Emma Salo BD Fishing Chick
BD would like to welcome Emma Salo as our next BD Fishing Chick. She shares the discovery of her love of fishing and how it is blossoming.
BD:Where do you live?
Emma Salo:I live in Huntington Beach, just moved here from SLC, UT last year.
BD:What is you occupation?
Emma Salo:I work for PJ Salvage, a women’s clothing distributor company.
BD:What are your other hobbies?
Emma Salo:I like to stay active throughout the year. I’ve been going on runs, walks, hikes, going to spin and yoga class. In the summer, I like all things saltwater, I hate chlorine pools. I love swimming and when the conditions are good, I like to go diving. I’m not that good, but it’s one of the most humbling things I’ve ever done.
BD:Who or what got you into fishing?
Emma Salo:Adam (@captain_adam_baker) about a year and a half ago I was visiting California from Utah, and my friend invited me on his boat. I actually got sea sick that day and am still surprised I got an invite to Catalina the next day. He said we could fish for sharks on the beach and I have always loved sharks and have wanted to see one so I was ecstatic. It was incredible to me that he knew exactly how to target a species by using the correct bait and gear setup. But the most intriguing part was how he knew so much about what was happening under the water, what we couldn’t see, but what he could feel. He was feeling so much happen, the direction it was moving, the way it was fighting, he knew it was a leopard shark by the way it felt. That’s what got me. I wanted to learn to feel what he was feeling and to know by feeling.
BD:How long have you been fishing?
Emma Salo:Well, I fished for the first time in August 2016 but I was living in Utah. I would visit on California every few months and fish until I moved to Huntington in July 2017. So over about a year, give or take.
BD:What types of fishing have you done and where?
Emma Salo:Saltwater: mostly Orange County and Catalina. Went to San Clemente and down in Cabo for once. Freshwater: Southern California Lakes.
BD:What is your favorite kind of fishing so far?
Emma Salo:They’re both so different; I don’t know which one I could really call my favorite. I love saltwater in the summer and fresh-water in the spring. Saltwater is faster paced and there’s so many species to catch and see. Freshwater takes a lot more patience and persistence which can be frustrating if the fish just aren’t biting, but it’s so much more satisfying having tried over and over for the same fish and then suddenly you feel that pressure, you set the hook and reel, and he’s on there.
BD:What are some future goals or plans pertaining to fishing?
Emma Salo:I haven’t really thought about competitions or tournaments or anything like that. Obviously being new, I just want to get better and learn more and go from there. For me, it isn’t the biggest fish, maybe yet, it’s always been getting the first fish between Adam and me.
BD:What part of fishing do you like the most?
Emma Salo:I like the lessons each fish brings. I like having learned something, trying it, and having it work. Or when something just clicks and all of a sudden, the way I see fishing changes. I like the sense of achievement, too.
I remember at the beginning, I couldn’t cast very far or even well, so Adam would cast for me then hand the rod off. And if it were to get bit on the sink or the reel, I would bring it up just feeling like it wasn’t mine. That wasn’t my cast, that wasn’t my movement that caught that fish. And I still have so much more to learn.
BD:Tell us about some of your proudest moments in fishing.
Emma Salo:I haven’t caught the biggest fish by any means, so when I think of my proudest moment, I think of the day it became real to me. One day, Adam and I were fishing along the jetty and I was fishing his jerkbait. I was reeling it in and I was watching it swim in the water and I had said something like, “that looks really cool swimming in the water like that.” and Adam had to clarify what I had just said and then he said something like, “maybe you really are a fisher[wo]man.” And then when I caught my first yellowtail at San Clemente Island. I was fighting it for so long and it got wrapped up in a buoy line and we had to move the boat closer to try and unwrap it. It took like 3 people trying to untie it and I thought for sure I had lost it, that it had ripped off. I kept moving the rod to see if there was any fight at the end of the line but I didn’t feel anything. They had untied the line and Adam took the rod and felt it right away and handed it back to me and I reeled him back in, the hook was barely in but we gaffed it and I landed it. I even ate the heart; sticking to that saying “you have to eat your first tuna’s heart (or yellowtail).” Adam handed me the heart, still beating in my hand, I popped it into my mouth but I couldn’t chew or swallow so we cut it in half, I ate the half. I put the other half in my mouth and threw it back into the ocean. That was one of my proudest bada** moment.
Being a girl learning to fish, I feel like people are proud I can even pull up a fish. It pushes me to want to continue learning and secretly & competitively, get the bigger fish. But in the end, I’m happy for the company and the lessons. I have met amazing people like Kris, Current Crew, and his amazing stories and how he’s connected so many SoCal fishermen together. He’s always making me feel so proud and honored to be on his page. He posts my pictures on his Instagram and all of a sudden, I have all these new followers asking me all these questions. I never thought it was that big of a deal, I just like to fish and I’m not even all that good. But I’m sure that’s how you found my page and why I’m writing this, which I never thought would happen, which is awesome.
BD:What other “aspects of you” would you like to portray if any?
Emma Salo:I don’t think I need to portray any other aspects. I’m not all for the chicks in bikinis posing for pictures with fish and I don’t want people to think that that is what I’m doing. I fish in my swimsuit and I like posting pictures with my fish because I feel like that’s my most genuine smile. I hate pictures, but pictures with my fish have been my favorite because I know that just a glimpse of that feeling was captured.