The last couple months have been the busiest Silvercore has ever seen, we have opened new courses and started offering our other courses such as the Canadian Firearms Safety Course, and CORE course more frequently. While we always have fun with what we do, Travis decided it was well past time for the Silvercore Team to get together outside of the office and have a little fun.
Travis contacted Bonnie Lee Charters (www.bonnielee.com) and booked a charter boat to take the gang out fishing for a day. We all met down on Granville Island at 7:00 am some of us dressed weather appropriate, and some not so much (Travis was very optimistic that the weather would clear up and we would have a day appropriate for shorts and sandals)
The fishing gang included Travis, Tiffany, Nick, Eric, Dan and Dawn. We headed down to the boat and met our Captain Andrew, loaded up all of our geatr and headed out for a fun-filled day of fishing.
On the way out we dropped a couple of crab pots and continued on for open water. The weather wasn’t the nicest we could have had, so at the beginning of the trip we spent some time indoors playing 10,000 with giant foam dice (very difficult to roll all 6 at the same time, I must admit). As the day progressed some of us got brave and stood outside on the back of the boat taking in the full fishing experience.
It was cold, and wet and for the first 4 or so hours we got nothing. FINALLY, there was a bite and Dawn reeled in a 27 inch Spring Salmon – Mr. Sparkle. After the initial bite we got a few more, Eric’s fish was just a bit to small to keep, and the one that Dan had would have been huge, but it got away. While Dan’s fish was escaping it managed to break off the rod holder from the side of the boat and we almost lost the rod too.
We were nearing the end of our time and had the option to stay for another hour and brave some choppy seas or head in while it was still calm. We decided it would be fun to brave the choppy seas, so we stayed out for the ride. We didn’t get the 2 foot chops like was promised, but in all reality I am sure that was a good thing.
When we headed back we stopped to check the crab pots and they were LOADED!!! We brought them aboard and got out the caliper type measuring device to check which ones we could keep, and which ones needed to be thrown back. After all was said and done we ended up with 21 male crabs that were big enough for us to keep.
We headed back for land and started the crab cleaning and fish gutting process. Andrew out captain taught us an easy way to clean the crabs, however the fish gutting was a bit more difficult. Dawn being proud of herself for catching the only fish was more than willing to get in there and help on the gutting process.
All in all the day was a success, with plans made for a BBQ the next day at Travis’ house so that we could all enjoy the Salmon and crabs together. The Silvercore day of fun was definitely a success and now we are in the decision making process on activities for the next day of fun – White Water Rafting, or Rock Climbing.