Monday, July 19, 2010

A Day At The Beach

Pre-sunset on the beach in Long Branch.
When:Sunday, July 18th, from 11am to 4pm
Where:Long Branch
What:Hanging on the beach with Linds, Mindy and Momma and doing a bit of surfcasting
Weather:Hot, a few clouds and a slight breeze.
Moon:Waxing, half-moon.
Tide:Afternoon high-tide of 1:39pm.

After a Saturday night pinic on the beach with Lindsay, Mindy and Momma, I came back to my cell phone to discover that the Sunday tuna trip had been cancelled due to forecasted high-seas.

I was NOT disappointed.

The fact is, I've done a splendid job of keeping myself way too busy recently, and a day at the beach was going to be much more helpful to my mental well-being than a 4am, 50-mile jaunt off the Jersey Coast. This would have been my first trip offshore for tuna and I was pretty stoked, however, it's going to have to wait.

That being said, it was a truly delightful day. Aside from sleeping, this was probably the most time I've spent sitting still in quite some time. I needed it, really.

We got out there early and staked our claim on the beach. Since we were 100 or so yards away from the lifeguards, fishing was permitted near our plot and I brought my plugging rod down after lunch. I probably only fished an hour or so in which time I tested out a half-dozen new lures. I didn't even get a bite, but that didn't really matter. Standing knee-deep in the suds and giving all my attention to the sea further added to the meditative qualities of this peaceful day.

Next up:Back to Momma's place at the beach on Friday. I'll be breaking out the heavy-artillery for the full moon in hopes of landing my first brown shark as the clock strikes midnight on Saturday.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

On Catfish And Turtles

One of four channel catfish caught and released during a quick 2 hours at a local pond.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Waywayanda State Park

A swamp within the boundaries of Waywayanda State Park.
When:Saturday, July 3rd, from 8am to 11am
Where:Waywayanda State Park, Sussex County
What:Hiking with Janel, Lindsay and Chris Martalus
Weather:Not too hot in the morning. Clear skies. Afternoon was brutal, holiday heat wave in New Jersey.

Three day weekends are always nice, however, I'm a little apprehensive about straying too far from home on holidays. As I've said so many time before, I hold peace and quiet in the highest regard, and 4th of July is one time that it's hard to come by in New Jersey.

While everyone is flocking to their favorite lake or beach, you'll most likely find me in my air-conditioning watching the Yankee game.

That being said, short morning outings are a way to get outside, get some exercise and dodge the heat that keeps me somewhat grounded in July and August. Chris Martalus and I already had a wicked-early morning catfish trip planned to a local lake on the 5th and he accepted an invitation to hike with Janel, Lindsay and I on the 3rd.

The alarm went off at 5am, Lindsay and I were in the car at 5:45, Chris at 6 and Janel at 6:30. After coffee and gas, we were headed north at 7. The drive would have taken just shy of an hour, but an early morning redirection from the West Milford Fire Department yielded a sceninc drive around Upper Greenwood Lake. No worse for the wear, we pulled into an off-the-beaten-path parking area just after 8am.
A downed tree amongst thick foilage.