...For I have sinned. I spent what was left of summer on my new to me boat, fishing gear and I liked it. Unfortunately, I got sent back east just as the coho were winding down and just in time for Superstorm Sandy. Hopefully I'll be back before XMas but looking more like maybe Feb. Here some pics of some of the highlights...enjoy and hope to be back on here more often soon. Here's the boat which lured me to the darkside....it’s the devil. Finally settled on a name..."AlleyOop" This was the same name my Brother-in-Law used on all his boats when he used to fish the Great Lakes before the fishing went to crap. They came out a week or two after I got the boat for two weeks. Had all these plans to do sightseeing stuff but we ended up fishing all the time. I learned a lot from him and they remember how much they enjoyed fishing from a boat. Would start out by dropping off the crab pots before we headed out fishing and then pick them up on the way back. We only had a couple weekends at the grounds before the tribes showed up and wiped the bay clean. We moved further down the canal but seemed to catch more red rocks than dungies. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought…you just never know what you are going to pull up in the pots. My BIL used to run every summer in the Great Lakes and even though he can’t reel in fish (bad shoulders) he had a lot of fun directing the action and getting in on the crabs. My sister, on the other hand, was on every pole that popped up faster than contracting an STD from a dirty girl. After a few lost fish, my daughter finally got some in the box. We started off with the little ones and then moved up from there. Amazing that these shakers take a lure that is almost as big as them with a 4/0 hook. It was sure good to spend some time this summer with them. While we may have not limited out every time, we had some great weather and good times on the water. After over a couple dozen hooksets, I finally got my first go at the rods. Well, I most likely wouldn’t have but it was early and the daughter was sleeping. You get a boat, pay for it the rest of your life, and everyone else gets to put fish in the cooler. One thing that I really enjoyed about having the boat was out and exploring and seeing new places. I was amazed at how the areas of the Sound were so different; PNP, Twin Spits, Possession, Jeff Head, Shipwreck, Mid Channel. I can remember the first time I went to Possession, it was like something you see on Discovery Channel with all the birds going for bait balls. Seen all sorts out in the boat and the remember seeing a lot of porpoises, almost all the time…yeah and all the seals. But definitely a lot more than I had seen bank fishing. Overall it was a great summer spent gear fishing. Can’t wait to get out again and try a few flies out.