I met Kristen and Joel on 3r’s beach today, route 1 was a bit of a parking lot. Rick and his crew were there, and some still arriving. I know better than to try, and drive to the beach at 1 o’clock in the afternoon. I have been busy organizing people for the shark fishing research for DSU. Getting people together can be a task, and I appreciate, wholeheartedly, everyone’s efforts. This will be important, and fun. The crew was already set up, and started catching blue fish as soon as I arrived. Which was handy for me, since I had the camera all ready to take my usual overload of pictures. They pulled a few blue fish, a puffer fish, and one tiny spot. Kristen’s lil’ man has been fishing this year, and eagerly trying to learn, he is 5, and trying his hardest. She is teaching him to cast, and using a 6 foot rod so it has the “feel” of a surf rod for his size. Well today he finally learned, that letting the bait sit there long enough, will pay off. He caught his first fish ever, a blue fish. He reeled it in all by himself, with the help of a sturdy sand stick. Congrats Kristen on her lil’ man’s catch today, we are very proud of him, and I know his momma is too. She was beaming with pride.
We also caught the weirdest cloud formation, “rolling” across the ocean. Literally a few hundred feet up in the air it moved across the sky like a rolling pin. It appeared underneath the storm clouds forming north of us, and headed in our direction. The walk on beach was cleared, we of course stayed, besides we have rubber tires. The cloud would “roll” towards us, while rolling up itself, very cool to watch, and rather wet. Once over head, rain, but the drops were heavier as it passed, and it was very dark underneath the cloud “roll.” I must have had 30 friends on the beaches today. Facebook blew up with the same pictures at different angles. After a nice dousing of water, everyone set back up, and proceeded to fish. The winds had to be 15 m.p.h. steady, and straight out of the east. The temperature was nearly 15 degrees cooler, and the sun came back out. Off in the distance, over the ocean you could see a larger storm coming, with lightening and thunder. That is when many of us decided it was time to go, most of the crew stayed there.
I headed to the inlet to see if any of the boys were around. Earlier in the day I dropped by there, and just checked it out. They were catching blue fish on the surface. Birds were here and there, working the water. When I returned later in the day the tide was rolling in at a good clip. The boys were catching blue fish. Charlie had some monster hit his line, just run like the dickens, and snapped off the leader. We figured on a big blue fish or a Mahi-mahi, we all joked around for a bit on that comment. ;) He was using a spoon, and fishing the top of the water column. John was cooking burgers and chicken, I had a burger, I can not pass up free food, it is impolite. Birds were just inside of the bridge, working the water hard. Then the osprey would move in with their usual group, and dominate the air. The gulls clear out when the raptors show up, and give them plenty of space. The birds working near the bridge, were slowly getting closer to the boys, when I was leaving. Half way home John text he had a mackerel, and did I want to come take a picture. I would have, however route 1 southbound was a parking lot. Hopefully his camera took a decent picture. Upon returning home I learned that Colin Shakespeare, 13 years old, was surf fishing with the crew I just left on 3R’s beach. He tossed a double blue fish rig with blue fish chunks, and green floats. not more that 15 yards out, and he caught a nice 20 1/2 inch flounder, his first flounder ever, and he gets a keeper in the surf. Great hit buddy!! Shark fishing in the morning, see you in the surf. Don’t forget to get your raffle tickets, the first prize is worth over $2,000.