Dredging Up Old Memories

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This morning while cleaning out my bookshelves I came across an old scrapbook I had created during school days!  Among the pages was this old photo taken of me at the awkward age of eleven.  My dad was an avid deep sea fisherman, who spent many weekends fishing in a little place called, "Princeton-by-the-Sea."  The owner of Gardiner's Fishing was a kind gentleman by the name of Ray, who had a rule you needed to be at least 12 years old before allowed to fish from his boats.  I begged, until he relented and he let me aboard a year early.  I remember the day pictured as if it were yesterday. My dad always fished starboard side of the boat.  But, somehow, I had no sooner climbed aboard when I decided port side was more to my liking.  I meandered over and found my way between two men, and put my line in the water.  No sooner had I stopped letting line out, when I felt the biggest tug on my pole ever.  I held it close to my chest and with big eyes looked at the guy immediately to my left, and yelled, "HELP!"  Sure, enough, together we got that big ole Ling Cod aboard.  My dad insisted that I come back to his side of the boat, and not bother others.  The rest of the day was spent catching Blue Fish, Red Rock Cod, and more Ling Cod.  It was one of the best days of my life ever.  It was Ray Gardiner, who took this photo.  He posted a copy of it on his bulletin board for several years. 


It would be a period of a few decades before I returned to that special spot on the coast to revisit.  The area is built up now, and finding original footprints of the land is a little difficult.  Yet, the second picture below, found the old wharf near where we use to board the boats.  It looks nearly the same.

In those days, Princeton was approximately 4 miles north of Half Moon Bay.  But, it today's world Princeton is all but gobbled up by Half Moon Bay.  Yet, a few old landmarks remain the same.  




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George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl those are two great looking fish. Great memory to have

May 24, 2018 11:37 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful trip down memory lane with you.  I did not know about Princeton, even though we have visited Half Moon Bay.  Love the victorious smile on your face with the fish.  A

May 24, 2018 12:13 PM #4
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

What a nice story and great pictures. My dad and grandfather were great fisherman. Saltwater and fresh water. I loved to go every chance i got, i loved to fish but never wanted to touch them. They always took my fish off the hook Myrl Jeffcoat 

May 24, 2018 01:45 PM #5
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I love it when you share your childhood memories with us. This looks like a great fishtail Myrl Jeffcoat 

May 24, 2018 02:40 PM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am going through photgraphs now of both sides of my family going back to the 19th century. What an unusual voyage.

May 24, 2018 03:06 PM #7
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I don't do fishing.  But I love to read in a boat on the water while my Donald fishes.

May 24, 2018 08:17 PM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Myrl. Oh my.....you look the same actually. What a great story.

May 25, 2018 04:02 AM #9
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


A wonderful tidbit into your past. Thanks for telling us what you caught for I had no idea what it was. cheers cvc

May 25, 2018 11:45 AM #10
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Myrl,loved the old and the new photo, now if you look closer I think you will see that the ocean has claimed some of the beach over the years:))Endre

May 25, 2018 10:47 PM #11
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Myrl and what a classic photo, and you must have been a strong girl to hold those big fish like that ... one in each hand ;o)

I am familiar with the area and I am sure it has really changed since you were there back in the days.

Happy Memorial Day weekend 

May 26, 2018 12:32 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Myrl- Isn't it fun to travel down memory lane!? I can remember going early in the morning with my grandparents, uncle, and cousins down to the bay to go crabbing. Then learning how to bass fish with Larry, and finally fishing for dolphin (mahi mahi) here in South Florida. I love to feel that tug at the end of your rod. 

May 26, 2018 12:39 PM #13
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a wonderful photo. I too have fond memories and "fishing with dad."  Your big smile says it all.  

May 26, 2018 02:06 PM #14
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I LOVE every detail of this story!

The picture of you, the fact you were able to convince Ray to let you aboard early, the fishing success, the picture showing that memory as it stands today. 

Great memory!

May 27, 2018 05:37 AM #15
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Wow, Mryl, that is a truly treasured photo of you at eleven and of your special dates with your dad.   Thank you for sharing.  Had to have been a wonderful day in your life. How fortunate for you that the day was captured.

May 27, 2018 05:48 PM #16
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

What big fish you caught and just the kind I like. What a great memory, Myrl.

May 27, 2018 05:53 PM #17
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - I absolutely adore this story and your photo too! You must have many fond memories with your father, but this one is one to brag about for many, many reasons! The fact that your photo was posted on the bulletin board for years must have been so exciting! You were a celebrity! What a catch! I could understand why it was one of the best day so of your life!!!!

I enjoyed going fishing with my father too, but nothing like that ever happened in my lifetime! You are a lucky girl!

May 28, 2018 05:20 AM #18
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful memory.

When I was a kid, one of my neighbors taught me to fish in the Chesapeake Bay and took me with him on many fishing trips.

May 29, 2018 06:27 AM #19
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Myrl, I took some friends to Paradise Cove in Malibu and we were looking at old pictures and were shocked how much the coast was lost by the ocean...Endre

May 30, 2018 09:44 PM #20
Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

What a memory! I enjoyed reading the story. Thanks for sharing I hope you have a great afternoon.

May 31, 2018 02:05 PM #21
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 You are so fair and you look so dark in the picture when you were a little girl, absolutely love the curly hair! Look at those fish what a great memory. Thanks for sharing!

Jun 07, 2018 01:32 PM #22
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