Insider recently had the pleasure of spending time on the water with Captain Matt Dallam of Northwind Charters in Eureka and Captain Jake Mitchell of Sea Hawk Sportfishing, operating out of Shelter Cove. The genuine enthusiasm these guys show for what they do is well — catching!
Captain Dallam's 35-foot boat Fishy Business came here from Massachusetts where it was a commercial lobster boat. Dallam, charming and relaxed in the captain's chair, has a B.S. degree in environmental science and, as he likes to say, "a fishermen's B.S. degree from the Pacific Ocean." Dallam works closely with Humboldt State University and the California Department of Fish and Game, and possesses a wealth of knowledge about area marine life. We caught our limit of salmon (less the wily one that slipped off my hook) and had a great day with the captain and his guests.
Captain Jake Mitchell is a third-generation fisherman and has been on the ocean since he was 5. Mitchell knows every inch of fishing waters off the coast of Shelter Cove and uses his experience and state-of-the-art electronics onboard to hunt for fish. We fished with the maximum number on board and kept Mitchell busy baiting our hooks. And it paid off, as we pulled up lingcod and rockfish two at a time. As a bonus, Mitchell hauled in his crab pots for us at the end of the day.
Both Northwind Charters and Sea Hawk Sportfishing provide all the gear and bait, clean your catch at the end of the day and can accommodate up to six people. For more information or to book online visit: www.northwindcharters.com and www.seahawksportfishing.com.
Photos by Amy Kumler
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