When you are the mother of two boys, you do things you never thought you would, like judging burping contests, deodorizing football equipment, picking up dirty socks from every imaginable corner of the house . . . and fishing.
On a week-long island vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, it was only a matter of time before the fishing poles came out.
The rocky shoreline yielded only casting practice, so we were soon looking for open ocean and the chance at some real fish.
That’s when we found The Skipper.
For 24 years, Captain John Potter has been taking families out on his charter boat in search of the big catch.
Everything you need–rod, reel, and bait–is included, so we boarded The Skipper at Oak Bluffs’ docks bright and early with only our excitement.
After a short ride out to sea, the boat began echoing with cries of “Fish On!”–the signal to have the First Mate help de-hook a catch and make sure you have a legal keeper. We reeled in some black sea bass (Sam, above) and lots of scup (Will, below).
Flounder was another popular catch. And an angler right next to us even reeled in a shark:
Four hours seemed to fly by as the Captain moved us around to reliable fishing grounds, and our bucket of keepers started to pile up.
Soon it was time to head back to shore. After we docked, the First Mate cleaned our fish for us and it was home we went for a lunch of fresh–really fresh–fish.