‘Fish Like a Girl’ trip produces quality salmon

By Dan Bacher / Record Correspondent
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at 6:52 PM

Ocean salmon fishing outside of the Golden Gate is still going strong, although not as consistent as it was a few weeks ago. The Golden Gate Salmon Association’s first-ever “Fish Like a Girl” all-women charter trip produced solid fishing on August 17 aboard the Salty Lady charter boat out of Sausalito.

“The women drove from minutes to hundreds of miles away in hopes of catching the fish of a lifetime and for some, their first salmon,” GGSA event coordinator Cat Kaiser said. “Some of the ladies started the adventure alongside their family or friends and others came by themselves to spend the day together aboard the Salty Lady out of Sausalito with Captain Jared Davis and his deckhands Tommy Watson and Jimmy McNair and GGSA volunteer deck hand Mike Aughney.

“Captain Jared ran south toward the Pacifica Pier to see if the fish they found limits on the day before were still around and hungry. The weather, sunrise, and foggy view of the Golden Gate Bridge couldn’t have been better,” Kaiser added.

The first fish was caught, and the excitement and encouragement started right away. After a couple of hours, Davis decided to run north to join the fleet in hopes of finding more fish. This is when the first big fish came on the boat.

“The ladies all hooted and hollered for each other as more and more fish came over the rail and they were very excited about their new company of whales and harbor porpoises that swam around the flat calm water with them,” Kaiser said.

Some of the fish caught were by first-ever anglers, while others had caught salmon before. “A hearty lunch and beverages were available throughout the day to keep them fueled to fight their fish and no one got sea sick,” Kaiser said.

“It was great to turn around and see a different lady fighting a salmon pretty much every time you heard ‘Fish On’. From bow to stern, starboard and port, the fish were biting everywhere. It was so fun to see all these ladies out there sharing their passion for fishing and supporting the GGSA.”

The 20 anglers ended up landing 16 salmon up to 26 pounds, as well as losing some fish.

The mission of the GGSA (www.goldengatesalmonassociation.org) 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.