Hoochie skirts, Buzz Bombs, Marabou flies, spoons, spinners, corkies and yarn are just a few of the fishing lures that are hot sellers from Washington State through Canada right now.
So, what's the big deal about fishing? Every odd year there's a pink salmon run. This is the beginning of the run in Western Washington where six million pinks are expected.
Two years ago, my husband and I had to buy two catch cards each because, between the two of us, we kept over 150 salmon. We threw back hundreds of them because we didn't want to catch our limit in less than an hour!
Saturday, my husband and I spent the afternoon and evening at our first fishing location for the run, Brown's Point.
Bradley Harris and his eight-year-old daughter, Zaya, were my combat fishing neighbors.
I asked Zaya why she was at Brown's Point, "We just wanted to catch pink salmon!" Zaya said.
Earlier a woman wearing a head scarf like you see in Middle Eastern countries with her son Izriah asked me for help.
She said, "We can't figure out this fishing pole, can you help us?"
Izriah's mom proceeded to tell me she bought the pole for her son that day and didn't know how to string it or tie a hook.
In 2009, my husband and I were just learning the art of catching humpies. My chest puffed out with confidence and I strung the pole while instructing them like an expert--I felt so good about myself until she came back a minute later and said, "We don't know how to use the reel."
Before looking at the reel I said, "What you do is..." Just then I noticed I had not run the line through the bale (gulp) -- my chest settled down and I was back to normal--humble and sweet.
My husband caught our first fish of the 2011 pink salmon run, on Saturday--"Woohoo--fish on!"
You should've seen it--it was huge and weighed about ten pounds! Okay, I admit it, that might have been a fish tale, it was about five pounds...
For more fish tales for the 2011 pink salmon run go to: Stephanie Ealy's profile page