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Tom W Clark posted 04-17-2002 01:07 AM ET (US)   Profile for Tom W Clark   Send Email to Tom W Clark  
I would like to welcome all Northwest FORUM and/or Boston Whaler owners to our 2002 NW Rendezvous to be held July 13th on Blake Island Park here in Puget Sound. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

This year's event will be hosted by myself and Taylor Clark. This thread will contain the pertinent details and also serve as a continuation of this prior thread: http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum7/HTML/000115.html

The current plan is to arrive Blake Island before lunch time and enjoy a barbecue meal provided by Taylor and myself at the “Point” picnic shelter which we have reserved for our group.

Blake Island has a very nice small marina which we will use to moor our boats. It is usable at any tide and is well protected from the wind and is only a short walk to our reserved shelter.

Attendees will be launching from a number of different ramps around the Sound but the Port Orchard ramp will be the easiest ramp for those who launch on the West side of the Sound. The public ramp at Manchester is closer but lacks parking, though there are a few spots for relatively small vehicle/trailers.

At this point in time it appears that the following FORUM members will be attending:

Taylor Clark (Taylor), 1988 Montauk
Tom Clark (Tom W Clark)
Jerry Townsend (Jerry Townsend), 1996 Outrage 17
Dick Peterson (Dick), 1999 Montauk
Greg Cook (TsurikiBW), 1999 Dauntless 14
Rodger (Rodger), 1997 Dauntless 13
Russ Hubbard (Russ), 1981 Revenge 22
Greg Tims (NWflyfisher), 1977 Montauk
John (skookum point), 1987 15 Super Sport
(Seattlerocket), 2002 13 Sport
Matt Irwin (Matthew), 1980 15 Sport
Bryan Snead (Brian Snead), 1989 13 Super Sport Limited

The following are in the “maybe” category:

Tom Byrum (Tom Byrum), 1989 Outrage 18
Al Ulbrickson (Einar), 1983 Montauk
Hank Wiswell (wizwhaler), 15 Sport
Larry Eaton (lae), 1974 Katama
Jim Chambers (JimCha), 1988 Outrage 18
Jim Zeppa (ZEPPA), 1971 Revenge 21
Louie Kokinis (Louie Kokinis), 1997 22 CPD Guardian

Tsuriki BW posted 04-17-2002 12:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Tom,

Thanks for the new thread, update, and heading this years rendezvous with Taylor.

Could you be a bit more specific on the "meet" time at Blake?

Don't forget the Don Armeni ramp in West Seattle. A great ramp, great parking, and a short trip to Blake. That's where I will be launching.

Any ideas on lunch and what the rest of us could bring?

What about selecting a VHF channel or two to coordinate meeting since it appears we will be coming from different areas? Also, possibly, a FRS channel?

Anything else we can do to assist?

Who is interested in fishing?

Tsuriki

Matthew posted 04-17-2002 05:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
Tom,
Thanks for the new thread.
As we continue please let me know what I can provide in the way of food or any other supplies.

Tsuriki,
I will also be launching from Don Armeni and fishing. The tide change is at around 6:30 and I'll want to be where I'm going to fish by that time if not earlier--sunrise at 5:30am. Area 10 may be closed for Kings, so I'm thinking Dolphin Pt. or just south of Brace Pt.
Matt

Tom W Clark posted 04-17-2002 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Tsuriki,

I had proposed a "meet at Blake" time of 11:00 AM. You had objected. I think we have lots of time between now and then to fine tune that. Last year we agreed to meet at the ramp at 9:00 AM and many people arrived late (Including myself).

Because many will be launching at different places around the sound I think it will be even harder to set a time. Let's just say there is a target time of 10:00AM to 11:00AM and leave it at that. Those who are departing a particular ramp may want to arrange a time to meet so they can travel together. I leave that up to you all.

Some will get to Blake early and others won't. It doesn't really matter, those that arrive early will have the chance to talk and examine each other's boats which is as it should be. Some may arrive late because the fishing was good.....

While some like to pick a VHF channel to converse on I should point out that that practice is illegal. If your VHF is on is supposed to be monitoring one of the two calling channels, either channel 16 or channel 9. Initial contact is to be made on the calling channel and then an agreed upon channel is to be used for conversing. I suggest those with a VHF who want to use it monitor channel 16.

If you are going to fish I suggest you do as Matt is planning to. Get up and get out there early!

Don't worry about the food but if we get some fresh salmon so much the better. Let's talk about the menu when we get closer to July.

Dick posted 04-17-2002 10:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Tom

You weren't realy late last year, it gave us time to get aquainted and talk boats. If we are out for fun who wants a firm time schedual, get that at work.

I will be launching at Don Armeni but probably won't hit it early enough to fish. This will be my Montauks baptism in salt water.

If there is anything I can do to help let me know.

Dick

Tsuriki BW posted 04-18-2002 05:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Tom,

No "objection" at all, my previous comment was only a "suggestion". 10:00 to 11:00 is fine with me. It just defines it a bit more.

As far as VHF, yes, you should monitor 16 or 9. But if we agree on a channel or two to go to after that (preferably a quiter, less "common" but still legal channel(s)), we can program that into the scan function of our radio and hear/join in the conversation if ones in our group are talking.

I will be out earlier for fishing, I would like to know who else would like to go. I can provide gear/bait for those who don't have it and have room for another on my boat.

As far as lunch, being in the seafood business, I can provide some if you just let me know what your ideas are. You can also e.mail me if needed.

Thanks again, Tom and Taylor

Tsuriki

Tsuriki BW posted 04-18-2002 05:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
P.S.


Tom Byrum (Tom Byrum), 1989 Outrage 18
Al Ulbrickson (Einar), 1983 Montauk
Hank Wiswell (wizwhaler), 15 Sport
Larry Eaton (lae), 1974 Katama
Jim Chambers (JimCha), 1988 Outrage 18
Jim Zeppa (ZEPPA), 1971 Revenge 21
Louie Kokinis (Louie Kokinis), 1997 22 CPD Guardian

Would sure like to see all of you move from the "maybe" to the "confirmed". How 'bout it? It should be al lot of fun!

Tsuriki

lae posted 04-19-2002 12:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for lae  Send Email to lae     
Tsuriki
I am so busy I can't firm up on a grandaughter's first birthday for this weekend, let alone that far away. Still planning on it though. Probably launch at Don Armeni and would like to fish. Don't know who will come with me. Also first launch to salt unless i sneak a bottom trip in beforehand. Thinking about an after halibut charter trip at Depoe. Know a six packer there that I could follow out and stretch the trip a day.
Louie Kokinis posted 04-19-2002 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Louie Kokinis    
The wife and I will be there.

Louie

Tom, is there a good launch facility on the north east side (seattle) to launch from?

Tom W Clark posted 04-19-2002 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Louie,

I am delighted you will be joining us. We will finally have a chance to really check out your unique Whaler.

On the East (Seattle) side of Puget Sound there is the Eddie Vine ramp in Ballard (Northwest part of Seattle). This is the ramp I use. It is Seattle's most popular saltwater ramp and a very nice ramp at that.

Other launching spots on the East side, North of Seattle include the sling launch at the Edmonds Marina and the huge ramp facility at the Port of Everett which is very nice as well.

Dick posted 04-19-2002 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Tom

I am not familier with the Eddie Vine ramp. Is this another name for the Shilshole ramp?

Tom W Clark posted 04-19-2002 10:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Dick,

Yes it is the name of the ramp at Shilshole. I should have said that. It is just inside the north end of the breakwater at the Port of Seattle's Shilshole Marina., immediately south of Golden Gardens Park.

Jerry Townsend posted 04-25-2002 10:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Tom - Taylor - Dick and all others - is a VHF radio necessary? Here in Idaho, we don't have much use for a radio but I have been looking at a couple in the West Marine catalog. Will the majority of participants at the rendevous be using a VHF radio? Thanks ------ Jerry/Idaho
Tom W Clark posted 04-25-2002 11:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Jerry,

No, a VHF radio is not necessary. Based on what I saw last year, I suspect the majority of the participants this year will have a VHF but that the majority of them will not be using them.

If you feel the need for one, you are welcome to borrow a handheld VHF from me for the event.

lae posted 04-25-2002 11:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for lae  Send Email to lae     
Darn, and I spent a week convincing my wife that the new Intrepid LE and inflatable belt pack were USCG required to lauch in salt.
Tsuriki BW posted 05-07-2002 02:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Tom,

Any update on those coming?

What about food? What can we bring? Cooking/heating facilities?

(and a bit of a "bump")

Tsuriki

Tom Byrum posted 05-08-2002 01:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Byrum  Send Email to Tom Byrum     
Count me out for this year. I bought a new non Whaler boat and mu Outrage is for sale. Maybe next year.
Tsuriki BW posted 05-13-2002 01:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Tom,

Sorry we won't see ya this year. Good luck.

Any word or the food and facilities?

Tsuriki

Taylor posted 05-15-2002 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Tsuriki,

The truth is, we have not planned the menu in detail yet. Tom's been busy cutting up whalers, and I've been buffing my boat. Certainly you see that buffing is a important task to complete before to going to the rendeveous. ;)

The cooking facilites include a BBQ grill/fire pit at the Picnic shelter and we will be bringing charcoal (etc.) along.

There is no electricity at the picnic shelter, so blender drinks are out.

Chap posted 05-15-2002 02:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
Blender drink option.

Hyperlink

Taylor posted 05-15-2002 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
That cracked me up. 2 1/4 horsepower!? Two stroke? Probably not legal in california.
Rodger posted 05-15-2002 08:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rodger  Send Email to Rodger     
Just got off the phone with Steve from Trudeau's of Portland, Oregon. I told Steve about the forum and the rendezvous, I also asked for some dealer support in the way of hats, shirts, decals, ect. He was very excited about the get together and is going to do his best to promote the 2002 Northwest rendezvous. If you are in the Portland area stop by and say HI to Steve, also check out the new Montauk.
Thanks,
Rodger
Dick posted 05-15-2002 10:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Watch out for the dealers, some speak with forked tongue.

Last year the sales manager for the Seattle area dealers agreed to pay for caps for our rendezvous. With the agreement I listed all of the affiliated dealerships (Seattle, Redmond, Tacoma, Spokane & Portland) as sponsors and ordered the caps. Needless to say I still haven't been paid.

Nothing against the quality of the dealership, they are class A when it comes to customer service.
They just got some free advertising and s*****d me for the cost.

Tsuriki BW posted 05-16-2002 12:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Dick,

I can understand you not wanting to "bad mouth" the dealers, but a promise is a promise. If the dealership screwed you on their promise, which would only be good PR for them, what will they do with the promises their customers....

Still hope you have my hat, and I will make a "contribution" for all your effort on our first rendezvous. You worked hard to put it together and should not have to be "out of pocket" because of a dealership not following through.

Tsuriki

Tsuriki BW posted 05-16-2002 01:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
On the subject of food.....

Through my business, I have access to seafood, pasta and soups. I would like to bring some if it would work into the menu. When it gets closer in planning, please let me know if I can help, my cost, a promise up front.

Tsuriki

Taylor posted 05-17-2002 01:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Good idea and nice offer, thanks Tsuriki. I thought your contribution to seafood was going to be fresh caught that morning :)
lae posted 05-18-2002 02:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for lae  Send Email to lae     
Me too. There goes my plan of trying to get there early enough to play the shy role and follow you out fishing. May as well sleep in and go play in the sunshine. Oh, wait, this IS Seattle.
L
Tsuriki BW posted 05-18-2002 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Geeeeeez, guys.

I just thought some large scallops, wrapped in peppered bacon, skewered, BBQ'd and dipped in cocktail sauce would be nice. LOL

MAYBE some King crab legs....nah, too much trouble to boil..

But that would be the same problem with smoked salmon ravioli with Alfredo sauce...

You guys are hard to please...

Tsuriki

(still plan on trying to get a salmon)

lhg posted 05-18-2002 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Heh, if I was attending (wish that I could), I'd settle for some Sashimi grade Bluefin. So now, besides trailer tires and canvas, we have a continuouswave source for fresh Pacific Seafood. I guess that could be considered "Whalering" also.
Tsuriki BW posted 05-18-2002 07:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Sorry lhg, all our stuff is frozen. BUT you may have eaten some of it in your travels......we sell all over North America.

Sashimi grade Yellow fin?...yeah, we got it.

Halibut is probably the best....num num.

Tsuriki

Dick posted 05-18-2002 09:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Tsuriki

Bring it on! Any of it.
I would allways much rather eat what comes out of the waters than what walks on the land.

Dick

Taylor posted 05-20-2002 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
So maybe we need to rename this the '2002 Northwest Blake Island Rendezvous and Seafood Fest'
Louie Kokinis posted 05-21-2002 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Louie Kokinis    
Tom, I went to the ramp at Shilshole this weekend. It's nice, but I there was no water available at the ramp (for flushing the motors).

Where does everyone flush and clean??

Louie

Dick posted 05-21-2002 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
To my knowledge there is no flushing water available at any of the ramps.

Maybe some of us locals could offer our driveways for a flush and rinse after the rendezvous. Mine is available.

Dick

Tom W Clark posted 05-21-2002 10:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Louie,

For those using the ramp in Ballard at Shilshole (Eddie Vine Ramp), the best thing to do is drive down the road about half a mile to the 14th Street ramp on the Ship Canal immediately East of the Ballard Bridge.

Just back the boat into the fresh water of the canal and start your motors.

This gives a much more thorough flushing of the motors and trailer as well. Very effective, very simple, very fast and very convenient.

If anybody wants, they are welcome to use the hose at my house as well or in lieu of the 14th Avenue ramp. I live in Ballard less than a mile from both the Shilshole and 14th Ave ramps.

Here’s the updated list of participants:

Taylor Clark (Taylor), 1988 Montauk
Tom Clark (Tom W Clark)
Jerry Townsend (Jerry Townsend), 1996 Outrage 17
Dick Peterson (Dick), 1999 Montauk
Greg Cook (Tsuriki BW), 1999 Dauntless 14
Rodger (Rodger), 1997 Dauntless 13 or maybe a new Montauk 170?
Russ Hubbard (Russ), 1981 Revenge 22
Greg Tims (NWflyfisher), 1977 Montauk
John Anderson (skookum point), 1987 15 Super Sport
Jerry (Seattlerocket), 2002 13 Sport
Matt Irwin (Matthew), 1980 15 Sport or 2002 Montauk 170?
Bryan Snead (Bryan Snead), 1989 13 Super Sport Limited
Louie Kokinis (Louie Kokinis), 1997 22 CPD Guardian
Larry Eaton (lae), 1974 Katama

Still in the maybe catagory:

Al Ulbrickson (Einar), 1983 Montauk or 1980 Sport 17
Hank Wiswell (wizwhaler), 15 Sport
Jim Chambers (JimCha), 1988 Outrage 18
Jim Zeppa (ZEPPA), 1971 Revenge 21

Bryan Snead posted 05-21-2002 06:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bryan Snead  Send Email to Bryan Snead     
Tsuriki,
Could you please call me at work 206-262-2145

Thanks,
Bryan

skookum point posted 05-22-2002 12:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
Speaking of ramps, out of curiosity I did check out the ones at Port Orchard and Manchester. They were exactly as Tom described previously - both nice ramps but twice as much parking at Port Orchard. The only thing I would add is that the Manchester ramp is much closer to Blake - about 3 miles vs 10 miles.

I also did a quick tour of Manchester State Park. Green, thickly wooded with narrow paved roads and pull-thru's, short walk to beach. Should be a nice shady place to be on a summer day.

Will e-mail photos of ramps to anyone interested.

Russ posted 05-22-2002 12:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
Skookum Point,

We have reservations at the Manchester State Park, so I'm interested in those two ramps. Please send me pictures of them.

Thanks.

Russ


Louie Kokinis posted 05-22-2002 09:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Louie Kokinis    
Dick, Tom: Looks like the canal will be perfect. Will you be launching from the Eddie Vine Ramp?

Louie

Dick posted 05-22-2002 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I haven't decided which ramp to use yet, probably Eddie Vine as it is closer to home.
Dick
tbirdsey posted 05-22-2002 11:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
As I mentioned in the General section a few days ago, wife and I will be in Seattle/Gig Harbor on the 13th visiting family. Unfortunately, none of the fleet will be with me; unlike lhg, I am not driving across the country with whaler in tow as I am another 14 hours further from the west coast. Originally I had just inquired about renting a whaler, but then someone pointed out that this was the weekend of the rendezvous.

Dick was kind enough to offer us a ride; someone also metioned that there may be soembody leaving from Gig Harbor. As much as we would love to do some boating on our own, I understand from Dick that whaler rentals don't exist.

Anyway, if we can catch a ride with someone, we'd love to join you. Dick, where are you leaving from?

Dick posted 05-23-2002 12:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
tbirdsey

I haven't firmed up which ramp I will be using, but it will be on the east side of the sound. Either Shilshole or West Seattle but am leaning towards Shilshole.
I have never run into Gig Harbor but let me take a look at the chart and see if a pick up there would work.

Dick

Dick posted 05-30-2002 12:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Tom

They just dropped off the June issue of Nor'westing magazine at the marina today. I noticed that they had a rendezvous listing. I don't know if it would be to late to get listed in the July issue or if you would want to, just thought I would pass it along.

Dick

Tsuriki BW posted 05-30-2002 03:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Dick,

You have to watch the tides at Gig Harbor...the entrance gets narrow at low tide.

The Tides Tavern would be a good spot to pickup if you do it. They have a fairly good dock. I plan on hitting the water early to see if I can get a salmon around Allan Bank or other spot so I can't help, sorry.

Tsuriki

Tsuriki BW posted 05-30-2002 03:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Dick,

You have to watch the tides at Gig Harbor...the entrance gets narrow at low tide.

The Tides Tavern would be a good spot to pickup if you do it. They have a fairly good dock. I plan on hitting the water early to see if I can get a salmon around Allan Bank or other spot so I can't help, sorry.

Tsuriki

tbirdsey posted 05-30-2002 06:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
Dick: Guess it would be nice to be listed as soon as we firm up our plans, but not critical. Have you given any thought as to what your schedule would be? My wife Karen is familiar with the Tides Tavern.
Dick posted 05-30-2002 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
tbirdsey

I havn't firmed up yet but hope to in the next couple days. I will let you know as soon as I do.

Dick

Matthew posted 06-02-2002 05:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
I was breaking in the Montauk 170 on Saturday and stopped by the Blake Island Marina on my way back up the Sound (Launched at Don Armeni ran South past Pt Robinson and then headed North to Blake). Arrived at the marina around 11:00, just cruised in and out. I counted five available spots, so some boats may have to moor at bouys on the North side of the Island and be ferried to the docks. Facilities looked great and from what I could see from the water our spot will be perfect.
Boat/engine ran fantastic--stable and smooth!
Matt
Russ posted 06-04-2002 12:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
Matt,
There is a Washington Dep't. of Ecology Ariel Shoreline Photo, #KIT0696, taken ten years ago, that shows The Blake Island marina with several docks that apparently could accommodate maybe 20 boats or so. Does that photo shows the present situation accurately? Also, about how many moorings are there, and how far from the marina are they. I'm concerned because we will probably have to take ol' Luke, our black lab, along, and get him to shore and back to the boat somehow. He's not as spry as he used to be....and neither am I. So I'm trying to figure out the logistics.

Thanks.

Russ


Tom W Clark posted 06-04-2002 01:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Congratulations Matt! I understand Brian Pounder (seattle montauk) has just purchased a new Montauk 170 too. If Rodger buys himself a new Montauk 170, we will have three of these new Whalers at our Rendezvous. That would be something.

Regarding the moorage at Blake, I was there last summer and there must have been at least a couple of dozen boats in there up to 40' in length! I suspect they haven't put out all the floats yet but I will call over and talk to the rangers there and find out for sure. I had never intended for any of us to have to moor on a buoy and be ferried in.

Dick, that was good idea idea about Nor'westing. I put a notice in for the July issue of Northwest Yachting. and I'll see if I can get one in Nor'westing as well.

Tom Birdsey (tbirdsey) will be joining us one way or the other. So here is the revised list:

Taylor Clark (Taylor), 1988 Montauk
Tom Clark (Tom W Clark)
Jerry Townsend (Jerry Townsend), 1996 Outrage 17
Dick Peterson (Dick), 1999 Montauk
Greg Cook (Tsuriki BW), 1999 Dauntless 14
Rodger (Rodger), 1997 Dauntless 13 or maybe a new Montauk 170?
Russ Hubbard (Russ), 1981 Revenge 22
Greg Tims (NWflyfisher), 1977 Montauk
John Anderson (skookum point), 1987 15 Super Sport
Jerry (Seattlerocket), 2002 13 Sport
Matt Irwin (Matthew), 2002 Montauk 170
Bryan Snead (Bryan Snead), 1989 13 Super Sport Limited
Louie Kokinis (Louie Kokinis), 1997 22 CPD Guardian
Larry Eaton (lae), 1974 Katama
Brian Pounder (seattle montauk) 2002 Montauk 170
Tom Birdsey (tbirdsey)

Still in the maybe category:

Al Ulbrickson (Einar), 1983 Montauk or 1980 Sport 17
Hank Wiswell (wizwhaler), 15 Sport
Jim Chambers (JimCha), 1988 Outrage 18
Jim Zeppa (ZEPPA), 1971 Revenge 21

Tom W Clark posted 06-04-2002 01:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Here's the photo Russ refers to and another from a different angle:

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/apps/shorephotos/scripts/bigphoto.asp?id=KIT0696

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/apps/shorephotos/scripts/bigphoto.asp?id=KIT0707

Each one of those fingers will accommodate two, three maybe four Whalers. There is also a row of pilings with tie up boards along the entrance of the harbor (not pictured here) that you tie to and can then be ferried the fifty feet or so the the dock. I am not sure about rafting but I will find out.

Matthew posted 06-04-2002 12:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
The pictures are accurate. The dock to the North (right hand side of the photos) is reserved for the Argosy cruise to Tillicum village.
The mooring bouys are a short, two minute?,
ride away. There were probably 10 bouys that I could see from the marina entrance.
I wasn't looking for any tie up boards on the pilings, but that would be convenient.
The ends of the docks will provide space for loading and unloading people/dogs/provisions if in fact we have to use any of the bouys.
I'm not sure if the dock spaces can be reserved in advance or if it is first come first serve.
All in all I think there will be plenty of space available.
Matt
skookum point posted 06-05-2002 01:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
Some notes regarding Blake Island from "A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound, page 92,93"

"There are a number of floats inside the breakwater. The L-shaped float closest to the entrance is for tour boats only. Guest moorage is on the remaining floats. These are about 100 feet long, arranged in two "U" shapes open to the north. Fifty feet of the guest float on the north side is reserved for 30 minute loading and unloading. Maximum stay on the floats is 3 days. On holiday weekends and throughout the summer, this popular harbor is completely filled with rafted boats. Mooring buoys suround the island . . . 7 buoys west of the harbor . . . 5 buoys SW of the harbor . . . 2 buoys of the south end of the island . . . 8 buoys on the west side of Blake."

Based on this description, we might be dissapointed in the amount of available dock space unless the minus tide discourages some of the bigger boats. An early arrival should help, but many of the boats will be overnighters.

Tsuriki BW posted 06-05-2002 01:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
hmmmmmm

Are there any restrictions on "doubling up" (tying along side to each other) if we don't restrict the water way?

This might work.

Tsuriki

skookum point posted 06-05-2002 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
Tsuriki - I assume you mean "rafting" and it reads as though this is already a common practice.
Tsuriki BW posted 06-05-2002 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Skookum, exactly...

Just wondering if there are any restrictions against it at the Blake Island port we are going to be at. could solve our problem if there are other boats there at the same time.

Tsuriki

has bumpers....

Taylor posted 06-05-2002 06:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Washington state parks website says... "Rafting is permitted within posted limits at each facility." I've always seen rafting as something that is done by agreement of the skippers.

I have fenders, too.

If we really run out of space, I'll just put my boat on the beach on the falling tide. Low is -2.1 at 1:45 which would work out well, on at 11:00 off about 4pm.

Tsuriki BW posted 06-06-2002 03:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Taylor...

Not sure which is correct, Bumpers or Fenders...LOL

Sure we can all "get together" one way or the other. I do have 2 extra whatever they are called, if anyone needs them...

How about fishing...who are interested and need gear? Will be more than willing to help.

Thanks, again, Tom and Taylor for heading this up.

Tsuriki

skookum point posted 06-12-2002 02:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
Tsuriki - seems like a great opportunity for me to get a crash course in teasing salmon. But I'm having trouble visualizing the drive to Manchester or Port Orchard, launching, cruising to an agreed-upon location and getting lines in the water by 5:30am. Am I a wuss or is this normal behavior for fishing addicts? Meanwhile, I'm trying to hustle up some gear - is the Penn 9M or 209M an appropriate basic reel for mooching?
Tsuriki BW posted 06-12-2002 12:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Skookum,

Will check out the Penn site, but I think they might be too big (at least for my way of fishing..light)

Do you have any fishing gear now? Bass gear?

One of the best all around reels is the Abu Garcia 5500 or 6500 (more line capacity). You can use it for salmon, steelhead, bass and it is not expensive.

Rod, medium power, fast action, 8 - 9 feet.

15 - 20lb line. 4 - 8 oz "banana" weights, swivels, 1 - 2/0 Gamagatsu hooks.

Need to check the tides, no need to get out too early if the tide is not moving or about to. Usually an hour before through an hour after is best.

Finding the bait is the key.

Tsuriki

Jerry Townsend posted 06-12-2002 12:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Tsuriki - thanks for the fishing info. I have a 6500 series reel with 8 lb line - so I will put on a little heavier line.

Do you normally use downriggers? -- if so, what weight do you use? I have two downriggers on my boat - but use 8 lb weights. Are these too light?

Looking forward to meeting you, Tom, Taylor, Dick and the others in July. --- Jerry/Idaho

Tsuriki BW posted 06-12-2002 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Jerry,

I use 10 lb, but 8 should be OK, depending on the drift. I have two Scotty electrics but will probably just bring 1. Probably start out mooching, troll if no luck or other trollers are doing well.

Tsuriki

skookum point posted 06-12-2002 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
Tsuriki - I mostly have lightweight trout gear, but I do have an 8.5ft rod with a big spinning reel. Looking for a more appropriate reel at reasonable cost.
Matt mentioned previously that the tide change is at 6:30am.
Tsuriki BW posted 06-12-2002 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Skookum, I can bring you a setup, if you would like.

Tsuriki

(Wife says I could open a tackle shop.)

Tom W Clark posted 06-13-2002 02:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Oh boy! A fishing tackle thread.

If anybody really IS serious about fishing in the morning, I suggest you consider going over to Blake on Friday evening and spending the night there. You can sleep on you boat in the marina, you can tie to a mooring buoy anywhere around the island, or you can camp at a camp site. Blake is a really great facility and any of these options are super fun. I done them all.

You could then rise early with your rods all rigged up the night before. Hey this could work!

Regarding rods and reels, the Penn 209 is adequate. In fact it is one of the most popular fishing reels around Puget Sound and has been for decades. I have used them in the past and own one or two now. They are not, however, my idea of an ideal for salmon fishing. If you have one, fine, it will work. The Penn 9 is better because it is smaller. The Penn 10 is a bit better still. Oh heck, there are about two dozen Penn;s that will work.

The ambassador reels are a step up. I have a 6000 and my brother used a 5500 and then a 6500 for years.

He now uses a Shimano Corsair 400. This is a hell of a good reel. It seems to be holding up very well to salt water after about four years. For the money I can't think of a better reel. If money is no object, then the Shimano Calcutta reels are a slight step up but at three times the price.

Personally I like light tackle. I use a small Daiwa bait casting reel that I bought 16 years ago and have used hard. It has never missed a beat. I own other more expensive reels and I own much larger reels, but this one remains my favorite for both mooching and downrigger trolling (but without flashers or dodgers)

I use 8 lb. test Maxima Chameleon line on it and have for almost all of the those 16 years. It is more than adequate for the salmon in Washington.

Actually I don;t think the reel is nearly as important as the rod. I use a 10' 6" Lamiglas steel head rod for salmon fishing in salt water. I really like light gear, did I say that already? I have had that rod for 16 years too. It has been great.

When I troll off the downriggers it is usually with a cut plug herring and nothing else. I use 10 lb. weights, but 7 or 8 lb are OK. The severe tidal shear in Puget Sound can really swirl your lines around. That's why the heavier cannon balls.

If it's just good old drift or motor mooching, then all you need is a rod, reel, and 2, 4, maybe 6 oz sliding sinkers (I like the Metzler) and a good salt water ball bearing swivel. To this tie a leader of no less than 12 lb test with a single or double hook(s). I use Gamakatsu brand "octopus" style hooks in 2/0 to 4/0 sizes. If a double hook set up I tie a one size smaller hook in the trailing position. Thus leaders are 3/0 & 2/0 or 4/0 & 3/0.

If you're going to fish the morning high slack at 6:40 then you better figure on having your line wet by 5:30!

If anybody needs gear, I have a lot. Like Greg, I probably have hundreds, nay, thousands of dollars of fishing tackle in my basement. (Doing my part to keep the local economy rolling.)

ps, Tsuriki, they're called fenders! Bumpers are those things on the little cars at the amusement park where you drive into one another. :)

Tsuriki BW posted 06-13-2002 03:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Tom,

My real all time favorite reel is my Shimano Bantam Mag 251 (almost all my reels are left hand crank) used in the “direct drive” mode. Can scare you a bit til ya get used to it. (The last time I was in Japan I got a neat thumb glove I want to try). It’s a small bass reel but soooo much fun with salmon. Otherwise use Curados or Calcuttas. (The aluminum frame is a bitch in winter without gloves)

Favorite line is 8lb or 10lb Fireline. I have to go a little heavier cause I use 8.5 foot rods. I did take my 10’ 6” Loomis on the “Anne A” out of Edmonds, and Capt. Mike just kept saying “Damn noodle rod”. I thought about taking my Shimano expandable in-line rod, but it’s 17’ long. Great for piers, but maybe a bit much on a charter boat. LOL

Do you cure our own herring? I have a great “recipe”.

Gamakatsu is the only hook to buy, IMO. I usually start with 1 and end with 3/0, tie my own leaders.

I have 1 bedroom that is my “fishing room”.

Sorry, I thought they were to keep you from “bumping” into docks, other boats, PWCs etc. I stand corrected. LOL

Tsuriki

skookum point posted 06-13-2002 11:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
Wow - nothing is ever simple anymore - this is my first exposure to the world of fine fishing tackle, now I'll never be content with my Zebco from Kmart!

Tsuriki - You talked me into it, I'll take you up on that offer. Thanks!

Although it adds complexity, Tom's Friday-evening-arrival plan makes sense - what do the rest of you think?

So, what do you think the angler "success rate" is for the area around Blake during July? (This is a "is it worth the effort" question)

John

Chaps posted 06-13-2002 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chaps  Send Email to Chaps     
Tom, thanks for the e-mail invite received today - looks like you will have a good turnout! In the interest of full disclosure I don't currently own a Whaler. I had a 13' back in the '70's and I am currently negotiating the purchase of a 27' Full Cabin (modified to a pilot house) that is up in Sitka, which, if the deal goes thru, is where I'm going to leave it for awhile. The boat I use around here is a custom welded aluminum center console with a Honda 90 built down on the Columbia River by Ed Wing Boats. I fish it, work back-up calls for Vessel Assist Seattle and do on-water projects on a volunteer basis for the Harbormaster on Bainbridge Island. That said, would love to come to your gathering at Blake. BTW, I havn't read the regs yet for this year (for open dates in area 10) but the best area for larger kings is off of Dolphin Point at the northeast end of Vashon Island which is in area 11 and will be open and it is close to Blake (I didn't read all previous posts so that might have been covered). - Bob
Matthew posted 06-13-2002 03:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
All this salmon fishing talk is getting me jazzed for the opener on July 1.
I just checked my fishing journal from 2001 and though it was a bit earlier in the year, June 9th, I did catch a 17lb King at Dolphin around 7:30am on an almost identical tide change(feet/time)that will be present on July 13th. Unless I find a better bite in the weeks leading up to the rendezvous, that is where I most likely will fish.
It looks as though I may have space, so if anyone is interested let me know. I'm launching from Don Armeni (W. Seattle) early.
Tsuriki,
I'd love it if you'd share your cut plug cure with me. Always looking for new ideas.
Matt
Tsuriki BW posted 06-13-2002 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Mathew...You've got mail!

Tsuriki

Tsuriki BW posted 06-15-2002 12:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Small world...

Through several e.mails with Mathew, we found out his next door neighbor, Larry, is also a fishing friend of mine. Also Gary, my best fishing buddy, is our dentist. We fished Tengu together, Larry and Matt together in his Sport and Gary and me in my Dauntless, close together several times.

What a small world and ever smaller BW world!

Look forward to seeing each other again at Blake.

Greg

Tsuriki BW posted 06-18-2002 01:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Skookum.

Just a note....(forgot to mention before)

All my reels are left hand crank, rather than the traditional right hand. I am right handed and find it better to use my stronger right hand/arm to fight the fish (rod) and just crank with my left. I this OK with you?

If so, will set you up with a nice rig. (rod, reel, line, weights, leaders and maybe a bit of my special bait!). You must supply the luck...LOL

Tsuriki

skookum point posted 06-18-2002 12:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
Tsuriki - if it works for you its good enough for me. I'll bring a bucketful of beginners luck.
skookum point posted 06-25-2002 01:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
ok, I won't ask any more dumb fishing questions.

But now I'm thinking about who to invite along.
How many of you will be bringing your spouse? children? grandchildren? dogs? friends?

Rodger posted 06-25-2002 04:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rodger  Send Email to Rodger     
Hi,
I'm bringing my wife and daughter who is 3 years old. Her first four words were mommie, daddie, and Boston Whaler. Now her favorite saying "go faster daddy", I'm so proud!
See ya soon.
Rodger
Taylor posted 06-26-2002 08:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
We'll need to know how many are going to attend by the week before, when the food needs to be bought. For me, I'd love to bring my family, but like with Alfa car events, I'm better off attending alone.
Einar posted 06-27-2002 12:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Einar  Send Email to Einar     
Sorry gang. I'm out. I am leaving for Fairbanks that day. Have a great time.
Al
Rodger posted 06-27-2002 08:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rodger  Send Email to Rodger     
Hi,
I met Darren Largent this last weekend and he wants to attend the rendezvous. He works for the Lake Union Sea Ray/Boston Whaler dealer in Fife, WA. He is going to try and bring a new 2003 Outrage to the get together. Welcom Darren, see ya soon.
Rodger
Dick posted 06-27-2002 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Rodger

When I was parts manager for Sea Ray/Boston Whaler here in Seattle Darren was one of our best riggers. He knows Whalers inside and out. When they opened the Fife store he moved down there. Great guy.

Tsuriki BW posted 06-28-2002 08:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Tom and all...

With just close to 2 weeks away, the rendezvous is coming up fast. How about an update/roll call of those that are coming.

Name, kind of Whaler, guests (total number of people).

Where they are launching, time.

Who will be at Blake and when ( to coordinate docking, food etc,).

Activity schedule at Blake.

Departure time at Blake.

I will be coming by myself, departing Don Armini (West Seattle) early (got to recheck the tides and fishing) with a Dauntless 14.

T

Rodger posted 06-28-2002 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rodger  Send Email to Rodger     
Hi Dick,
Darren and I talked about you for a while and he only had good things to say about you and Boston Whaler. He said that he would love to answer any question the group might have and is looking foreward to the rendezvous.
Rodger
Seattlerocket posted 06-30-2002 01:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Seattlerocket  Send Email to Seattlerocket     
I still plan on going.
WHo else will be launching out of west seattle and atwhat time? I should would like to be tagging a long with someone since I will only be ian a 13' sport.

Seattlerocket@hotmail.com

Dick posted 06-30-2002 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I am launching from West Seattle but at this time I don't know what time. The way things look I may have to open the marina first, in which case it will probably be 10 am or so.
Dick
Bryan Snead posted 07-01-2002 10:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bryan Snead  Send Email to Bryan Snead     
I still plan on attending 13 SS limited. There will be two of us and I will be leaving from Port Orchard. Are we still going to leave Port Orchard at 9? What can I bring along?

Bryan

jimh posted 07-03-2002 11:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Fixed that long URI--jimh.]

WOW--you guys are doing a first rate job of organizing this Rendezvous. It makes me wish I could attend! Have a great time and take some pictures. I promise to publish them (in case I have been sitting on ones from last year!).

--jimh

Rodger posted 07-04-2002 07:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rodger  Send Email to Rodger     
Hi Bryan,
My wife was up visiting some friends in Port Orchard and she drove over to Manchester to check out the boat ramp; she said it looks fine except for limited parking. We will most likely lauch from there because it is the closest ramp to Blake island. We are planning on launching about 9 to 9:30AM, hopefully there will be a place to park, if not it's back to Port Orchard. My cell is 360-909-8068 if you want to call me Saturday morning.

Anybody else from the Vancouver/Portland planning on attending?


Dick posted 07-05-2002 11:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
My work schedual for the morning of the rendezvous will be in doubt untill that morning.
I had offered a ride to tbirdsey and was going to pick them up in Gig Harbor. Could anyone help? Maybe if they could meet at a ramp where there is room for two more.
Dick
Jerry Townsend posted 07-07-2002 09:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Tom and the others organizing this thing - as you will need the final list of those attending the NW rendezvous - you had better count me out. I had very much wanted to meet all of you guys and see your boats - but my sister from Florida is tentatively planning on being here Monday afternoon and with 800 miles and 16 to 18 hours between Seattle and eastern Idaho, I reluctantly think I have to forget about the rendezvous this time. Boat, trailer, pickup and I am ready - but it looks like I have been overruled. Should my sister's plans change, I will make it - but at this time, it doesn't look good. Have a great time. ---- Jerry/Idaho
Tsuriki BW posted 07-07-2002 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
OK, this does not pertain directly to the upcoming rendezvous….but…

I went bass fishing with friend Dick today. I stopped at the local QFC supermarket, picked up a roast beef sandwich and a 6 pack of Red Hook ESB. I met Dick at 6:30 as he was getting his17’ Boston Whaler Montauk ready to launch. Paid my parking fee and unloaded my tackle boxes, rods and the “food” onto the boat. The 50hp Merc 4 stroke fired right up and hummed away.

There were quite a few trucks and trailers already in the parking lot, but we launched with no problems. Headed north along the east side of Lake Sammamish to a point where Dick said he had had done well in the past. We threw spinner baits and then some cranks. Nothing.

We moved to the southwest end of the lake and worked around some docks with spinners, cranks and I even tried a lipless crank….Nothing.

We talked about the rendezvous, some of those coming, schedules etc.

Finally moved to a “sunken forest” The lake is down a bit and the tops of the trees were visible. Dick moved the boat in position so he was working one of the trees. There was one behind me and I thought “just maybe…”. Sooo, I tied on a spinner bait (white and chartreuse with the sparkle gold willow blades, poured on a bunch of KnB stinky garlic (over the side so I wouldn’t get it on the floor of Dicks boat), and let that hummer fly. Now ya gotta understand that I have to be the worst caster there’s ever been, but that spinner bait landed about 8 feet passed the tree in a position to pull right next to it on the retrieve. I spent a few seconds being proud of the cast and realized I needed to retrieve the bait.

Well just about the time the spinner was going past the tree, my 6.6’ MH rod bent over and the drag started to sound. No, it was not the scream of a salmon, but the rod was bent over, the tip was shaking and I was having a ball… That fish was running here, there, pulling like a freight train,,,,under the boat, left…right… and finally up he/she came. Dick had the net ready and it was over.

OK, it was only about a pound, pound and a half, but those damn Smallies sure do fight. Was only the 2nd smallie I have ever caught. I feel pretty good and will be going back again for Mom and Pop.

We quit at about 9:15 as Dick had to go shopping (taking care of the wife) so I was home by 10:00. A nice morning and good time with a friend. It was the first time on a BW Montauk which is a good bass fishing platform. Maybe not the fastest “Bass boat” but a very good stable boat for fishing. Although the lake was generally smooth, we did go over a lot of wakes and the Montauk took them just fine and very dry. I was really impressed. And again, that Merc 4 stroke is SWEET.

All and all a great time, and has me even more excited about bass fishing. Thanks Dick.

As a bonus, Dick gave me a hat from the first 2001 rendezvous AND a set of BEAUTIFUL marine plywood supports for my Scotty downriggers. You should be able to see them at the rendezvous. He did such a great job on them and I am very grateful.

Tsuriki


Dick posted 07-07-2002 09:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Tsuriki

You are to kind.
And thanks I did drink the Red Hook you left behind.

I didn't see you using the stinkey stuff on your lures. I was trying to be a purist and left mine in the tackle box. Could be the reason I got skunked.

It was a great day on the water. On a Whaler, of course.

Dick

Tsuriki BW posted 07-08-2002 01:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Jerry...sad news for us.

Have a good time with your sister, BUT if her schedule changes, please try to come to the rendezvous. We would sure like to meet you.

But remember, this is just the second of a lot more to come. The Northwest BW rendezvous is going to be a yearly tradition so you will have other chances.

T

Tom W Clark posted 07-08-2002 02:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Jerry,

Your absence will be a big disappointment to us. If your sister is not arriving until Monday afternoon and you are otherwise ready to go then you should consider coming anyway.

You'll have Saturday afternoon, all of Sunday and Monday morning to get home. If you are wary of traveling so far for such a short visit then just come a day early and I'll take a day off from work and we'll go salmon fishing.

Tom W Clark posted 07-08-2002 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
I will be sending out emails to all of you asking for commitments about whether or not you are coming as well as how many will be with you. I am just trying to figure out how much food to bring, ect.

The weather outlook for this weekend is favorable. We will have sunny weather this week and as best they (NWS) can tell, the weekend should see some clouds and sun with temperatures in the 70's. Hopefully a fair weather Northerly will be blowing if there's any wind at all.

There will be a 10' high tide around 6:30 AM and a very low -2.1' tide about 1:45 PM followed by a spring high of 12.6' at around 9:00 Saturday evening. For those launching around 9:00 AM and retrieving in the late afternoon, these tides will work well.

Tom W Clark posted 07-08-2002 06:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
OK, I've sent out 23 emails. Let me know one way or the other. It will help our planning.

I am still trying to get a hold of Greg Tims (NWflyfisher) who does not have an email address listed. If Greg or someone who has his email address could contact me that would be great. tomwclark@attbi.com

Tsuriki BW posted 07-09-2002 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Tom,

I will be bringing 10 lb of Dungeness crab legs. They are what we call "snap and eat". The shell is already "scored" so all you have to do is heat them up (boil or broil), snap them open and enjoy.

I will also be bringing a bunch of half dollar+ size natural scallops, wrapped in spicy bacon on skewers. I will also bring some cocktail sauce for dipping.

Not sure yet on the pasta.....may be a bit much.

Greg

Tom W Clark posted 07-09-2002 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Greg,

That's great! Thank you. With the addition of some grilled brats and burgers we will be having a summertime feast. I hope you all bring your appetites. Who knows? Maybe the fishers who go out early Saturday morning will honor us with a fresh salmon.

There’s still a number of you who I haven't heard from yet so let us know. I am currently forecasting about 18 people in 12 Whalers but I think we can do even better.

Pass the word to Whaler owners you know who don't participate in the FORUM. This event is open to everyone and anyone who has an interest in Whalers.

Russ posted 07-09-2002 10:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
Tom,
I can't receive your e-mail. but we plan to

be there. We'll launch at Oak Harbor around

9:00.

Russ

Tom W Clark posted 07-09-2002 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Gotcha' Russ. See you Saturday.

Oak Harbor?

skookum point posted 07-10-2002 12:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
Tom - I'm away from home and having trouble accessing my email, but I'll be there, probably with my dad and my son, three generations.
Russ - do you mean Port Orchard? I'm planning on a 9am launch at Manchester or Port Orchard depending on what the rest of you are doing. Keep me posted.
Tom W Clark posted 07-10-2002 11:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Here's the weather update. It looks like we will be having classic NW summer fair weather on Saturday. (Seattle’s summer statistically starts July 12th)

May be some morning low clouds but otherwise it will be sunny and warm. Seattle temperatures are expected to be above 80°. Temperatures on Blake will be a bit less given the northerly that is forecast to be blowing down the sound.

I would expect winds to be from the north. They will be light in the morning and increasing all day long until sunset when they will die. As of now, NOAA has them forecast at 5 to 15 knots.

This is a classic and predictable weather pattern. For those coming over to Blake from the Seattle in small Whalers, you will have a fairly easy time getting to Blake as you will be running with or across the wind waves.

The trip home will be more difficult as the wave heights will have built and you will be going into and across if you are going to West Seattle. This is the worst attitude for a Whaler to take the waves so be prepared for a bumpy ride.

My best advice is to run from Blake due north to the south end of Bainbridge Island and then work towards Restoration Point as close to shore as you can. Once at Restoration Point you can then make for Duwamish Head in a cross wind direction. The waves will MUCH more tolerable in the direction. You will be running through the troughs and the crests will be sliding under you. Once you've made Duwamish Head everything else is "down hill".

It's a 4 nautical mile run from Restoration Point to Duwamish Head so that's all you need to really be prepared for. Remember a cross wind run in a small Whaler will be mostly WET from all the spray that will blow into your face. Think: "rain jacket".

Other alternatives for the smaller boats include spending the night on Blake and going home in the morning. Blake has dozens of campsites and mooring buoys all around the island. You can even sleep on your boat in the marina if you like.

For those coming from Port Orchard, the wind will likely be in your face for the run to Blake but will be light to moderate if it is the morning. The run back will be substantially down wind so it should not be a problem.

For those who will be returning to Shilshole and do not want to beat into an afternoon northerly, May I suggest you consider going up the west side of Bainbridge Island and then crossing form Port Madison. This will be much less painful and will be scenic as well.

Tom W Clark posted 07-10-2002 12:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Here’s the updated list of confirmed attendees (name, boat, launching point):

Taylor Clark (Taylor), 1988 Montauk --- Whidbey Island

Tom Clark (Tom W Clark), 1965 20’ Cruisers Inc. --- Shilshole

Dick Peterson (Dick), 1999 Montauk --- West Seattle

Greg Cook (Tsuriki BW), 1999 Dauntless 14 --- West Seattle

Jerry Scirica (Seattlerocket), 2002 13 Sport --- West Seattle

Matt Irwin (Matthew), 2002 Montauk 170 --- West Seattle

Larry Eaton (lae), 1974 Katama --- West Seattle

Darren (WHALER DUDE), 2003 Outrage 21 --- Redondo

Rodger Teed (Rodger), 1997 Dauntless 13 --- Manchester or Port Orchard

Russ Hubbard (Russ), 1981 Revenge 22 --- Oak Harbor(?)

John Anderson (skookum point), 1987 15 Super Sport --- Manchester or Port Orchard

Bryan Snead (Bryan Snead), 1989 13 Super Sport Limited --- Manchester or Port Orchard

I Have spoken with both of these guys and they are maybes:

Louie Kokinis (Louie Kokinis), 1997 22 CPD Guardian --- Shilshole
Tom Birdsey (tbirdsey) --- needs a ride from Manchester or Port Orchard

I am still waiting to hear from:

Brian Pounder (seattle montauk), 2002 Montauk 170
Jim Zeppa (ZEPPA), 1978 Revenge 21
Jim Chambers (JimCha), 1988 Outrage 18
Hank Wiswell (wizwhaler), 15 Sport
Bob Selzler (Chaps)
J. Moore (JM325iX)

The following PNW FORUM participants are not able to attend due to other commitments:

Bruce Montgomery (beachedwhale), 1968 Nauset
Al Ubrickson (Einar), 1982 Montauk
Jerry Townsend (Jerry Townsend), 1996 Outrage 17
Greg Tims (NWflyfisher), 1977 Montauk
Andrew Sherlock (Toad2001), 1989 15 GLS
Mike Tuohy (oysterman), 2001 Montauk
Jim Hassi (JDH), 1962 16' something-or-other
Chris Berner (bhamwhaler17), 1989 Montauk

Rodger posted 07-11-2002 02:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Rodger  Send Email to Rodger     
Hi Skookum Point and Bryan Snead,
After a couple of emails with Tom Clark my wife and I have decided to launch from the Port Orchard Marina due to the parking situation at Manchester. Tom said the marina is "right there in the middle of downtown" so it should be very easy to find. Do you guys want to meet at 9:00 or 9:30 AM at the boat ramp? I know I would feel more comfortable traveling out to Blake Island with a couple other boats. If we agree to this place and time then Tom Birdsey could meet us there and catch a ride with one of us. Please let me know what you think. Anyone else going to launch from Port Orchard Marina?
See you soon,
Rodger
Tom W Clark posted 07-11-2002 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
A few notes:

Tom Birdsey is presumably now in Gig Harbor. When I talked with him yesterday he said he was hoping he could not spend the whole day at Blake. If he can get at ride out of Port Orchard that's fine but it occurs to me that he could just as easily be picked up at the dock at Manchester and ferried both ways by any of us.

Manchester is less than three miles form Blake and about a ten minute run. If Tom could be picked up at Manchester I would be happy to run him back to shore any time he likes. It'll only take about twenty minutes for the round trip and hopefully we will be out running each other's boats anyway.

On moorage: I really don't know how crowded it will be but we'll make it work no matter what. Be aware that if you are going to be there after 3:00 PM the $10 moorage fee kicks in at that time.

The weather forecast continues to improve. We can expect mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures.

Bryan Snead posted 07-11-2002 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bryan Snead  Send Email to Bryan Snead     
Rodger,
That sounds fine, I also would like to go over in a group since I have never been there. If we meet there at 9:30 it should give us plenty of time to get to Blake.

Bryan

Rodger posted 07-11-2002 12:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rodger  Send Email to Rodger     
Hi Bryan,
9:30 AM it is.

Tom W. Clark,
If you give Tom Birdsey my cell number he can call in the morning and we'll see if we can pick him up on the way out. If not, I'm sure somebody will run to Manchester to pick him up, no big deal.

One more thing; I received a call from Darren Largent and he wanted to let everyone know that he is happy to help if anyone has any general questions or fishing questions. His email is d.largent@searaynw.com

Thanks,
Rodger

Taylor posted 07-11-2002 07:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Looks like I'm finally going to have a reason to put ice in that giant cooler on the front of the Montauk. I've taken care of beverages for all.

I'll be offline tomorrow, but you should be able to find me Saturday after 8am on VHF 16 (boat name Norka) I'll be heading down the east side of Whidbey, and then perhaps the west side of Bainbridge. I'm shooting for an 11am arrival at Blake. I look forward to seeing you there, if not on the way.

Have a safe trip, and wear sunscreen.

Taylor posted 07-11-2002 07:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Also, I've posted my cell phone in my profile (so I can take it out later). I'll have that with me too, as well as the VHF.
Russ posted 07-11-2002 09:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
I did mean Port Orchard. I need a Washington geography lesson. I think I'll get one this Saturday. We're staying at the Manchester State Park Friday and Saturday nights, and launching at PORT ORCHARD Saturday. 9:30 is fine. If anyone needs a ride we'll be happy to accomodate. We'll be leaving Sekiu late Friday morning. I'll check the forum before we go.

Russ

Chaps posted 07-12-2002 12:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chaps  Send Email to Chaps     
Put me down for showing up around noon with my two kids and thanks again for the invite . . . think I'll beach mine on the east side of the park - it'll be the one built out of shiny aluminum! (whaler wannabee club) - Bob

ps: don't know if its been mentioned but the park has a Tribal owned facility that puts on a show w/salmon dinner in the evenings for those looking for a little culture . . they also have a small snack bar open during the day (ice cream, etc.)

tbirdsey posted 07-12-2002 12:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
It looks like family obligations can be fulfilled and still have time for joining up with the rendezvous for a while. Karen and I are in need of a ride as the 18 would not fit in the overhead bin on the flight from Albany. We are staying just a little west of Gig Harbor, not far from Route 16. I saw signs for Manchester on the drive down from Bremerton so I know we are not far although the map I looked at did not show it. We could be at the ramp in Manchester by 9 or 9:30.

We do need to be back in Gig Harbor by early afternoon, but if Tom Clark is willing to drop us, that would work.

Russ - From what I can see, you have the biggest boat leaving from Manchester and if your offer still stands for a ride, that would be great. I'm afraid our bodies are getting a little old for long rides on open water in 13's. Nothing against 13's, mind you, we also have one for the kids.

We are looking forward to meeting all of you west coast whalers and hope things work out on Saturday.

Tom Clark, thanks for arranging things and keeping us in mind. I will be checking email tomorrow afternoon and evening and will also try emailing some of you directly with cell phone number. Thanks

tbirdsey posted 07-12-2002 12:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
Russ - Sorry, I meant Port Orchard. I too am in the process of getting geography lessons; I also saw signs for Port Orchard on the way down here so I know it can't be too far.
skookum point posted 07-12-2002 02:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
Russ, Rodger, Bryan, Tom, etc:
Port Orchard at 9:30 works for me.
Looking forward to meeting you all!

John Anderson

Tom W Clark posted 07-12-2002 10:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Well, we have good news and we have bad news.

The good news is that the weather is pretty much going to be perfect and will be a continuation of the gorgeous weather we have been having all week here in the Puget Sound area.

The bad news is that everybody and their uncle is going to want to go boating over to Blake Island. I suspect moorage is going to be an issue there. I think our timing is about as good as it can be given that many people will be there tonight so getting there extra early may not necessarily mean more dock space. We'll just have to make do.

Russ, if you could pick Tom Birdsey up at Manchester on your way over, that would be great. I'll be happy to return him.

Jerry Scirica (Seattlerocket) will be making the most harrowing crossing in his 13' from West Seattle. I was hoping someone leaving from there could cross with him at the same time. Matt is talking about going out early and fishing, Dick still has a question mark about opening his marina in the morning so maybe Tsuriki BW could team up with him?

If anybody needs to reach me, my number is: 206-783-4895. If no answer, go ahead and page me. That number is on my outgoing message.

Seattlerocket posted 07-12-2002 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Seattlerocket  Send Email to Seattlerocket     
Hi Tom

Thanks for the confirmation of my insanity :)
I am thinking more and more that I should just drive around and catch the gang leaving from Manchester at 9:30.

Jerry

Tom W Clark posted 07-12-2002 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Jerry,

I really think you'll be just fine, but do what you're comfortable with.

Tsuriki BW posted 07-12-2002 02:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Tom,

I talked to Jerry and we will be meeting at the West Seattle dock around 9:00 and going across to Blake together.

I just talked to Dick. He still doesn't know about his schedule tomorrow, but if all works well he will meet us at the dock around 9:00 and we will all go over together.

Weather seems perfect (hot).

See you then. If there is anything else I can do, let me know.

Tsuriki

lae posted 07-14-2002 12:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for lae  Send Email to lae     
Thanks to Tom and to all who made it. I had a great time. It is sure nice to put a face with the names and personalities that come through on the forum. The Whaler stuff from
Darren was an added bonus. Thanks to him as well. Great food and company. All in all a very enjoyable day.

Larry

skookum point posted 07-14-2002 02:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
I too would like to thank Tom, Taylor, Darren and Greg for their efforts and contributions. We had a most enjoyable day!
tbirdsey posted 07-14-2002 07:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
Russ, thanks for the ride out. Tom, thanks for the ride back and for organizing everything. It was great to meet all of you and I hope that next year, I'll somehow arrive in my whaler. You have what must be the most beautiful boating in the country. When I get back to Albany, I'll download photos and distribute them. Thanks again all!!
Bryan Snead posted 07-15-2002 10:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bryan Snead  Send Email to Bryan Snead     
What a great time it was! Thanks Tom for organizing the trip. It was nice to put names with faces. Thanks for the merchandise Darren and the ride. If I hit the lotto I will be seeing you real soon. Look forward to seeing everyone again next year.

Bryan

Taylor posted 07-15-2002 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
I looked in my cooler when I got home and I had way too much beer left. I was pleased to check in here this morning and find out that folks had a good time.

It was really great meeting Russ, Fran, Larry (you cracked me up!) Jerry, Matt, Rodger and family, Jack, John and Jack (did I get that right, three generations in the 15' sport?), Bob, Bryan, Matt (I loved the space in your new 170) and Darren.

About the Scallops:
Thanks to Rodger's wife for for cooking the scallops with butter, wine, salt and peper. Wow, they were sure good. And thanks for TsukuriBW (Greg) for sending the seafood even if he could not join us. Are those scallops available anywhere? Someone said they'd seem the Orca Bay brand at Costco.

I missed meeting Dick and Greg. Maybe next year.

Maighread (my daughter) was thrilled with her Whaler waterpoof first aid kit. She pronouced the rendezvous 'not boring' which is good for a five year old. We had a great run up behind Bainbridge, added gas at Brownsville, stuck our nose into Port Madison, and then got the heck beat out of us in Admiralty Inlet off Kingston in medium waves and even worse between Whidbey and Camano in a nasty short wind driven chop. It was a good day for a sailboat up north. I assume others had a smoother return trip.

And a big thank you to Tom for being the spark plug. Special thanks are due to Christine for all her efforts. Guilty by association.

Matthew posted 07-15-2002 07:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
That was fun!
I enjoyed meeting everyone.
Thanks to Tom & Taylor for the food, drink, and commitment that made this happen.
Looking forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Matt

Dick posted 07-15-2002 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Tom and All

Sorry I didn't make it sounds like everyone had an enjoyable time. Guess I'm getting to old to work 5 days a week and play on the 6th. I'll take the day befor the Rendezvous off next year.


alaskadan posted 07-15-2002 10:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for alaskadan  Send Email to alaskadan     
Sorry I missed what sounds like a great day over on Blake Island. I am in the process of moving down from Alaska to Bainbridge Island WA and hope to attend the next Puget Sound Whaler rendezvous. What are the plans for another meeting. Will you meet again in the fall or next year? I moved to Alaska in 80 with a 17ft Montauk which I sold after being in Alaska a while. I have had several 13ft whalers a 15footer in addition to several other larger boats but keep coming back to Whalers

Alaskadan
82 Moutauk
90HP Honda

Tsuriki BW posted 07-15-2002 11:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
I am very sorry to miss the rendezvous, again. Trip to NYC with my big boss last year....a massive tooth ache Friday night this year.

I was returning from Orca Bay with the scallops and dunginess crab when it hit. I made a call to my fishing buddy/dentist and got him to call in a perscription for a pain killer. I picked it up at Wallgreens about 10:30 and WOW....

Another pill in the morning and I knew I should not be driving or boating. Luckily Jerry was close by and picked up the crab and scallops. Thanks. Jerry, and you have a nice sport! I hope all enjoyed the seafood, it was the least I could do.

I hope to break the jinx next year (or next time) and meet all of you. Special thanks to Tom in heading up what looks like another successful rendezvous.

Tsuriki

Tom W Clark posted 07-17-2002 01:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
The rendezvous worked out quite well. The weather was nice and hot, maybe a little too nice as I got sunburned. You will NEVER catch me living in Florida. Too much damn sunshine.

We had a good turn out with the following in attendance:

Myself and my girlfriend, Christina (Taylor, note the last letter in her name) in my 1965 Cruisers Inc. 20’ Royal Vacationer.

Larry Eaton (lae) from Kennewick in eastern Washington who gets the award for bringing his boat the furthest. Larry has a very nice 1974 Katama which is all original and in great shape. He also go an obscenely good deal on the boat when he bought it. One of those, “it’s been in a barn for years” kind of stories. sigh.....

Jerry Scirica (Seattlerocket) in his 2002 13 Sport who deserves special thanks for saving the day by picking up the seafood at the last minute from Greg Cook (Tsuriki BW) who could not make it.

Rodger Teed (Rodger) and his wife Babs and daughter Maria in their 1997 Dauntless 13, which is for sale as Rodger awaits the arrival of his new MT 170.

Russ Hubbard (Russ) and his wife Fran who showed up in their newly acquired 1981 Revenge 22 which was the apple of my eye at the rendezvous. Russ has installed a very nice and heavy duty enclosure on his boat and has new electronics including an open array RADAR which will be perfect for fishing the western end of the Straight of Juan de Fuca around Sekiu where they spend their summers.

Tom Birdsey (tbirdsey) who arrived with Russ. Tom wins the award for traveling the furthest to attend. He is from Albany, NY and was in the PNW visiting relatives in Gig Harbor.

John Anderson (skookum point) with his father, Jack and his son, Jack in John’s 1987 15 Super Sport. It was good to see some well maintained mahogany. A very nice classic indeed.

Matt Irwin (Matthew in his new MT 170.

Bryan Snead (Bryan Snead) and his girlfriend Stephanie in Bryan’s 1989 13 Super Sport Limited.

Darren (WHALER DUDE) and his crew who showed up in a brand new 2002 Dauntless 22. Darren works for SeaRay Northwest and sold Rodger his new MT 170. Darren was kind enough to take every one for a ride in this demo boat. It was a huge hit. Unfortunately, Christina also really liked it saying after our ride something like: “now THAT was fun!”. Yeah, thanks a lot Darren...

My co-host, Taylor Clark (Taylor) and daughter Maighread in his 1988 Montauk who brought along potential Whaler owner Craig and his daughter from Bainbridge Island. Maighread seemed to be having fun with the other kids. This stands in stark contrast with her presence at the cutting up of CSW where she was ready to go home after about five minutes.

Bob Selzler (Chaps) also showed up with two of his sons in his aluminum hardtop. Bob is a former (and likely a future) Whaler owner who lives on Bainbridge Island. Bob was kind enough to deliver Craig back to Bainbridge in his boat after the rendezvous.

Our only real challenge on Saturday was finding moorage for everyone. I was the first to arrive and pulled up to the loading dock and was greeted by the “Harbor Master” who let me know there was no “Room at the Inn”. When I told her there were another ten boats coming she just about went ballistic. Larry and Jerry had already pulled in by then and I was trying to figure out what to do a whole parade of Whalers came in from Port orchard.

Eventually the Harbor master and her assistants did accommodate us and we were able to put five Whalers and my boat on the dock. The other five Whalers were pulled up on the sand as the tide went out.

The sand at the head of the marina is extremely steep but I think Taylor’s Montauk was the only Whaler that got swamped as the tide came in again and simply flowed up and over the transom. No big deal, Taylor just idled out of the harbor and then goosed it, pulled the plug and drained the water out in no time. Good thing he owns a Whaler.

We had a nice meal and chatted, and I especially appreciated the help of Babs and Stephanie and Bryan with the grilling of all the food as well as cleaning up.

I even brought a chunk of CSW’s foam that has been drying for several months to “show and tell” so others could feel how wet foam felt. It looks perfectly normal but is VERY heavy. Christina’s eyes just kind of glazed over at this sort of extreme dorkiness. Tom Birdsey understood, commenting about how his wife says to him: “it’s nice you have a hobby...”

I was given the chance to drive Matt’s new MT 170. Brand new boats ARE fun to be in. Very smooth ride too.

Coincidentally, there was also a 13’ Sport c. 1970 in the Harbor with it’s owner who was a little surprised when the Whalers came parading in. His boat was all original. The gelcoat was very nice and shiny. While the wood was painted due to heavy checking in the grain, the rest of the boat was sweet. It’s really nice to see old boats that are well maintained and not just repainted.

My biggest disappointment was that there was not enough time to fully inspect and discuss all the boat’s there. What with cooking and eating as well as delivering Tom Birdsey back to Manchester and going out for ride in the new boats I just didn’t have time to talk as much as I would like to have with everybody. There’s always next year though.

Tom W Clark posted 07-17-2002 01:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Also, I failed to take any pictures at all! I know that Taylor and Tom did take some photos and I hope to see them and any others that may have been taken. I am sorry we did not get a group photo. I had actually planned to do that.

Additionally, I want to know who brought the bag of sticky buns or, more importantly, from what bakery did they come?

Rodger posted 07-17-2002 08:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rodger  Send Email to Rodger     
I would like to say thanks to Tom and Taylor for putting the rendezvous together. Thank you Darren for all the Whaler raffle prizes, I love my new hat. Thanks to Tsuriki for the seafood, hope to meet you next year if not before.
Babs, Maria and I had a great time seeing and meeting everyone and look forward to next year.
I would like to mention that on the way home we stopped by Gig Harbor and met a gentleman by the name of Scott. He saw the for sale sign on the Dauntless 13 and plans on buying it this weekend. Scott lives in Gig Harbor and will hopefully attend the next rendezvous with all of us.
Take care,
Rodger, Babs, and Maria
Jerry Townsend posted 07-17-2002 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Sounds like everyone had a very enjoyable time - except Tsuriki, with the toothache. Hopefully someone will be able to share pictures they took so that those that could not make it - like myself - could see pictures of those attending and of the boats. Still a bit disgusted with my little sis - but 'That's the way it is.

But, I haven't heard one word of anyone catching any fish - or even fishing for that matter. Surely someone caught something.

The effort expended by Tom, Taylor and Tsuriki in making the rendezvous a success is commendable - thanks. I will have to wait until next year to meet you guys. ----- Jerry/Idaho

tbirdsey posted 07-17-2002 10:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
Tom, the sticky buns came from a little bakery in Port Orchard where Karen and I stopped for some breakfast while waiting for Russ and others to arrive. Don't remember the name but it was just around the corner from the launch ramp on the main street. I am sending you some photos which I have not had time to label. I too realized too late that I had left without a group shot.
lae posted 07-18-2002 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for lae  Send Email to lae     
Jerry,
I launched at 5:30 from West Seattle. Had to park four blocks from the ramp. Lots of guys fishing just off the launch. I saw nothing on or landed and watched for about fifteen minutes before looking for more serene and less inhabited surroundings. Went to an area off the point of Vashon with about fifteen other boats and fished till around 9:00. Used to fishing the upper Columbia so was kind of in the dark. Everyone seemed to be dragging flashers and squid jigs on downriggers. Saw nothing caught.
Larry
Jerry Townsend posted 07-19-2002 01:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Thanks Larry - I was just curious and hadn't seen anyone mention catching or seeing any fish caught. I, in part, know your thoughts as I was at Hanford (home was in Richland) for a little over 7 years, leaving in 1970. At that time, I knew the Columbia and Yakima in that area pretty well. I was also a tad dubious as my cousin, an avid fisherman who normally will fish out of Edmunds, was not entirely enthusiastic about fishing in the area around Vashon Island and down towards Tacoma. Thanks again -- Jerry/Idaho
skookum point posted 07-19-2002 02:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
I got a few photos - in hindsight I wish we had done a group shot. When I get back to my home computer at the end of the month I'll download, run them thru photoshop and distibute to the group. I think Taylor probably has more. Maybe we could coordinate and submit to jimh?

John Anderson

lae posted 07-19-2002 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for lae  Send Email to lae     
Jerry,
Matt said he fished Point Defiance on Friday morning and caught 3 hatchery kings around 12#. Quite a difference between dragging a wart in 15 feet of water ands current and pulling a dodger. I kept having to jump the throttle to keep up with the group.
Larry
Russ posted 07-21-2002 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Russ  Send Email to Russ     
'Got my hands on a computer so I can thank those involved and say how much we enjoyed the rendezvous. Everything went smoothly for us, but I know that others worked hard to make it so. It was great to chat with other "birds of a feather" about Whalers, and learn in the process. The food was outstanding, the demo ride was fun, and the comraderie was excellant. I did miss seeing Dick, and meeting Tsuriki. I hope they can make it next time.

Special thanks to Tom. I owe him some herring. 'Hope he can collect some time this summer.

Russ

NWflyfisher posted 08-08-2002 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
So, where's all the photos?
Tom W Clark posted 08-08-2002 09:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Greg,

They're coming. John Anderson, Taylor and I have just been trading emails today trying to get things organized and see who has what. We will be sending jimh about 5 to 10 of the best shots for a possible inclusion in a Cetacea page.

Send me an email telling me how big an attachment you can handle and I'll send you a few in the mean time.

skookum point posted 08-11-2002 12:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
Yes, I now have photos from Taylor and Tom Birdsey in addition to my own. My plan is to get them all in the same size/resolution, add captions and e-mail them to everyone who attended as well as those who wanted to but couldn't. Also, as Tom mentioned, I will select the best ones to submit to jimh.

However, I'm just now leaving town for two weeks and will have to do it when I get back. Please be patient - I promise to make the photos available to all.

John

Tsuriki BW posted 09-05-2002 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Skookum,

Any update on the photos?

Thanks,

T

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