It’s just a little shy of two years since I started this blog, and I finally had my first chance since then to bend a rod outside the borders of the United States. It wasn’t a dedicated fishing trip. I piggy-backed myself onto a friend’s vacation, when one of the guys slotted for a room in their Grand Cayman rental house, had to cancel.
Cool, some punk wussed out, and I had a week in the Caymans. I was in for some sun, sand, blue water, rum cocktails, and hopefully some fish-on.
Now, had this been planned as a fishing trip, I probably would have pushed it back until early spring. The odds for good weather are better then, and apparently more billfish & dorado (known as dolphin there) move into the area at that time of year. Continue Reading
It’s just a little shy of two years since I started this blog, and I finally had my first chance since then to bend a rod outside the borders of the United States. It wasn’t a dedicated fishing trip. I piggy-backed myself onto a friend’s vacation, when one of the guys slotted for a room in their Grand Cayman rental house, had to cancel.Read More »
He walked down the riverbank without hurry. And, as it is when a man is without hurry, when a man has neither a goal nor a destination, he looked upon things and saw things.
When I was growing up, this time of year was magazine season for me. Fishing opportunities in rural Delaware during the dead of winter were, shall we say, limited: especially if you’re not old enough to drive. My fishing excursions during the coldest months were restricted to daydreaming as I thumbed through the pages of Field & Stream and Outdoor Life. The articles in those magazines seemed almost magical to a young me, and truly those “world class” mountain salmon & trout rivers I was reading about might as well been in Middle Earth from my perspective. Continue Reading
Seattle has the potential to spoil a fisherman rotten, and I’m not even talking about how good the fishing is around here. I mean that fishing here can be just so damned convenient. There are so many angling opportunities available a literal stone’s throw from the shores of this city.
Salmon run just outside the marina, ling cod can be caught off the breakwater rocks, spot prawn traps get dropped in the shadows of the downtown skyscrapers, Dungeness crab taken just yards off the beach, smallmouth bass from the shores of Lake Washington, rainbow trout in Greenlake ….
It’s not many places that allow you to be both an avid angler and a lethargic couch potato at once.
Of course, most of these opportunities span from Spring through Fall. What about during the winter? Do I really need to drive more than four miles to catch fresh seafood in January? That sounds a lot like effort.Read More »
But wait! To what do my wondering eyes appear? It’s guys with fishing poles lining up on the piers.
You see, at this time of year, when the sun goes down, the squid fishermen come out. Continue Reading
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It was on one of those stormy weekends we had back in September. For the first time in months, I wasn’t out the door early with my boat boots on. Even though I was disappointed that I was missing another shot at the coho run in the Sound, I was making lemonade of the situation by relaxing on my couch in my bathrobe, and enjoying my morning coffee from ceramic, rather than my aluminum thermal mug. And of course, I’m listening to Tom & Rob on the radio. Continue Reading
During our last annual tuna fishing trip, I strapped a Go Pro camera to my forehead and got some point of view video of what that action looks like. I edited it down, as it often takes about 10 minutes to land one of these fish.Read More »
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The Chinese food that many of us are most familiar with, delicious as it is, isn’t exactly authentic Chinese. If you were going out to eat in China, you’d be hard pressed to find General Tsao’s chicken, chop suey, or sweet & sour pork.
I got a good lesson in this some years ago when I lived in New York City. I lived right in the heart of Little Italy in Manhattan. However, as those familiar with “The City” can tell you, Little Italy has been pretty much swallowed up by the ever-expanding Chinatown. So for a number of years, I lived in the midst of many, many Chinese restaurants. Some of them aimed to cater to Western customers, and some were primarily targeting the Chinese immigrant population. Continue ReadingRead More »
This weekend I attached a Go Pro camera inside one of my crab pots, just to see what goes on when you drop bait to the bottom of Puget Sound. I got over an hour of frantic activity. Here is a random 8 minute segment.Read More »
The sound is like a soft thummpff; or maybe it’s more of a sharper thuunk. Although sometimes is a double tunk tunk. The sound is often so soft that even though we are listening for it, it can be very easy to miss. Of course we are watching for it too, but we also have to keep an eye on where we are going, other boats, obstacles in the water, the depth sounder, the awesome scenery, etc.
When it happens though, that’s the moment. When we get a “pop”, our placid little boat ride on the scenic waters of Puget Sound instantly transforms into a flurry of frantic activity and adrenaline fueled excitement. These are the moments we are waiting for.
Confused? Maybe I should back up a little. Continue ReadingRead More »
Aack!! I’m missing the beginning of Dungeness crab season.
I know, I know, you guys are used to me being on the cusp, cutting edge, the very tip-of-the-spear of Pacific Northwest seafood acquisition.
(please play stirring, operatic music while reading that line of bullshit)
Not to worry, because even though I’m writing this from a lounge chair, poolside in my sister’s backyard, cocktail in hand; and not still salty from the boat, or by the stove in the Bait 2 Plate kitchens, I have a recipe chambered and ready. I wouldn’t want to disappoint all of you who have already been getting crabs, whether they are Dungeness, blue claw, or the kind you get from that special someone you met just before last call at the Sip & Scratch Lounge.
…No wait, I shouldn’t have included that last one. For that you’ll need to see a doctor and get a prescription for a topical solution of piperonyl butoxide. Umm…. so they say!Read More »
You know, let’s move on, shall we? Continue Reading