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A Good Day Fishing

Catching the bait
Our guide Robert catching the bait for our day of fishing

I was fortunate enough to be asked by two fellow visitors to join them for a day of fishing this week. Now you have to understand that not by any standards would I be termed a fisherman. However as I learned, there may be something to the saying of “A bad day fishing is better than a good day…”.

Karen and I woke that morning to the wind whipping through the mangroves all around us and the sky heavily overcast. We conferred with one of the owners of our resort and he assured us it would be ok out on the water. With great trepidation we headed south to the dock we were to meet everyone at. The plan was for Karen to go diving with the wife of one of the fellows I was fishing with. They are a fantastic couple from Indiana whom we had the pleasure of meeting on previous trips here and had been lucky enough to meet up with again.

They apparently had a great day diving and saw tonnes of fish, dozens of nurse sharks and more eels than they counted on.

Karen cruising along
Karen checking out the area
Karen hanging out
Karen stopping to pose for a photo op

Our fishing party headed out into choppy waters with the wind blowing hard. I must confess to a bit of a weak stomach when it comes to rough waters and was quite concerned with embarrassing myself by spending the day hurling over the side of the boat. I believe it is politely called chumming the water to attract the fish. I can happily report I survived the entire day without even the inclination to be sick, and trust me there was no lack of sitting wallowing in the waves throughout the day. No small victory for me. Robert took us down the coast a ways and cast his net to collect our bait for the day. We then spent a very pleasant morning catching a dozen or so snapper and grunt fish. I even caught a baby barracuda, about 10 inches long that we threw back in.

Pier on the north end of the island
A scenic pier just north of where we went ashore for lunch

Just after noon we went ashore and Robert prepared a delicious lunch of some of our fresh caught fish, potato, and some ceviche. It was a taste treat that is very hard to beat.

Robert working his magic over the coals
The making of an excellent meal

The afternoon session got very exciting for me when Robert spotted a barracuda swimming near our boat. He hooked up some bait and handed me the rod. Let me tell you there is no question when a barracuda takes the bait, WOW! It took around 8 – 10 minutes to bring the fish on board and it was very impressive. I couldn’t get the smile off my face.

One very happy novice fisherman
The biggest catch of the day, and I must say the two experienced fisherman on the boat were nothing but gracious about the newbie getting the big one.
About a 25lb barracuda
The thing didn’t even fit in the cooler

We got some more fishing in after that but the wind started picking up even more and we wrapped it up a couple of hours before it got dark.

Enjoying the experience
My friend from Indiana showing me how it is done
Check out those teeth

Robert cleaned and filleted all the fish for us and sent us home with several meals. I must say the barracuda was very tasty that night and I am looking forward to trying many different recipes with it.

A skilled professional at work
It is always impressive to watch someone who is skilled at their trade

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

1 comment on “A Good Day Fishing

  1. Nice work Pete! Glad the trout out here don’t have teeth like that! Could make for some interesting wading!!

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