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Casting From the Pier

We took our boys onto a fishing pier for their first time. This is not the ocean pier I grew up knowing (Bogue Inlet pier in Emerald Isle, NC), this is the ocean pier I got to know as a young adult when I moved to my college town (Johnny Mercer pier in Wrightsville Beach, NC).

Originally, JM pier was wood, just like BI pier, but hurricane Fran in ’96 destroyed it. They rebuilt it with concrete a few years later, but it’s now a completely different animal than it used to be. It looks more like a pedestrian bridge nowadays than a fishing pier. But there were plenty of fishers when we walked it last week.

While we walked this pier, I noted a universal fact that let’s me dispute something my brother said about my fishing in the old days.

On this post: Gone Fishin’ brogrit said:

yes, it is true. although…i seem to remember that the catch has something to do with you over handed cast….(for those of you who don’t know, you cast under handed off of a pier, which puts you hooks below out of hooking a person…or seagul……)

Every fisher on this pier, including this one ->
(he has rings in both nipples) cast into the ocean with an overhand action. No one, not a single person, used an underhand cast.

I even told Cowgrit to look and note what they were doing. (She thought I was insane for caring and wanting her to care.)

So, I can say, with recent eyewitness knowledge, that casting overhanded from a pier is the norm.

I would say something antagonizing, and do a “I’m right, you’re wrong” dance, now, but brogrit will surely respond to this post, and I don’t want to get into a back and forth argument that’ll absorb way too much time from my day when I should be doing actual work.

But I’m right, he’s wrong.


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5 Responses to Casting From the Pier

  1. brogrit says:

    i do not believe i said it was the “only” or “right” way to cast from a pier…if you look closely….the pier is pretty much vacant…which pretty much means overhanded casting by fishermen….now, you will have to go back and see how they cast with a busy foot traffic behind them….the underhand cast is they way WE were taught to cast from a pier….or at least i was. that’s prolly because i’m cooler than you….

    i remember that pier, although, it looks the same as the last time i was there.

    by the way….bring it!!!!

  2. cowgrit says:

    Yay! Now we will have to back to the beach to test brogrit’s theory!
    Maybe this Saturday…
    I will read my book and relax, while you and the boys case the pier…….

  3. mom says:

    I am with cowgrit. This MUST be investigated at once. I think brogrit needs to come up and help bullgrit with the boys while checking over/under out. My biggest concern is the guys pants? Is he going to lose them or keep them?

  4. brogrit says:

    whats with the guilt trip mom….bull is completely capeable to research this….one f you will just have to be there to be sure the results are legit….you know,make sure there is no bias…

  5. MikeB says:

    Your whole family comments here?

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