We visited the pier in October for the first time. I did not fish during this trip but I did take the opportunity to watch numerous sport fishermen and talk to a few others. The pier is very impressive. It and the main building are built to last, whatever that really means when mother nature is involved. It is ergonomically designed for fishing and its green design goes a long way toward minimizing the use of third party generated energy, not that I care that much. It may be a grand experiment, but I suspect that the overall cost to maintain will be more than can be justified in the real world. Nonetheless, fishing is not of the real world. It is for pleasure, and sometimes for food. This pier is long enough to get you over the fish ... if the fish are there.
I did not see anyone landing a big one. Some decent ones, but not a big one. But people seemed to be having fun. From kids to ... ahem ... seasoned citizens. A surprising number of ladies old enough to be everybody's grandmother were fishing there, and I often wonder if they want fish or fishermen. But I digress.
Pick your distance from shore, your depth, your north or south exposure, it's all there. So, too, is the hum of the wind turbines whirling overhead. Most were quite quiet. One had more of a buzz to it at the base of the turbine tower. I wonder if that drives fish away or lures them to the unusual sound.
There are "stations" to measure your fish. Stations to help you identify your fish. And great looking stations to clean your catch. Most impressive. It's almost like fishing from a Cadillac.
Inside the building, besides snacks, souveniers, shirts and post cards, they have numerous displays of live fish as well as marine habitat impact studies and info on the wind turbines, etc.
I do not recall what a day's fishing would cost, but assume it to be competitive with the older wooden piers to the north of Jennettes. I'll fish there, but I still like the nostalgia of the older piers too. Use them while they last, because I fear that Jennettes will draw enough business away that they will have a harder time of surviving in this slow economic era.
May you cast with the wind to your back!
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