By now, most of you have heard about the tragic accident at the Miami jetties that took the life of a well-known baseball star. While several factors purportedly contributed to the accident, one was the poorly marked rocks standing just a few feet above the water’s surface.
The accident scene shown by the media reminded me of our jetties. Both the North and the South jetties have been the scenes of boating accidents involving significant damage and serious injury.
While I am not aware of any fatalities, many of us who traverse the channel between the two sets of rocks feel that it is just a matter of time before a fatality occurs.
The jetties are a long stretch of granite rocks that have been in place for over a century and have succumbed to the constant pounding by the seas. Today, especially at high tide, the jetties are hard to see during times of poor visibility, especially during the dark hours.
Other captains, who maneuver their boats around the jetties, feel the same way I do, that there should be periodic lights illuminating the miles of partially submerged rocks. Hopefully the Coast Guard or Corps of Engineers will see this accident waiting to happen and take appropriate measures to reduce the risk.
Wednesday’s fishing reports came from the surf and the east end of the island where reds are hitting fast and furiously.
Greg Hagerud fished the surf from 6 a.m. until 7:15 a.m. and found hot action on trout and reds. Hagerud said that the bigger the better as far as live shrimp for bait is concerned.
Tom Brown, Arnold Bronstein and Kerry Lilly fished the channel off of the east end of the seawall and got into the reds. Using a variety of baits including shrimp, squid, live croaker and sand trout, the anglers landed and released four bull reds and lost at least five more.