Last week we were on our summer family vacation at Kure Beach, NC about 20 miles south of Wilmington. We had a fun filled week of all kinds of “beachy” activities for young and old alike: museums, aquariums, volleyball, bicycling and of course beach time.
And this time we did something I’ve never done before: deep sea fishing. When I was a kid growing up my dad and older brother used to enjoy fishing of all kinds, especially deep sea fishing with Captain Tony from Long Beach Island, NJ. For some reason I never chose to go. I was always more interested in tinkering with something automotive.
Several years ago I made reservations for my brother and all my sons to go deep sea fishing off of Hilton Head Island but when we got to the dock the captain said the weather as just a bit too threatening and we had to call it off; it was a big disappointment for all of us but we made the most of our time together anyway.
Recently my brother passed away so I missed the opportunity to go with him. As seniors we don’t need to be reminded of this constant threat that lurks behind us of our own mortality as well as family and friends. So while we were planning activities for the week, the men decided to include a deep sea fishing trip and I’m sure glad we did.
We reserved a private fishing boat out of Carolina Beach under the direction of Captain Carl Snow who has been doing this for 53 years! We felt more than safe with that kind of experience at the helm. It was a picture perfect day as we motored out of the marina, up the Inland water way, out the inlet on the north end of Pleasure island into the open Atlantic.
After 45 minutes or so, Captain Carl and first mate Brandon dropped five trolling lines for us and told us what to expect as we trolled. Sure enough in just a few minutes, one of the lines began bobbing just as we were told it would and son David reeled in the first fish of the day. After that we took turns until we’d all caught at least one……all Spanish Mackerel except for two albacore .
Since dinner for the night had already been planned and food purchased, we had to put the fish on ice and bring them home. So I can’t tell you how they tasted yet; my wife plans to cook them for dinner tonight.
Last night as we unwound from all our vacationing, my wife and I settled in for a Netflix ® movie; we chose “Bucket List”. If you haven’t seen it you should as a senior (if you can get by some of the language that seems to be part of almost all recent movies). It’s about a couple of senior men who are facing terminal illnesses and they decide together to make a “Bucket List” of activities they want to accomplish before “They kick the bucket”. It’s as thought-provoking as it is funny.
So now I can check deep sea fishing off my “Bucket List”. What’s on yours?
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Bill Milby, CSA, is a Certified Senior Advisor and a Director of Visiting Angels® of Macon, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at email@example.com