Short report… Just another high-quality, high class trip with the guys up in Santa Barbara! Our group had limits all around on the rockfish and limits or close to limits on the white fish. As well as a few lings and a jackpot winning sheep head... My personal best!
Seven of us spent an hour and a half packaging fish this afternoon, and when it was all said and done, 54 pounds of straight up fillets! We are going to eat well on Father’s Day!
I usually try to fish the western outdoor news Striper derby in Lake Havasu every year… I have only missed a handful since 1988. This year it was scheduled for May, and then Covid happened. It got rescheduled for this weekend… Not only is it Father’s Day, it is my wedding anniversary, and my son-in-law‘s birthday. I didn’t feel like I could pull the trigger on going out to the derby this year. Instead, we planned a family trip to go up and fish with the guys in Santa Barbara. We were able to Reserve nine spots on he Stardust! I was excited to fish Captain Sal! The first time I fished up there, when my daughter was a freshman at UCSB he was a deckhand… Now he’s driving the boat! So cool! I have had the trip scheduled for several weeks. In my work, I am a dentist… In my work world, my treatment coordinator is the center of all I do. Her name is Regina. she is a dear friend. She has been dealing with stomach issues for a couple of years now. Two months ago, during Covid, when I was not working, she was diagnosed with a cyst on her uterus. The plan was to go in and drain the cyst, and then do a hysterectomy. Three weeks ago, she went in for the hysterectomy and when they opened her up she was full of cancer… On Wednesday, they she passed away unexpectedly. My heart is heavy. I share this primarily to ask you, my fishing brothers, to pray for her family... especially her grandkids who she was essentially raising. I also want to say that I can’t help but feel that she was with me Friday. I needed to get out and as you all know, fishing is therapeutic
It was cool to win the jackpot with the sheep head. My daughter and I talked the night before about how cool it would be to catch a trophy male goat! I think the salmon grouper and the white fish I had probably would have come in second and third places in the jackpot! I caught the sheep head in the last 10 minutes of the trip. I had plenty of fish in the bag decided to have fun! I broke out my bass rod with a K-man special on it...2 1/2 ounce and 5 inch swim bait! Caught a few others on the K-man as well! Just an amazing day to be with my children and the people I care about the most. I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate Father’s Day! Thanks to Sal, Christian, John and Cam for a great day!
Thank you Jesus and God bless you all on Father’s Day! - Mark