🎣 Dayle and our youngest son Travis spent a few days getting our fishing boat ready to head out into the Pacific Ocean on Sunday. Cleaning it, changing spark plugs, put in a new water pump and made sure all the necessary gear was in its place.
Fishing poles, life jackets, ice chest.. all set.
We charged up the VHS radio and I went over the emergency stations with the crew and the procedure for calling for help. I learned those things when I was single-handing on my sailboat. I had to call to the railroad bridge tender to open the bridge for me and my tall masted boat to go through. And when I lived aboard my sailboat in the San Juan Islands, I had to learn to use the radio. My learning how to use it came in handy when I was sailing alone on the Columbia and had an electrical fire. :-O
The crew was up early and headed out at 3 am! They made it to mouth of the Columbia River as the sun rose in the east.
Hayden had a rough start and "fed the fishes" at the beginning but rallied and enjoyed a good day of fishing. He exclaimed that it was a perfect day.
All the guys took their turn at the helm. Dayle and his beloved C-Dory, "Sea Wolf".
Travis' best friend from work, Ernie, is his fishing buddy too. He is extremely knowledgable and is a valuable member of the crew.. he and Hayden posing for a photo.
Dayle and his first catch, a Coho Salmon.
Just enjoying the open sea. The ocean was flat which was helpful.. :-)
My wonderful son and grandson.. another catch!
Dayle knew I'd enjoy some photos so he snapped this buoy and the sea lions enjoying a rest in the sunshine.. Ork ork.. they called. The CR buoy is the outer marker of the entrance to the Columbia River, a few miles out to sea.
Another shot of the beautiful ocean on a perfect day.
The crew got home around 7:30 pm, then they got the fish cleaning station out that Dayle had bought last year and proceeded to clean and fillet the catch of the day. We put each half in it's own bag and straight into the fridge. Today our son will come to clean the boat and freeze the fish.
Ernie took two Coho and we got the rest and 2 Sea Bass.
Travis teaching Hayden the fine art of filleting fish - I sent this photo to Kristi and she texted back.. "Is that Hayden with a filet knife?" I said yes and she goes.. "OH MY!" LOL!
Two hands make for faster processing.
I see a salmon dinner on our plates soon! :-)
The deep salmon red of this fish means it's ocean fresh.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the guys and their successful fishing trip! I know I did!!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)