A great trip was had by all with the kids from Homestead High School in Cupertino California. The water was a little rough but the kids were all troopers. Lots of fish were caught and all the kids went home with dinner and then some.
We would like to thank the mentors on this trip who were Gary, Alan, Bill, Dan, John, Dan, Ted, Dayton for there great work helping the kids catch fish and teaching them some of the techniques of fishing. Captain Mike is always a great pleasure. Deckhand Mike ran around gaffing fish, taking fish off hooks, unhooking lines caught on the bottom and finally filleting all the fish
We have scheduled the first kids trip of 2019 for April 23 on the Hulicat out of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay. This trip will be with disadvantaged/handicapped kids from a local Sunnyvale High School. As usual, we will be fishing for rockfish, bottom fish, and maybe salmon. There will be 20 kids, 5 counselors, and 8 mentors from Discover Angling.
We will post results after the trip.
If you wish to donate for this trip or any other trip see our website at discoverangling.com. All donations are tax deductible and will be greatly appreciated
A very successful trip on the Hulicat with the Sunnyvale Pal Kids. Captain Mile put us on the fish and kept us there. The kids with the help of our mentors and the adults from the group caught over 200 rockfish and many large ling cod which kept deckhand Dylan extremely busy. Dylan was all over the boat unhooking fish, gaffing large lings, and untangling lines. Dylan was always there and everywhere. Captain Mike was out there helping the kids bring in there catch. Dylan filleted all the fish on the way back to the dock and boy was he exhausted. Each person on the boat went home with a large bag of filleted fish.
We would like to thank Costside Fishing Club and the Friends of Rollo for their help sponsoring this trip through their generous donations. Sprouts markets also helped with discounts on sandwiches, water, and ice and a generous donation.
The trip was organized in conjunction Steve Gorsche of the Sunnyvale Police Dept. He and his group of parents and counselors did a wonderful job of helping with the great group of kids that they brought. The kids were an absolute joy. One of the boys was having his birthday and another brave boy got sick but got back up and continued fishing for the remainder of the trip. Another kid caught 2 very large ling cod on a single hook, one was trying to eat the other which we call a hitch hiker.
We would like to thank our great mentors that are always there when we call for volunteers. The mentors were Gary, Dan, Ed, Mel, John, Jeff, and me. You guys are great and we greatly appreciate you all for your time and assistance.
Finally would like express our great appreciation to our President Alan Tani for the donation of all the rods and reels, the hand tied tackle, and the weights that we used on this trip.
Unfortunately the weatherman was not kind to us and, with consultation Capt Tom, we cancelled. This trip will hopefully be rescheduled.
Coastside Fishing Foundation and Friends of Rollo have joined the list of sponsors for our kids fishing trips. Both have contributed to our next trip scheduled for July 8, 2018. We also consider Tom Mattusch as an ongoing sponsor since we get to use his boat for our trips.
Thanks to all that have contributed and also thanks to our volunteer mentors that donate their time and energy.
We all morn the loss of our good fried and kids fishing mentor Joe Schmidig. Joe was always one of the first to volunteer when we announced a kids trip. The kids loved him and he loved the kids. He was also a fishing friend that had fished with us many times. I remember one incident with a thresher shark that had us all rolling on the deck. Joe died on March 27, 2018. He will be greatly missed.
The new year is going to a busy one for Discover Angling. We currently have 2 trips planned in July and September. Their is a third trip in the planning stage and a forth trip is being worked on. Four trips in one year is a very ambitious goal for us but we will make it work.
Please visit our new website at discoverangling.com and let us know what you think. Any ideas for trips that we can schedule would be greatly appreciated