Fishing is one of the few sports where silence, patience, and lightning-quick reflexes lead to victory, along with library laser tag and competitive whack-a-mole. Reel in a boatload of trophies with today's Groupon: for $199, you get an all-day fishing trip for two along the Columbia or Willamette River from Sky's Guide Service.
The lifetime anglers and sturgeon wranglers at Sky's Guide Service cast their nets over the fish-packed purses of Portland, steering rodman recruits and seasoned reelers toward the perfect catch. Check the species calendar and choose a salmon or sturgeon adventure. From March until May, up to six passengers can set sail on a sturdy custom Willie Raptor jet sled down the Columbia or Willamette River, where a school of coveted spring Chinook salmon recite their last rites. Known as the world's most prized eating salmon, these floppy fortresses of sweet meat pack enough omega-3 fatty acids to make the human heart grow a chamber orchestra in its left ventricle. Continuing into April, sturgeon kidnappers chart the waters to corral these gigantic, delicious aquamonsters into their unmarked vans. Sturgeon are excellent fighters with brave appetites, working in packs to chomp five rods at the same time when they're not busy driving buffets out of business.
Owner Skylen Freet runs a watertight ship, with equal emphasis on fun and safety. The crew is U.S. Coast Guard–licensed, and life vests and Marine Board insurance are provided, along with all bait, tackle, and angling instruction. A valid state fishing license is required for fishing or buying fish-beer, and they're sold on the boat for $16.75.
Past clients rave about the fishing trips at Sky's Guide Service:
- You won’t find a harder working guide anywhere. Very knowledgeable and safety is always first priority. I highly recommend doing a trip – J.C. Hover
- Sky has a very good knowledge of the area and techniques, top quality gear, a passion for fishing, and he works very hard at catering the trip to your specific goals. – Tim Federighi