On our way out, I stood in the back of the boat feeling the salt spray on my face, watching the sun rise, and trying to take it all in.
I took a whole bunch of photos heading out, and I like them all. These were cool because the captain had just punched the throttle, so the wake was throwing waves high in the air. The spray would then catch the rosy glow of of the rising sun. It was one of those moments that just makes you glad to be alive.
I think this was our second fish of the day. It hit a fly as soon as the fly hit the water. Fun!
A 10 weight fly rod shouldn't have had any problem with a fish like this. It really was too bad that it broke, because with calm seas and fish on the surface right by the boat, it was a perfect day for throwing flies.
I think there is a whale in this picture somewhere. But if not, maybe it's enough just to have a picture of the ocean itself. There is nothing quite like the sense of freedom one has when being out on big water.
After posing for a pic, this fish went back in the drink. All the fish we caught were released to swim another day.
One of the ways you locate schools of fish is looking for massive flocks of diving birds. The disturbed water underneath them is striped bass pursuing bait fish. The stripers were right on the surface with their backs and fins sticking out of the water. BTW, there are three gannet birds in this pics. Can you find them?
Me, I mean. Not the fish!
I thought this fish was pushing 48 inches, but the mate said in a rather unimpressed way, "Nah. More like 44." But he's not here now, so I'm thinking it was really probably more like 50 ....
A massive humpback whale comes up right next to the boat. You know it was seriously impressive because I put down my fishing rod to watch it even though we were in a thick school of fish!
One of many, many fish caught. Would you believe me if I told you they got bigger as they day went on? They did!
One of the best parts about fishing is the company and the conversation.