OYSTERVILLE — One way or another, Patrick M. Schenk Sr. has been in the charter fishing business out of Ilwaco since the 1960s. As might be expected, he has tales to tell! The public is invited to come to the Oysterville Schoolhouse next Thursday, Nov. 16, to hear Schenk tell about five decades of running charters at the mouth of the Columbia River.
“At first, when I was still in school I worked with my dad in the summers for his Columbia Bar Charters. Even after I graduated, I always had two or three jobs,” Schenk said. “I’ve worked on boats, been in construction, was a custodian for the Ocean Beach School District while I was waiting for a job to open up back in the ‘80s, and then taught high school math until I retired in 2010.”
He is owner/operator of Sea Breeze Charters, a fourth-generation family-run business. Their fleet of seven boats runs charter trips for halibut, salmon, bottom fish, albacore tuna and sturgeon during the various seasons May through September. Off season, when not at the helm of his boat Four Sea’sons, Schenk is likely to be found at the Peninsula Golf Course.
Schenk was a theater major “back in the day” and his fish stories should keep his Oysterville audience well entertained. His hour-long talk will begin at 10 a.m., with a question and answer period to follow. This will be the last of the 2017 Fall Lecture Series at the historic Oysterville School.