It’s been a looooong time since I was in school and had a “summer break.”
Still, there’s something about this season that screams get away from home and go experience somewhere else. It’s a time to make memories. As a teenager, one of my fondest memories was a family vacation to Port Hardy on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. The salmon fishing was incredible! What put it over the top on the memory meter though, were the bald eagles falling out of the sky to snatch salmon from the water near the boat as orcas fed alongside us in the salmon rich bay. It was like living in a National Geographic documentary.
Years later when I had the opportunity to have that father and son fishing moment myself, I took Jacob to Oregon and we fished the Columbia River. Jake caught the 31-pound chinook salmon pictured above. Maybe the 3 of us will do that with my future grandchild someday?
Well it’s that time of year again and through the power of social media, I’m able to share in the summer fishing exploits of my many fishing friends. Whether they be annual trips to a favorite fishing hole, crossing off bucket list fish in far flung destinations, or just taking a break from the home boat and fishing another landing, the season seems to encourage a break from our fishing routine.
The 2016 edition found me in Loreto, Mexico. I was part of a media contingent invited to fish in the first annual Dorado Tournament thrown by the Villa del Palmar resort hotel there. You can find my full trip report on So Cal Salty. Long story short, I wasn’t able to score on the target fish. The water was actually cooler than normal and the dodos hadn’t really found their way up that far in the Sea of Cortez quite yet. I had the great pleasure though of getting to meet and spend some time fishing with my BD Outdoors colleague, Gary Graham. Gary got this great shot of me with my new personal best roosterfish.
As cool as the fishing experience was though, what I’ll remember most from the trip was making new friends and getting to actually spend time with people I’d only known via Facebook. When I got home Sunday, I thought I would be tired and planned to just chill and enjoy the 4th at home. You know what? I went fishing.
Getting away seems to recharge and make you appreciate what we have here even more.
I hope to see some of my new friends again soon and of course spend time fishing. Where will you get away to this summer break fishing season?
Good luck when you get out there!