Kevin ready to go to work. J.Goerg Photo
CUT TO THE CHASE
Vancouver Chinook Classic
By Kevin Klein
I awoke to the sound of” is one of those phrases used too often in print, not unlike “In a world” in movie trailers. So with that, let’s saddle up, cut to the chase, and away we go!
I awoke to the sound of rain on the roof of my house in Friday Harbor. Usually a pleasant enough sound, even if it was three o’ clock in the morning. Of course it was also one we hadn’t heard in months. What I felt next made it a little less welcome than it should have been. A steady drip…drip…drip on my forehead as I lay there, cobwebs clearing quickly. Things aren’t going to go well when it’s raining INSIDE the house. Sure enough, the wife and I are running around with pots and pans, trying to get ahead of the leaks. We were in the middle of a remodel, and I guess the unfinished roof should have been a little more water proofed. After the internal downpour had been mitigated, and the contractor called, I said “Honey, I’m going to the office early, and then out of here on the next ferry.” One of my father’s favorite sayings was “madder than a wet hen”, but I can tell you, it’s not one of mine anymore.
This was the adrenaline filled start of the first day of my 2015 Vancouver Chinook Classic adventure. But really, it had started the day before. I was busy at my real job, when I noticed I’d missed a couple calls from Jim Goerg. Now, Jim is a good friend, but with our full schedules, we don’t talk often. It’s a guy thing. So, after the third call, I figured I better take a break and pick up. With a few quick pleasantries, he got to the point. “How would you like to go with me to fish the Vancouver Chinook Classic?” I had to think for a second…I’d seen the advertisements for the event. I remembered that it was a catch and release derby, which was very intriguing. Okay, Saturday and Sunday August 29th and 30th, that’s this weekend. $25,000 for First Place…it’s coming together now. This is that big time tournament in Richmond B.C. that a lot of people had been talking about. “Let me call you right back”, I said. Now, my wife loves to fish. She loves to derby fish. And she also loves travel and adventure. I knew she would want to go. Only problem, one spot open. After a brief discussion, she gave me the go ahead, and “Go get ‘em!” I called Jim back. “I’m in”. When you’re a fisherman, you know that’s synonymous with another two word phrase: “It’s on”! When you’re talking about tournament fishing, then its “Game on”!
Left to Right: Boats ready to battle, Pacific Gateway owner Paul Cheung prepping the pig, bait and chasers, the famous Bell Buoy, knuckle-busters were the choice, desserts galore J.Goerg Photo
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