One gorgeous morning while we were on the North Carolina coast, a few of the Gray men went fishing and I tagged along. With camera in hand, of course!
The sun was barely breaking the horizon when we met Captain Jonathan for a morning outing to fish for red drums in the inlets.
First order of business: catch the bait! Drum fishing requires live bait, so Jonathan netted several small schools of baby mullets....
...which the boys put into the boat's live well to feed the red drum for breakfast.
I mostly went along for the scenery...and we were treated to an osprey overhead too!
Red drum are excellent eating fish, and they like to hang out along the grassy marsh areas nibbling on shrimp and crabs.
Oh...and they like baby mullet too!
Gotta love a Captain who brings chocolate milk to drink!
Casting the line in the just right spot to catch the drums was a specialized skill, and although I gave them an "A" for effort, none of the Gray men quite mastered it. But they had sure had fun trying!
Can't beat the scenery! So so quiet and peaceful....
Karter had the first bite!
Although it was just 1/4" shy of the 18" keeper size, it was still by far the biggest fish he'd ever reeled in.
Kaden's was a keeper for sure!
A few times they caught some oysters....
Not what we're looking for...and sometimes tricky to get your fishing line untangled from!
Kyler's turn. He loves when I have him look into the sun....
The seagulls swooped by our boat occasionally, hoping to snatch some throw-away bait fish.
The Papaw/Karter duo caught the biggest drum of the day!
After a couple of hours, we'd caught 5 keepers and thrown back a few small ones and several "big ones" got away.
A good morning!
Jonathan cleaned them for us....
...and gave the boys a lesson in drum anatomy.
The gulls enjoyed the drum guts. Everybody was happy!
Love this cute little fisherman!
A great morning to be...