One of the perks of working at Knudson Cove Marina is access to fishing. Whether it's being able to use the rental boats, borrow a rod and tackle, or listen to stories about fishing, there are multiple ways to learn. However, the best, and only way to truly learn, is by doing, putting in time to figure out how the gear works and what the fish like.
Last Thursday, some of the staff was given the surprise of a day of chartering with Charlie Bentley. The owner of the marina thought it a good idea that we know how to use a manual downrigger similar to the ones on the covered, rental boats. After taking out the Bearlin earlier in the week, "knitting a sweater," as Charlie likes to call it, and general entanglement, there was no doubt he was right. It was a beautiful, hot summery day with big swells.
Charlie, a charter captain of 19 years and owner of Dealer's Choice, was an excellent choice for our teacher. He allowed us to bait hooks and rig downriggers on our own. There is no substitute for hands on learning. It's one of the best ways to retain knowledge. Charlie let us do all the work.
Fishing is harder than it looks. It requires countless hours of trial and error to be good at it. The people that are good make it look effortless. When tangles happen, they reel them in, untagle or cut the line, and throw it back out without missing a stride.
We didn't catch anything that day, not even a bite. But we left feeling confident how to use the gear on a charter boat. Now with some practice, I'll be able to say, I caught a fish, knowing that it was my set up that lured them in!