Sunday, April 20, 2014

Preparation for another season - 2014

To bring everyone up to date, last year our season got cut short by a motorcycle accident.  I was just given temporary clearance to do what ever is want, with moderation. So the first thing I did was jump in the truck and head down to the bay. I thought getting down early in the morning would allow me access at all the marinas and boat yards only to find out hundreds of other people had the same idea.

There were boats being put in at all marinas, as well as the boat ramps.  Boats were out fishing, I will assume for winter flounder or stripers.  Being they were on the Keyport flats, I will assume winter flounder.  Those I spoke to at the ramp who had been out before have not had any luck so far.  I did speak to a couple of guys getting into there truck in Cliffwood Beach that had caught a 27" striper last week off the beach.  There was nothing big yet for what I heard, but the recent warm temperatures will change all that.

I stopped at Keyport Yacht Club to see nothing really going on, but the harbor is full of mooring buoys meaning Olsen's have been busy already. So I took a ride over there to see what was going on and hoping to have a conversation with John Olsen.  Upon my arrival, there was virtually no place to park except in the sand.  Don't really like parking in the sand as it has a history of having screws and nails and has cost me dearly over the years in tire repair.

The were the Keyport Yacht Club launches with a crew working hard to get them ready. Bottoms were already done and they were now making them nice and pretty for the members use over the coming season.   There were also a gentleman laying out anchor chain and rode to make sure he had enough chain to meet his needs.  I watched home lay it out and pace it off the length.  There were many other boats that already had their bottoms done and there were still boats inside the work building.  A lot of activity wherever you looked.