Central California’s ‘Second Summer’ Brings Us to the Sea When Others Bundle Up

Central California’s ‘Second Summer’ Brings Us to the Sea When Others Bundle Up

The fall holiday season is done a little bit differently on the Central California coast. Our trees don’t turn dramatic hues, which makes adventures to see color changes non-existent. The first freeze that many associate with fall is replaced by an increase in temperature as winds swing around to northeasterly. October is the month to […]

When Salmon Fishing is Slow

When Salmon Fishing is Slow

Photo: Mike’s big lingcod A group of guys from California has been fishing with me for about seven years now. These veteran sportanglers pursue many of the same species we do up here, and more. Steelhead, salmon, lingcod, sea bass and albacore are all options for these Cali kids just like they are for us […]

If You Fish, You’re A Victim

If You Fish, You’re A Victim

Photo: Boats in Gloucester harbor By now, everyone who follows the trials and tribulations of New England’s fisheries has heard of “The Codfather,” Carlos Rafael, who recently pled guilty to falsifying landings records for hundreds of thousands of pounds of fish that was illegally harvested by Rafael’s vessels, fish that included some of the northeast’s […]

My Daughter’s First Salmon

My Daughter’s First Salmon

Photo: Katri and her first salmon My daughter, Katri, caught her first salmon last week, just in time to bring it back to Chicago and share it with Grandma JoJo and some long-time family friends. They just don’t get this kind of quality seafood back in Chicago all that often… actually, never. It feels extra […]

Mates with Masters

Mates with Masters

Photo: Mates Katie Viducic, Claire Hodson & Lauren Benoit of Snappa Charters. Early on a Saturday morning Capt. Charlie Donilon of Snappa Charters and mate Lauren Benoit picked up nine passengers in Newport. It was a foggy morning, with big rollers from an ocean storm pushing the boat forward through the East Passage in front […]

Coastal Community Life

Coastal Community Life

A few weeks ago, an EF 2 tornado ripped through a quiet little town on a small island in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay. The tornado pushed ashore in the middle of the night with a fury. There was no time for warnings. The tight-knit community that bore the brunt of the damage […]