Jekyll/St Simons Oil Spill??

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mdgreco191

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I have been getting conflicting reports about the oil spill down there. Some say it is all good and no sign of oil. Then others are talking about oil on there boats and getting it on the bottoms of their feet at the beach.

Locals and visitors currently there, what are you experiencing? All reports are welcome!
 
I was at Jekyll north beach two weeks ago and saw no sign of oil or anything in the water.

There was a boom set out under the clam creek walkover bridge that did have some oil saturation.
 
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mdgreco191

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I was at Jekyll north beach two weeks ago and saw no sign of oil or anything in the water.

There was a boom set out under the clam creek walkover bridge that did have some oil saturation.
Thanks for the report!
 
Was down there all last week fishing, based out of Jekyll Harbor Marina. We fished the SSI side quite a bit, didn't see any oil in the water fishing around the artificial reef W of the Jekyll Pier and crossing between the wreck and SSI pier to fish in front of K&P. Last time to K&P was Thurs, I think. Fished between Jekyll Pier and bird island Saturday. Water was very clear/clean in SS sound compared to normal. Heard about oil on north beach and that driftwood was closed. Heard folks fishing from Jekyll Pier had oily gear coming in (on Wednesday, I think).

On Monday evening the people doing the cleanup put a boom across Jekyll Creek just south of the rock jetty at about sunset closing off the ICW! We were stuck on SSI side and had to run in to Brunswick Marina and put up there for the night. Luckily 10 minute walk to our house from there. I called the CG and they were very angry. Seems the people doing the cleanup boomed-in the CG the day before and had to be called to move the boom! The CG made some calls and the boom was opened at the ICW the next day. Lucky no cruiser came through and ripped out her bottom on that boom - then there would have been a wreck in the ICW too. Was told a guy in a flats boat came up on that boom when they were setting it and they refused to move it to let him through - they told him if he wanted through he would have to "jump it" - I guess he pushed over it, from what I hear.

I spoke with a couple of guys in a workboat that night we were boomed out of the ICW, they didn't know where Jekyll Creek was, where Jekyll Marina was, or what the ICW was (or what "ICW" meant)…. Some of the guys on the workboats seem ok...but there are some real "dandies" there too...

R
 
Oh, we got into the bull reds really good on the SS sound side all week. Lots of small sharks to wade through, and bluefish out the wazoo, but plenty big reds around.

R
 

WalkinDead

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I'm not gonna say there isn't ANY oil on the north beach of Jekyll or in the St. Simon's sound area, because obviously there is some. I'm just gonna say I haven't found any myself when fishing off the beach or Jekyll pier. There isn't any oil at St. Andrews beach, we have been shrimping it with no problem at all. What little oil may be in the water doesn't seem to be effecting either the shrimping or the fishing. The booms are precautionary and for environmental concerns. Glad to see them on top of it. You just have to figure out how to work around them. We have friends shrimping at Jekyll tonight, not sure which beach they will be seining, will know more when we go Wed. night.
 
Wonder if The companies putting out the booms are in an insurance feeding frenzy.

Even if they are I got no problem as long as they get it all cleaned up.
 
For full story go to Facebook page of altamaha river keeper. Map of where they found discharge and it ain’t good. River keeper and coast guard seem to have different opinions on extent of damage.
 
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For full story go to Facebook page of altamaha river keeper. Map of where they found discharge and it ain’t good. River keeper and coast guard seem to have different opinions on extent of damage.
Thanks for the tip on the riverkeeper. It looks really bad in their description and pictures!
 
Just looked at the river keeper page.

That Makes me sick. Last I heard they were taking the fuel oil off the ship.

Did someone screw up the transfer?

Where are the cleanup crews that took over our boat ramp?
 
Pulled our net on the north beach of Jekyll twice Thursday afternoon for mullet for redfish bait, we didn't come across any oil while doing so. I think it may be the tidal flows that are keeping the beach clean as it is on the inside bend of the flow. We had a strong NE wind which possibly might bring some oil that way, but we didn't notice any on our shoes or clothes. Managed 4 pounds of shrimp also. Ended up catching four bull reds and several sharks cut us off.
 
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Just read the Brunswick News this morning that they have decided that they cannot right the ship intact. They will finish removing fuel oil and then start removing the cargo and take it apart in pieces. That's going to be a mess and will take a long time.

https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/golden-ray-will-have-to-be-taken-apart-in-st/article_0eaee5a2-8579-55f5-8976-feccf2a9452d.html#utm_source=thebrunswicknews.com&utm_campaign=/newsletters/headlines/?-dc=1571047223&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline
Yeah that is going to take forever... what a mess.
 
Wife and I fished few hours Saturday near the Jekyll pier and behind the island. Some oil in the marsh grass in several places but booms and barriers were out.
Must have hit some oil in the chop crossing the sound to or from Mackey ramp because the bottom of my boat has a coating of oil/tar! I 'm kinda wore out from trying to clean it while laying under the trailer!
Kinda concerned about the guides and tourist oriented businesses in the area!
 
We fished behind SSI last weekend, caught a few trout and saw some oil barriers around between the 2 towers and marina on the causeway. My boat had and oily substance from the waterline down when i washed it back at the house.
 
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So who dropped the ball on the cleanup?
And who is covering for them?
This is really getting old.
There seems to be no sense of urgency. The storm about to blow through there will most likely complicate things too...
 
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