WESTERN OUTDOOR NEWS ON-THE-SPOT
THE SAN MATEO Police Activities League (PAL) program chartered the New Huck Finn for a salmon trip, and the kids all caught their limits of salmon. Pictured are Shawn Chin, James Petrice, Jesus Bejar, Michael Deferrari, Christian Moreno, Nick Deferrari, Willie Tang, Justin Prudhel, Bob Stein, Eden Leznick, Keala Keanaaiana Jr. and Tia Keanaaina with some of their salmon. PHOTO BY BILL NAKAKI
EMERYVILLE — When I saw the kids boarding the New Huck Finn I knew this was going to be a great day! Some of them came carrying their own rods with their own salmon releases on them, while others had just backpacks and wide open eyes as it was their first ocean fishing trip.
The San Mateo Police Activities League (PAL) program had picked them up and driven them down in vans to the New Huck Finn. Retired officers Paul Jung, Ralph Migita and Pat Prudhel were instrumental in establishing and maintaining the fishing program for kids from the San Mateo area.
We ran out past the N Buoy in flat calm weather and soon the lines went in. We were trolling anchovies on Owner hooks in an area full of murre birds and blue whales. It didn’t take long for the first rods to go off. The kids listened to the deckhand and the wise advice from their chaperones and soon some bright chunky king salmon came over the rail.
Shawn Chin had never done this before, but after a little coaching he landed a limit of nice salmon. Little Keala Keanaaina at age 7 landed a beautiful salmon pushing the 20-pound mark. Paul Jung did his part landing some real hogs. Willie Tang was on fire, too, landing a couple of real beauties. Officer Brent Sullivan had never caught a salmon before, but he had promised fish for his family dinner. He was shut out until late in the day when he finally tagged a salmon destined for the family dinner. He ended up with a limit for the day.
WILLIE TANG OF Foster City caught a limit of two nice kings all by himself during the trip aboard the New Huck Finn. PHOTO BY BILL NAKAKI
KEALA KEANAAINA JR. caught a nice 18-pound king during the PAL trip, not bad for a 7-year-old! PHOTO BY BILL NAKAKI
As the day went on, the skies cleared to a beautifully clear vista. You could see all the way from Pt. Reyes to the Farallon Islands and down to Pigeon Point. Capt. Jay Yokomizo kept the New Huck Finn right over the schools of krill and hungry salmon. The deckhand Dave Stevens was kept busy netting fish, sticking baits and clearing lines. The officers who gave up their days off to help out were also a big help in teaching the kids about fishing and life outside of the city. They were Officers Chris Lewis, Steven Martin, Brent Sullivan and Keala Keanaaiana.
All of the kids ended up with limits of salmon and happy faces. The kids were Shawn Chin, James Petrice, Jesus Bejar, Michael Deferrari, Christian Moreno, Nick Deferrari, Willie Tang, Justin Prudhel, Bob Stein, Eden Leznick, Keala Keanaaiana Jr. and Tia Keanaaina.
The San Mateo PAL program books 5-6 charters with the New Huck Finn out of Emeryville Sportfishing and Craig Stone throws in the free use of rods and reels. The officers bring lots of food and drinks for the kids and do an excellent job of shaping the future fishermen from the city. It was very gratifying to be able to see such a worthwhile program doing so much good for some very lucky kids. Flat calm seas, limits of beautiful krill fed salmon and a great bunch of guys to share it with. It truly was a great day!
CHRISTIAN MORENO OF San Mateo caught this bright king salmon fishing aboard the New Huck Finn during the PAL trip. PHOTO BY BILL NAKAKI
PAT PRUDHEL, RETIRED San Mateo police officer, is on the Board of the PAL program and one of the main officers in the getting the program going. The other two were officers are Paul Jung and officer Ralph Migita. The program has been ongoing for 14 years. PHOTO BY BILL NAKAKI