You Truly Never Really Know What A Day May Bring

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”   Groucho Marx

I awoke today excited knowing I was going to the NJ Devils Alumni Golf Outing and would be with several members of the Alumni who are friends and board members of Trinity.

An unforeseen family matter prevented me from going and after a stressful day on the road, my wife and I decided to head over to the Belmar Fishing Club for dinner and to unwind.

After dinner, and dusk not too far away, I decided to go out on the pier and toss a bluefish snapper rig just to catch a few fish for fun. I caught four little ones and then suddenly hooked a fish that immediately dove and fought unlike any little baby bluefish.

Here’s what I caught.


I learned later it’s a Yellow Tail Snapper, mostly seen in southern waters. No one could recall such a fish being caught off the pier in recent times.

The moral of the story? Not sure there is one, but if you told me anytime up until the circumstances today that caused me to end up on the pier, that I would catch a fish I never seen in all my years fishing and no one at the club has seen; perhaps the moral is even when things seemingly don’t go right – something good unexpected can follow.