Dante's birthday theme is 'fishing'. So for his birthday we thought it would be appropriate to actually GO deep sea fishing since his luck on the freshwater hasn't been so stellar lately. He and I were both pretty excited. Allan and Jonah stayed home while Dante and I went out to 'try our luck.' We chartered "Oceanside 95" and were there with about 10 other avid fisherman-and one little girl. (who caught all the big fish.) We cruised out about 2 miles off shore and about 20 miles south of Oceanside. Dante received Dramamine the night before and the day of. I also got him those wristband pressure point thingamabobs. He was a bit lethargic and bleary eyed-until we got out into the sea. Then he really perked up and was intensely observing and listening to everything the REAL fishermen/boathands were telling us.
We learned not to walk around with the fishing poles-less someone gets an eye out by the big hooks or knocked in the head by the big weights on the end of the line. We learned to hook the bait (live anchovies) through the nose because if you 'brain' them, they won't swim accurately and the fish won't bite. We learned to change out your bait every 2-3 minutes-again, because the bait stop swimming normally. We learned that picking the biggest bait isn't always the best way to catch the biggest fish. We learned that seagulls will happily eat the bait the fish don't like. We learned that the boathands know exactly what's on your line just by the way the fish is fighting. And we learned that the REAL fishermen love teaching us greenhorns to fish. Dante was handed many a pole to reel in the 'big one' by many a grown man out there looking for their own big fish.
It was five hours of fresh air, new friends, and the open sea. The sound of the waves lulled me to sleep in my own bed last night and although it is now 24 hours later, and I still feel the sea rocking beneath me. Dante's right: deep sea fishing IS better than Disneyland. He's even suggesting we all go fishing again on MY birthday. I may just take him up on it....
At the slip the Oceanside 95 is docked. We chartered with Helgren's Fishing based out of the harbor in Oceanside. They were fantastic. Here's a link to their website:
Rods and Reels
The Helm-leaving Oceanside Harbor after picking up our bait.
Our bait. They picked it up at the "bait station" on the way out of the harbor. We got to hand pick our own anchovies to sacrifice on the hook. I sacrificed just as many to the seagulls and many got away just as I tried to hook them and they flopped out of my hand...and fell overboard or onto the deck. I was covered in flecks of rainbow glinting scales by the end of the day. Sorry little anchovy dudes!!
Dante's first few catches. First was a mackrel-too small to eat but perfect for bait. The other is a bass that we were able to take home.
My first catch. Baracuda. Mean little guys. But SOOOO fun to reel in!!!
Odds and ends of our day. The sacks were our fish sacks- our fish that we could keep went in them. We could participate in pool where we put in 10 bucks a piece and at the end of the day, who's ever sack was the heaviest, got to take home the fish AND the money. The little girl on the boat won. Yay for girl power!!