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Casting for the big one at life’s end : Arizona angler’s deep-sea fish wish comes true


Ron Boyd heads out for his first and perhaps only deep-sea fishing trip aboard the Stardust on Tuesday.

Before heading out of Santa Barbara Harbor aboard the Stardust sport-fishing boat early Tuesday, the closest Ron Boyd got to the ocean was the water’s edge.

The Tonopah, Ariz., resident loves lake fishing and did that for years. Now he’s fished the deep sea – a first that may well be his last.

Mr. Boyd, 55, is in the advanced stage of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and has about six months to live. He can’t work, is of limited means and recently moved in with a hospice caretaker.

Tuesday’s trip out of Sea Landing aboard Capt. Jason Diamond’s popular fishing vessel was, for Mr. Boyd, a wish fulfilled, all thanks to the Dream Foundation, which grants the wishes of adults suffering life-threatening illness.

Mr. Boyd is at the point in his illness where medicine can do no more. Like others with COPD, he suffers from chronic bronchitis and emphysema, the latter of which destroys the lungs.

“I was diagnosed three years ago last March, ” Mr. Boyd told the News-Press as the Stardust prepared to head out on a six-hour trip. “It’s in the last stage; nothing left to be done.”

Cigarettes, he said, have definitely been a contributing factor.

“Smoking, it’ll kill you. I’m proof of that.”

As he speaks, Mr. Boyd clutches the handle of the oxygen tank that’s with him everywhere he goes. “If it wasn’t for this I wouldn’t be around right now.”

With the end near, Mr. Boyd came up with a “bucket list, ” and right at the top was a fishing trip just like the one he was setting out on this cold, gray morning.

“My time’s getting close to the end of life, so one of my dreams has been to be able to go out deep-sea fishing.”

Hospice workers reached out to the Dream Foundation, which, through its various supporters, made it happen.

Before he got sick, the father of two adult children was on a lake all the time in Phoenix. “I know this is not the same, ” he said with a smile that would light up a room. “I’ve never been deep-sea fishing. Never been on the ocean.”

“I’ve been to the edge and maybe looked out for half a day, ” he added. “That’s as far as I’ve ever been.”

Pacific Spookfish ( Rhinochimaera pacifica )

2004-11-14 05:20:34 by Chimaera

Chimaera is the common name of the species in the families Callorhynchidae, Rhinochimaeridae and Chimaeridae which all are closely related to sharks. Also called ghost sharks. There are 35 known species of living chimaeras.
Chimaeras live in temperate ocean floors and grow to be up to 2 meters, as all members of the chondrichthyes class, chimaeras have a cartilage instead of a skeleton. The skin is smooth and lacks scales and the colors range from black to brownish gray.
For defense, the chimaera has a poisonous spine located in front of their dorsal fin

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