by Paul Snyder
It was just before 6am Sunday May 9, 2021. Light peaked through the curtains of the 54th floor of Resorts’ Rendezvous Tower. When I opened the blinds a beautiful sunrise was revealed.
Later in the morning feeding dolphin came close to shore just north of the historic Steel Pier. The Steel Pier originally opened on June 18, 1898. It featured musical acts like Al Jolson, Frank Sinatra and Diana Ross & the Supremes. Diana Ross & the Supremes played sold out weekly shows in the summer of ‘65, ‘66, & ‘67 in the Pier’s Music Hall Theater and Marine Ballroom. Today the bigger giant Ferris Wheel built in 2017 is one of Atlantic City’s most recognizable landmarks, especially from the water. After the dolphin left I noticed birds working. Through binoculars I could see feeding fish swirl under the birds. I wondered if this action would be happening in Montauk when Captain Steve and I would fish in a few days.
As I drove to the boat, watching the early sunrise from industrial road exactly four days later, I wondered if the life of Atlantic City’s beaches would be up here. The cool Spring has given us low water temperatures. The boat turned the corner from the north bar, around the Lighthouse and headed south. As a new season began, Captain Steve and I had John, Pat, Farmer Steve and Scott on board. We caught Cod, Fluke, Black Sea Bass, Skates and Sea Robbins. The star of the trip was the weather. It was perfect. Low winds, plenty of sun mixed with lots of laughs made it a memorable start to the season.