Wednesday, November 03, 2010

A Different Kind of Fall Bounty

Even for a flatlander, this is as flat as it gets. Elevation Zero. Sea level. The autumn migration of striped bass navigating their way south along the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.

A gentle northeast on a falling tide:


He hit in the wash of the first wave, a mere roll cast away. He would’ve taken a deceiver or surf candy as readily as this Hopkins. I cursed myself for not bringing the 9 weight:


Others who are better connected to the vast communications net that is a part of the modern surf scene and can drop what they’re doing and chase the blitzes will catch more. Live liners and bait chunkers may catch bigger fish. But I’ll take this 31 incher and the solitude of a near deserted barrier beach. This is New Jersey, for crying out loud, the most densely populated state in the country. Now gimme a fist pump and enjoy what little is left or the guidos will lay a beatin’ on ya.


Lord Stirling’s Beach – Summer retreat of my hometown Lenni Lenape. Hangout of pirates, privateers, smugglers - and an itinerant Pro Staffer:

7 comments:

Wade Rivers said...

I love the Blue Ridge Mountains and those Carolina skies.
The hills of Tennessee once opened up my tired eyes.
Across the plains of Wyoming where I layed my burden down.
There's only one place I call home, tonight I'm Jersey bound.

Tonight I'm Jersey bound.

Beautiful images and delightful commentary!

Bruce Springsteen said...

Hey Sandy, the aurora is rising behind us.
The pier lights our carnival life on the water.
Running down the beach with my boss's daughter.
Well he ain't my boss no more, Sandy.

Chief said...

What exit is that beach?

Wade Rivers said...

Beats me, I been 'round and 'round and 'round this same traffic circle about 20X now and can't find my way out.

Signed,
Lost in New Jersey again

Sent from my Blackberry.

GregG said...

That'd be Exit -1 on I-195, not the toinpike. Can get a little salty during a full moon.

Sent from my Dingleberry.

Troutdawg said...

Nice looking Salt pictures!

GregG said...

The Sultan of Salt Bob Popovics shows how it's done with this fly caught beauty of a lineside from the open beach:

http://shorecatch.com/wp/?p=5935