I took the day off to go-a-salmoning last Friday (Aug. 15) since I heard they were catching them literally right outside the Half Moon Bay Harbor. I was starting to plan to go kayaking for them with Calvin, but then my mom said she wanted to go. She asked if she could kayak out…? Knowing her, noooo. I’m sure she could make it out of the harbor, but the work only starts then! Gotta paddle around to cover water right? So I swapped plans to find a decent charter boat to take us out (sorry Calvin!)
Sort of wanted to try mooching, but couldn’t find a vessel I was comfortable going out on to do so. After the Lovely Martha experience, I’m a lot more wary about just picking any old boat, even if recommended… The Wacky Jacky captain recommended them, but I later noticed they’re harbor neighbors sooo…take that as you will.
Anyways, you can look that post up if you’re curious exactly how atrocious that trip was. I finally settled on trying to call the New Captain Pete to check them out. I seemed to have caught him right as he was fishing, and he had to put down the phone for a short while to get his anglers around some kelp. Kind of awkward at first, but once everything settled down we had a good chat and scheduled to go out trolling Friday. Was worried since he said we were the only 2 booked so far, and I asked how many he needed before he’d go out. He said we’d be going no matter what, even if we were the only ones. Too good to be true…?
So on Friday, we showed up super early in the morning, signed in…and whoah. We really were the only 2 paying customers that day! There was a total of 6 of us I think…but 1 was the captain, one his son, and I think the other two were previous deck hands or something?
Pretty awesome to get a private salmon charter for only $200. Don’t get that very often! 😀