When: February 14th, from 9am to 9:30am
Where: The Long Branch Surf
What: Fishing, I guess
Weather: Low 30's, a steady wind from the NW, snow on the beach
Every once in awhile, I set out for fishing with a fair certainty that I'm not going to catch anything.
This was one of those times.
Although it was undoubtedly within the realm of possibility that a small resident striped bass could have been hanging around these rocks and may have been hungry enough and had enough energy to take a swipe at my Vision Sand Eel, I wasn't very confident that was going to happen.
That being said, there is something pretty special about standing chest deep in the Atlantic Ocean on a morning in February. The sun was on my face and the ocean was calm and glassy, and tossing lures next to the jetties, even without the hope of catching a fish, was another perfect example of why I love doing this so much.
Also, there is undoubtedly something to be said for the fact that I started off Valentine's Day fishing off the beach. My lady took this picture, and methinks I caught a keeper.
Part of this excursion was just wanting to go swimming in February, and the other part was that I had some gear that I wanted to make sure was up to snuff for when the cow bass arrive in the next month or two. I was happy to find that my 8-foot St. Croix Saltwater Series Surf Rod and my Penn Spinfisher 500 handled quite nicely, and that my fairly inexpensive Cabela's Neoprene Waders kept me warm and dry (with the help of 2 layers of thermals).
As I've said before, for me, fishing is enjoyable in itself, and catching fish is just an added bonus. I'm looking forward to doing a little surf fishing this year, and that fact that I got to test my gear out and take my first dip in the Big Drink in the middle of February is pretty cool in my book.