If you’ve been keeping up with me on Instagram, you know I was on a bit of a local vacation last week. We went fishing offshore with my dad twice last week and it was so much fun/amazing/exhausting/exciting. He took us out with Captain Jacob Tankersley (who we have known since we were little) on the Southern Lady. It’s snapper season (for nine very short days this year), and Jacob really put us on them. We slayed the red snapper and red grouper, scamp, some white snappers, a few beeliners, a king, and even a black fin tuna! I’m going to speed through two very full days of fishing with little commentary, but I’ll preface it with this: this was the best fishing trip(s) I’ve ever been on. I know snapper season is only 9 days this year (and completely booked, by the way) but if you’re ever in the market for a charter fishing trip with the best Captains and deckhands around, check out Lady J Charters. They are family friends, but also some of the best folks around. And like Lady J Charters on Facebook, too, for year-round jealousy-inducing pictures.
A quick note: Marc caught this 34-pound Red Snapper. That is INSANE, in case you were wondering. In all these Day One Pictures, it’s the GIANT fish.
Destin (holding our fish) was by far the best deckhand ever. He has been fishing his entire life in St. Joe Bay and it showed. He helped us out so much, was constantly working, and was a really, really nice guy.
This was my little cousin Cason’s first offshore fishing trip, and he was so excited he couldn’t stand it. Wheat woke him up (early) Friday morning, and Cason jumped up immediately and said “DID I EVEN GO TO SLEEP???!!” He was excited about everything that morning, right down to the buttered biscuit we got him at McDonald’s, which he declared the best biscuit he’d ever had.
He was worn out before too long.
But everybody took a break every now and then. Just for a minute.
Cason slept until Doc woke him up to reel in whatever had just hit the flat line. Turns out, it was a Black Fin Tuna. It took Cason a little while to reel in (and almost took him out of the boat!), but he did it and was SO excited. It was so much fun to watch!
In addition to all this Lady J fishing, Saturday my mom and I spent some quality time in downtown Port St. Joe. We visited our favorite haunts, including lunch at Provisions, a pit stop at the new Gifted Gourmet, some shopping at my all-time favorite boutique, Joseph’s Cottage, and a locally brewed beer from Grayton Beer Company at the Haughty Heron. (Side Note: You can buy my handmade oyster ornaments there!)
Saturday night, Zach and Michelle came over for some freshly caught, freshly seared Black Fin Tuna steaks with Asian sauce, spicy mayo, wasabi whipped potatoes, and salad. The “Asian sauce” was new to me and earned rave reviews, so I’ll just have to re-do it and take pictures so that I can share it with y’all. ;)
After a leisurely Sunday morning with the house (and beach) to myself, Mama and I went for a bike ride all over St. Joe Beach. I made it all week being good about sunscreen, and the bike ride got me. Typical!
Checked the girls (aka bees) in Bristol on the way home, despite the summer thunderstorm. They’re doing great!
It was the very best vacation I’ve had in a long time. There was even more fishing, but I’m saving that for another post! Hope everyone else had a great weekend. It’s back to Bainbridge/Thomasville/reality for me, but I’ll be honest – I’m grateful to have a slow and easy week this week to recuperate from all of May. I have run myself ragged and right into a sinus infection this past month, so I’ll be resting up and detoxing this week, as well as sharing all my adventures with y’all. :)
And Happy Birthday to my sweet friend, Sara!! Xo!