Get Captain Chris from Big C's Charters to take you and the kids out fishing on the Pacific Ocean for king salmon.
Chinook, or King, salmon usually migrate into the area around the end of June. These are rather big fish and they taste great. They have a very mild, or light, salmon taste.
Salmon are expensive fish in the supermarket. If you catch your limit of salmon, chances are pretty good the trip will have paid for itself.
The boat will troll for these. If your child has one of these on the line, pull out your camera and capture the look on their face as they start to reel it up. Then get another photo when your child actually sees the fish. Ahhhh ... they'll be great photos and memories!
Call in advance and ask Chris about the fishing report. Ask how the last couple of days went. That might give you some idea of how the fishing is.
You can also try watching some of the other fishing boats in the area. They'll all be posting photos on Facebook if the fishing is excellent. If you see the other boats hauling in limits, give Chris a call right away!
The crew is really friendly and easy going. They watch their language too, unlike some of the other boats we've been on.
They really keep an eye on you and give you advice from time to time on what to do. That's what you want.
You can bring your own poles as long as you have 50 - 60 pound braid on the reels. No problem if you don't have your own gear. They'll rent you poles for $15 each. It's probably best to use their gear since it will be all rigged up for the type of fishing you'll be doing that day.
If you're renting their poles, they give you some instructions on how to use them. The kids will enjoy learning how to use the reels and attaching bait to their lines. They really do a good job of explaining things to you. If you're having problems, they'll help you out and get you back to fishing in no time.
The first two "cannon balls" are included in the cost. The "cannon balls" are big lead balls that they use to get your bait down to the right depth. The lead balls are attached to a special device on your line that drops them once a fish takes the bait. After your second cannon ball, you have to pay $5 for each additional ball. If you're buying extra "cannon balls," you're having a good day!
Adults will need a fishing license. For the kids, they might not need a license depending upon their age. Check the CA fishing regulations.
Chris doesn't sell fishing licenses on the boat. It's best to just buy a license online. If you think you are going to be taking the kids fishing again, or maybe going for clams or crabs, it might be best to buy a license for the year. No matter when you buy one, licenses expire at the end of the year.
Always bring a super warm jacket for you and the kids, preferably with hoods, just in case. If it's warm, just stuff your jackets in your bag until you need them.
Wearing rubber boots wouldn't be a bad idea.
Before you make the reservation, have a look at the weather forecast for that day, or possible days that you and the kids could go out on. You don't want to take them out when the swell or chop is big.
Talk with Chris about it. He'll be watching the weather too and should be able to help you make a decision.
Part of fishing is cooking your catch. Here are some recipes to try:
If you have any good recipes, especially for smoking, add them in the comments section please.
Last Bit of Advice
Pack a backpack full of sodas and snacks. If the fish aren't biting, the kids will love chowing down on all the goodies. No matter what, you'll want to make the fishing trip memorable for them. Artificially colored, sugar packed snacks will do the trick.