We went to Wilmington North Carolina a couple weekends ago to visit my old buddy from age five and his family. We had a blast and they were stellar hosts as always. Did a bunch of fishing, one day hired a guide and fished up and down the Cape Fear River. We caught three or four fish at the very first spot in the morning, but then managed to get skunked the whole rest of the day. Still fun. Next day we got up early and went fishing in the ocean with Spencer’s neighbor, very kind of him to take us. Caught a bunch of Spanish Mackerel. It was an interesting scene with tons of boats cruising around back and forth over this big man-made reef formed from old train cars and boats and such intentionally sunk there. We learned the trick of holding the fish away from you at arms length towards the camera so they look much larger.
Went out to some very nice meals, explored the town, hung out on some riverside patios drinking beer and eating oysters.
I was shocked by the general lack of sailboats – everybody had powerboats and few people had sailboats, and the ones we did see weren’t in use. Very curious as just an hour or so
north is Beaufort which is a huge sailing community. Interesting. My buddy who I grew up sailing with is getting a powerboat – very distressing!
We rented a boat another day and tooled up and down the ICW – was reminiscent of the trip my father and I took last summer for five days, from Virginia stopping in Beaufort. It was fun to take the powerboat out to an uninhabited barrier island and picnic and play in the surf. Big surfing community I discovered as well.