We’ve been blessed with an eventful summer this year. This blog fails to keep up with the Otto Fam happenings. At any rate, I do try to capture the biggest memories along the way. One adventure sure to remain in the memory bank is introducing Cassidy to the exciting world of crabbing.

It was a spur of the moment decision. I was already playing hooky from work on Friday to spend the day with Cassidy to shop for school supplies (yay!) when my recently retired friend, Mark called and asked if we’d like to go out on his boat to catch some crab. He knew Cassidy had never gone out before and thought she might appreciate the offer. She was elated! There were just small catches: 1) I’d have to play hooky on Monday again, and 2) We’d have to be at the marina dock by 5 am sharp. Check and check. Enjoy the pictures.

Here we are, Cassidy, me and Mark. Leaving the marina and heading into the sound.

Nothing better than catching a sunrise with amazing peeps.

We tried fishing for salmon without luck. You know what they say, “a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work.” This is living proof. Mark is seriously an excellent fisherman and in this picture he’s showing Cassidy how to use the reel.

Mark has some pretty neat gadgets on board. This doohickey shows you where the fish are so you know how deep to drop your hook. Still didn’t help though as on this day they chose to be elusive little buggers.

Yeah. I showed Cassidy that you could do that with these bags and she started cracking up. I’m way too silly for most people to appreciate and love every minute of it.

Cassidy was dying with excitement. She couldn’t wait to get out on the water and catch fish and pull crab pots. I have the pictures to prove it.

This is where we were. Go here if you don’t want to catch fish. Just kidding! Some days you catch your limit right away, other days you don’t get anything at all. That’s the name of the game.

Just a fisherman wannabe and his beard. No big deal. I’m so outdoorsy, huh?

Yay! We pulled the crab pot and met our limit right away!

We caught some whoppers today! They are going to taste so good when we eat them! Cassidy isn’t in to seafood but there is nothing more satisfying to me than eating your own catch.

This is a female crab. The wider markings on the bottom tell us that and she must be thrown back into the water to make more delicious little crabs.

Cassidy is observing the crabs sitting in the buckets. I wonder what she’s thinking.

My soon to be dinner. Wifey will be so excited.

Crazy eyes and his new friend. He’s a little crabby but they still get along.

I finally figured out how to hold him so he couldn’t grab me with his claws! Naturally I need to pose for it.

We used chicken for bait but weren’t intending to catch starfish. Ironically, that’s how much I love eating chicken too. Back in the water you go, Patrick.

“Friendship” I see what you did there. Touché.

There’s a fat seal at the dock waiting for fish leftovers from cleaning. Unfortunately he wanted nothing to do with our crab shells.

All in all it was an incredible day. The weather was perfect, we got to show Cassidy a new experience, and we got to hang out with one of the nicest and knowledgeable fisherman I know.

On the ride home all I could think about was how good those crab were going to taste. Oh man, is wifey going to be happy. I was even feeling extra generous because when I came home our next door neighbor was out and I offered him on of my crabs. He was delighted and them I showed Daya the rest.

Well I don’t know what happened but for some reason she thought I didn’t like crab and ate everything herself. Talk about heartbreak. Going out and putting in all that effort and getting none of it. Life is funny sometimes. Oh well, there will be other days. The one thing that couldn’t be taken was my time with Cassidy and Mark. We had a really good time that we can all look back on and smile.

I ended up eating Costco pizza for those curious. LOL.

EDIT: It turns out Daya did indeed save me a crab and a half. I will now take my claim. 🙂