So it was with great apprehension that Phillip Morrison and I grabbed jackets and headed out to the stone lighthouse at the end of the St Francis Jetty in the Marina District to meet our friends Eric DiIulio and Freddy St. Jean. We knew we were in for a real treat, having seen videos and heard tales from our friends, including this wonderful piece done for the NY Times by our friend and brilliant filmmaker Keenan Newman of High/LowFilm (Highlowfilm.com):
With respect to the tour, I would feel bad if I were to divulge too much of what we did only because it would take away from anyone's future experience with Kirk. What I can say is that I laughed nearly the entire time, and I learned:
- How to cast a Hawaiian casting net (for Herring, Smelt, Sardines, etc)
- How to create a better fabricated Crab snare, bait, and cast it
- How to fish with a poke pole with astounding success
- The main kinds of seaweed to eat, methods for preparation, and ways to ID ones that are protected and should never be harvested
- All things seabird and herring
For an experience quite unlike anything you've ever had and for just a plain old good time getting learned about the sea by the Monkey Face Eel record holder himself, take his tour! Big thank you to Kirk for a phenomenal time!