Fishing, yes. Catching, no.

So it occurred to me that a) I live on a boat, b) there are pink salmon (Go, Mighty Humpies!) swimming by my boat day and night right now, and c) it’s pretty stupid for me to NOT take advantage of this seemingly ideal situation. So I went and got me some gear and a license…

So far, nothing. Other than a minor overreaction from my daughter when she understood that I intend to both kill and eat the fish. Her catch-and-release father has done me no favors in exposing her to the realities of being at the top of the food chain. I tried to explain that I don’t actually find it entertaining to cast and reel for hours on end and that if I do so, I fully intend to get a meal out of that endeavor. Otherwise, what would be the point??

So in the evenings this week, rather than washing my decks (and I must admit, the spider population is gaining on me because of my lack of attention to rinsing them overboard), I have been repeatedly throwing a line into the water. No ROI yet, but I imagine that’s probably because I get bored after about 20 minutes and wander off for a while. I think this fishing thing requires just a bit more perseverance than that.

On the plus side, I invited the neighbor over tonight with his fishing pole and found that the boredom is much alleviated by good company. One of these nights, I may even catch a fish…

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  1. rob
    August 25, 2007 at 4:55 am #

    Ah! It was a kind of joke on my behalf but if needs must? maybe I would consider it! nah! I dont think I would, as I kind of feel for fish even though it is said that they dont feel pain? when you look into the wild eyed fear of a speared grouper and feel just how much it struggles to get free I am sure they feel something :o((

  2. bowiechick
    August 24, 2007 at 11:13 pm #

    Ummm…using explosives to catch fish is kinda illegal around our parts. Takes all the O2 out of the H20.

  3. rob
    August 23, 2007 at 1:03 am #

    Are you using a lure or a fly? I`m no expert but I see the guys and gals in Scotland “fly fishing” with some success and as you have to wind the fly in and cast out again and again to simulate how a fly acts on the surface of the water, it probably elleviates the bordom a little (Our, now deseased, Queen mother was an avid salmon fisherman) what about a fish trap or net, hand grenade (there I go again!) I guess that if the salmon are going up the river they aren`t bothered by food as they live of their fat, spawn and probably die or get eaten by the bears! but once again I`m no expert. Great idea to try though! when you get one the fun starts make sure you have a gaff or landing net, those things csn get real heavy when you are trying to reel them in over the gunnels. a most beautiful fish and certainly good to eat, Oh you need a “priest” to dispach it with too (perhaps I`m being too optomistic now :o)) can we have some photos of what you do catch please, take care!