I've been following this story since I read this thread last year, and rented from him and spoke to him a few times since. I spoke with him a few months back and he sounded disheartened. I got the impression that he was still having trouble. This really sucks, he's a nice guy and deserves the chance to run his business.(Update, a year later)
There is no boat concession at Bass River State Forest right now. Cowboy Mike did not come back this year. I don't know if he decided to end it, or the concession contract wasn't renewed by the state, or something else. But you can't rent a boat at Lake Absegami at this time. There is a notice posted at the lake saying there might be a boat concession later in the season.
If you come up the intercoastal, which I imagine you will, take a detour up the Toms. You can tie off at Huddy Park, the town did a nice job restoring the place. Lot of history on this river. Just do it on a weekdayThis year though I am taking her up to Manasquan since I lived on the inlet as a wee lad. It's a run.