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Day Two: Oregon Coast

As a child growing up in Oregon, I was a fisherman by default. I loved the solace and anticipation that came with the pursuit of the – very – occasional lunker trout hiding in the high lakes of Central Oregon. This love of putting bait in water has recently been rekindled, as my four-year-old son caught his first fish a few weeks ago using the very same pole and reel I wielded at his age.

Day two of On the Road with Oregon Bounty takes us out on the high seas to go fishing with charter boat skipper Lars Robison. This summer I went out of Depoe Bay with Lars in search of rockfish, and within a few hours we’d nearly limited out. A mere few hours later, I was home sautéing our catch and serving it over couscous with a roasted pepper coulis.

The fish in Lars’ blood was passed from his father, who started the family business in the early 1930s, rowing clients around Siletz bay in search of salmon and Dungeness crab. After attending school on the Oregon Coast, Lars earned his skippers license at 18, and bought his first charter boat. He’s operated Dockside Charters since the 1980s, and now runs 45-foot and 50-foot charter boats. He has the weathered face of a man who’s loves the ocean, and a quiet, friendly demeanor that erupts every time he yells “fish on!”

Lars is the fisherman mentor in our Oregon Bounty “Cuisinternship” contest, which will give seven lucky people the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Oregon for an ultimate foodie getaway (that’s right, you could spend a week as a winemaker, chef, brewmaster, cheesemaker and chocolatier, distiller, rancher or fisherman). Check out a video about Lars and learn how to enter the contest.

The Oregon Coast is full of culinary discoveries, like the Oregon Albacore tuna fish and chips right off the boat at Bowpicker in Astoria, the Oregon Oyster Farms east of Newport, or the Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge in Gold Beach. Go to Travel Oregon’s new culinary travel website to plan an Oregon Coast getaway.

Check back on Wednesday… “On the Road” is heading to Southern Oregon to make cheese and chocolate. Cheers!

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