The Ice: Next to my bride, this was the most beautiful thing at my wedding. The striper sculpture was modeled after a fish hanging on my wall--a 47-pounder--which was subsequently my first bass over 40 pounds.
The Gift: We got lots of very nice wedding gifts, but this one is near and dear to my heart. My friend Gabriel commissioned John Haberek Jr. to make me a one-of-a-kind needlefish. It’s black and white to represent a tux and wedding dress and reads “Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Joe and Christen Cermele. November 7, 2009.” Hab’s lures was started by John Haberek Sr. who sadly passed away a few years ago. John Jr. is as expert a craftsman as his father, and I’m thrilled to have such a killer custom.
The Bones: Ah, how I miss Turks & Caicos. It was a spectacular honeymoon with superb bonefishing.
The Ring: There it is…my first official fish-grab photo with a wedding ring on.
The Wife…can fish! Christen with a spinning-rod bone.
The Conch: I ate more cracked conch and conch fritters in ten days than I care to admit. If you’ve never had it, it’s out of this world in the islands. If you love calamari, conch is for you.
The Aftermath: Home late Thursday, day of rest Friday, Saturday morning right back out for sunrise on the stripers. It’s weird to go from warm flats to the cold Jersey Coast overnight. But sometimes it’s nice to come home. Especially when the bass bite is on fire.