I have a Bucket List. Lately the listed items have been related to where I am located.
Here, in No. Cal. it’s included:
Braving wine tasting and not feeling like a total dweeb. Ok I felt a little dorky. Berkeley Calistoga Hot Springs
- Touring the San Francisco Presidio
- CA Academy of Sciences museum in GG Park
- Riding my bike on the PCH
- Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour
- Hiking Tomales Point
- Oysters and beer at Nicks Cove
Smiley’s Saloon in Bolinas Duxbury Reef Hanging out with Amy J. bunches
- Hiking Mt. Tam
A Verb…in Oakland Limantour Beach Biking Salt Point
There’s more. I’m running out of time. So much more to do! But the biggie on the list occurred last week on Wednesday and I’m still wearing a HUGE grin from the day’s events.
FISHING IN THE BAY
Mind you, I used to fish with my pop as a little girl but once I left grade school years I wanted nothing to do with parental-interaction. (Sorry mom and dad, I was a pain in the ass back then. You were right. I regret quitting piano lessons.)
Thinking I’d have to resort to a charter service to accomplish the fishing I was hesitant. Thankfully, my buddy Robert from Denver chimed in and said something like, “I should get you in touch with my dad and brother. They’d love to take you fishing!”
Man did I get lucky.
Joe studied the tide charts and picked a great day. He and his buddy Bob taught me how to bait my hooks, cast and land fish. In fact, they generously gave up the ones they hooked for me to reel in. I hooked a couple. Was fun to learn what that felt like when the fish grabbed on. Lost my bait a few times as well.
Rode out in the AM. It was cool but not cold. The water was much more choppy than usual. Joe was worried about the fishing but we did really well. Afraid I’d yak (I’ve gotten seasick) I didn’t. A blessing.
Passed this Tug pushing a dredging barge. Was really eery looking int he AM clouds. Did you know most of the Bay is 5-8′ in depth? That floored me.
Joe with a beauty of a bass. I think this was the one I ate? Tasty! So cool to eat something that came out of the water hours before.
The HUGE 62″ er was a bear to land. Took awhile and lots of work. Joe held onto my jacket to keep me on the boat. Much appreciated!
Bob hoisting the behemoth. They estimated it weighed 80#. The day after this, Joe caught a 74″ sturgeon!
One of the 5 total sturgeon caught. It’s skin was raspy and there were sharp spines along it’s body. All we released. They can get to 8′ out here.
This wee bullhead latched on while I was ignoring my rod and eating my PBJ. Said Bob, “Hey Heather, you’re not going to believe this!” I just finished with one sturgeon. Apparently, it’s unusual to catch so many fish in one outing. Little bugger ate all three shrimp on the hooks.
Throwing one back:
Mt. Tam on the way back:
I had the most spectacular day I can’t rave about it enough. Hoping to go out again next week with Joe. When I make it to Alaska I’ll be sure to go fishing a bunch. This day was unusual. It may not be as much fun if none/few are caught. Regardless, I could get into this.