We were super excited about renting a charter to take us onto the bay to fish for a few hours. Well, some of us more than others. I think Addy was excited in theory but it was super hot and sunny and the boat was very small without shade and she was a little bored with this style of fishing. She did hang in there long enough to catch a fish but then quit.
Our charter captain pretty well sucked. He did take us where the fish were but he wasn’t exactly personable and he basically texted on his blackberry the entire trip. He wasn’t very helpful unless we asked. I am pretty sure he did not earn his tip. Noah was a trooper despite being a little bored. The rest of us wore ourselves out in the heat but had a really good time despite our lousy host. We each caught lots of fish – most of which we did not keep.
We did keep a handful and had them fileted up for dinner later that night. Probably the most entertaining part of the charter was seeing all the pelicans freak out when we pulled up. They LOVE when the boats come in with the catch and they, along with a few other birds, hang out around the filet station so they can eat the scraps.
After our charter, we headed to the lighthouse beach in search of tide pools. We were looking for East Coast tidepools but they weren’t exactly like that. Basically the sand bars to snorkel in that were all just super shallow which made for each exploring.
We spent HOURS exploring and snorkeling along long stretches of sandbar. No pictures since I didn’t want to babysit the camera all day. The water was still and lovely. We found all sorts of things – mostly living – including several starfish, a sea cucumber, a few living sand dollars and LOTS of cool shells. We also found a blue crab and tried to catch him but he was way stronger and meaner than we were. ;)
As the day started wrapping up, we had a manatee swim right past us just a few feet away. It was so cool. The kids watched and tried to get close but she was on a mission. I suspect she was just heading back to her nesting/resting/eating spot for the day. A few minutes later a dolphin and her baby swam over and played right in front of us just yards away for quite awhile. We stood out in the water watching them play and it felt like magic. We’ve seen lots of dolphins at play while we are on boats back home but I’ve never been in the water just yards from playing dolphins. My family practically had to drag me out.
Walking back to the car we saw an Osprey with a HUGE fish in its claws. It called a few times and another Osprey joined it. It was pretty cool to watch.
Back at “camp” Tony breaded and fried up our catch of the day and it was AMAZINGLY good. I’m not a fish person so I’m pretty difficult to impress but I really loved it. Even Dalton, who dislikes fish more than me (ironically), really liked it too!
Then we just hung at the beach watching Dalton shore fish and chasing the ever-elusive sunset.