Father’s Day Beach Day

I was asked what I wanted to do for father’s day, and I could think of nothing more relaxing than spending the day fishing and swimming with family at Hutchinson Island.

The day began with a walk along the beach before sunrise, where the tracks of a sea turtle were spotted.  Looks like we just missed her.

A sea turtle’s tracks in the sand in Jensen Beach, Florida.
The sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean in Jensen Beach, Florida.

After sunrise, we brought down all of the essential beach, fishing and snorkeling gear and setup to see if there would be a morning bite. As is typical in the summer, conditions were calm and the water was clear.

A clear wave breaks on the shore in Jensen Beach.
Surf fishing in calm conditions in Jensen Beach.

It didn’t take long for the rod to bend towards the horizon and line to start singing off the reel.  I quickly picked up the rod, set the reel into gear and started what proved to be a spirited battle.

Fighting a jack crevalle in Jensen Beach.

After a few minutes, a feisty jack crevalle was next to us in the water, where we picked it up, removed the hook and released it to fight another day.

A jack crevalle is released back into the ocean.

The day was quickly heating up, and the excitement of the fish lead to the need to jump into the water to cool off.

Jumping into the waves to cool down.

With the fish bite slowing, we decided to grab the snorkel gear and start looking for sand dollars.  We only had to swim 20 yards or so before we started seeing them all over the bottom.

A sand dollar sits just below the surface of the sandy bottom off the coast of Jensen Beach.
Snorkeling for sand dollars off the coast of Jensen Beach.
Snorkeling for Sand Dollars in Jensen Beach.

We also made sure we scheduled in some time for the relaxation portion of the day, and took a break to get out of the sun.

Taking a break from the sun.

As is typical with Florida summer afternoons, an approaching thunderstorm gave the cue to pack things up and move inside.

A storm front approaches Jensen Beach.

I ended the day with a mild sunburn, some great memories and a huge smile.