By Dan Bacher / Record Correspondent Posted Jul 9, 2019 at 7:13 PM
The second annual Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) “Fish Like a Girl” all-women salmon fishing trip aboard the Salty Lady departed from the Sausalito Harbor to fish outside of the Golden Gate late last week
“We traveled out to the W Buoy, a long run from the harbor,” said Cat Kaiser, the GGSA Fundraising and Events Coordinator. “The weather was choppy, very typical of salmon fishing conditions. It was cloudy and foggy in the morning and then calmed down in the afternoon. Even though was it was a far run, only a couple of the girls got sick – and they were not down for long.”
By the end of the day, the 21 ladies and the three crew members aboard the boat had caught limits of quality Chinook salmon, a total of 48 fish.
“To say these ladies had fun catching full limits of big salmon on the trip would be an understatement,” said Kaiser. “For some, it was about catching their first salmon. For others, it was about doing what they love with 21 fellow fisherwomen. For all, it was a day of supporting, cheering, laughing and catching.”
The fish averaged a solid 12 pounds each and lots of Chinooks in the 18-pound class were landed. Kaiser won the jackpot with a 25-pound king.
They landed the fish while trolling anchovies anywhere from 30 to 80 feet pulls deep.
“All of the girls become best friends at the end of day,” said Kaiser. “The support and camaraderie among the women was unbelievable. They were hooting, hollering, laughing and cheering for each other for every fish that came over the rail. There were lots of hugs on this trip.”
Salty Lady Captain Jared Davis ran the boat and Tommy Watson and Jimmy McNair served as deckhands.
“The crew was wonderful, helpful and made sure that every girl ended up with fish. By end of the day, the women who had already landed salmon gave their rods to the women who hadn’t caught fish,” she said.
In addition to the excellent fishing, the anglers and crew enjoyed seeing the plentiful humpback whales cavorting on the water.
“These women were out to fish and the friendship that came along with it was a bonus,” said Kaiser. “It was such a blast that our second trip on August 16 was sold out in minutes. Every girl caught good quality fish.”
Kaiser emphasized, “Women are so aware and supportive of each other when they fish.”
GGSA’s mission is to protect and restore California’s largest salmon producing habitat comprised of the Central Valley rivers that feed the Bay-Delta ecosystem and the communities that rely on salmon as a long-term, sustainable, commercial, recreational and cultural resource. Information: www.goldengatesalmonassociation.org