Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Monday, May 30, 2022
It was beautiful holiday weekend down the shore. This weekend is Memorial Day, our national holiday to honor those servicemen and women who have made the supreme sacrifice for our country. Sacrificing their lives for ours. And to them we thank them on this day.
Theresa and I are thankful and blessed to have a place down in Cape May we call our shore house. Each evening, if the weather is right, spectators are privileged to witness spectacular sunsets along the Delaware Bay, from Sunset Beach in Cape May up to Villas, a few towns north on the bay. Last evening we decided to hit Town Bank ,which is a section of Lower Township near the Lewes-Cape May Ferry.
As we approached looking for a parking spot something was amiss. People were sitting in the street, some shaken. The first police car arrived as we pulled up. I was driving and asked Theresa to take the wheel while Erin and I went to help out. I assumed there was someone missing in the water or there was a drowning victim being tended to on the beach. But we were met with a scene of carnage. A car had plowed through the barricade, hit a bench and the woman seated on it, and then it went airborne, rolled several times before coming to rest in the Delaware Bay. And there was no one on scene.
We did our best to triage first and then treat the most severely injured. In all, there was one fatality, several critically injured, and some needing medical attention for less serious injuries. When fire and EMS arrived we packaged the patients before two were transported via helicopter and the others to trauma centers. Things happen that quickly, even during the most postcard-picture perfect moments. We pray for the victims and their families. The driver of the car suffered a medical emergency, and two of the patients were ejected from that vehicle. I am thankful and proud to be a nurse practitioner and able to help others when needed.
Traffic wasn't too bad coming back home and late in the evening I decided to give it a go. Luckily I remembered today was Monday and the Pick 6 is up to 10.5 million, so I got my tickets, playing the kids birthdays every Monday and Wednesday. Down at the river it just felt different. It was hot and humid and there was a smell of hot sticky summer in the air. I made some casts on the dropping tide and had one hit. I have to think the bass that are left will be active in the early morning after the water has a chance to cool overnight.
Friday, May 27, 2022
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Neither quit #1 or my outing due to a rod malfunction didn't last very long. Hit it at dead low just before the flip. Got three, was thinking it was going to get good on the incoming but I noticed my casts weren't going as far as I needed them. Broke out the headlight and found the problem. The tip guide split and that was it. I'll either have to send it in to Orvis or see if Leif can give it another go.
It was a bad hair day for my fly when I opened the back hatch to my car. Luckily with a little water and a few strips it all straightened out. When I got there at 5 am there was still a lot of water on the dropping tide so I went to a popper, for way to long, without moving a fish. Then I went to the white fly, then the one below, not a tap. Before I called it a morning I even switched to a black fly
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Its interesting these bass in the Delaware River. Look at the above temps, just over 70 at times, dropping at night, but these fish are still here and following the bait post spawn. There are still fish here that will be hitting the ocean in the next month. Remember, river herring, an anadromous species like striped bass, come into the rivers and the fresh water to spawn. While some die after spawning, most return to the ocean, and the striped bass will follow them. So, we will still have fish around these parts for a little while. On anther species locally, I saw my first snakehead of the year, and that is something I hope to get dialed into. They look like would be a blast on the fly rod.
In the meantime, I'll keep filling the stripers faces with bucktail, feathers and synthetics. I am looking forward to hitting the salt waters soon, this year there is no Martha's Vineyard trip, and that's okay, there will always be next year, that I'll have to make happen somehow.