Yesterday was a pretty tragic day.
Marc Messina died in a plane crash in Woodland Washington.
He was was on his way home from springer fishing.
Mark was a phenomenal fisherman (he caught our boat record fish) and a great guy to be around.
He loved fishing.
Mark you will be missed.
Our prayers and thoughts are with Mark, and his family.
August trips book out fast, so fast that the Helena Chemical crew (photo below) have already booked our first charter for 2017. It technically is not our first, as we one day booked out forever, so they will be first forever, but you get the idea.
Today the check cleared and it became official. DirtyE and I secured our second charter license and if all goes well, we will be running a second boat in 2017. We are looking for another 42' Herniques, but they are few and far between on the used market. We have yet to jump on one, but the Cabo 40' Express is looking like a pretty good alternative to a Henriques.
In other big/small news, DirtyE is now GRANDPA DirtyE. His daughter Aeryelle just had a baby girl.
The ITC boys are in Quepos, Costa Rica getting ready for the Offshore World Championship, which kicks off Monday. Lets hope they draw some good boats and release a ton of sails.
Clark took out Jules and his father in law and introduced them to Long Beach surf perch fishing.
They had a blast and caught a bunch of fish.
Clark is a few pieces of paper and a few weeks away from being an official guide for surf perch and clamming.
DirtyE is a day away from a really long plane ride to a really hot place to catch some sailfish and drink some beer with the Ilwaco Tuna Club guys.
DirtyE and I just wrote some big checks and it looks like we are expanding our charter business in 2017. Stay tuned for more updates soon...
I just checked the 29 buoy water temps against last year's temps and it looks like they are on track with 2015, our best year ever.
I can't wait for June.
I am always amazed how Clark can find good fishing all year round no matter where he is at.
Clark has been cleaning up on surf perch off the beaches on the Long Beach Peninsula.
Below is a photo of yesterday's catch.
Clark is in the process of getting his guide's license and will be offering surf perch, bottomfish, and clamming trips soon.
If you want to learn how to clam or catch fish, there is no better teacher than Clark.