Murray is the best: pleasant, entertaining, and he knows how to catch these fish. The boat Captain, Jake is a fishing machine. I fished 2 days in a row with Arline. The boat is very stable (the waters in the bay are inherently stable so if you get sea sick in big swells don’t worry about it!) Murray warned us that the fishing was off in the couple of days before my trip and would have let me get out of going but no way: as they say, a day not catching fish is STILL better than a day at the office! They fish for snappers like we fish for Rock Cod back in NorCal, so it took no time to get going. The snappers taste fantastic but I had more fun catching the Kahawai. Kahawai were brand new to me, coming from the US. These guys look a bit like a salmon from up top and they fight like them, with long ripping runs. Murray says most don’t eat them except smoked. I fried one up with salt pepper and lemon and it was good-though you gotta be sure to get rid of the gray fat. The fat- not so good. The boat has a small head, and there is dry storage for your gear and lunch. He was using newer gear, a nice change from some of the SF Bay Area share charters! Also the price! I won’t quote it in case stuff changes on Murray but it was a great deal. Cheaper than the local competition and way cheaper than back home and Murray was not all anal about bookings- as long as he has 4 paying customers he goes out. If he doesn’t get 4 he will get you on another boat if they have room. Murray also didn’t charge to filet- nice! He gave cooking tips and pointed us to restaurants that would cook our catch. All of the other fisher folk were great, everyone chatted and compared lives, a great family atmosphere. Bring your lunch and water and a good attitude and you will have a ball!
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3 March 2011
One thing that has always amazed me is how fast everyone settles in and introduces themselves to everyone else. The interaction and willingness to get involved makes most trips an absolute pleasure for me as well.
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I'm glad that you enjoyed your trip with us and thanks for the fantastic review.
P.S. The fishing machine was Terry not Jake but you are right he is a bit of a machine at times.
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