Location: Berkeley Pier
|Out for a little March-madness with PFIC member Bigrich this evening for a couple of hours fishing in the cities of Emeryville and Berkeley along the shoreline. Not exactly the weather I would expect with the first day of spring two days away! 48 degree weather kept us car-bound with our rods stuck in the sand-spike holders. Rich was so chilly that he really didn't get any fishing done trying to avert gusty winds. So, now half way through the incoming tide and about 8:30 pm we find ourselves back along the Berkeley shoreline. Ya know, the place where that guy Douglas Jones met his demise if you have been following the news lately! Anyway, getting ready to crank up the car, Bigrich gives me the fifteen-minute warning, and I tell him, "that's enough time to get a batty" as I reel in and rebait a hook that had herring on it now with Rich's secret fishing candy (Monterey squid). I bait up, cast out and adjust the pole in a balancing rod holder that puts the rod level and resume sitting down in the truck seat as howling winds prevail outside the door. Just at the two-minute warning, the rod in the holder starts teetering forward and back as I fumble to find the handle on my friend's truck whose location all of a sudden becomes foreign to me. Finding it, I launch from the vehicle to continued rocking of the rod and clicking of the clicker as I scramble to pull the rod into my hands and set the hook. As I do, I whip back the rod to discover that I snapped off! This was actually a repeat of an earlier episode in Emeryville in my which upon reeling in, I got snagged ever so slightly and by line broke quite effortlessly! Finally, it reigned upon me, it is time to change my 25# high-vis florescent-green Berkley Big Game! But, as Rich says 'that's it,pack it up' I exclaim, 'I told you we would hook in at least a batray.' So, there is a little March-madness, batrays, happening even with the unseasonal weather!
Well, you lose one you rig one -Quint