Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

June 20, 2012: Well, it hadda come eventually. The soup is being poured upon us, though I already feel a bit of a sea breeze trying to nose in. Midday the beaches are packed to the rafters. There's room to fish near jetties -- in towns where it's allowed. The water looks real good, color and clarity.

Small bass are on scene and I'll bet some snag-and-drop bunker balls will start to coagulate off IBSP. 

If you're going to try fluking in the inlets and bays, not only are you going to need sunscreen and enough fluid to revive a desert but also (DO NOT FORGET) world-class insect repellent. Light-wind periods are going to be absolutely thick with gnats. Even with bug spray on-body, wear a hat to keep them-there buggers out of your hair -- and to sidestep sunstroke.

There are still black drumfish around, mainly inlets and bayside, though the ocean might offer up a couple. Small drum are edible adn supposedly delicious -- but i's one of the very few fish I don't eat. 

STROKE 101: By the by, there are a whole series of symptoms related to advancing heatstroke or sunstroke: hot and dry skin, rapid heartbeat and pulse, sweating stops, rapid breathing, increase in body temperature, muscle cramps, headaches, nausea, confusion and dizziness. However, if you're to those points -- and I have been, back in my warrior days -- you're already in deep trouble.

Preventatively, the best bet is to note when you're feeling even the littlest bit not right. I know that's vague but  such not-quite-rightness is fairly discernible and -- unlike the above symptoms -- gives you time to take action,  like pouring water onto a towel and wrapping it around head, neck and shoulders. Do I really have to mention you should also get out of the sun?

Another no-brainer: It does not help to get someone out of the sun by moving them into a steaming hot boat cabin. Find a place that is breezy. If the breeziest place is in the sun, shade the person. 

By the by, during various first aid training sessions, I've heard more than a few experts discouraging the pouring of  cold (bottled) water -- or even buckets of seawater -- over the head of someone "shocky." That can actually worsen the body's already out-of-kilter temperature-regulating system. Cool compresses are the answer. I've had success manually circling a single ice cube on a victim's forehead or neck. 

While drinking water is huge on hot days -- more to prevent dehydration than stroke -- do not over hydrate someone who is showing advanced symptoms of heatstroke. Vomiting and even chocking can occur. Offering a victim small sips of water is the best bet -- and can often have remarkable results in stabilizing a sufferer. However, fluids should always be administered when the victim is in a relatively upright position. Never try to pour water into the mouth of a non-responsive or slow-responding victim. 

Though you'll often read that you should give sunstroke sufferers a mildly sugary drink -- the Gatorade approach -- I think that should be done by first aiders.  In that instance, sugar becomes essentially a drug. Stick with the water approach. 

Heatstroke/sunstroke are fully life-threatening conditions. You just can't idly wait around to see if someone with advanced symptoms will start feeling better.





            Enclosed is this week’s fishing report for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. It is pasted below and also attached as a file. If you have any questions, my cell phone number is 609-290-5942 and my e-mail address isjamesghutch1@aol.com

Thanks for your help,

Jim Hutchinson Sr.

After a week of strong northeast winds and large ocean swells, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are looking forward to milder breezes and more summerlike weather. As the last of the winds left the area, some of the boats managed to put together some decent catches.

            Captain Carl Sheppard on the “Star Fish” fished three days last weekend and managed to find some keeper black sea bass along with a 5-foot brown shark while fishing offshore. He also picked up some bluefish on the troll along with some fluke while drifting in the back bay waters.

            The head boat “Miss Beach Haven” did some bottom fishing over the weekend and battled the conditions to put some nice sea bass on the deck. The pool winner on Saturday was a 3.5-pound sea bass. On Sunday they looked for summer flounder and found some with sea bass mixed in. Tommy Hook took top honors with a fat fluke. On a pair of trips before the northeaster arrived, pool winners included Mike from Tabernacle with a 4-pound sea bass and John Cheeseman with a 4.5-pound fluke. Mate Sal Rosa says the “Miss Beach Haven” is already signing up anglers for their open boat tuna trips in the fall. Some of the dates are already sold out.

Additional information on the association can be found at www.BHCFA.com or by calling 877-524-2423.


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