"Within the first 20 minutes of the start of the tour, Kirk already had a greedy dungeness crab hanging onto his fishing pole. We tossed it back, of course, but not before he showed us how to tell males from females.
The tour ended with Kirk showing us how to poke pole for monkeyface eel (which isn't actually an eel, I learned). Imagine a spear crossed with a fishing pole that you stick into holes in the rocks, and pulling out an eel (but not!) with it. Also, the name "poke pole". Heh.
Before we left, Kirk even recommended an awesome place for lunch to us, since we were most definitely craving seafood after a cold morning of learning. A great way to spend 2.5 hours, for sure."
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"I'm not going to say much about Kirk's fantastic, #1 best of the best amaze-balls coastal foraging tour. I'm just going to tell you that if you haven't yet partaken you're really missing out on something great: Fascinating. Informative. Funny. Interactive. Useful. Funny. Fun. Practical. Entertaining. Kirk loves what he does and loves to teach you how to do it too. In 2.5 hours with Kirk I learned more useful information about sustainable fishing, ecology, marine biology, and getting food from our oceans and bays than I did in my entire high school and college curriculum combined. And I had more fun learning it. Much more fun.
If you have even half an ounce of interest, pick up a ticket (often on Goldstar) and get yourself down to Kirk's Coastal Foraging Tour. Dress really warmly or you'll be sorry. I was comfortable in a North Face Snowboarding parka, a beanie, and gloves in August. This might sound like something for the kids, but Kirk's a salty fellow. If you don't want the kiddies hearing a few well-placed f-bombs best to leave them home."
"A friend of mine is a member of Kirk's Sea Forager Seafood -- his community supported fishery (CSF) that provides locally-sourced seafood -- so we decided to take his urban tour. One word: amazing! He showed us how to catch red and dungeness crabs, poke pole for monkey-faced eel, collect edible mussels and way way more. His knowledge about local sources of fish and other seafood is outstanding, as is his passion for sustainability. A thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile way to spend an afternoon."
"So fun. We flung mesh boxes dangling from fishing poles into the waves to cratch crabs. All the crabs were described. We watched him catch a Monkey Faced eel. We learned about easily picked edibles like limpets, snails and mussles. And Kirk Lombard is very very entertaining."
"KIrk gives great tour and he is multi-talented. Ask him to sing you a song! Ok, maybe that's not part of the tour, but he's got strong pipes. The city tour was loads of fun. Kirk showed us how to catch the coveted monkey face eel , red crabs, dungeness crabs , night smelt, herring and other sustainable fish. Check out the Seaforager website for the sustainable fish subscription if you are local. It's a great program. Also, eat more sardines! They are fantastic."
"Kirk Lombard's Foraging Tour was awesome! He showed us many of his secrets, tips and tricks for catching differnet kinds of fish, eel and crab. He even caught a couple of carbs with a fishing pole and bait box!! That was quite exciting. It was windy and cloudy but still somehow managed to get a little sun/wind burned. But it was worth it. I just wished it was longer, even though we did go a lil over the 2.5hrs. I definitely recommend booking this event!! I found Kirk's Foraging Tour very informative, i now have a desire to go and catch me some smelt :) I would definately go again, maybe Kirk will take us with him on one of his fishing trips... wishful thinking. "