Kids Trip July 9, 2012
We finally got it done. Through the generosity and help of Tom Mattusch and his deckhand Jake on the Hulicat we got the kids out fishing. We left the dock about 7AM and returned about 2PM. The seas did cooperate even though there was a little rock and roll. We ended up with limits for all 17 kids including 3 big ling cod. The group we took out was the Sunnyvale PAL (Police Athletic League). The kids were about 10 to 17 years old. All the kids were troopers with some going down for short naps. As we got back to the dock there could be heard cheers and shouts of joy and great pride by the kids. Smiles were to be seen on all faces including mentors and counselors. The Captain and deckhand also had big smiles as they had enjoyed the day as much as the kids and the rest of us.
We would like to thank the great fishing mentors for this trip: Alan Tani, Jeff Young, Dan Gomez, Baja Bev, Mel Kon, and Brian Young. Gary Edwards and Richard Kent were there from Discover Angling to help wherever they could. Without the help of these great fisherman and generous people this trip would not have been.
Finally we want to thank Tom Mattusch and Jake for a great trip. The Hulicat is a great fishing vessel and Tom is the best.
Sunnyvale PAL 8-9-12
We have finally arranged for a kids trip with the Sunnyvale Police Athletic league. We will be going out on the HuliCat with captain Tom Mattusch out of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay.
The target will be rockfish (bottom dwellers). We will have about 20 kids with five counselors and 8 fishing mentors. Will report results with photos when we complete the trip.
Our scheduled fishing trip on 9/18/11 with the group from the Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara, with Jose Andrade as counselor, was completed with all kids having a great time. We fished off of the Marin Rod and Gun Club Pier thanks to Pat Damos. A few fish were caught and fun was had by all. The weather was perfect with calm seas and low winds. We served snacks for breakfast and sandwiches, with most of the cost donated by Safeway thanks to Courtney Houston. The trip was completed by 1:30 PM due to the time requirements of some of the kids.
The head mentor was Mel Kon, one of the best pier fisherman in the Bay Area, assisted by his wife Dewi, Mark Elkins, Gary Edwards, Mike Johnson, and myself, Richard Kent. Much of the equipment and tackle that the kids used was donated by Alan Tani and Jeff Young. Other tackle was purchased at Fisherman’s Warehouse in San Jose at great discount thanks to Daniel Schmidt.
We would like to thank all who participated in this great trip. We are particularly grateful to the Marin Rod and Gun Club for providing us the opportunity for this wonderful experience.
We Have scheduled a fishing trip with the group from the Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara California. The trip will be at the Marin Rod and Gun Club pier.
The trip will be lead by Mel Kon, one of the leading pier fisherman in the Bay Area. Mel will be assisted by a group of fisherman from various fishing clubs and professional recreational fisherman.
Anyone interested in donating there time or resources please contact us or visit http://www.discoverangling.com.
What a great trip. We took 18 kids and 6 councilors from the FLY (Fresh Lifelines for Youths) out fishing on the Velocity out of Santa Cruz. The kids caught 80 fish with the mentors filleting them and providing each kid with a bag of fillets to take home and share with their families.
What a day
Its a monster