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must read for anyone wanting to hunt barnegat area

Postby FOWLGAL » Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:38 am

#njsandy ***BARNEGAT BAY BOATERS*** Via Ocean County Police Blotter:

Sandy Changed Landscape of Barnegat Bay, State Police Warn Boaters About Hazards, Old Maps no Longer Accurate:

New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau is advising boaters of myriad new hazards on the waters, and attempting to reunite owners with their lost vessels in the wake of the devastating Hurricane Sandy.
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The record breaking flooding radically changed the topography of many shore area boating routes. The Army Corps of Engineers will eventually re-map the waterways, but until then, boaters must know that they should proceed with extreme caution. Some areas shown on maps as 18 feet deep are now sandbars, and numerous hazards have been deposited in commonly used channels, including sunken vessels.

“The Central Jersey shore waterways, as shown on most marine maps, no longer exist. Boaters need to be aware of submerged obstacles and debris and adjust their travels as if they are on uncharted waters,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the State Police and Director of the State Office of Emergency Management.

Another major challenge is the large number of boats ripped from moorings and docks and deposited all over. The Marine Services Bureau is locating and cataloging displaced vessels on the state’s waterways, particularly in the coastal areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. Troopers are building a database of such boats that includes registration numbers and descriptions. Boat owners or insurance companies attempting to locate a lost or abandoned vessel should contact the State Police Point Pleasant Station between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at (732)899-5051.
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Re: must read for anyone wanting to hunt barnegat area

Postby cedar creek sam » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:37 am

Good advice. The waters near our house are filled with pilings, decks and docks, coming and going with the tides. Wonder how the sedge islands and the channel from Barnegat to the light fared?

Have two or three extra pilings in my back yard if you need a couple...took out the back steps completely upon arrival it appears. Hopefully a crane will arrive this week to take away the boats that smashed my Whaler and it's trailer....
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Re: must read for anyone wanting to hunt barnegat area

Postby duk_hunter155 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:54 am

Don't want to say things are not bad out there but don't get scared off from hunting. I hunted the Gunning river area of the bay on Sat. Launched from the public dock area in Barnegat where they are dumping debris in the parking lot and the ravages of Sandy were very apparent the entire dock system is gone all that being said we launched and I was surprised to see the bay looked like it always has except for one beached half submerged boat on a sedge. The bay was as far as the eye can see clear of any debris floating or otherwise. Also there was good bird action going on of every variety brant, mallards yes mallards, and the usual speed meat, buffies, blacks. To bad we need Boat US to tow us back in not due to debris but a forked up engine. Thanks to Boat US captain John who managed to pull us via rope through our decoy spread to pick them up!
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Re: must read for anyone wanting to hunt barnegat area

Postby mmmx » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:46 am

Does anyone have any information on Island Beach state park.Will it open by December?
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Re: must read for anyone wanting to hunt barnegat area

Postby FOWLGAL » Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:34 pm

it's not the debis that you can see it's the stuff you don't see or the sandbars that weren't there before but are now! I know someone that was working down there helping with moving boats and they said that there were alot of trash cans that were floating that the barge was hitting and I am sure they sunk after that as well as alot of sunkin boats. They even ran into a sandbar that was not previously there.

If anyone goes out just be carefully on duck is worth your life.
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