As Luck Would Have It

I’ve never been one to believe in luck. I always went with the idea that through hard work and attention to detail you cold overcome most obstacles that stood in your way. Heck, I had an old coach when I played for Atlanta that always said “ Luck favors the exceptionally well prepared”. He said this so often and with such conviction, how could I argue? That is why I never really paid much attention to the “bananas are bad luck on the boat “ theory. Recently, I have had to rethink my views on luck and especially where bananas are concerned.

After missing the 2008 Anacortes Salmon Derby, I was really lookin forward to the 2009 derby. I went down to Outdoor Emporium and bought my tickets the first weekend they went on sale. That very next Monday I reserved my slip at the marina and booked a local hotel room. I was ready, all I had to do was change the line on some reels and wait.

This brings us to the day before the derby. I went shopping with my two fishing buddies for some grub for the boat. That’s when my luck started changing. My son Mason decided that he wanted some bananas for the boat. I was saying that bananas are bad luck on the boat when he quickly reminded me of the 22 sturgeon we caught while eating bananas one after the other. I was so excited that the boy’s wanted to eat something without sugar being the first ingredient that I unwisely obliged.

The next thing to do was load the boat onto the trailer. That’s when things started going wrong. After sitting most of the winter, the wench on my trailer bound up on me a little. No problem, as a former NFL lineman I figured a little muscle would power right through the sticking point. Oops! I stripped it! Now what do I do? Fortunately or unfortunately, the good people where I keep my boat and trailer were working late and decided to give me a hand and use the forklift to set my trailer on the hitch for me. No harm no foul, I would deal with the trailer when I got back from a weekend of fishing with my two boy’s.

The next morning we woke up early so we could get up to Anacortes in time to hit the water with all of the other derby participants. With all of the excitement of going fishing and the hassles with the trailer, I had forgotten to gas the truck up. This was going to be tricky since I was towing an oversized load. I thought that I had found the perfect gas station with plenty of room to turn around when I realized the median was blocked. I would have to drive down the road to find some place to turn around. A few blocks down the road was a big empty parking lot that looked perfect in the darkness. As I turned into the parking lot I didn’t think much of the uniqueness of the parking lot entrance until my truck stopped. “What just happened?”, I asked myself as I got out of the truck to see. There it was, my trailer with a 30ft, 13,000 lb load hi-centered at the entrance of this parking lot.

My son Mason, always eager to help his dad went out to the sidewalk and flagged down one of Snohomish counties finest in Sheriff Deputy Jeff Cline. Deputy Cline assured me that I wasn’t an idiot and that things like this happen all of the time. He was lying of course but it made me feel better. I called the tow truck and after a couple of hours the tow truck called another tow truck. Together they were able to set me free. By this time, I was soaked from the rain and a ½ day of fishing was already gone. I decided to head on home and live to fish another day.

As I was driving home thinking of all the things that had gone wrong and ow I could have avoided them my son Madden sheltered his dad from any blame. Always matter of fact, he simply stated “We shouldn’t have bought those bananas”. Thanks you son, I knew it could not have been my fault. Nevermind that I hadn’t checked the trailer before it was time to leave to make sure things were in working order. Nevermind that I didn’t follow my checklist and make sure that I was already fueled up before I hooked up to the trailer. Nevermind that I chose the parking lot with the most uneven and steep entrance when there was a huge park and ride with a nice flat lot. It was those stupid bananas!! Never again will there be fruit of any kind on my boat. It’s not worth the risk.

Get in, Sit down, Buckle up and hold on!

Our first day in the studio: April 11, 2009. 

I’ll never forget it… 

As 6:02am approached, the time that we all had anticipated for literally weeks, I couldn’t help but reflect on the event as the culmination of a whole lot of work and an even bigger stroke of luck.

The work? Well, have you ever heard the line, “Do what you love and you’ll never go to work a day in your life”? Fishing, hunting and the outdoors has been my passion since I really don’t know when.

As a kid visiting the University of Washington, most would want to see Husky Stadium or the view of Mt Rainier over Drumheller Fountain and Frosh Pond.
Me? I went straight to the fish hatchery on South Campus and stayed there until they gave me a degree in fisheries.

The luck? How about having five years of outdoor radio experience when ESPN decides to light up a 50,000 watt blow torch known as 710 ESPN Seattle?

That’s luck. Very lucky would be having the opportunity to do the show with an old friend and a former Superbowl Seahawk who happens to be a friend of a friend.

This is the kind of stuff you can’t make up, it just happens and you get to experience it, be thankful and thrilled for the opportunity and, of course…
blog about it.

Tobeck, Endsley and I love doing The Outdoor Line and we’re going to let our hunting and fishing freak flag fly!

How?

How about:

  • The best on-air guests we can get our hooks into. 
  • Live reports from the top guides and outfitters for the best hunting and fishing info.
  • A “Listener Line” that is always open for your business.
  • Product give-aways every week.
  • Sponsored trips to real hot spots so we can go fishing and hang out with you!
  • An all-encompassing webpage that will become a region-wide outdoor news clearing house. 

We’re off to a great start but The Outdoor Line needs your involvement to be a success.

We need your calls on Saturday morning! 

Just boat a fish or bring down a critter? Call us and tell everybody in our audience!
Have a question about a technique or location? Call us and we’ll find an answer for you!
Is there something that you need to hear from your Outdoor Line? Call us with what you want!

866-979-ESPN,… that’s 866-979-3776 locally, call (206) 421 3776!!!

We look forward to hearing from you.

Come in, sit down, buckle up and hold on!

It’s gonna be quite a ride!

The End to Sea-Sickness

With the Outdoor Line Halibut Quest trip quickly approaching on May 12 I thought it would be prudent to upload this article on sea-sickness. One of our charter customers has been sea-sick every single day he’s been on the water for over thirty years. I think I would have switched to fishing inland lakes or streams to avoid getting sick, but this gentleman just got used to being sick and gutted it out, literally, every time he went fishing on the saltwater. He fished with us in Southeast Alaska several years ago in fairly rough seas and never got sick.

The article follows:

Commander A.M. Steinman, Special Medical Operations Branch, U.S. Coast Guard, wrote a very interesting article on the subject of seasickness for the January 1980 issue of “On Scene-The National Maritime Medical Review”. A partially edited reprint is presented here because of it’s potential value to all fisherman.

Everyone has experienced seasickness at some time in his life and most agree that little else makes you feel as bad. The pale, cold sweaty, drowsy nausea that accompanies the unrelenting dry heaves can really put a damper on a fishing trip. Although the common remedies such as fresh air, soda crackers, watching the horizon and sucking lemons may work for a while, eventually the seasickness wins out. Modern medicines like Dramamine or Meclizine are only partially effective and both have some side effects that can leave you feeling drowsy. But an end to seasickness may be on the way.

Recent medical research has shown that a combination of two common drugs is by far the most effective treatment available in preventing seasickness and no apparent side effects are observed. Operation trials on Coast Guard air and boat crewman riding a 44 foot vessel in rough seas showed no one taking the medication became sea sick. Similar tests showed Navy and Air Force personnel showed the same results and the medication worked much better than either Dramamine or Meclizine.

The two drugs work together so well (neither of which works by itself) are called Promethazine (an antihistamine, commonly called Phenergan) and Ephedrine (a common decongestant). Coast Guard personnel took the combination of the two drugs as recommended, one to two hours before getting underway. The recommended dosage is 25 mg. each 2 hours prior to departure and then every 6 hours thereafter.

Although taking any medication unnecessarily should be avoided, this may be a case where it is better to take the medicine preventatively rather than be incapacitated by seasickness on the trip. For further information about antimotion sickness medication, contact Dr. Alan Steinman, Commandant (C-COM-1) U.S. Coast Guard, Washington, DC 20593.

This article reprinted from the University of California Marine Extension Program Newsletter.