Sunday, July 31, 2011

Day 79: Dogged Again

NOT a brown shark.
When: Saturday, July 30th, from 7pm to 10pm
Where: The Atlanctic Ocean from Sea Isle City, NJ
What: Fishing for brown sharks from the surf
Weather: Hot. Near 90-degrees, cooling after the sun went down. 10mph NW wind. Partly cloudy.
Moon: New
Water Conditions/Tide: High tide at 8pm.

If I were a betting man, I'd have to wager that at some point in my life that I'm going to catch a brown shark from the beach. The reality is, however, that although I've done my research and have the right gear, I just haven't had many opportunities to fish for them.

That's the key.

Everything in fishing boils down to time on the water. I do plenty of reading and shopping off the water, but I go fishing a whole lot and it's why I've had some success. As far as shark fishing from the beach, I just haven't put in enough hours yet, but hey, I'm still young and full of energy.

I have to thank Lindsay for enduring this endeavor, because after getting some local knowledge and rigs from Joe at Two Chums Bait and Tackle, we walked on the beach and were immediately HAMMERED by black flies.

Not fun.
The trip did not start off well, but after the sun set, the bugs seemed to go away and we settled-in and waited. There were a few bites, but nothing that hit like a shark. The short evening jaunt produced a small flounder (or fluke if you're in North Jersey) and one small dogfish.....but no brown shark.

What did I do wrong?

If I had to honestly guess, I'd say "nothing."

Fishing is one sport where you can do absolutely everything right and still not succeed, and this may have just been one of those times. If there was a brown shark with a half-mile of my stinky piece of bait, there's a really good chance I would have caught it.

There have been many times in fishing when luck has proved to be much more valuable than any skill and being at the right place at the right time has caught me a great fish. This was not one of those times, but thankfully, there is always a next time.

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