Duxbury Bay – July 31, 2010
SeaGrape in "The Nook"
The original plan was to head to Saquish Beach, a private spot past Gurnet Point, to play Bocce in the sand. I walked down to the marsh at 12:15pm and the tide was still quite low. There was almost no wind and the water was like glass. On the way out, just in front of Clark’s Island, we passed a boat whose lone passenger was in the throes of battle with what appeared to be a very large fish. I slowed Seagrape down to almost neutral, and watched for another ten minutes or so until this guy pulled up what looked to be a monster.
He was signaling to us that it was indeed a fish worth seeing, so I began to move toward him. He held up the fish to show us for as long as he could and then dropped him to the deck. He scrambled around for a bit, then reached up with a tape measure and said “he’s 42”.” He was visibly out of breath from holding the fish, and sat down for a moment to collect himself.
42'' Striped Bass
After we spent a few minutes admiring the fish, and congratulating him for the catch, he asked us if we had a camera. We took a few shots and asked him for his email address. He paused for a second, and said “I know you, where do I know you from. After some back and forth we realized, that this was Griffen’s “father” who has lived down the street from us for thirty years. Griffen is a Golden Retriever who has been known to wrestle with Hero and Maybe during their walks around the neighborhood.
Before he left to prepare his catch for dinner, he asked me if I was planning on fishing today, and if i wanted the rest of his bait (chunk Mackerel). At this point, I knew the Bacce game was at risk, as I had a new task in front of me – Catch the other fish in the school lurking 40 feet below the surf.
The fish taking line...
Long story short, we both ended up with a solid bag today, and I drove home with the livewell full, and passengers, who never got to play Saquish Beach Bocce Ball.
To the surface from a hole ~40ft deep
After gutting the catch and preparing the fillets, I cooked them on the grill with some lemon, butter, and panko on top. Everyone was happy.