Sometimes it’s just nice to mix things up a bit. That concept inspired me to get in touch with my friend Conway Bowman and slip away for a couple days of shark fishing in San Diego. Conway is the godfather of fly fishing for sharks and a movie star to boot. Well, maybe not a movie star, but he does spend a lot of time in front of the camera hosting episodes of The Outfitters on the Sportsman’s Channel. When he’s not jetting around the world doing the TV thing or taking care of San Diego’s wetlands (which is like his real job), he’s playing dad to sons Max and Jackson. Conway’s wife, Michelle, is an accomplished angler herself and has tackled Tarpon from a stand-up paddle board, which makes her a serious Rockstar in my book. The Bowman’s are not your typical “Leave it to Beaver” family and thrive on adventure in the outdoors. Surfing, paddling or chasing sharks is just another day in paradise for these folks.
While spending time with Conway waiting for a shark to swim by we were able to solve most of the worlds problems. Subjects ranged from politics, social and environmental issues to the massive El Niño that had scattered the Mako sharks we were seeking. Bonito and other pescado provided some entertainment, but the sharks were less than cooperative. With time ticking away in my two day adventure, a sizable Hammerhead charged into the slick.Conway teased it to the point of aggression with a previously Sea lion mauled Bonito. Soon I was attached to a fairly torqued off tuna chomper and backing melted from my reel. I could say that the hooking and battling of this funky looking fish was the product of my boundless skills and talent, but that would be a bit of a stretch. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.
In the end it was a grand adventure, with another species of fish added to the list and warm memories tucked safely away to be retrieved on those wet Oregon days that lay ahead. The world still has problems to solve, but those can be dealt with on the next adventure. With 2016 being an election year, I may need a few extra days chasing sharks.
You can get in touch with Conway by visiting his website. Be sure to ask for the Royal Treatment.