Capt. Paul Eidman's Posts

Chinco Ponies

Chinco Ponies

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I was looking to leave town with my daughter and take a nature based, mini vacation as this summer has been exceptionally hectic and we really needed to get away. It had to meet a few basic requirements, it needed to be short range, economical and laid back. She is really into horses and I am “Joe kayak” so we came up with a perfect way to combine the both of them. We decided a road trip down to Virginia and Maryland’s Asseteague Islands would be perfect. This National wildlife refuge is the home of the infamous “Misty of Chincoteague” pony and there are several hundred ponies living and roaming freely on the beachfront, in the marshes and back woods of the island. There is much historical dispute as to where this horses actually came from, but we liked the tale of a shipwrecked spanish galleon and the only survivors were horses that were able to swim to the islands. On the way down we decided to take the Cape May/Lewes ferry. Even though it cost a bit mor... Read More »

Paddle trip spotlight: Lawrence Brook

Paddle trip spotlight: Lawrence Brook

Kayaking / New Jersey / Reel Therapy

Reel Therapy Kayak Adventures – Local NJ Paddle Destination SpotlightKayaking the Lawrence Brook, East Brunswick NJ East Brunswick is not the shore, but it is a great place to run to when you need to escape the summer crazyness of the Jersey shore! Only a half an hour inland, this body of water is actually an integral part of the raritan watershed which flows directly into the raritan river and then into raritan bay. Let’s just say that any pollution that would occur here would directly affect you at the shore. This part of Farrington Lake in East Brunswick has always excited me. The perfect spot for the recreational paddler and nature lover, the Lawrence brook offers you the unique opportunity to grab some “wild” serenity right in the middle of densely populated Middlesex county. There aren’t a lot of homes that border the water like so many other Jersey spots so you get the feeling that you are tucked away in the wilderness. The dense woodland and steep and or marshy shor... Read More »

Flipper on the Navesink

Flipper on the Navesink

Navesink River Dolphins

I did it. After months of denying myself, I actually got in my power boat and deliberatly went to visit with the dolphins in the Navesink. I am on the twin rivers alot but have intentionally avoided the scene out of respect for these wonderful creatures.All the media hype was a real turnoff to me and inside me somewhere was a feeling that I didn’t want to be a part of this in any way. As an ecotour kayak guide, offering trips on the Navesink, I was asked many times to do a Flipper tour and refused.Sure, Kayaks are the ideal way of seeing them, but there was no way I was doing that regardless of the economy and lack of money in my pocket. This past Saturday I witnessed first hand how the dolphins completely ignore all the kayaks, jet skis, and power boats that are right on top of them. There are so many bunker (aka Menhaden=large oily forage fish) to eat, they could care less about all the people and watercraft.Most of the spectators stayed at a safe distance from them and there w... Read More »

Into The Mud Scum Queen!

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Our schedules had been nuts, so my bassin buddy Joe and I decided that a day of hookey was in order. It’s no secret that for the past few years the springtime bass fishing in the back end of Raritan Bay has become nothing short of spectacular. The waters at this time of year can be a bit muddy from the spring runoff and ahem, other things. In any case, we know exactly where we were going and why.Joe offered up his smaller center console boat and I jumped at the opportunity to leave my boat, and the labor associated with it, behind.We launched out of the newly rebuilt Sayreville launch ramp. FYI- It’s got everything, lighting, parking, porta potti, boats wash down faucets, even a quaint gazebo with a great view of the landfill(s). They hit you up for $20 for the right to enter the water (more about this painful topic coming soon) if you are not a resident, $10 bucks if you are. Cracks me up that they get away with charging a jet ski $30… I would have liked to have been at th... Read More »

Carrot face

Carrot face

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I have been wading and paddling around NJ sedge banks and beaches for what seems like forever. I round a bend or pull up on a shoreline to stretch or stroll on an island and I am scolded. Yes, scolded by a cool lookin bird with a face that would be perfect under the bigtop. They have what looks like a carrot strapped to their faces for a beak, a bright red ring around a yellow eye, skinny legs with knots for knees.   American Oyster catchers seem to have a real issue with anybody trying to intrude into a zone that they have decided was all there own. And it is. I really can’t blame them as theres not that many places left for them to eat, hang out and live. They only live here on the atlantic coast, and fortunately for us, they really like NJ and with a loud mouth like that they really fit in. What’s interesting to me, is that over the years very few people that I have interacted with on or near the water mention these birds. To most folks, I guess it just looks like a... Read More »

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