The Thankful Mama

Oceanside Pier Fishing

Early Saturday (July 18, 2009) morning at about 5:30 a.m., hubby and I were up and had already knocked back a big glass of fresh pressed vegetable juice. Why in the world were we up before the sun on our day off? Pier fishing! Hubby wasn’t quite as enthusiastic as myself about 5:30 a.m or vegetable juice, but we were ready to go at 6 a.m. and arrived at beautiful Oceanside Pier at 7 a.m. The beach is absolutely gorgeous at sunrise!

Early Morning Surf

Early Morning Surf

The sand is pristine, the breeze is gentle and the air is crisp and clean…ready for the day of beach-goers.
We found a decent spot along the expansive 1,942 ft. wooden pier. I got to enjoy the view and take pictures as the guys set up the equipment.

Oceanside Pier

Oceanside Pier

Ocean fishing is quite different from lake fishing, which is what I’m accustomed to. Different poles, hooks, weights, bait, etc., etc. It’s also a different feel as your line sits in the water. The incoming waves and swells push your line back and forth. It feels just like a fish is on the end of your line! You also have to watch to make sure your line isn’t drifting into the pier supports or worse, into another fisherman’s line. Ask me how I found out about that! 🙂Oceanside Beach Ocean Fishing

We fished for a few hours, without a bite. Very frustrating! We saw a fellow reeling in fish after fish, finally asking him what was he using. Turns out good ol’ red worms work for the ocean fish too. We had all kinds of fancy bait that was not doing the trick. We now know what are secret weapon for next fishing trip is!  It’s hard, though,  to feel disappointed in such a beautiful area and with the company three of the greatest guys I know, Hubby, my dad and my dad in law.  A fun day all around and even better, Hubby and I got to come home and take a wonderfully relaxing nap, ahhhhh!

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Fishing For Fun

Father’s Day for most was June 21st. For us, it was to recover from a busy wedding weekend for Hubby’s cousin. He performed the music for the rehearsal dinner and the wedding ceremony. After two days of playing, dancing and hardly any sleep, we returned home exhausted…just like we knew we would. We actually had the forethought to reschedule celebrating Father’s Day for the following Sunday, June 28th. Much better!

What better way to spend a Sunday with a couple of dad’s than fishing? We are fortunate enough to have found a nice little pond (lake wanna-be) in the neighborhood. It’s quite secluded and it does take some traversing to get down the hillside to it, but the fishing is worth it!

Fishing Pond

We went out about 8:30am and it was a perfect morning for fishing. Clear and not too hot, the lake was as smooth as glass. We saw fish jumping out of the water before we could even bait our hooks…good sign, they’re hungry! First try and we were getting bites, but not able to reel them in. Smart fishies, these are! My dad in law finally made the first catch. Very exciting!

I’m busy blabbering about something, when I feel a tug on my line. I manage to set it and realize I’ve got something! It feels pretty big, although they all do! 🙂 I get him to the surface amidst cheers and whoops and discover I’ve caught a catfish! A catfish? Cool! I haven’t caught a catfish since I was little, so this was really exciting.

My Catfish Catch

My Catfish Catch

He turned out to actually be pretty good sized and not just in my imagination. Our dad’s worked quickly and efficiently to remove the hook (I got him pretty good, poor fellow) and another old hook already in him. This guy was a real war vet! Back in the pond he went on his merry way. Before it got too hot and we packed up to go back for a french toast brunch, we had caught about six fish. Pretty good morning’s work I’d say.

I’ve discovered that it’s actually fun even of you don’t catch the big one (although that’s preferable!) Fishing is a really a wonderful way to spend time with your friends and family and yourself. Sitting by the water, be it a pond, lake or ocean, and listening to nature around you is a great opportunity to open up your mind and let the positive thoughts flow. You can reach a very relaxed state of mind when you get out and enjoy the quiet beauty of nature. And don’t let it bother you if you don’t catch a fish, it’s a great excuse to go back and try again!

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