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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.

DAY ONE

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

 DAY TWO

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!

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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

Girls’ Weekend in St. Joe Beach

As you may have deduced from Instagram, a few of my ADPi girlfriends and I got together at my parents’ beach house on St. Joe Beach this weekend!  We try to get our little group together at least once a year (outside of weddings), and it was my turn to host.  I’m a day late and a dollar short on posting about it because 4 of us (including myself) brought home a stomach bug as a souvenir (one of us had it while we were there), and I was out of commission the entirety of yesterday.  It was an unfortunate return to reality, but we still had SUCH a good time!

I prepared for their arrival by planning a couple of little party favors for them.

Custom Oysters & Pearls Candles from The Refinery in Bainbridge, Georgia

First, I created a custom scent at The Refinery and brought in a random assortment of jars I had saved up.

Candles from the Refinery for Oysters & Pearls

My custom scent was appropriate for the weekend, I thought: a mixture of cotton blossom (representative of Georgia and The Refinery in Bainbridge) and Still Waters, representing Still Waters and The Refinery themselves but also the fact that our weekend was spent by the water.

Custom Candles for Natalie at Oysters & Pearls Blog by The Refinery in Bainbridge, Georgia

The ladies tied one of my oyster shell ornaments on each one, plus a Refinery tag on the other side, and they turned out to be the perfect little party favor.

College ADPi Girlfriends Reunion with Candles from The Refinery in Bainbridge, Georgia

Naturally, I had to add a custom koozie commemorating the occasion.  I created these myself and had them made at Vistaprint.  They only come in white, which worked perfectly for our purposes, and fortunately they are heavy-duty and and have a neoprene-ish texture, which will keep them from getting dirty.  That isn’t an affiliate link or anything, I just thought I’d review their koozies while I was at it, since I had never ordered them from Vistaprint before.

We all got to the house very late Thursday night, and the girls all loved both favors!

Friday it was raining most of the day, so we all had a mimosa and got dressed and headed into Port St. Joe for some shopping, eating, and bar hopping.

We started at Provisions with pitchers of red and white sangria, their TDF bruschetta, and goat cheese fondue.  I had the St. Joe Saute for lunch, which was a pasta dish full of bay scallops, shrimp, artichokes, mushrooms, and sundried tomatoes.  It was delish!

Then we hopped on over to Joseph’s Cottage, my favorite little store in all of St. Joe.  I dropped off some of my handmade oyster ornaments there while we shopped and chatted with the sweet-as-pie owner, Melissa.  I think they’re the perfect fit in her shop!

Afterwards, after popping into a couple more shops, we headed over to The Thirsty Goat at the Port Inn and had some bevs with Sir William.

He’s a charming fella.  Afterwards we moseyed over to Sunset Grill for an excellent supper and more drinks, which is also where Wheat and I had our rehearsal dinner.

Anyway, are you sensing a theme, here?

After that, we headed back to house for more fellowshipping (after a quick pitstop at the Haughty Heron for supplies, of course).

Saturday morning we woke up to a gorgeous, albeit exceptionally windy, day on St. Joe Beach!

 We braved the wind and posted up on the beach in front of the house.  However, the wind disguised the fact that we were getting burned… badly.  OUCH.  I don’t think I’ve ever, ever been this sun burned before.  #amateurhour

Saturday night we went out to eat at Killer Seafood for a very late dinner, which was great, then came home and nursed our wounds and played Cards Against Humanity,
 also known as the most fun game known to man.

And then Sunday around noon, we said our goodbyes.  I was so sad to see them all go!  Hal and I stayed and finished cleaning up, then met Wheat at my parents’ house to check on our bees there.

As you may remember, we tied honeycomb from the hive we moved into frames for their new digs.  Marc and I checked them last Wednesday evening, entirely too late in the evening, actually, and we saw the old queen, who I have since dubbed “Bee-yonce.”  We also saw a juvenile queen we think must have hatched from the queen cells we left in there.  We can only assume they fought to death, as queen bees will do, because they haven’t swarmed since then. We were checking for that on Sunday, when Wheat and I returned to cut the twine off.

Cutting Strings Off of Frames | Oysters & Pearls

As you can see, I’m much braver now and ditched the bee suit (despite my bee sting on Wednesday – to be explained further tomorrow) and also standing extremely awkwardly due to my painfully blistered legs.

Natalie & Wheat Beekeeping | Oysters & Pearls

Nat and Wheat Beekeeping | Oysters & Pearls

The bees are doing really well, and busy as… you guessed it.  We won’t bother them again until we add another super and a queen excluder to the top, possibly this weekend.  More details on that later!

We went with my parents to The Whip afterwards, and then around 1:30 a.m. yesterday morning, I was struck with the stomach bug and promptly lost my Tailfeather sandwich.  I spent a miserable day in bed and on the couch yesterday, but mostly I just really despise laying around all day, even when I need (am forced) to do it.  Thank goodness I had a good nurse to go get me pedialyte!

I’ll be back with more bee posts the rest of this week.  Hopefully I’ll be 100% by then!

Until Next Time