#79 Champagne on the Beach

When at the beach, I always like to relax facing the ocean in the early evening as the sun goes down and the heat is replaced with the cool breeze from the ocean. You can sit in a beach chair, put your feet in the warm sand, and let your body cool as the air changes from warm to cool, listening to the surf crashing without the loud noise of the crowds who have left for the day. As the sun sets, the clouds over the ocean change from white to pastel yellows and oranges and pinks and the horizon turns a darker blue.

What better way to top off the experience with my wife at my side, sharing an ice cold adult beverage, appreciating the transition from hot day to cool evening. We could have chosen beer or wine (and we have in the past), but we thought, “What the heck. Let’s do this in style.” We chose a bottle of champagne and toasted to the evening. (6/30/18)

A very satisfying experience. Here are a few pics:

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#78 Pier Fishing

We wanted to try a fishing experience while at the beach. Deep sea fishing was out of the question as we would get seasick. Surf fishing was attractive but Mary Ann couldn’t get in the salt water this trip due to a bad cut on her leg. What remained for us to experience was pier fishing.

On 7/2/18, while vacationing in Nags Head, NC, we went to Jennette’s Pier for a lesson in pier fishing. We rented fishing poles and bait and we had an instructor, Pam. We were the only ones to sign up that morning so we had individual attention from our instructor. Pam even fished with us.

Pier fishing is very simple. Bait the two hooks on the line (we used two baits: cut up shrimp and a synthetic bait of some kind), let the line drop to where the lead sinker hits the ocean floor, pull the line tight, and wait for a fish to take the bait. And wait for a fish to take the bait… When a fish takes the bait, you need to use your skill or luck to hook the fish – a slight tug on the line sometimes hooks the fish. If the fish gets hooked, all you do is slowly reel it in. Then you show it to everyone, take it off the hook, and drop it back in the ocean. Some fish you can keep, especially if they are large enough, others you must throw back. Then you rebait the hooks and do it all again.

Well, you hope for a big fish, but if you do snag a fish, of course you reel in a small fish. Over the 2 hours, I caught one fish – an Atlantic Spadefish. Again, of course, it was small. Pam caught 2 fish – a flying fish and a flounder. Mary Ann didn’t catch any fish. However, it seems like we did as well or better than most of the other fishermen on the pier. There weren’t many fish caught that morning.

I’ll wouldn’t chalk this experience up as exciting, but it was fun and relaxing. I would do it again if I had free time at the beach (doubtful).   Next time – surf fishing.

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