Fishing the Pacific

Published: June 12th 2011
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For some reason it was difficult to get my rest last night. Maybe a combination of nervousness and excitement. In the early moring I made my way over to the marina and boarded the Hula Girl with 11 other guests. It was a bit intimidating at first because I was the least prepared with the way I dressed. Everyone had knee-high rubber boots on and heavy "slickers" like the Gordon's fisherman. I was wearing jeans with low-cut hiking sneakers. I wondered if they knew something I didn't.

Getting out of the harbor was rough. I quickly turned green as the boat bounced around on the waved churned up by the river, low tide, and wind all colliding together. I wondered if I was going to lose the breakfast I never ate. Another "first timer" on the boat took pity on me and shared his Bonine. Another man gave me candied ginger root. Somehow I managed to hold it together and participated in the fast and furious catch of over 120 Sea Bass. Wow! I have never seen anything like it. I think we caught 100 in the first hour. Amazing! I had to take several breaks to rest my arm and calm my stomach by looking at the horizon. We then moved the boat a couple of times until we caught our limit of the target fish - Lingcod. I caught 3. I finally found my sea legs on the ride back. I was fascinated to watch the deckhand fillet 150+ fish in 1 hr 1/2. A very impressive thing to watch. I vacuumed sealed over 20 lbs. of fillets and boxed it up for the flight home. A memorable day indeed. Thank you God for the fish of the sea! Amen.

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