Showing posts with label Fishy Stories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fishy Stories. Show all posts

Sailing into Summer

We are quickly sailing into summer as we approach the official first day of summer, only weeks away! With the visions of summer, my mind travels back to growing up on the fresh water lake where I did plenty of swimming and fishing!

Although I enjoyed swimming far more than fishing, it was not uncommon to see me casting my little Zebco fishing reel to see what I might catch. Some of the more common fish in the lake where I grew up were bluegill, bass and catfish.

Bluegill was the most plentiful, but the large bass were the ones we were aiming to catch. I suppose one reason the bass were hard to catch was due to the sheer numbers of bluegill. Odds were that we would catch those rather than the bass.

My largest catch from our lake-front home was a catfish, which I caught when I was around 12 years of age. In fact I caught the same catfish twice! One night I cast my line out from the bulkhead and I caught the clever catfish. Unfortunately, just as the catfish neared the top of the bulkhead, the line broke off just inside his mouth, and he swam off like a rocket! Figuring I just missed out on the largest catch for me as a kid, I returned to the house bummed out. But, with greater determination to catch a big one, my line was repaired with a stronger leader and it was ready for another day of fishing.

The next evening I returned to fishing at the same time and it was my second shot at catching the very same catfish! It must have been his turf because I caught him again, but this time the fish was not as clever as I was. The catfish made a grand entrance as he jumped up out of the water just before he took my bait! I reeled him in happily to discover he was a meaty 13" fish!

Only problem though was the fish was so darn ugly I couldn't envision myself taking it off the line - lol! I hollered for my father who came running and he took the fish off the line for me. He was quite proud of my catch, and we took the fish up to prepare it for dinner, and that in fact was the first time I ever ate catfish! My father did a great job with preparing and filleting the fish, and much to my surprise there in it's belly was my line that snapped off the night before! The fish was so ugly my mother refused to cook it so my father took over from there.

As we're sailing into summer be sure to grab your pole and go after the catch for dinner, and then fillet your fish for good eating! Bon appetite!

Fishing for Trouble

Those who love water sports also generally love aquariums and fish. I couldn't resist sharing this silly fact in regards to fish bowls, especially since I'm in the Pacific Northwest.

In Washington state it's illegal to carry a fish bowl on a bus! Now is that a stupid law, or what!

Better stick to sailing. Hmm, what if someone put a small toy sailboat inside a fishbowl with water and then got onto a bus? Could it be argued that it would then be a sailing bowl rather than a fish bowl?

Sailing or Fishing in Sekiu?

Normally, we would only be talking about sailing vacations here, but every now and then we just have to squeeze in some fishing - right! If you've ever been to the western tip of Washington State in the Strait of Juan De Fuca, you will find a place that's all about fishing, and you won't see many out there sailing. Sekiu, Washington is all about fishing, and fishing for wonderful salmon! Not far from the San Juan Islands, the Peninsula is a beautiful place to travel.

If you're looking for the ultimate travel destination with 5 star hotels this is NOT the place - lol! No sir, this is a fishing community, and no one seems to care about the places to stay which are for the most part in disrepair!

Several years ago we were invited to go fishing with a friend on his boat in Sekiu. This was my first time deep sea fishing, so I was quite excited, but not so much at the thought of getting up before the birds to catch the big fish! I grew up on a fresh water lake, so fishing I knew, but I had never had the pleasure to experience deep sea fishing or even fishing for salmon! Prior to my trip to Sekiu, Washington the largest fish I ever caught was a 13" cat fish in the lake where I grew up. Nothing compared to deep sea fishing!

When we took our trip we could not have asked for better weather that July. In fact the water was unbelievably calm, with only occasional swells, which was good in that my sea legs were very much out of practice!

The down side of the fishing trip was having to throw so many salmon back! Unfortunately, by law we could only keep the fish raised in the hatcheries, and not the wild ones, but I caught a keeper! Although my husband caught the largest fish on our trip, it had to be thrown back because it was not a hatchery fish, much to our disappointment! :(

I must confess due to my inexperience I had to have some assistance with reeling this one in, but it was worth every minute of it! Be sure to get your fishing and sailing vacations planned soon!