|Spent the night in this restored tour bus|
Formative Moment ca. 1980
I wanted to talk about a "formative moment" that I had while fishing as a kid in Iowa. Formative moments are where something really clicks - like an epiphany I suppose. This particular thing seemed like magic to me when I was about 8.
We used to go to the Mississippi River only occasionally to fish when I was a kid. (usually we went to these really cool sand lakes called "the gravel pits"). My parents nicely gave us a lot of freedom at an early age - and we were allowed to ride our bikes a few miles from home by ourselves to fish and swim.
|Tillamook Bay at high tide|
|Jetty fishing with blue curl tails|
were attractive to the fish as the industrial wastewater was often warmer than the river at a time when fish were spawning and looking for warmer water. We were fishing and a guy near us caught a fish I was unfamiliar with but had heard of ---- A
Walleye. He also caught this fish very close to shore on a lure. That lure was a bucktail jig that at the time my dad called a Doll Fly. It was white deer hair with a pink head. I had no idea what a fish would think that was. But the fact that you could walk around with one of these in your pocket and then catch a fish on it seemed amazing to me. It meant no more catching or buying bait. Suddenly fishing became simpler. My dad mentioned that he had caught fish like that right next to the bank and I was intrigued. I of course prior to this thought you also had to cast far out from the bank to catch fish. This guy caught the Walleye by just dragging the lure in a couple feet of water next to the bank. I went out and bought one of those jigs immediately. And later in high school caught several nice Walleye and big Largemouth Bass just like that.
Naomi and I went on a camping trip in July and had a true blast.
We had the privilege of spending the first night in a cool old restored school bus made into a tour bus at 46 North Farm in Olney, OR. (Blind Pilot and the Nurses practice in the big neat barn here). We first put the kayaks in on the Young's River. The Youngs is a short river that flows into the Columbia up by Astoria. And old timer at the boat ramp tipped me off that supposedly some 25lb. female Chinook were already in - and he gave the boat ramp 45min. of casting an Orange Black Mepps before giving up.
|Sand and Quiet at Whalen Island|
Meanwhile, Naomi was getting very close to some cows in her kayak and saving a wet and drowning honeybee from certain death at the hands of the ferocious baby steelhead.
The Big Blast of the trip -
I finally got out to Tillamook Bay and hit it just right. This is the biggest estuary in Oregon and has 5 rivers flowing into it. Consistent with the tide chart - It seemed like it was high tide as the water was not moving and started moving out towards the end of my session. (reminds me to finally get a fishing thermometer also) I had been there 3 years before in October and caught one Black Rockfish from the opposite shore.
(In this post I am going to use the term Sea Bass and Black Rockfish interchangeably though Black Rockfish is the more proper name.)
|water loaded with baby fish|
I was fishing a 3/8 oz. blue purple 4" curl tail. Never fished Blue before! (I'm fishing curl tail grubs or jerk shad these days - when i'm not fishing a spinner.) The Sea Bass were hitting close to the rocks...but not so shallow that I could see the take in the 15' or so of water. They fight well and remind me a lot of small Grouper.
|Cape Falcon Kayaks Barn|
Meanwhile, Naomi hiked 16 miles!! Someday we will get to this spot in the morning and get to spend the day out there (no camping allowed, though we usually are there til dark and then go camp at Whalen Island or Ginger's farm). Due to the busy season at our shop I have never been out there in the early spring when supposedly the Lingcod are in close.
Further South along the Coast ---
|Naomi in Nehalem River in Cape Falcon Boat|
|Prepping Pad Thai in our outdoor kitchen at home |
(it's serious business)
Naomi is inspired by Ginger's to make a solar powered outdoor shower and our claw foot tub with greenhouse plants (they built an incredible bathhouse which is part of the Japanese Forest House Brian built, rentable on Air BnB) and we're finally capping our toilet and in the process of building a composting double seater and pee diverter yep, lookin' at you Ginger, Jeff and Carri @ Pitchfork and Crow, catchin' up.