Fish Tacos & Boat Rescue on the Rocks

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Fried Lake Trout Cheeks.

Fried Lake Trout Cheeks.

Late on a Saturday
In the end of July,
I was checking my email,
But I don’t know why.

My days were all full
With charters of fishing,
Sightseeing and cruising,
Without any wishing.

My eye caught a message
From someone like me,
With the same first name,
So I had to see…


Brian and his wife
Were here from away,
They wanted some supper
In a strange way.


“We crave fish tacos
To put on our plate,
But the fish store is closed,
For salmon, it’s too late.”

I managed to get them
Out on my boat,
On Monday evening,
For fish we did float.

A few hours later
On the radio waves,
A call from the Coast Guard,
Came pleas to save…

A grounded sailor
Having some grief,
Near Manitou Island
Stuck on a reef.

We already caught
Our limit of trout,
So we answered the call,
And then headed out.

To pull the mariner
Off of the rock,
So he could get going,
Back to the dock.

Cruising flat waters
We arrived on the scene,
Of four desperate people,
Who never had dreamed…

Out here in the waters
They’d ever get grounded,
The maps showed no hazard,
Their keel, by rocks pounded.

With two engines pulling
On a good, strong line,
We felt them moving,
In a short time.

A few minutes later
The sailboat was floating,
Back in deep water,
And so we were going…

The submerged quartz vein at Manitou Island

The submerged quartz vein at Manitou Island

To see some quartz –
A natural formation,
Near a steep cliff,
A Mother Nature creation.

They had their fish tacos
By the end of the day,
Plus a little bonus,
In a rescuing way.

For a different perspective of fishing, rescue and tacos from clients Brian and Michelle’s see their blog here: Cruisin with the Colemans blog.

Brian and Michelle with their catch

Brian and Michelle with their catch

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About Brian Helminen

Brian is the owner and Captain of Sand Point Charters, LLC. He also owns and operates Designotype Printers, Inc. with his wife, Margaret. They have a cottage on Lac La Belle that can be rented by the week in the summertime.

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