Cape May

Fred Liguori, 52

It was cool and drizzly that morning, certainly not the kind of day you hope for. That was the first time we were ever down at the Jersey Shore. We live in Connecticut. I’m an American Airlines pilot. We had to go to Jersey for a christening and decided to make a vacation out of it. It was a terrible week weather-wise. Out of six days, I think it rained some every day. My son Nicholas, who was eight at the time, and I were hoping to go to the beach that day, but instead we decided to go fishing. My younger son, who was five, didn’t want to go.

We try to go fishing four or five times a year. We used to have  a boat in Connecticut. The very first fish Nicholas ever caught off that boat was a sand shark. It wasn’t real big, probably two feet long. But he’s been real excited about fishing ever since.

When we’re fishing, we talk about fishing, we talk about school, we talk about his sports. That day, he caught two fish and I caught two fish. I think they were baby bluefish. They call them snappers. We threw them back.

It takes me back to when I was a kid. My dad used to take me fishing all the time. My birthday is October 12, which is Columbus Day. When I was growing up on Long Island, you got the day off from school for the holiday. So my dad would always take that day off, and we would go fishing.

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