Ahoy There One And All! By: Captain Smitty of the RIPTIDE
The Salmon season opened
today for those of us who can fish below Pigeon Point!
What a glorious morning it was for everyone! The
anticipation was running high on the docks early in
the morning with everyone expecting great weather. The
talk was of last year's opener and how there was such
great fishing and such crummy weather. There was much
talk about the "wind sailor" Jelly fish (Velella
velella) that float on the surface of the water. All
of the old salts remember the great years ('97 and
'95) when they were around and how they always
foretell of a good season ahead.Even though I have
been working professionally for 27 years in the
sportfishing business I still get caught up in the
thrill and anticipation of that first day! Setting out
the line and checking out the area to see what kind of
life is around.Everyone knew we had scored today at
least as far as the weather was concerned. All we had
to do was find some hungry fish!
And we were sure not disappointed!!!
We ran to the line and started to look at all of the
bait and birds along the line but there was some jelly
fish in the water there so we ran a mile further south
to get out of the jellyfish. When we got all of the
lines settled into the water it was not long before we
had that first bite and there was a cheer that rang
out across the decks "FISH ON"!!!! Steve had the
throbbing rod in his hands and was deftly caressing
the fish towards the boat. But this scrappy fish had
mind of his own and fought hard before coming to the
net where Jeff the deckhand scooped him! A resounding
"IN THE BOX" was shouted out in pure joy! No sooner
had that one been pinned and put in the fish box when
another reel started ripping line off! Jeff was
yelling "ONE HANGING' , then DOUBLE HEADER!!! But, as
happens, one of them came off the hook! Well it is
called "fishing" and not "catching"!!
The morning continued and everyone was getting action
from hit and runs to rods doubling over and throbbing!
We put the word out to the other boats and they soon
were joining us in the pandemonium!
When 10:30 rolled around I had to tell everyone we had
our 16 Limits (32 salmon) and we had to wind up the
gear! One of my smart alek customers (yes, Jim you)
said " well Smitty it took us a half hour longer this
year than last year," to which I replied "that may be
true but I'll have you home in half the time it took
us last year to beat our way back up the coast!"
Everyone laughed as most of them were with me last
year for that wet long ride back. This year after
running for about a half hour across very calm waters,
they were all pretty much snoozing! I guess the fish
kicked their butts after all!
What a grand way to start off the new salmon season!!
Interested in a trip? Call 888-747-8433 for
reservations aboard the Riptide!