Meanwhile, passenger Mark Hamlett, 52, tried to put a moment of doubt behind him. A Portland contractor and a competitive bass fisherman, Hamlett was the leader of an angling party that included his two grown sons; his son-in-law, Brian Loll; and Brian's dad, Ed. "When we got to the docks that morning," Hamlett recalls, "my first thought was, Â¿Â¿Â¿That boat's awful small.'" Hamlett considered calling off the trip, but he didn't. He knew that 3 or 4 miles off the Oregon coast, 100 feet down, the reefs are rife with fish every spring: 5-pound black sea bass, seatrout, ling cod, canary rockfish, and yelloweye. "I went against my better judgment," Hamlett says. "Ed really wanted to go out."