Voyage to Remember Diamond Ghost Charters
By Chauncy Niziol
The Life News Paper
Wednesday, June 25th 1997
A fishing Voyage to Remember
I took one of the most enjoyable trips that I can ever remember on
Lake Michigan. I went
fishing with my daughter Sarah and her three friends, Susie, Danielle
and Sarah. These 16-year old girls had never been salmon fishing on
Lake Michigan and they were as excited as anyone could imagine.
We left early in the morning to meet Captain Tony Bovenzo of Diamond
Ghost Charters in Winthrop Harbor, which is very close to the Wisconsin
- Illinois border. After a little fisshing talk we were all on
board and heading out of the harbor. The lake was almost flat calm
that early, but did increase to about three foot rollers by noon. A three
foot roller is no problem to handle, and all the girls did very well
not getting sea sick. Captian Tony really took the time to explain
to the three girls all the equipment they would be seeing. He
explained the way a downrigger works, and how the big lead ball holds
the lure at a given dept until the fish strike the lure. He explained
how after the fish was hooked, the line pops off the downrigger ball
and the fishing rod will spring up. The girls then instructed to
pull the rod out of the holder and crank the handle while they kept
thr rod up to absorb the shock of the fish fighting. Captian Tony
also explained how the Dipsy Divers and the Yellow Birds took the lures
away from the sides of the boat but did not go as deep as the downriggers.
We sure didn"t have to wait long before the first rod popped,
and my daughter Sarah brought in the first fish - a coho salmon about
3.5 pounds and perfect for the table. The next rod poped and Danielle
("Big D") took a grip and played in another salmon almost with
the ease of an old pro. The next series of fish fell to Susie
and Sarah with out any hesitation from the girls to get into the sport.
After every fish each girl was cheered by the other as if she just
won a championship game. What Captian Tony and I took the most enjoyment
iin was handing the fishing poles to the girls and letting them fight
the fish on their own.
Catching the fish for us became further and further from our goal.
Wathing each girl getting more and more excited about watching lines,
seeing fish that just slapped the lure, or cheering each other on was
better than any fish I have ever taken. As the girls became
more comfortable, they opened up and laughed, teased and told each
ther how to catch the fish. By the end of the morning, we had
lost about 10 fish and boated 25.
We took cohoo, lake trout, kings and a couple of prime steelhead.
The largest fish of the day went to Susie Smith, she took a steelhead
that was approximatly 10 or 11 pounds. When we came back into
the dock we took some of the best fishing picture Captain Tony an
I ever seen. There were the four girls holding aboard with
the Diamond Ghost Charters name and 15 to 20 fish, hanging from the sign.
I asked the girls if salmon fishing is something the would recommend to
thier other girl friends to try. Each one of them answered with
a confident yes! This was so much fun we can't wait until we do
it again. By the way they asked, "when is the next trip?" I have
to give Captian Tony a lot of credit for spending so much time explaining
and helping the girls out.
When you someone like Captain Tony doing what he loves to do, especially
with a group of young fisherwomen you can only hope you never forget
how much fun you have fishing with your kids, nieces, nephews or your
daughter's freinds. Thank the girls for making our day.
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Diamond Ghost Charters
25335 W. Hawthorne Ave
Antioch, IL 60002
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Call Captain Tony
847 ) 838-2037