As deep-sea fishing and Mickey Spillane novels teach us, the best way to investigate any mystery is to hook it by the mouth and drag it onto a boat. Explore the wild unknown with today's Groupon: for $79, you get a deep-sea-fishing trip and one-year membership from the California Sportsman Association (a $205 value). Available trip dates are May 6, 13, 20, and 27, with trips departing from the Newport Beach harbor; participants must have a California fishing license ($14.04 for a daily pass, available for purchase on the date of your trip; cost is not included in this Groupon) and must bring or rent their own rod ($10 for rental; cost is not included in this Groupon).
The California Sportsman Association's feisty fin finders conduct excursions from Newport Beach harbor to the deep and wondrous waters of the Pacific in search of teeming tuna and slippery salmon. Aspirant pisces pursuers board a boat chartered by CSA's members. The expedition lasts a full 10 hours from anchor up at 7 a.m. 'til anchor down at 5 p.m., the time filled with blowing breezes, bending rods, and a boisterous crew singing sea shanties. The fisherhosts are always on hand to help pull up a fighting flounder or talk down a confused line. Bait for the buoyant prey is included with the trip, and people provisions can be purchased on the boat. After the trip, the one-year membership’s benefits continue, finagling discounts on other gamesome treks, cell phones and hotels, California Sportsman Association gear, and meet-and-greets with celebrity barracuda.