Up until now, my trips where only up to 4 days long and I could easily bring everything I required. My current
trip, Victoria to Campbell River, is challenging my provisioning
Everybody has been telling me that the fishing
up here has been better than it has been for many many years. It even rated a front page story in the Victoria Times Colonist.
Since the stories pretty much say that you can walk over water
on the fishes back and that a wet noodle dangled into the water
will get you a fish
, I was thinking that even somebody like me could catch a fish
here and supplement the supplies.
I have now learned that the only way I can catch a salmon is if it jumps into the cockpit! It is pathetic but I am just not able to catch the little buggers
My excuse is lack of fancy equipment
- no sonar to see where the fish are, no downrigger to get the lure where the salmon are hanging out and no live bait. Tried a buzz bomb for a couple hours today but that bombed
Since my fridge is almost empty, it would be nice if I could find a grocery store (and maybe buy a fish) but I have never had to resort to this. Forgive the stupid questions that follow but I thought I would ask them anyway ...
I could get a transient slip at a local marina but I am cheap
and this would make the groceries extremely expensive. What do you guys do in this sort of situation? Would you find a nice spot to anchor
(none close by but I can probably find something a bit further away) and take the dinghy
in? How do you find out where you can land the dinghy
? Do you just find a likely spot on the shore? I believe that if there is such a thing as a dinghy dock
at the marinas
, there would be a charge for docking
and I don't know at this point if there is a grocery store within walking distance.
Of course I could get a cab but again things add up rather quickly.
Also, how do you get over the fear that your dinghy or your motor
will grow legs while you are shopping
(don't have a dinghy lock yet) or that your unattended boat
wasn't quite anchored right and is now careening downstream with a 5 knt tide current
I am single
handing so I can't leave a centry on the boat
and another one on the dinghy.
This sure isn't easy
Hmmm, a good time to start a diet