Great memories were made today!
After two days of learning the art of casting, digging sand fleas, baiting hooks and waiting, Samuel landed his first fish from the surf.
This short striper, however was not the highlight of his day...
About an hour before this pic was taken, Samuel experienced his first hard take down. I mean rod bending in half and line peeling!
Before I could even speak, he was out of his chair and putting his back into it, reeling and tugging. On light tackle, he fought a big black drum into the wash. As I ran for the camera, Dave went into the wash to help land it. As he grabbed the fish, the line snapped and the outgoing wave knocked it out of his hands. After a brief fumble, the black got it's bearings and headed east right into the next wave.
We were all elated and heart broken at the same time. Fighting a big fish in the surf for the first time is an amazing feeling that never goes away and I'm glad I was there to see it happen for my son.
A big thanks to David Moore for helping with the gear, moral support and so much more.
I'm so proud of my boy.. Three days of hard fishing and not one complaint or grumble. A born fisherman through and through.