Well, with the current monsoon pounding, rivers rising and silvers headed upstream, I think we can safely say our 2014 saltwater salmon season is done. That’s Skyla running into the wind on what turned out to be our last day of silvers. We found a few fish, worked on boat driving and generally had a great time in spite of the wind and choppy conditions. A good day to wind up the season.
On the other hand, some good winter blackmouth (immature feeder king salmon) reports are already trickling in, which means I probably need to gas up the boat. Have to be ready when decent weather, good tides and available time coincide.
So…as one season ends, another starts. The great fortune of living in a temperate climate with an inland sea in our backyard. Now it’s just a matter of making the time to go, and having the gumption to bundle up and get after it. The taste of fresh winter king salmon should be motivation enough, I think.
That’s Weston bringing the boat into the harbor with dinner fixin’s onboard. Nice weather seems to be keeping at least a few silvers in the salt, and we’re trying to squeeze a little more harvest and on-the-water time out of the 2014 season. This time of year is always tinged with a bit of sadness for me, as we wrap up our traditional summer activities for another year, so, as long as the weather cooperates, I’m not letting go easily.
The kids are now old enough to start learning more of the tasks involved with our fishing, too. Skyla’s spending more and more time on the tiller going full blast, and even more difficult, with gear in the water at trolling speed. Just being able to have her drive while I get the gear deployed makes our fishing days so much easier, especially when we’re heading into a breeze that wants to push the bow around. Boat competency isn’t just about convenience, either. If something should ever happen to me while we’re fishing together, I need them to know what to do and how to run the boat. Skyla’s pretty close, and we’ll keep working on it.
Weston’s getting there, too. He’s doing pretty well at mid-speed cruising, and I think we’ll step him up to some faster and slower work next season. The day I took the picture above, it was windy and rough, so I did most of the driving. But once we were in the lee of the Island, Weston took over and was quite proud of himself for bringing us home. So was I.
It may be a long way from the bounty of enormous coho and pristine scenery the kids and I experienced in BC this summer, but I had a fantastic morning with good friends Scott and Travis here on our local waters. Lots of bait on the surface, seals, sea lions, porpoises, birds…and plenty of fish. Good company, too. With everyone having their own boats, it’s not often we all fish together these days. Thanks, Scott, for organizing. It was a reminder of how much fun it is to fish with friends, and that I need to commit to making it happen more frequently.
Box was full early enough to clean the boat, grab an awesome Grub Hut burger and still make it home in time to watch the ‘Hawks game. Now that’s a good day! (Would have been perfect if only the ‘Hawks had come through…)
More importantly, it gives us the fixin’s for one of Skyla’s favorite ways to cook salmon: Whole fillets wrapped in foil with butter, crushed garlic, sea salt and dill. These smaller silvers are perfect for this prep. We’re already looking forward to dinner tomorrow night.