Wow, what a day. Nothing short of a world record fish would have made it an OK day. Got out late, heading out from Corrent bay lauch, thru deception pass, doing only about 15 mph and suddenly the sea disappeared. That has always been interesting but never seen it do that. We dropped about 4 feet. Landed flat and the down-rigger mount just snapped! Good buy Scotty 1101 :-(! Plug was still plugged in but nothing else to show it had ever been there LOL.
We kept going because I wanted to get my brother on some Salmon. We rarely fish together due to his schedule. I didnt have any divers in the boat so I decided to flat line with some lead weight and let him have the downrigger. Went to the Middle Channel/Salmon Bank area.
Got there and dropped the Trolling motor and turned it on, or I TRIED to turn it on. Nothing. Seems the slap cracked the shaft and scrambled some brains in that too. But the 115 Mercury 4 stroke idles at 2.5 ish.
My mood not withstanding. We got three pinks. Two for him and one for me. Put them in the lifewell and I called it a day. Went to fill out the license and NO Pen!! Oh come on, this is such a bad day. Took the knife and notched the right areas and prayed we could get to the truck for a pen when we got back in.
Got almost to the back to mainland side and decided to park and have some lunch and explore the caves and beach around Telegraph Bay. My brother really likes that kind of stuff. were drifting and eating sandwiches. Watching the harbor seals and Blue Herons and suddely hear a Massive engine sound. Turn around and a Fish, wildlife and Pirates massive boat was 30 yards away and CHARGING in like we were smugglers. There was two agents and a Camera man and a guy with a huge Microphone. Then never introduced the Bollywood types. And I never signed a release so there goes my chance to be on "Wardens" LOL
We went thru the complete; do you have the following list. Then asked for license. Duh duh dum duh. ohoh. Will they let us go with the notches cut?? Asked to see the fish. THANK GOD they were still alive and happy in the live well. I was going to rip the gills but didnt for some reason. Checked our hooks to see if they were Barbed, everything but asking for my boaters safety card.
They told us to wait and backed off 50 feet and sat there for 5 minutes. No idea why, its not like they had our personal information to run a wants and warrants on.
But came back in and gave us the "look" I hate that look. Said that we were fishing in a closed area. I told them where we caught them, NOT where we were. When they came up the poles were not in the water but laying in the bow out of the way. They said our barbs were not pushed enough. I disagreed but very politely. They said they COULD fine us and set a court date but were going to offer us a deal. LOL. a deal? after the day I had I would have gave my first born away to make them leave. They said if the Pinks could swim away they would just warn us about the license infraction and barb error. Thank god they did, I dont know if they could have made anything stick but with the way my luck was going, I was not going to push it. I was going to give them Mouth to mouth and advance CPR to make them swim.
After we just called it a day like we should have done at 8:30 and bought fish and chips and went home.