Sunday, January 15, 2012

Long Awaited Update. Part 3 (the end of year bonus)

How does the saying go? A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.
What if your boss takes you fishing? What if he takes you fishing and treats it like a regular work day? Kind of messes it all up right? Well, at FTW, we love to screw these things up.

Wayne has been an absolutely awesome employee! He has never been late, always sober, and more than willing to avoid mistakes. As a sign of my gratitude for his great service, I wanted to give Wayne a gift he would appreciate. I contacted my Brother in Law and with some long time friends, we chartered a day with Captain Bo to fish for rockfish(stripped bass to the rest of you) on the Bay.

This is far from the first time we have fished with Captain Bo. He has a super clean boat and ALWAYS puts us on the fish.

His report of the previous week was less than stellar.

But, hey, a bad day of fishing is better than a great day at work (unless you work at FTW. Fishing might be your job for the day. "Hey Boss, what do you want me to do today?" "Go fishing").

There were very few other boats to compete with for the fish. This late in the season is hard to be on the fish. Most of the big summer fish have migrated out to sea. This leaves many small fish too young to migrate. However, if the timing is just right, the big fish from up North, turn up the Chesapeake for a quick snack as they head South. These fish are generally monsters.

They make you work for it. "keep the tip up, wind as you drop, never let it go slack..." Hey that's Wayne up to bat!

Dang Dr Lou, what ya got bending that Ugly Stick like that?

Wow John, you loosing line or gaining?

Captain Bo has an awesome mate by the way. He knew his job well and made it feel as if we were doing the catching.

Not bad, everyone got a keeper...

Wayne's fish enjoys cigars too.

There are our two biggest. John, on left is holding a 41" fish while Wayne shows us his 42" fish. Incase you do not understand how much fish that is, one filet, was dinner four times, for my family of four. At each meal, the entire family devoured the rockfish. Without a doubt, this is one of the finest fish you can eat.

Everyone had a great time. It is kind of hard not to. I just want to take this opportunity to thank Wayne again for being such an awesome employee. Glad you enjoyed one of the fringe benefits of working at FTW.

I also want to take this opportunity to put in a plug for Captain Bo. Brawler Charters is probably one of the top ten charters working the Bay. This is probably the 10th trip on the Brawler and as usual we came home with big smiles on our faces and a cooler full of fish. Plans are ready in the works for the next season. Hopefully I will be taking another employee on that trip.
Does FTW seem like a great place to work? It is. Would you like to work here? I am looking for another talented person.

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