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Zac’s Birthday Fishing Extravaganza

My husband with his 33' 16 lb striped bass.
My husband with his 33′ 16 lb striped bass.

Today is my husband Zac’s 27th birthday! Happy birthday to the best husband in the world!

We spent the weekend celebrating this special occasion. He LOVES to fish and has never been fishing on the ocean. So, we booked a charter trip with some friends through Jersey Key Fishing in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. It was so awesome! This post is basically an excuse to show off some of our fishing pictures from the weekend. Haha.

My husband with the first catch of the day!
My husband with the first catch of the day!

I apologize for the quality of the photos, I left my DSLR camera on dry land and was just using my phone.

However, I hope you can still see what an awesome time this trip was. We also had a spectacular view of Manhattan from where we were fishing.

Our view of NYC while we were fishing.
Our view of NYC while we were fishing.

We had been fishing for striped bass, but also caught some little sharks, a stingray and a blue fish! The only ones we kept were the striped bass that were legal size and the blue fish. The rest were put back, but it was still a blast catching them. This was my first time ever catching and holding a shark!

My first shark!
My first shark!

Jersey Key Fishing did an awesome job, and if you’re ever look to do some ocean fishing in New Jersey – go with them! My husband wants to go back for an actual shark fishing trip.

We had such gorgeous weather yesterday morning!
We had such gorgeous weather yesterday morning!

The fish we caught and kept were cleaned by the captain, and we ate them right after we were back to our friend’s beach house (that they were so kind to let us stay in for the night! Thank you, again!). It was seriously some of the best tasting fish I had ever had. I had never had saltwater fish that was THAT fresh, and it was pretty awesome knowing that we had caught it.

The Iron Throne!
The Iron Throne!

My husband had also wanted to open his gifts this weekend. (He just couldn’t wait until today! Haha!) The above picture is my husband’s newest desk decoration – the coveted Iron Throne! I may be even more excited about that gift than he is. Haha. I had found it on ThinkGeek (it’s also on Amazon). He received many other gifts, including an Archer “Danger Zone” shirt and a House Stark polo to go with his Iron Throne (after all, we are from “The North”). We’re thinking about getting some Funko POP figurines to set in it, were just not sure which ones we want…maybe we’ll get a bunch and switch them out every week…seeing as the Iron Throne is a rather volatile seat. Haha. Did anyone watch last night’s Game of Thrones season finale? (Oh. My. God. Is all I have to say.)

But anyways, before I get off track and go on a Game of Thrones tirade…I will end this post with a few more photos of our wonderful fishing trip. And happy birthday, again, Zac! I love you! 🙂

Fishing Photos


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  1. The Globe Wanderers (@GlobeWanderers) says:

    Blimey! Look at the size of that fish! What a great way to spend a birthday. And I don’t think you did half bad with your phone – the photos are great :). Look forward to reading more about your travels!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much! I’m looking forward to reading more of yours, as well! I’m really happy I stumbled upon your blog. 🙂

  2. kiki.anne says:

    How cool! That looks like such a fun trip, and you caught so any different things too! Great post!
    xo Kiki

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Kiki! 🙂 It was a blast!

  3. What a fun way to celebrate! The boat looked so nice and the view was so gorgeous! I can’t believe all the fish you guys caught and a shark and stingray! That is so neat! Sounds like the perfect day!


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Rebecca! It was the perfect day! Tons of fun and the weather couldn’t have been any more perfect. 🙂

  4. Lauren Blair says:

    Aw, you look so adorable! Looks like a fun birthday weekend! XO
    -Lauren Blair

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Lauren! It really was a good time! 🙂

  5. Joanna Joy says:

    Wow! I had no idea you were such a great fisher. Looks like you had a great time catching so many different types of fish too. These photos of the sun shining on the water are just stunning as well.


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Joanna! I just go along with my husband and get lucky in my fishing attempts sometimes. Haha. But it was a blast!

  6. henatayeb says:

    Happy Birthday Zac.
    That shark is unreal
    and yes do not even get me started on that GOT season finale!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you! And yes the sharks were pretty crazy…and so was the GOT ending. Haha.

  7. Amanda Brezovsky says:

    Happy Birthday to your husband Zac! The fishing trip looks like it was a blast! So many different types of fish you caught. My husband loves to fish as well, he definitely would have enjoyed something like this.


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Amanda! I’ll make sure he reads the comments tonight. 🙂 And yes! The trip was a blast! I would highly recommend it. 🙂

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