Monday, February 18, 2008

Del Kyle, Port Side Marine, Avila and Old Port San Luis

I have never really understood where Avila ends and Port San Luis begins. Nevertheless, when you drive past Avila the road ends at Port San Luis where you will find some of the friendliest sea side dwellers anywhere.

One ambassador is Del Kyle from the Port Side Marine Bait and Tackle Mini Mart.

Unlike many shops today that are tended to by 16 year olds or people who lack a strong command of speaking English, Port Side Marine is professionally staffed by Del and he was able to hook us up with exactly what we needed.

We picked out a shinny new pole for $28.95 and made our way to the counter. Our criteria of choosing a pink color had been met. It was more red than pink. But to Alexandra, it was perfect. When we asked Del about tackle, he reached around the corner and picked another rod - same color, but all set up for a day of pier fishing.

"I put this together for son of the gal who helps me out here in the store" Del said. "I will rig him another one later." So with our pole in hand, hooks, lures, and a 2 oz. sinker - off to the pier we went.

As we walked out the door, Bob and Marlin were sitting outside. Bob lives there, Marlin lives around the point. Although Del had given us some advice about the middle of the pier, Alexandra wanted to get some more local knowledge. Bob confirmed the middle of the pier suggestion - "maybe further out a bit if necessary" - and they gave us 50-50 odds.

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