Over the weekend, I took my 2 sons to Ocean City, New Jersey for a trip called Fishing for Kids. No, I wasn’t fishing for more kids. I have more than I can handle now, thanksabunch. 🙂
It’s organized by the Ocean City Yacht Club and it gives special needs and disadvantaged kids a chance to get out on the water and experience the joy of fishing. My youngest has autism so I heard about it through Variety Club, and when the notices went out, I signed up.
Mind you, I was a little hesitent at first. I’d only just taken the boys on a plane ride in April and that went well enough, but four hours in a boat? With fish? And worms? And no electronics? How ever would two modern teenage boys survive?
Mostly well, actually.
The boat had no name and it was small, but it held up well under the weight of these two and me. 🙂 So did the Captain, Roger, and his son Josh. They were awesome! Josh is a great kid, and Roger was kind and patient with landlubbers like us.
The boys both caught flounders but we opted to give them time to grow up a little more. (They were under the legal size.) I caught one as well, but it took my line rather than let me meet it face to fish.
Eventually we caught two that were big enough to keep. I had a few misgivings about eating something that, just minutes ago, was swimming along, happy as a clam (pardon the pun). I won’t lie, it was difficult to stand there watching them die. It reminded me why I became a vegetarian. Well, that and the heartburn thing.
Roger did a beautiful job fileting them. He pointed out that there’s nothing quite like truly fresh fish. He said even if you bought fish in a shop, the best you’d get would be two day old fish; one day in a dirty hold, and another day getting to the store and being put on display. What we had was truly fresh.
We took home at least two pounds (8 luscious filets) of flounder after a wonderful buffet at the Yacht Club. I prepared the frying pan with olive oil and seasoning, lit two candles (one for each fish), and said “thank you” a number of times.
When they were cooked and ready, I poured a glass of wine, toasted to the fish, said “thank you” again, and we sat down to dinner. Unfortunately the pic I took of them in the pan didn’t come out so well, but this is the leftovers, aka tonight’s dinner, along with sauteed spinach.
It was awesome. 🙂 But the whole experience was awesome, and not only am I looking forward to doing it again, but Roger offered to take us out on the water whenever we want. I can’t wait!!
Thank you, Roger, and thank you, flounders!