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Fishing with Lady J Charters

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.


Sunrise of Port Saint Joe from the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls

Sunrise over St. Joe Bay | Oysters & Pearls

Wheat Pretending to be Captain Jacob | Oysters & Pearls Sunrise over Cape San Blas | Oysters & Pearls

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.First Snapper of the Day | Oysters & Pearls Fishing Sisters | Oysters & Pearls Natalie's First Snapper of the Day | Oysters & Pearls

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.  Anna Jo's Snapper | Oysters & Pearls Fighting a Big One | Oysters & Pearls Beer Thirty on the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls Boat Drinks on the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls Snapper Fishing | Oysters & Pearls

Shark bait. Would’ve been huge.Shark Bait | Oysters & Pearls

Wheat and a Scamp.  Good eatin’.Wheat and a Scamp | Oysters & Pearls

More shark bait.More Shark Bait | Oysters & Pearls

Playing with a Remora.  They stick to sharks, but they will also stick to hands.Playing with a Remora | Oysters & Pearls

Back to the Snapper.Snapper Fishing on the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls Cooler Full of Snapper, Scamp and Red Grouper | Oysters & Pearls 34 pound Red Snapper | Oysters & Pearls

Oh, and I caught a bonita, which just about killed me, and is good for nothing except bait.  I had to include it just because of the trouble it gave me. Bonita | Oysters & Pearls

We cooked a super fresh fish on the way in.  Chef Doc did a fantastic job.Cooking a Couple on the Way In | Oysters & Pearls Frying Fish on the Way In - It Doesn't Get Fresher Than That  | Oysters & Pearls Fry Pappy | Oysters & Pearls Chef Doc | Oysters & Pearls

Captain Jacob Tankersley and his niece, Lilly Jae, posing with the 34-pound Red Snapper and a Beeliner.Captain Jacob Tankersley and Lilly with a Beeliner and a 34 Pound Red Snapper | Oysters & Pearls

The whole gang – Captain Jacob, niece Lilly Jae, (Deckhand) Destin, and all six of us: Doc, Scott, Marc, Anna Jo, Wheat and myself – with a whole lotta fish.Captain Jacob Tankersley's Southern Lady Crew | Oysters & Pearls Cart Full of Snapper | Oysters & Pearls Red Snapper | Oysters & Pearls Red Snapper | Oysters & Pearls


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.

Cason Impatiently Waiting to Fish | Oysters & Pearls Cason and his Daddy Fishing | Oysters & Pearls

When Cason hooked his first fish, he yelled, “This ain’t like a catfish, Daddy!”  Indeed, it’s way more fun than catching a catfish.  He tried holding it up himself, but it was too big. ;)Cason's First Red Snapper | Oysters & Pearls Cason Couldn't Quite Hold his Red Snapper Himself | Oysters & Pearls Cason and his First Red Snapper | Oysters & Pearls

So serious!

John Michael, Cason, and Mike - 3 Generations of Halleys | Oysters & Pearls

He was worn out before too long.

Cason Was Worn Out | Oysters & Pearls

But everybody took a break every now and then.  Just for a minute.

Boat Drinks on the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls Captain Jacob Tankersley | Oysters & Pearls

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!Cason Fighting his Black Fin Tuna | Oysters & Pearls Cason Fighting a Black Fin Tuna on the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls Black Fin Tuna | Oysters & Pearls Black Fin Tuna | Oysters & Pearls

And that about did him in for the day!The Black Fin Tuna Wore Him Out | Oysters & Pearls

It finished everyone else, too, and we headed back in.  Fishing Trip on the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls John Michael, Natalie, and Wheat on the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls Natalie and Wheat on the Southern Lady | Oysters & Pearls Southern Lady 2014 Snapper Season Haul  | Oysters & Pearls Cason and his Black Fin Tuna | Oysters & Pearls Cason and his Black Fin Tuna | Oysters & Pearls Cason and his Black Fin Tuna | Oysters & Pearls

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!)

Mediterranean Chopped Salad at Provisions in Downtown Port St. Joe, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

The Gifted Gourmet in Downtown Port St. Joe, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

Joseph’s Cottage in Downtown Port St. Joe, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

30A – Grayton Brewing Company at Haughty Heron | Oysters & Pearls

On Saturday, Wheat and my Dad helped Zach out at the Golly Whopper Fishing Tournament Weigh-in in Mexico Beach.  They handled the cooking, while Mama and I watched, socialized, and had a couple beers.

Doc and Wheat Cooking at the GollyWhopper Fishing Tournament Weigh-In in Mexico Beach, Florida | Oysters & Pearls Red Snapper at the Golly Whopper Fishing Tournament Weigh-In at the Mexico Beach Marina | Oysters & Pearls

At the GollyWhopper Fishing Tournament in Mexico Beach | Oysters & Pearls

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.  ;)

Freshly Caught and Seared Black Fin Tuna with Friends and Family | Oysters & Pearls

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!


Sunday Afternoon Bike Ride at St. Joe Beach, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

Checked the girls (aka bees) in Bristol on the way home, despite the summer thunderstorm.  They’re doing great!

Honey Bees, Worker Bee Cells, and Larvae | Oysters & Pearls

And then when I finally actually made it back to Bainbridge, I quick-pickled some wax beans and dragon beans Marc and Anna Jo had brought me.  Delicious!  Recipe coming soon.

Behind the Scenes of Blogging: Quick Pickled Beans | Oysters & Pearls

 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!

Until Next Time

Happy Anniversary!

Hard to believe it, but it’s been two years today since our sweet and simple St. Joe Beach wedding.

At what point do you stop celebrating your anniversary by putting up a random assortment of wedding pictures?  Definitely not at the two year mark.

Right? Right.

Harold and Natalie on her Wedding Day | Oysters & Pearls Natalie, her Mom and her Sister on her Wedding Day | Oysters & Pearls Natalie and her Mom on her Wedding Day | Oysters & Pearls

Little Ben at Natalie and Wheat's Wedding 2012 | Oysters & Pearls Friend Ship Full of Beer | Oysters & Pearls Hydrangeas, Antique Ball Jars, and Peach Silk Ribbon | Oysters & Pearls Little Photographer | Oysters & Pearls Preacher | Oysters & Pearls Bride | Oysters & Pearls Groom and Groomsmen | Oysters & Pearls Giving Her Away | Oysters & Pearls Wedding Day, May 13, 2012 | Oysters & Pearls Exchange of Rings | Oysters & Pearls Happy Couple | Oysters & Pearls

 It was such a happy, wonderful weekend and day, and I’m so grateful for it.  Happy two year anniversary, Wheat – I love you!!

For your further stalking pleasure:

One Year Anniversary

Our Wedding

Until Next Time

Beach Weekend

Wheat and I spent the weekend at St. Joe Beach, which you probably already know if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter. :)

We had a delicious meal with friends Friday night at Joe Mama’s.  We had the house salad, which was my favorite part of the meal, tried the wings, which we loved, and a couple different varieties of the pizza.  The Quattro was our favorite.  No pictures, but trust me, it was really good!  We then went to Haughty Heron for a couple drinks and some live music straight out of NOLA.  We had a great time!

Saturday we spent the entire day lounging on the beach, reading, having a few drinks… it was amazing!  Harold spent the early part of the morning on the beach with us (until it got too crowded).  He LOVES it down there!

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Me and the miracle pup!  He is ridiculously photogenic.  Bathing suit from J.Crew (on sale!), maxi skirt is old from Target, sunglasses by Oakley, via Southern Trading Company, earrings old, from Kate Spade.

We took Harold up for lunch, and didn’t bring him back down because there were a lot of people on the beach.  And by a lot… I mean “a lot” by St. Joe standards.

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Ridiculous, right?.  It was the most gorgeous day!  We did some wildlife watching while on the beach, as well.

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Later on in the afternoon, we went to the Ling Ding fishing tournament weigh in.  It was a month long tournament, but this was the last weigh in and the awards were given out as soon as everything was final.  Our friend Zach runs 98 Real Estate, which was the main sponsor of the tournament, and he invited us to the weigh in.  It was really fun, and luckily for us, it involved more drinks, and sausage dogs from Salt Lick Sausage Company.  The sausage was seriously delicious!

 ling ding 3ling ding 2 ling ding 4 ling ding 1 ling ding 5 ling ding 6Zach finally got a break from running the show to grab a sausage dog.  This is the man to call if you’re looking for a place on the beach! :)

After the weigh in, we head to Reagan’s Oyster Bar for a dozen each.  Wheat and I ran into each other at Reagan’s, which is how we began dating, so this little oyster dive bar holds a special place in our hearts… and in our stomachs!

reagans 2Blurry picture, but it was the best I could do in a dark bar!  We were excited to hear that these oysters were from Apalachicola Bay, which means the Bay is open again.  They were really big, and so fresh and salty.  I <3 oysters!

One of my favorite parts about Reagan’s is the map marked where customers have been from.

reagans 1What’s really amazing is how far away some people have come from, and ended up in little ole St. Joe Beach!

reagans 3So crazy!

Finally, made it back to the house and settled in to watch the sunset and have a sunset beer… with what happened to be left in the beer fridge…

st joe beach wheatNatural Ice… yum?

We enjoyed a gorgeous sunset, and it wasn’t long before we hit the hay (aka fell asleep on the couch).  It was quite possibly the most laid back day I’ve had in years, and it was PERFECT.

st joe beach sunset