Thursday, June 4, 2009

A Day at Sea

My fishing buddy invited me to try my luck at catching some bluefish yesterday morning... so on the early morning tide we jumped into his Carolina skiff, and headed out in search of our next meal.

Our launch was from West Bay Harbor in Osterville.

The water was calm, just a slight wind, and to make it even better... the sun was shining!

There had been a threat of thunderstorms, so we had to keep an eye on the sky. We found the bluefish, lazily swimming on the top of the water.... but couldn't get them to bite on any lure. Popper, Kastmaster, not one bite!

As the T-storms neared, the wind came up, blowing cold out of the north, and the waters turned choppy. We ducked in behind Sampson's Island to get out of the wind. Just as we did, the sun came out again, so we took a slow troll up the channel.
After deciding that there just wasn't going to be fish on the menu, we headed back into the harbor, north wind blowing straight at us. The boat handled great, and in no time we were back on shore, packing it up.

Undaunted, we opted for clamming a bit later in the day, at the tip of Sandy Neck Beach.

The sun did peak in and out of the clouds while we were there, but I didn't take any pictures until after we had dug the clams. By then... well, you see how quickly the weather changes here!

Yesterday, I took these pics of Barnstable Harbor.

It was low tide, and the water was making small ripples near the shoreline.

The summer cottages are beginning to open up and I could hear a roofing crew banging their hammers nearby.

The beach roses are in full bloom this week... very lovely!


  1. Good pics and a good day on the water, even if nothing was caught!

  2. I'm sorry you didn't get any fish, but looks like a wonderful day trying :)!

  3. Those beach roses are awesome!

    I assume you had better luck digging clams than with the bluefish?

  4. Who cares about catching fish! Looks like you had a fabulous day:)

  5. Looks like you had a nice day!

  6. Jim- you're right, anytime I get on the water is great!
    Ann- sometimes the chase is as exciting as the capture!
    Buck- Yes, we got the limit on clams, and they were tasty!!
    Sharon- it was a great day, I felt every bit of the exercise today, these old bones of mine ache!
    Becky-it was definitely fun!

  7. Those are some nice photos. Sometimes when I look at your pics, I think that we live in separate worlds, and I am in awe. Someday, I will visit your world in person.

  8. I've got a fishing pole all ready for you Lou!

  9. Hey! I'm with Bag Blog... Can I tag along?

    I can bring my own fishing pole. :)