1965 I purchased my first boat. It was a 28 Ft. Clayton with twin Chevy 327 marine engines. My friend Paul Arata who ran a marina in Ship Bottom, NJ went with me to get my boat at Shark River, NJ. Before I attempted to use my boat I took a course in Boat Handling with the Power Squadron. Armed with the course and a lesson from Paul I was ready. After fishing the area to Beach Haven Inlet I moved the boat to the Oyster Creek Marina to be closer to home. Fished the area and used Barnegate Inlet until an engine problem caused me to move back to Ship Bottom for repairs. While there we heard that White Marlin were sighted off Atlantic City so my brother and a young couple and I went out to try for one. Brother Joe rigged a squid bait that when trolled caught the Marlin shown on the left. Marlin tail walking picture. Plaque presented below. Clayton below Plaque
My second boat was the 23 Ft. Hurricane with an OMC I/O and 283 engine. This was my wifes favorite and one day with our daughter's two small boys, outside
St Lucie Inlet my auto pilot malfunctioned. If it had not been for little Robbie who said, "Pop Pop should we be going there?" We could have had a problem. We were idling slowly but headed for the jetty rocks. I turned away in time and we went on for a pleasant day.
Phil Smith and I took delivery of the Hurricane at Summers Point, NJ and ran it up outside to the Manasquan Inlet. When near the inlet we saw several boats catching fish so we stopped and saw Cod Fish caught. We scrounged and found
hand lines, used beer bottles for sinkers and used pork rind for bait. We caught a small fish, cut it up for bait and caught some nice Cod Fish. This picture was at our home in Seagate Harbor, Florida that we moved to in Nov. 1971. Ann and I took our mothers fishing up the North Fork of the St Lucie River for Snook. Cooked Snook for dinner. They enjoyed the experience so much.
In 1973 we moved to Hidden Harbour, a Mobile Park where you owned your lot and paid taxes. We had a 24 by 60 Ft. mobile made by Tropicaire and had it put on our lot with 24 tiedowns on a concrete foundation (the only one in the park so installed). While there I bought my third boat, a 13 Ft. Del Que Dory with a 20 HP Merc. Outboard. See my King Mackeral catch in Fishing 2 Page for the catch of a King Mackeral in this boat. If I find a picture of this 13 Ft. boat I will post it here.
My fourth boat was a used 28Ft. Bertram with a Fly Bridge and a Tuna Tower that wound up needing a lot of repairs. I had hoped to go to the Bahamas with it to fish but Ann would not go. Sold the Bertram and bought my......
Fifth Boat, a 25 1/2 Ft. Dusky with a 160 HP Perkins Diesel Engine. The best boat I ever had for fishing. See Grouper Fishing in my Fishing Page. I installed automatic pilot, Loran unit and Ship to Shore Radios in all my boats. Equipment required to fish bottom out in the Golf Stream 15 miles off shore. Radios a must in all boats.
Boat #6 was a used 21 Ft. Aluminum Star Craft with a 40 HP Merc. outboard engine purchased after we moved back to NJ.
added the top and mounted the radio up under it to keep it dry. It had a center console walk around, a good fishing boat. Added a 10 HP Merc. for power drifting for Fluke, see. My 10 inch knife gives size comparrison
Many a time with no breeze to help drift my 10 HP motor helped catch fish when others lay still in the ocean.
Phil Smith and I caught this 90 Lb Blue Fin Tuna off Asbury Park with the 23 Ft.
made this double seat for the Star Craft. Tackle drawers and high seat for me under which were two batteries for engine, radio and recorder. I always had a seperate battery for the radio in case the boats electrical system had a problem so I still had a radio to use to get help.
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