Scituate Beach Review #3– Lighthouse and Museum Beaches
Stretching out summer!
Lighthouse Beach has free non-sticker parking at Cedar Point and also has a couple of cool jetties for walking and fishing.
Museum Beach along Jericho Road doesn’t have any public parking, but sometimes you can squeeze into one of the side streets.
The sand at both beaches isn’t the best, but both are great for launching kayaks, paddleboards and watching the hustle of harbor activity.
Final grade – B-
Scituate Beach Review: ‘The Spit’
There are many beaches to visit in Scituate, and Brian is going to review em all – starting with our favorite of course!
Scituate Beach Review #1 – The Spit
First, in a series of beach reviews of Scituate for the summer of 2015. This is coming from a transplant of five years, who moved here for the beaches and boating lifestyle.
The first time I went to The Spit was to test drive my first saltwater boat – an old aluminum 16 foot Mirrocraft with a side console. I remember pulling up to the beach in a boat – a first for me – and thinking what a unique way to enjoy the surf and sand.
Over the past few years I have been to The Spit numerous times. It can be challenging for first timers. Some folks choose to just anchor close to the shore and tie up with friends:
Once you pull up to The Spit, the key is maintaining the buoyancy of the boat. If the tide is going out, you don’t want to get beached (well, maybe you do if you have a lot of time to kill), and if the tide is coming in you’ll want to keep your boat close to shore. Another challenge is keeping your bow or stern east/west while the current is ripping north/south. Use two anchors, or you’ll be getting to know your neighbors really well!
The week vs the weekend is key. If you like solitude, pick a weekday:
High tide at The Spit offers smaller spaces and white sand. Low tide offers tons of room, white and wet sand, tidal pools and access to creeks for exploring. The Spit is a great family beach, a cool destination spot for boaters looking to tie up and you’ll likely bump into one of your friends from the South Shore. It’s also great for boat and people watching.
Obviously The Spit lacks facilities so make sure to bring out what you brought in, and lastly, have fun!
Final grade – A-
Get your fishing gear ready!
Even though the wind has been howling and Nor’easters keep trying to delay Spring, we have been thinking about getting our lines in the water as soon as the ice dissipates. Mother Nature keept extending this winter, but Father Time told us that the weather will warm up eventually – Well… finally – we get it! So, after we go around the yard to retrieve grill covers and inspect leaning fences our gaze turns longingly to the fishing poles in the garage.
We’ll be able to use them soon, we hope………
What if tomorrow were the day? What if Pete at Belsan’s Bait & Tackle said that the schoolies are all over the North River? That the trout stocking in the local brooks has begun? Would we be ready? This is a great time to check out your rigs. Are the knots good or should they be retied?
Now, we are by no means experts on fishing gear, knot tying, or catching keepers but we have accumulated some gear over the years and know that this is a good time to prepare. During a storm stuck in the house is a great time to inspect your line. Are there kinks, nicks, coils or knots that need to be fixed? Should you replace all the line? Here is an example of braided line that’s a few years old:
The line needs to be stripped and replaced. We use some mono backing to hold the braided line in place and then reel on some new braid:
Here is kids’ trout pole that has a “memory” issue from monofilament line. It has been on the reel too long so it instantly coils, which makes it hard to cast. This was replaced with brand new six pound test mono, tied off with a swivel:
And finally, if you are chunking bait, fishing macks at the mouth of the river, or chasing blues towards Labor Day, you’ll need to check your leader. Here is an example of a pre-tied leader with 40 pound test line, a barrel swivel on one end and a snap swivel on the other to quick change a hook or lure. These should get new knots each season:
So here we go. We are ready for schoolies, trout, bass, fluke, and whatever tugs on that line. It is the best feeling in the Spring when something grabs the end of your rig and the fight is on. Also, make sure your tackle box is on order as well. Are the hooks sharp, the connectors loose or did your favorite lure from last year rust during the Winter? Remember, you never know when the fish of a lifetime will be on the end of your rod, so you want to have the best possible chance of getting it on the boat/shore, snap a couple of pictures and send it back to fight another day.