have been successfully revived. Such wasn’t the case here, possibly due, in part, to the victim’s age.
This is an odd sidebar but I was just listening to the police scanner here at work and three different investigations revolve around footprints in the snow -- in places they shouldn’t be.
As many of you know, LBI and portions of Manahawkin (lagoon communities) are sitting ducks for burglars – and even kids on bust-in party sprees. Some winters are worse than others when it comes to burgling. Yes, that’s a word.
If you’re like me and have a goodly number of neighboring homes vacant for the off-season, it doesn’t hurt to look over for telltale footprints indicating the properties may have had unwanted stoppers by. Call it in. Do not walk over for a closer inspection. This could foil any follow-up investigations by the police.