floundering around

My buddy Ricky obliged me yesterday when I invited myself to go fishing with him. So my son Zak and I spent the afternoon hanging out on a sweet pontoon boat with Ricky and his family. We were fishing just north of Hooper’s Crab House in the Sinepuxent Bay. Now, I have quite the reputation in my wife’s family of not being able to actually catch anything when I fish. So, when I caught a 21″ flounder we were all surprised. Ricky’s mom was even laughing at me after I caught it. She was laughing mostly because I caught the fish on this pole.  It was set up with a Carolina rig and a blue lizard from bass fishing a couple of weeks ago. I just ripped the lizard off, put a live minnow on, and chucked it in the water for Zak. I wanted to quickly get my pole set up with the “correct” flounder hook. Ricky’s daughter began to feed Zak crackers with cheese from a can, GoGurt, and all sorts of delights. So, Zak became distracted and I was standing there holding his little dinky pole before mine was ready. A few minutes later, the fish was on and on the second try, Ricky netted it. I caught another fish awhile later with my pole, but it was only around 16 inches so we had to release it. Unfortunately those were the only two fish we caught. I hope Ricky lets me come again sometime! Zak had a blast, but think it was mainly due to being fed constantly. He fell asleep on the ride home. 

It took me forever to filet the fish due to the fact that I have no sharp knife in my kitchen and , as I mentioned before, I never catch anything big enough to keep so I am out of practice. But, I managed to get a complete top filet and the two bottom filets. I seasoned them and threw them on the grill and that’s what we ate for dinner last night. I forgot to take pictures of that though. I sure do feel manly about catching, cleaning, grilling, and eating my catch…even if it was caught on a kid’s fishing pole.

It was a memorable day!

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