David Lavine was per­fectly happy with his 40-foot cruiser.

Yachting - - THE FISHING LIFE -

It was com­fort­able. It was sporty. His wife and chil­dren liked spend­ing time aboard. ¶ Then came the day of the “great es­cape.” ¶ Liv­ing on the shore of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, Lavine en­joyed wet­ting a fish­ing line for striped bass now and again. Even though the cruiser was far from be­ing a fish­ing boat, he made do and went out for oc­ca­sional sin­gle-handed fish­ing trips. He was on such a jour­ney one day in 2013. ¶ “I had been fish­ing all day with­out a sin­gle bite,” he says. “Then, fi­nally, it hap­pened. My rod dou­bled over, and I knew I had a nice striper on the line. I fought the fish to the boat, then stepped down to the swim plat­form to land it.” ¶ That’s not as easy as it sounds. The ves­sel had three lev­els at the stern: the cock­pit, a big step and then the swim plat­form. ¶ “I fi­nally got the fish into the net and climbed back up into the cock­pit,” he says. “It was beau­ti­ful, a re­ally nice catch that would make a great din­ner.” ¶ But be­cause the yacht wasn’t a fish­ing boat, it didn’t have fish boxes. Lavine had a cooler bag in the cabin, but he was not about to drag a slimy, bleed­ing striped bass through the in­te­rior. ¶ “I had to set ev­ery­thing down to go get the bag,” he says. “The fish flipped out and spit the hook at the same time. While I scram­bled af­ter it, my din­ner then flipped down the step, onto the swim plat­form and, be­fore I could grab it, back into the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.” ¶ At that mo­ment, Lavine de­cided he was go­ing to buy a fish­ing boat. ¶ He’d been off­shore fish­ing aboard char­ter boats, so he knew what se­ri­ous fish­ing ma­chines could do, but he had other con­sid­er­a­tions as well. ¶ “I still needed a boat my wife and fam­ily would

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.