The "Marilyn S" has been taken out of the salt water and is on the stands on dry land. The Christmas Lights have been dug out of the attic and placed in the trees in my front yard. I do one evergreen with red and green and one with blue. I hope the neighbors like it, I know my daughter does when she comes to visit. It cheers folks at this dreary time of the year. It is a slow time of year and having recovered from the hectic pace of my summer and fall fishing seasons, I can now reflect upon my good fortune and be thankful. I’m thankful that I get to fish all summer long with great people in a beautiful marine environment. I feel privileged to share the excitement and fun of catching great fish on light tackle with friends and families that tell me at the end of the day that I have done a good job. Wow !!! I feel incredibly lucky and I am grateful. I appreciate the ability and good fortune to be located where I am on the outer Cape, and to be able to fish with you.
THANK YOU ALL !
Best Wishes in the New Year,
I finally got the last of my Christmas presents wrapped ! My kids are busy as ever and doing fine without my input. My girlfriend Chris doesn’t know it yet but we will be spending the day together tomorrow and I like that. The inherited house cat, Daisy, purrs in front of me on the rug before the wood stove that is generating its pleasing, drowsy warmth throughout. All is good this evening in Bruce’s Eastham resort.
I decided to drive down to the almost emptied Chatham harbor at the Fish Pier for a look and to check the remaining boats. Pulling into the deserted, frosty cold and dark December parking lot, I noticed there wasn’t a breath of wind to ripple the waters surface. The moon rising over the dune to the east, completes the serenity I feel here tonight. In the beautiful clear stillness, I watch the remaining commercial boats tugging to and fro at their mooring lines with the ebbing tide.
I hear a vaguely familiar splash at a distance, … and then again. I wonder, did something fall in ? No, it wasn't that large, it sounded a lot like the slurp of a feeding fish, or perhaps a merganser or sea duck, but at night ?? Then again I heard it, definitely a slurp and a splash, closer this time. Perhaps it was a seal ? It seemed quite large. I heard it again, and this time, I saw the boil at the outskirts of the dockside street lamp’s glow, and halfway into the channel. “Holy cow” ! What the heck is that ? Is that a striper ?? “No way” ! - It was HUGE !, it couldn’t be - it was at least 5 feet long !!!
Then I saw her swimming slowly into the current under the radiance of the lamps glow. WHOA !- She had to be 80-100 pounds or more, at least ! As the huge striper swam by, it rolled slowly over on one side and I swear I saw her wink at me as if to say......
“AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT ” !
MERRY CHRISTMAS !!
Capt. Bruce & “Marilyn S”