Explosives in the Water
Pay attention to what may be lurking in the water.
This story comes from a North Carolina radio station near the U.S. Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune. Besides being some of the most well-trained and dedicated battle warriors the world has ever produced, the Marine Corps contains a fair amount of dedicated anglers, more than a few of whom fish our local waters, hang around our site, and come to our events.
The west coast of Florida is no stranger to military horsepower, as Tampa is home to MacDill AFB, the headquarters of both Central Command (CENTCOM) and Special Operations Command (SOCOM). As such, many of us have fished waters where signs warned of the presence of live ammunition used in training exercises. Old timers–those of us who fished what’s called “Officers” and the estuaries that ran through the base before the towers fell on September 11, 2001–can tell stories about hearing rounds fly while we chased Snook in states of denial. “Officers” refers to the shoreline near the housing for McDill’s higher-ups.
Camp Lejeune Restricting Fishing on New River
Due to the likelihood of explosives, metal, and other debris in the water, Camp Lejeune is considering closing the New River to fishing until the waterway can be cleaned up. Bomb squad, anyone?