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.

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