Published July 16, 2015 |
Amy helped build a bond and create new life-long friendships through this trip and our trip this year was even bigger and better. A good mix between new faces, and veterans from the previous year traveled from all over the upper left corner of the US to reunite and make new friends. The trip doesn’t start when the boat leaves the dock, but rather the weeks leading up to the final date. Girls communicated and reached out to find ways to carpool and share houses with complete strangers who have one thing in common: the love of fishing.
Wesport Marina is busy at 5:00 AM as the captains and deckhands prepare for the trips, and the fishermen and women make their final payments, purchase salt water tickets, purchase derby tickets, and try to remember all the items they need to make the venture out into the Pacific Ocean. As we get ready for departure to head out on the Tequila Too, Captain Ken takes a headcount, Amy ensures the camera man is aboard, and the deckhands un-tie us from the dock. The clouds are looking gloomy and the waves are a little bigger than the predicted 2 ft swells as we cross the bar.
We mingle and reminisce on last year’s trip as we ponder what this year will bring. 2 hours out and we finally get to our first destination: Yellow Tail Rockfish. Captain Ken gives 24 ladies the instructions to effectively catch a rockfish and he casually brings up 2 healthy looking rockfish to start off our limit. We hit the rods and with a few tangles and a lot of help from our deckhands (Dan and Joel), we land our limit of rockfish in about an hour.
In addition to the limit of rockfish, we got 2 beautiful Chinook salmon caught during this stop and both successfully landed by Grace Phillips and Morgan Nicks! You can tell by the smiles on these girls’ faces, that this trip was pure happiness!
Captain Ken had a little surprise in store for us. We expected to go ling cod fishing after the rock fish but because of the perfect water conditions and how quickly we caught our rockfish, he was taking us Tuna fishing! Given that the boat was full of live anchovies, I think he had this surprise planned all along
2 more hours out into the Pacific, a few naps in between, and we were finally in the area to start finding some Tuna. We took a random drawing to see who would be able to get the jig rods that we were trolling while we found a school of tuna. It took about an hour, but when we hit the first school of fish, we had 2 fish on the jig rods and everyone else ran out to start fishing the live bait. We hooked a couple more before the Tuna moved on and we went back to trolling to find another school.
Couple more schools and 9 Tuna total and we had to start heading back to the coast. Miss Grace Phillips again was able to land the big Tuna and won the prize for the biggest fish of the day – a $125 gift card to Sportsman Warehouse!
The ride back was full of laughter, pictures, giveaways from all the wonderful sponsors, new memories, and the deckhands even showed a few of us how to fillet rockfish; and it’s about 100x harder than they make it look!
While most of the girls headed their separate ways back to their homes, a few girls had ANOTHER amazing opportunity to go on an all-girls Tuna trip with Kimber Roberts on Kerry Allen’s boat! She already had a trip planned for the following day and once she found out the all-girls bottom fishing trip was just the day before, she made an all-girls fishing extravaganza and was able to coordinate a boat full of girls to join her in 2 full days of Ocean fishing!
The end of the day is always a bittersweet part of the day. We are sad the day is coming to an end, but we’re all exhausted and ready to get to sleep. We made experiences that we look forward to repeating in another year and we build bonds with women from all ages and walks of life. I have several new friends this year because of this experience and we have been able to build an amazing support group of women not only for fishing, but hunting and your everyday girl issues. We have many girls that don’t get the opportunity to fish regularly, but love the outdoors sports and hunting is their passion. Through the Outdoor Chic Clique and trips like this, we build and incredible bond and a huge pool of resources as we learn, grow, and experience our passion for the outdoors.
Ken Culver from the Tequila Too and his entire crew: Cassie, Dan, and Joel graciously take on this trip each year knowing how much work it can be having a boat filled to max capacity, being filmed while trying to just do your job, and the pressure of fulfilling the expectations of all the girls who look forward to this trip all year. Ken and his crew are patient, efficient, and a pleasure to be around. I haven’t seen many people laugh and smile like them while just doing their job, but they truly make the experience fun and light-hearted. Whatever stresses they have, they are left at the dock and it’s nothing but positive encouragement from the entire crew. They are riddled with questions from our curious minds and Ken always leaves an open door for anyone that wants to come chat during our long travels to our destination. They know the ocean, they know how to catch fish, and they know how to take care of boat full of ladies <3
A huge thanks to Horns and Hooks to join our adventures, try to film the entire event and then to put all of our favorite memories into a TV show that we not only get to share with our friends and family, but a keepsake for us to remember these adventures forever. Brady Palmer was a fantastic camera man this year and somehow managed to be everywhere all at one time and captured the most memorable moments. He made the 4 hour long journey with a boat full of girls not to nap or catch fish WITH us, but to capture these moments FOR us.
The biggest thanks goes to Amy Spoon who somehow finds the time to get this trip planned and makes sure that we get the experience of a lifetime. Her passion and knowledge for fishing is shared with every girl and it’s evident how much she enjoys seeing other women get to have experiences like this. She is a role model and a huge resource to women in both fishing and hunting.
Shout out to all of our amazing sponsors that provided free gear for us to win during our trip!
Girls With Guns: http://www.gwgclothing.com/
They provided each and every girl with a T-Shirt and hat as well as water bottles, headbands, key chains, and stickers to be raffled off during the trip
They provided bad ass cups to be raffled off that I’m sure I’ll see around at hunting camp this year!
Mountain House: http://www.mountainhouse.com/
They provided trail mix to be raffled off to help keep our hunters nourished and full of energy on all of our outdoors adventures
They provided shirts, hats, and hooks to keep us fishing with the best quality hook!
Fish Cute: http://fishcute.com/
They provided a gift certificate for a hat and jewelry to be raffled off so that we can still feel girly, while fishing hard
And of course: Tequila Too!! http://tequilatoo.com/
Oh, and the most accomplishing part: unlike last year’s trip which had at least 50% of the group sea-sick, we were vomit free this year!!!