Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Yet another use for a cat I didn't think of ...
Sunday, September 13, 2015: Kind of a lost day. Couldn’t get motivated to hit Holgate after seeing west winds, which all too rapidly blow in those wicked greenheads. I’m no wimp but those bitches bite me to the bone – then have me scratching out scar-worthy skin gouges, as if I’m somehow getting even with them through self-desecration.
Below: In deep.
Below: Guess what comes next?
I am appreciating the chill in the air this evening, though it will be short and sweet. We could even be seeing near-record heat as the week moves onward.
Anybody have surf fishing reports from replenished beaches? I'll be heading there as soon as the LBT front beaches open ... to find out for myself. But that's still a times off.
I know some folks are loving the sand dollars they're finding but I'm not about that until, maybe, January or so. Any pieces of eight being found, make sure to contact me via secret messenger service. Largest cache of pieces of eight I've ever seen was found down near Bass River, during a dredge project. I was called in by an oldtimer to confirm his find. "Yep, them-there are pieces of eight." He gave me an old-man handful for my trouble. I gave most of them away.
I often show plugs and jigs made by Facebook folks. Now I'm getting a slew of folks asking where they can buy them. All I can say is I always put the name of the designers with the photos. Place the name in Facebook and seek them out.
The Holgate beachfront is a lot easier to drive since the rains. Also, folks are wising up to staying inside the main tracks. There are some speeders out there ... and dead gulls as proof. There's no certainty as to whether permitted or unpermitted drivers are doing the squashing ... and the gulls sure aren't telling.
Below is a piece on handheld VHFs and surfcasters.
Here’s a look at Miss Beach Haven hurrying in right before the rains.
HANDHELDS TO THE RESCUE: As many boat anglers abandon their seasonal fishing vessels and take to surfcasting, their ocean vigilance doesn’t end. Even when fishing from land, they tend to keep a knowledgeable eye on the water. Watching vessels is a habit that doesn’t quit when on land – nor should it.
Buttressing the brotherhood of boaters is an obligation to have the backs of other mariners, even if you’re a mariner on the beach.
Below: The one I keep close at hand, a Uniden Atlantis.
This is a lead-in to radio readiness.
On Sunday, I called the US Coast Guard and chatted about handheld VHF marine radios. Obviously, these highly-compacted communication devices are meant for on-water communications and, most importantly, emergency communications with the Coast Guard and towing services. However, in the hands of knowledgeable users, handheld VHF radios can be called into emergency service by surfside anglers, many of whom know how to both spot vessels in trouble and how to relay information to emergency personnel, primarily the USCG.
The USCG rep I chatted with said it makes a lot of sense for a surfcaster to keep a handheld at the ready should trouble be seen out at sea – or even inside the bay.
While cellphones are the new go-to devices, in wet conditions -- or when anglers are wade-fishing on sandbars -- delicate cells are far from an all-weather emergency device. Up steps handheld marine radios, most of which are water resistant if not waterproof.
I got thinking on this subject after seeing more than a few nasty boat accidents/incidents in and around LEI, a waterway that can sometimes be far enough off the beaten boat paths to where we surfcasters are the first ones to see trouble afloat, most dramatically a burning or sinking vessel – both of which I’ve seen while surfcasting.
If I’m in my truck and see things rapidly going south for, say, a sailboat in the inlet, I can always hunt down my cellphone, and, once I tensely sort through stored numbers to find the Coast Guard, eventually get through by phone. It can get slow.
Not only does a handheld VHF radio get me the USCG at the press of a red Ch. 16 button, but it also alerts other vessels in the area, an advantage a cellphone doesn’t offer. More often than not, nearby vessels – particularly tow boat services – are first to reach vessels in dire distress.
On the rarest occasion, a surfcaster’s handheld VHF radio might pick up a Mayday call not quite reaching the Coast Guard. While that would be rare around LEI, due to a powerful communication tower in Beach Haven, a vessel rapidly going down can experiences a flood of communication malfunctions, possibly rendering a Mayday transmission very weak.
Vital: If your handheld pick up a distress message from a vessel -- and it is not answered -- then you must answer the call and take down all information.
(Please don’t give me that crap, “Oh, it all sounds too hard.” How would you like to be going down and someone who can save all the lives on board your vessel just doesn’t want to take on the responsibility of passing on the Mayday information?)
Passing emergency information to the USCG is called a Mayday relay. In that instance, being a boater you should have a decent command of how Mayday data is transmitted – and how to pass it on correctly.
Below: Good Samaritan rescues 3 near Manasquan, N.J.
According to the Coast Guard, a vital service a surfcaster can offer over a handheld marine radio is having eyes on the situation; being able to pass on real-time details essential to a rescue.
Here are a few key details about a vessel in distress that might be seen, and passed on, by a surfcaster:
1) Nature of distress: Sinking, fire, explosion, or collision.
2) Location: Since you’re on land, use verbal descriptions, i.e. “About a quarter mile outside the Little Egg Inlet north cut,” or, “Just off the tip of Holgate, to the southeast, maybe a quarter of a mile.” Also, offer estimated distances from a well-known landmark, such as a navigational aid or small island, i.e. any terms that will assist a responding vessels or aircraft.
3) Situational information on vessel, such as size, speed of sinkage, degree of burning, or, importantly, any drift.
4) If possible – and with the help of binoculars -- offer any knowledge of number of souls on-board or on a life raft. Also, it can help the Coast Guard to know the vessel’s name.
Do not use Ch. 16 just for flares seen in the sky. That’s just as well conveyed via a cellphone call to either USCG or 911.
FYI: Here’s the phone number for Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light: (609 ) 494-2661. Emergency Number: 494-2661 Ext. 0
Station Barnegat Light is monitoring VHF channel 16 or 158.8 MHz, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
It should be noted this is not carte blanche for the land-use of marine radios. In fact, using marine radios for everyday land-to-land communication purposes is illegal – and a danger to all mariners.
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Business Standard] September 11, 2015
A 400 lb. black bear wandered into a residential neighborhood in Florida.Wildlife officers sedated the bear to safely relocate him, and that’s when things began to go horribly wrong.
The tranquilizer dart sent the bear into a panic, and he ran towards the saltwater Inland Waterway, evading officers.
As he swam further and further out, he became drowsy and started to drown.
But Adam Warwick, a biologist with the Wildlife Commission, wasn’t about
to let that happen. Adam went into the water after the bear
... yeah, after a bear … to stop him from going under.
“It was a spur of the moment decision.
I had a lot of adrenaline pumping when I saw the helpless bear in the water dying."
He knew the very high risk, considering the powerful bear was scared and could
have easily became aggressive to defend itself, killing him with a single swipe
or bite. But the bear somehow seemed to know it was in good hands.
It seemed to become calm when under the man’s control.
Adam’s determination finally got the 400 pound wild creature safely back into shallow water.
Adam suffered only a scratch from the rescue.
Once they reached the shore, other team members came to help.
The team was able to use a tractor bucket to transport the poor guy
back to his home in Osceola National Forest.
Adam rode with him back home …
a sight you don’t see on the highway every day (neither had a helmet).
... Where he is safe and happy again and has one honking story to tell the grand kids.
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take,
but by the moments that take your breath away"