All I caught was a sunburn

A group of friends and I went fishing last weekend out in the San Francisco Bay.

This required me to get up at 4 o’clock in the morning, which if you know me is a very hard thing to do.

But fine.

I’ll get up early.

I’m excited! I haven’t been fishing since I caught a salmon deep sea fishing in April 2015.

April 2015 Salmon fishing

Here are all of us fisherpersons at the Pier in SF waiting for the boat to go out.

IMG_1172The bay was like murky khaki glass – your typical bay algae bloom combined with very calm water.

We were fishing for stripers (bass), shark, sturgeon and halibut.

In the end, we walked away with 4 stripers.

Tom caught fish. He was clearly the fish whisperer among us. It seems like he converted every little nibble he had into a fish.

My friend Michelle caught the biggest bass, at over 24+ inches long. She saved all of it to make bone broth and eat the eyeballs which are high in omega 3 fatty acids.

Can’t say I’d eat fish eyeballs myself but the science seems sound.

Kimberly had the most nibbles but didn’t land a fish.

Still, very exciting time for her with all the action her line got.

Kathleen and I both caught baby bass which had to be returned to the drink from whence they came on account of they were less than 18 inches long.

“Diaper stripers” as our Captain liked to call them.

In the end, Tom shared his catch with everyone so I didn’t go home empty handed – I got two lovely bass filets out of it.

And, I did catch this wonky sunburn on my face. . .

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Yo ho! Yo ho!

Over a year ago I went deep sea fishing with a boatload of men I didn’t know.

I was the only woman there and I was keenly aware that I NEEDED TO CATCH A SALMON, OR ELSE BE THE DISGRACE OF MY GENDER!

Fortunately, I managed to catch one big fat salmon and you can read all about it HERE.

I’m happy to report that I’m going out again, this time with Sole-Man (can’t you just hear the Blues Brothers play?).

Okay, fishing kinda sucks because you have to get up at butt o’clock in the morning and drive all the way to the boat for a 6:00 am launch.  And I have to take dramamine because I’m prone to motion sickness.  And you have to bundle up because if you think San Francisco is cold, that’s nothing compared to the temperature when you’re on the bay.

But I’m totally excited this time around because I’M NOT GOING ALONE!

My friends are going with me!!

So far there’s just the three of us but we’re trying to load the boat with women so we have a boatload of women fishing in the SF Bay.

We’re fishing for shark, halibut and STRIPPERS.

Or maybe it’s stripers.

I’m kind hoping I catch a stripper!

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