Saturday, June 26, 2010

A little fun in the sun... :)

It certainly seemed like a long time coming, but FINALLY... I made it to the beach this past week! Marianne had off work all week and I had a couple days off mid-week, so we packed our beach clothes, our fishing gear, and our pupper dog; and pointed the Pathfinder south towards Ocean City Maryland.

Our time was limited so the trip was only a couple days long, but we had a great time. It was Lucy's first trip to the beach, and we had a lot of fun with her. We found out that she loves the sand and especially loves to dig holes to find the cooler sand down deep. We also found that she likes to chase the receding waves but is a little bit scared of them when they break. Either way it makes for a lot of fun chasing her down towards the water and then running away again when they break, ha ha.Of coarse we did do some fishing while we were there as well... On Tuesday evening Marianne and I spent a couple hours fishing with my good friend Captain Skip Maguire, who runs Skip's Charter Service as well as Skip's Bait and Tackle on Talbot Street in Ocean City (one of the places I worked, when I spent a couple spring/summers living in Ocean City). Skip has a sweet 29 ft. Mako center console, and spends a lot of his days guiding striped bass charters in the Ocean City inlet. Skip and I have been keeping in touch and he has been telling me how good the fishing has been this past spring... So, I was psyched when he offered to take us out for a nice evening of Ocean City striped bass fishing. Skip's good friend, Captian JW Powell accompanied us on the trip as well, and it was a good learning experience to watch JW's live baiting technique as he consistently hooked the larger fish (up to 37 inches) when Marianne and I were generally hooking up smaller fish, 30 inches and under. It was an action packed trip... In the end I don't have a clue how many fish we landed, but I would guess between 15 and 20 during a two hour period, maybe more. It was rare that we had a drift without a fish. We had many doubles and, in fact, on one drift all three of us landed stripers at the same time. I don't get down to Ocean City enough, so it was great to see Skip, and to see Anthony, Dominic and JW as well. It was also great to watch my wifey, Marianne, catch some nice stripers... We had a really great time!

Since this is a fishing blog, I tend to focus more on the fishing, but I should mention that we did spend some good family time at the beach as well. Marianne's mom, twin sisters, and nieces and nephew came down to meet us for a fun day at the beach on Wednesday. We had fun watching a big school of dolphins swim by, and we all spent some time soaking up the sun and playing in the waves. It was very hot weather the two days we were there, but I guess most would consider that good beach weather so we definitely could not complain.At this point I feel like I'm starting to get a little bit long winded so I think I'll just keep things short and close by posting some of the pics from our trip. I hope you have been able to get out and do some fishing recently as well. With the heat that we've had lately, definitely look for fish in their typical summertime patterns wherever you are fishing. Also, with the full moon... nighttime could be the right time. Summer is one of the most important times to pay attention to lunar phase IMHO. Thanks again for visiting the site and for reading! Maybe I'll see you out there on the water.


  1. AAawwwww...look at the happy family. :) Congrats dude! Nice fish and looked like a great trip. Hopefully soon we'll have a boat of our own and we can take the puppers and the wifeys with us. :) Let's hit the water this week!

  2. Thanks, dude. Good call! We're gonna need a big boat for all the fish we're gonna catch...Let me know when you want to go this week.