Saturday, September 16th, 2023
An early start (6am sharp) we headed down to the beach, where the long boarding competition was to take place later that day. And because of this, the sand was pretty rutted out. Captain Mark made an effort to blast through the sand to the side, but couldn’t quite make it. After getting yanked out in no time, the boat was launched quickly and easily. Once it was whipped around, the engines was on and we were off. The flat bottomed boat slept a bit against the water as we charged out but I was upfront standing and could cushion the impact bending my knees. Once we got settled at our first spot, it was a fish on! This was my first time being in the Dory boat to go fishing in the ocean and it’s quite the experience. At first we were targeting bass, and they were about jumping in the boat before we could reel them in. Then we started targeting Lingcod. We ended up with some very nice sized fish, and they provided a good pull and great action. Captain Mark provided the comic relief, and was quick to net our lunkers. Once the fishing was about done, we zipped over to start hauling in crab pots and everyone was put to work. The bounty was plentiful, and we were all pretty excited to see the boat well fill up with crab as well. The excitement and drama of the lunch was only met by the excitement of coming back in. Two long and loud sounds of the horn and lead our way as we charged to the shore, and landed perfectly without any jarring movements. Bravo, Captain Mark! Now we are back at his shop, where Fish and Crab are sorted, cleaned and cooked. This is also our time for photo ops! Perfect weather today, thanks for a great day and great experience!