Ok, I know I’ve been saying this is going to happen for a while now, but our friend Thomas has put in a few calls to some influential fishermen and powerful politicians and organized a trip aboard the Marilyn Jean IV on Saturday, September 17. This is open to everyone: derby members, BKUAA members, non-members, interested parties, friends of friends, and family members. The Marilyn Jean IV is a party boat so you won’t need to bring any gear; the boat will provide it all. It is BYOB and F(ood). This will be a nighttime excursion, which will hopefully mean better fishing. The cost is $60/person for 4-5 hours of fishing, but if we get enough people we can probably get a group rate. Or, and this would be pretty awesome, if we had enough committed people we could charter the boat ourselves. The MJ IV sails out of Sheepshead Bay and you can get to it by MTA (B and Q trains to Sheepshead Bay stop; it’s close to the station) and we can try to organize some carpool action.
Picture yourself on the high seas, drinking beers and pulling in fish on fishing gear that is not your own. The mate baits your hook. The mate untangles your line. The mate frees your frequent snags. The mate reties the rig. The mate unhooks your fish and tells you how badass you are for catching that huge bastard. At the end of the night you tip the mate for busting his/her ass for you. In the meantime, we booze it up, meet other BKUAA members face-to-face, have some laughs, try to push Ben overboard, make fun of my propensity toward sea sickness (I’m a SURF FISHERMAN, ok?).
This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, derby notwithstanding. We like to think of this as an informal get together (is that one word or two?) of people on our FB and who follow the blog. I think it would be pretty cool for us to meet in person, especially with the derby starting in a few weeks. We can talk fishing, East River and otherwise, sports, music,
drugs, work, how this is not a hipster fishing derby, any kind of bullshit except politics as that usually drains the fun out of conversation. And this trip is all about having a good time.
If you can make it, shoot me an email or leave a comment so I can start putting together a head count, and then it will be, as they say, on. Hope you guys (and girls) can make it.