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April 13

Dean left me a phone message to call ASAP and I thought maybe we'd be trying for halibut in San Francisco Bay - The last thing on my mind was salmon fishing. Well much to my surprise it was a shout out to go after king salmon out of Moss Landing.

I rolled over to Dean's at 5:15 am and we towed his recently repowered boat down to launch. While paying the ramp fee we discovered a cell phone someone had left. I didn't want to risk leaving it there so we brought it along and I left a contact note in it's place.

The ocean was somewhat jackass but we were able to deploy the down riggers and started fishing around 175'-200'. A few boats were reporting fish but it was not a wide open bite. Dean had the first fish hit his rod, which was rigged with an anchovy, at around 10 am. He played it towards the boat while I steered into position and had the net waiting. At the last minute the fish took a wrap on the down rigger clip and I thought we'd lose it but I swung the net and we managed to get the 16 pound fish in the boat. One down, three to go!

Since our weather had greatly improved and reports of fish at shallower depths had been reported we adjusted the troll depth to 150'- 175'. Humpback whales were breezing through and we had 3 striped baits before fish number two rang in on Dean's rod.

The jellyfish were thick today and we had to reset lines often and just before noon I opted to drop down a green Lhur Jensen Krocodile. A little while later I was rewarded with a 25" salmon (approx. 6.5 to 7 pounds).

Around 1 pm the wind kicked back on and we turned in the direction of the landing. Dean boxed the last one about 15 minutes later after a minute or two of trying to decide if it was a line fouled with jellyfish or an actual fish. When we cleaned the salmon they were all plugged with anchovies.

Back at the ramp, DFG said we were the 4th boat to have limits and most had 1 or 2 fish counts per boat. As Dean went to get the trailer the "lost" cell phone rang and we were able to reunite it with a guy who'd been fishing on another boat. KARMA rewarded us today!

January 24

After my first visit to Lake Mead a couple of years ago I swore I wouldn't return without a fishing rod. So when my sister, Marilyn, and my bro-in-law in training, Bob, gave me a nudge to come visit I went the extra mile and booked a guide. Captain Mark Edison runs private charters through his web site Adventure in Angling and I had a chance to make some inquiries with him via email to get a feel for how he rolls. He was very forthcoming on sharing information and answering my questions.

Marilyn and I booked an afternoon trip and we met up at the Boulder Harbor launch ramp as Mark was bringing his morning group in.

The sun was shining and the lake was calm as we set out in the 2017 Pathfinder 2600 HPS. Mark had this vessel specially built and as someone who has fished off her fair share of boats, I was impressed! We headed off to make live bait and Mark let me maneuver while he threw the cast net. Marilyn helped with the assist on getting the bait out of the net and into the bucket. Mark has several "wells" so he can hold baits of several sizes to prolong their fresh state.

From there we went hunting and on our first drop both Marilyn and I had striped bass hit within seconds of each other! I have been stoking my sister's renewed interest in fishing and Mark was attentive to teaching us the tactics in working the lake. A day on the water with local knowledge is worth it and I soaked up as much as I could for future reference. The bite was not red hot but the lake hadn't turned and it was unseasonably warm still. We wound up keeping 3 stripers and released the others. Mark really impressed me with his experience and friendly attitude. It's no wonder that he's one of the most popular guides on the Lake.

Of course we got to talk about a lot of fishing stories on the salt pond too. I'd also love an opportunity to fish with Mark sometime on saltwater. Who knows? Maybe we'll cross paths down in Baja someday.

January 11

Well who am I to turn down fishing for rockfish in January... At Ano Nuevo to boot! Wouldn't you know, the students participating in the studies at CCFRP needed their trusty volunteer anglers to come out to fish today. Dean got into the program and he made the cut to go too sdo I picked him up on the way to Pillar Point Harbor to board the Huli Cat.

The weather was awesome and the fish were biting. I was up on the bow while Dean fished the stern. He was truly amazing today as he caught 4 yelloweyes. He got a pair of tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for that cool trick too.

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