Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Day 27: A Staten Island Scorcher

A view of the Verranzano from the Staten Island side.

When: Wednesday, June 8th, from 1pm to 1:30pm
Where: Upper Bay (New York Harbor) via Edgewater St. and Hylan Blvd., Staten Island
What: Fishing
Weather: Hot, darn hot. High into the 90's, but a pleasant breeze coming off the harbor made it tolerable. Clear skies. Hazy and humid.
Moon: Waxing. First Quarter.
Water Conditions/Tide: Looked like high tide. Water was clear, very clear.

I wonder what people are thinking when they see me rock-hopping in dress shoes and dress pants. I must look at least moderately out place; groomed for a meeting, but donning a plug bag and wielding a Lami Surf King.

This was pretty much the hottest day of the year so far. Since I had a late meeting in the afternoon, I bought a cheap shirt to change into so I wouldn't sweat through the one I was wearing. As I was getting back into my work shirt after I was done fishing, a young lady honked her horn in approval as she drove by.

Go me.

That was pretty much the only thing exciting about this 30 minutes of fishing. I have to say that the 9-foot, 2-piece Surf King with the 5000 Penn Conquer is a solid rig to have stowed away in the car. With the 20-pound Sufix braid, I was able to toss my Point Jude what seemed like 100 yards.

I gave it a good 30 and with the high-tide, structure and clear water, I was actually hoping that I might at least hook into a small bluefish.

But not today.

Still, it was great to take a break from the heat with such amazing scenery in front of me.

Next Up: Another scorcher and another late appointment in Staten Island. Think I'll try the South Shore and spend my lunch on the beach.

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