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John Pulizzi


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Junior John Pulizzi was heading to the locker room after weight lifting when we ran into him. He told us about an eventful fishing trip.

“This summer we went up to Atlantic City,” Pulizzi said. “Just the ride up itself was a story, an experience in itself. We spent two days up in Atlantic City, seeing my Aunt. We kind of met halfway; she lives up in upstate New York I believe. When the two days came to a close, our other Aunt suggested that we go flounder fishing. She had done it, and she said it was pretty fun. So our mom signed us up for it online.”

Pulizzi continued his story with enthusiasm. 

“We arrived at the docks, and there was a big pontoon boat,” Pulizzi said. “With a bunch of fishing rods hanging off of it, we got on board and set sail out onto the marshes of Atlantic City where the flounder like to live.”

Next, Pulizzi detailed some of the specifics of fishing for flounder. 

“In the summer flounder are called fluke apparently, so it’s actually fluke fishing,” Pulizzi said.  “I learned that up there. So we used mackerel as bait, and we tried to catch the flounder.”

The story continued. 

“The boat kind of parked itself, and we let our hooks loose into the water,” Pulizzi said. “There were all sorts of weird fish down there. There were some called sea bass that looked weird and had a bunch of fins. Then the flounder, they were weird, they look mean, they have teeth, they’ve got two eyes on one side, an ugly fish. The weirdest were something called a sea robin. It’s got spikes. It’s got two big fins on the side. It croaks like a frog, and it looks like a lizard. I caught many of them and some flounder and a sea bass as well.  As the day wore on we caught more and more flounder and a bunch of sea robins. They would steal your bait and you’d catch them. And you have to hold them a certain way or else you get spiked, and they look weird. They look like an alien fish.”

We asked him if he got spiked. 

“I did not, but my brother did,” Pulizzi chuckled and said.

Then we asked how he treated a spike, and he gave an interesting answer.

“I guess you just have to have your mom kiss it, kiss your booboo and put a band-aid on it,”  Pulizzi said. 

Pulizzi finished his yarn with the following comments. 

“I caught the biggest flounder, 17 and ¾ inches,” Pulizzi said. “The keeping limit was 18 inches, so I did not get to keep it. I have no idea what I would have done with it [if he could keep it]. We didn’t have a cooler or anything to put it in. It was a good experience, 10/10, would fish again.”

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