Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Below: Hell, where do you even put the dollar bills without getting killed.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016: We saw some good old south winds late today but that traditional summer gustiness may be gone for what could be a fairly lengthy period of near doldrums, something very rare around here except in spring. Oh, it won’t be dead calm out there – except maybe in the a.m. – but from Thursday onward, through the weekend and then some, there simply won’t be any powerful wind-makers pushing more than 10 mph -- short of possible late-day side-ass wind action to maybe 15.
The calmer air will have our surfline ocean back to that rare clearness we’ve been seeing of late. Get out there on a paddleboard and check out what’s a-swim. On second thought, you might not want to know how many gray suits are out there. I’m actually a bit surprised there isn’t more cow-nosed ray action. They started off like balled up gangbusters but have seemingly fanned out, breaking from the huge schools that had been seen from the air just to our south. That dispersion could be due to sharks, which look on stingrays like we do on free-delivery pizzas.
For the first time in a dogfish age, I’m busting out my mask, snorkel and flippers for a nearshore swim-about. I want to peruse the jetties exposed in Surf City before they go the way of replenishment. I know for a fact some of them have resident bass. This also seems like a fine time to check out the kingfish presence. While these bottom-feeders are easy to see when snorkeling on the surface, they’ll have no part of a diver coming down to visit them. Stripers, on the other hand, can be highly lackadaisical to a diver.
I keep forgetting to order the latest thing in snorkeling: Full Face Snorkeling Mask with Go Pro Mount. Tomorrow.
Below I share my SandPaper write-up of the fatal boat accident near Oyster Creek channel. Much thanks to those who helped me iron out the details.
Yes, there were some minor mix-ups and errors as the story progressed but that happens when you try to get news out as quickly as possible.
During my 30-plus years in journalism, my whole philosophy has been to defiantly assure that the public always knows what’s happening, ASAP. That’s likely why I’m immersed in social media. In real life, I’m hardly what you’d call a 5,000-friend type. But damn if I’m not maxxed out in Facebook.
A Bad Day on a Beautiful Bay: Boating Fatality Mars Weekend
Sunday was a gorgeous day on Barnegat Bay. But licensed charterboat captain Jeff Dangelmajer of Barnegat didn’t like what he was seeing.
In calm water near the east convergence zone of Double and Oyster creeks, Dangelmajer and his wife were in one of dozens of vessels either anchored up or drifting the waters just inside Barnegat Inlet. In the short time he had been anchored, the experienced captain had seen a number of vessels he felt were moving too quickly for the boat-crowded water conditions.
While realizing that nearby waters included a popular full-throttle channel for accessing the inlet, Dangelmajer felt boating conditions that day simply weren’t conducive to full-throttle passages of vessels bound for the inlet or ocean. He watched as a Bayliner sped through the throng of boaters, delivering a destabilizing wake to many of them.
“I was thinking, ‘How can you go through that area that fast?’” he said, adding, “Vessels really should have been throttling down.”
He had no way of knowing that within minutes, he would witness one of the worst boating accidents he had ever seen.
Dangelmajer was on the bow of his boat when he first noticed the approach of a blue, 36-foot speedboat, powered by twin 350-HP outboard engines. And it was seriously motoring up the channel … legally.
Understanding that a vessel of that type needed at least 30-knots of speed to maintain its plane, Dangelmajer knew there would be some serious wake arriving for any and all nearby boats. Instead, he soon found himself contending with far more, as he watched in disbelief as the speedboat plowed over a 16-foot Carolina Skiff with three people on board. The skiff was from a Barnegat Light boat rental business.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. God, it was unbelievable,” he said.
According to Dangelmajer, the speedboat struck the smaller vessel on the starboard side of the stern, striking Chan Kang, 35, of Burlington County. The impact knocked Kang out of the vessel. He was critically injured, either by the impact from the bow of the speedboat or possibly by the propeller as it passed over the stern of the skiff.
After the impact, “The boat (speedboat) just kept going, 100 yards past the skiff, before throttling down,” said Dangelmajer, noting that some of the six passengers on the speedboat could be seen looking back at the crash scene.
Dangelmajer then noticed a male passenger stand up in the middle of the skiff, yelling. Another male passenger remained seated nearer the bow. “The (standing) man then jumped in, going over to the man in the water.”
In under a minute, as many as 15 nearby boats motored over to assist the crippled skiff, which was taking on water but hadn’t sunk.
Dangelmajer’s captain training quickly kicked in. Using his VHS radio, he was the first to contact the U.S. Coast Guard on the Channel 16 emergency frequency. That distress call didn’t go as smoothly as planned. Instead of reaching the Barnegat Light Coast Guard Station, less than a quarter mile away, he reached a more distant dispatch. “I was having trouble giving them GPS readings. I finally told them to just tell (the Barnegat Light Coast Guard) to just come right outside their station and head west.”
It worked. A local Coast Guard vessel was on the scene within minutes of the 2:23 p.m. crash.
Even before the Coast Guard arrived, the man who had jumped into the water, a physician, began performing CPR on Kang. The other passenger, apparently in shock, remained seated on the skiff.
Coast Guard rescuers quickly removed the injured victim and the doctor from the water. Kang was kept alive, via CPR, while being transported to the Coast Guard station. There, the Barnegat Light First Aid Squad became involved in CPR lifesaving efforts.
A medevac was called but was then canceled since Kang had no pulse. Medevac choppers will not transport a victim without a pulse since cramped quarters on-board won’t allow for resuscitation efforts.
An ambulance then began to transport Kang toward Southern Ocean Medical Center. It was met by paramedics on Route 72. Kang was then taken the rest of the way to SOMC, where he was pronounced dead, despite near-constant resuscitation efforts.
It will now take tedious investigative work to determine the tell-all incidentals leading to and during the crash. It is unfair to all involved to guess at the all-important specifics. At the same time, I can’t overlook the ton of public feedback I’m getting regarding vessels that speed through a congested boating zone.
As I await more details on this fatality, I have to fully praise the efforts of the USCG, along with local first aid and medical personnel, including friends of mine on the second-to-none Barnegat Light First Aid Squad. Theirs was a heroic effort to save a direly-injured person. You can only imagine the strain on the hearts and minds of first-responders after an incident like that.
On-water deaths like this always hit close to home. I’ve lost three friends to boating accidents, two on PWCs. In-water tragedies are also part of my lifelong waveriding lifestyle.
Whenever I’m looking out upon – or I’m atop – Barnegat Bay during the summer, I’m perpetually cringing at how many boats are moving at such high speeds so close together, especially near Barnegat Inlet. It sounds so sophomoric to say, but boats have no brakes. I hate to say it, but even skilled mariners don’t always take this into account.
I want to repeat that there are absolutely no officially disseminated incidentals on the actual impact as of my deadline. But I await them. Such forensic details are often vitally important in helping to prevent repeat accidents.
Hey, I want to remind you outdoorsers that the free mobile skin cancer vehicle will be at the ocean end of Ship Bottom this Saturday 10 am to 2 pm. Here’s the details and history.
Above: All I can figure is ...
Choose Your Cover: Free Skin Cancer Screenings Offered At Six New Jersey Beach Locations This Weekend
Throughout the summer, the New Jersey Department of Health is promoting Choose Your Cover initiative at parks and beaches across the state and along the Jersey Shore to remind all residents to take precautions to prevent skin cancer and get screened for early signs of the disease. The campaign is a reminder that early detection saves lives.
Skin cancer is currently the most common form of cancer in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that 76,100 cases of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, will be diagnosed nationwide in 2014. An estimated 2,590 of those diagnoses will be in New Jersey.
"Summer is a great time to be outdoors enjoying the Garden State's beautiful beaches and parks, pools, backyards and playgrounds," said Department of Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd. "However, overexposure to the sun is a health risk for people of all ages and races. Young children especially need protection from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, and infants should not be exposed to the mid-day sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Start good habits of wearing sunscreen, hat and sunglasses early."
Through Choose Your Cover, the New Jersey Regional Chronic Disease Coalitions, sponsored by grants from the Department's Office of Cancer Control and Prevention (OCCP), are again bringing free skin cancer screenings, complimentary sunscreen and a wealth of vital skin safety information directly to the at-risk population of people who spend extended time in the sun. Physicians, nurses, hospitals, health departments, community organizations, municipalities, lifeguards, corporations and volunteers have joined together to reduce the risk of skin cancer in New Jersey.
Sun smart precautions include using sunscreen with a SPF factor of at least 30 and wearing protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Families should adopt these good habits and limit their time in the sun especially when the sun is at its strongest.
More than 30 screening events were scheduled across the State between late April and mid-August for Choose Your Cover 2014. July is the peak month for the program.
This Saturday, July 19th, beach goers can take advantage of any one of six free Choose Your Cover skin cancer screening events along the Jersey Shore in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Screenings are scheduled from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at these locations:
Below: But what will she look like when she 60?
Who gives a rat's ass?!
Below: This is showing your catch some icy love.
I was recently explaining the concept of "cookie cutter" catches. Here it is in living color.