Was happy that Outdoor GPS called me to discuss all the kayak fishing activities going on this year at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show at the Portland Expo Center. It was a long week for me bouncing between working shifts at the Daiwa booth, Next Adventure Booth, Yakima Bait booth, KoneZone booth and doing daily seminars on kayak angling. This year was by far the biggest and best show I've ever seen. Thanks to Comcast Sportsnet and Outdoor GPS for having me on the show to discuss.
Feeling very happy to have been invited into the NBC Seattle studio on Saturday for an interview on Northwest Wild Country as part of their "All Star" episode. What an honor it was to be included in the episode with local Northwest favorites Buzz Ramsey, Scott Haugen, Del Stephens and Cody Herman to name a few. Host Joel Shangle, co-hosts Bill Herzog, Duane Inglin & Andy Shanks took great care to make us all feel right at home on air. Check out my kayak fishing portion of the show below.
So on Friday afternoon I was down on the Willamette River shooting a video for Hobie on Sturgeon fishing from a kayak. I had know idea that morning when I was leaving my house that I would soon hooking into this big of a fish. Right after I hooked her, she went airborn right next to me and my kayak. In fact her splash completely covered my lap and face with Willamette river water. Oh Well because a 45 minute fight ensued right after. She had me towing up river, down river, under big shipping boats and back in the channel for more. At one point my GPS had us marked at 3.2 MPH going south into one of the shipping yards. Once I finally landed her, she was finished. She came right up to me on the side of my kayak for a couple pictures while resting next my kayak in the water, I then pulled her hook out and she slowly swam off into the abyss. What a great experience. One that I may not have again for some time.
Hobie kayaks are not just great for fishing, they're great for crabbing too. My biggest highlight of the day was the massive mother and calf Grey Whale that stopped by to visit.
I had a chance to take advantage of the great forecast last Tuesday and target Rockfish and Dungeness crab in Pacific City, Or. Besides the occasional passing Grey Whale the biggest highlight from the day was catching this bright blue Lingcod. I could see this fish as I was reeling it up at about 8 feet down and it looked like it was glowing blue. Definitely the highlight of the day. I did also catch 7 fat crabs that made for a tasty dinner. About 1 out every 10 or so Lingcod and Cabezon have this blue, green and sometimes purple pigment. It's OK to eat and not caused by nuclear waste from Japan. Biologists are still working on the exact reason, but most likely caused by genetics, chlorophyll from plants or ink from squid. Either way, they are delicious as always in fish tacos. :)
So I took the weekend off because my family are here visiting from Utah and California and this morning my mom said that she wanted fresh salmon for dinner. I said OK give me a couple hours and ran up to the mouth of the Klickitat and whacked these two.