[QUOTE=dannc;673862]Just as I was about to dive overboard, I noticed the water was full of jelly fish. Never seen that many jelly fish in my life. Before or since. They were as thick, if not thicker, than the photo. /QUOTE]
My two jelly stories...
Riding on a jetski behind Dewey Beach. The old stand-up kind. Just as I was throttling up and about to heave myself up... the ski plowed right into a bunch of jellies. Which were immediately sucked up into the impeller, ground up and summarily ejected out the stern... and straight down my shorts.
It was like someone had thrust a running belt sander into my crotch
It was all I could to do to throttle that bastard out to the deeper water and drop as low as I could into the colder water. While hollering for a buddy to head back to shore and get me a BIG ASS BAG OF ICE. I straddled that bag for over an hour before I could move again. The rental guy just cancelled the bill after hearing what had happened (and refusing my suggestion of "you want to SEE the welts?"). Walked like a bow-legged cowboy for days after that.
The second was wading off Oxford, MD in late July. My wife had already taken the plunge. I was about calf-deep when I noticed what I thought were just reflections off the waves were, in fact, a huge number of jellies just below the surface. I stepped back just in time. My wife was not quite as lucky, but thankfully had on a decent swim shirt.
Since then we've had great success using a Nettle Net
behind out boat when anchored. ABSOLUTELY worth the money. We've had one for about 6 years now and it's held up quite well. Works great. The idea is you deploy it into the water bottom first. As it spreads, any jellies around are pushed away on the outside, leaving clear water inside. A simple washdown with the hose on the transom while retrieving is all it takes to keep it clean.