As I sit here and write this, the sun has risen and a new day has started. For me it signifies the end of a wonderful week. The family and I have been in Ocean City, Maryland for the past week. I had a conference to attend that was being held here so I decided to bring along the family for a little forced family fun. Overall we had a nice time. God bless my wife cause not only did she allow me to spend money on saltwater flies, but she also allowed me to go out a few times fishing. I had high hopes of getting into some stripers as they are running this time of year. However, it was not to be. I managed to go out on the Chesapeake Bay a few times and only one day, the first day as a matter of fact, did I catch fish. This is not to say that I didn't have any strikes or hard takes. Quite the contrary. I hooked a number of fish but I couldn't seem to manage a decent hook set or land them. I was also far too busy enjoying the scenery to notice or even pay attention to when they struck. At one point I had a strike so hard it ripped the line out of my hand and rocketed down the guides. As soon as I went to set the hook, the fish was gone. Oh well. Weather also played a role in my lack of success. The wind was murder out here. Some days it was rolling between 20-30 miles per hour. I usually don't fish in this conditions so I wasn't used to the wind. I found it to be quite difficult to punch through 25 mph winds with an 8/9 weight. That brings me to the tackle. I decided not to invest in a saltwater rod, reel or line. About 15 years ago I bought a Cortland 8/9 rod and reel for bass fishing. I have never used it. The bass I catch can and are caught on my 5 weight so I never use it. I figured it would save me some money to use it which I did. However, it had floating line on it so I couldn't really get the fly down to where the fish were. I will say that I saw fish slash through and attack big balls of bait fish as well as birds diving down and following the balls of bait fish. I have never seen that before but have always read about it or seen it on fly fishing shows. It was neat to watch. This was really about having a family vacation and not a fishing one. That will be next month when we go back to Harmans, so I didn't want to spend a lot of time fishing. Regarding the forced family fun, I have never played so many rounds of miniature golf in my life. A problem we ran into was that most of the places here were closed because is the off season. So, what do you do with a 4 year old. Well you take them to the miniature golf places that are still open. He loved it! I believe the wife played 8 rounds with him and I played 7. I managed to land a few fish that I think are bluefish and a spotted/speckled sea trout. I have no clue as to what is what regarding saltwater fish so if you see the photos and I am wrong, let me know. I told the wife I am hooked and would like to do some more saltwater fly fishing. Here are some photos of the fish, where we were at, weather conditions and other crap.