Thursday, May 26, 2011

Day 14: Hallowed Ground

A panoramic view of a Staten Island landfill from the Veterans Memorial Fishing Pier in Carteret.
When: Thursday, May 26th, from 5:30pm to 6pm
Where: The Arthur Kill, via the Veterans Memorial Fishing Pier at Waterfront Park in Carteret, NJ
What: Fishing
Weather: Hot and humind. High near 80. WINDY!!!!
Moon: Waning. 2 days after the Last Quarter.
Water/Tide: n/a

I recently read an article about the Veterans Memorial Fishing Pier in Carteret and it sounded like a good place to wet a line. Since I'm trying to find new places to fish in both the fresh and the salt, I decided to check it out.

My last appointment today was only a block away from Great Kills Bait and Tackle on Staten Island. I had the Surf King in the car, so I picked-up some bunker and set-off to find this place. Carteret wasn't too much of a detour on my way home, and this seemed like a pretty good idea.

I'm glad I went.

Apparently they have just refinished this park, and as far as being fisherman-friendly, I've never seen anything like it. The dock has ample space for plenty of anglers, a handful of boards for cutting bait, lights for fishing at night, benches and......get this........hoses with running water for washing off your nasty bunker hands.

Cool stuff.

When I pulled up, I found it slightly strange that the view from the pier was an up-close-and-personal Staten Island landfill. While chatting with a local a bit later, he pointed out an American Flag commerating the use of Fresh Kills landfill in the World Trade Center bombing. I then understood that this wasn't just any old landfill.

Next Up: SPLIT ROCK!!!!