July 28th, 2009Gone Fishin’
Stardate July 25th 2009
It was a day for fishing, but little did I know we were fishing for charity. Every year the Data Faber holds a charity fishing tournament out of East Boston Marina. Some of the sponsors are Sperry Top Sider and Johnny’s Market. There are raffles for big prizes such as Red Sox and Bruins tickets as well as drawings for prizes that have been donated. It is a really fun time.
The event actually starts the night before at the marina in East Boston where we have a barb-b-que with hamburgers,
sausages and hot dogs, chips, potato salad and beer. We review the rules for the next day, chat a bit and then go home to rest for the big day. We traveled over the the marina in Frank’s boat, About Time. It was a nice night to be on the water.
We took off at 6 am on Saturday. The plan was to troll around for some stripers or blues but if there was no bite after an hour or so, we were headed east looking for the illusive tuna.
We found them. Around 10:15 we saw tuna smashing all around us. We trolled squid in a circle for the next 5 hours and saw jumpers all over. We had a few that were jumping just a few feet off the side of the boat but nothing that day wanted our bait. Paul, captain of Reel Pursuit, and the boat we fished on for the day, Steve, Frank, Scott and myself worked really hard to find and catch the tuna that day but it just wasn’t happening.
It was a great day though. Reminded me of when I was a kid. I’ve loved fishing for a long time. From one of the first times I went fishing at home, to when my dad, his friend Jim and I used to go tuna fishing off of Bailey’s Island in Maine on the Close Enuff. I would stand in the tower or on the bridge and look for tuna all day – just like I did on the Reel Pursuit. Makes you feel close to mother nature. Or the time I spent in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico fishing and call this small tuna. It is so great to be on the water for the day.
We got back to the marina to see all the fish that had been caught that day in the striper category as well as the ‘blues’ category. No one caught a blue fish so they gave out prizes for the top 6 blue fish entries. The largest was a 48 1/2 inch striper – a big fish and then they got smaller from there. (I’d have pictures but they were all on everyone’s boat on ice.)
After the weigh in, it was time to raffle off the prizes. I had purchased 2 raffle tickets for the big prizes (which there were 3, Red Sox tickets, Bruins tickets and Gas for the boat). I also purchased a bunch of tickets for the ‘grab’ table. When the drawing started they drew for the Red Sox tickets first and I freakin won! These tickets were so good, it was almost like you were playing first base. I have to admit however, I was a bit bumbed because if you know me, I am a huge Bruins fan and what would be the chances that I would now win those. So my strategy was, perhaps the winner of the Bruins tickets would be a bigger Sox fan and we could trade. They drew the raffel for the gas and then the Bruins tickets and wouldn’t you know it, I won those too. (Along with a $100 Sperry Top Sider gift certificate w/ each win). Wow! Can’t beat a day like that. During the grab raffle I think Paul’s boat brought in another 10 prizes so all in all we had a fun day.
(Oh, just to mention – again, on a weekend – Boston’s finest showed up to give out mooring violations. Why it takes three of them to walk around the marina to do that is still beyond me!)
Now in all seriousness I am going to issue a challenge. This tournament is for charity and a good one at that. This year they had 23 boats enter the tournament (which was up 10 boats from last year) and raised over $4,000. Next year I want to help with this event and I would like 35 boats in the tournament. The entry fee is reasonable – it is $125 for the boat and $45 to bring all your mates to the ‘Captains Meeting’ the night before and have some burgers, hot dogs and beer. (Even if you don’t eat you have to go to the meeting to learn all the rules.) So, enter your boat, if you own a charter, donate the 1/2 day and we will fill the boat and cover expenses but let me know – we can make the a fantasitc event and try to raise over $10,000 for next year!
Signing off – Captain SteveK