We (literally) dusted off our fishing pole this week and got that reel back in action during our sail from Salinas to the Spanish Virgins! It feels like it’s been ages since actually hooking our own catch of the day. Luckily, our passage to the Spanish Virgins didn’t disappoint!
After a few false sargassum weed alarms tricking us into thinking we caught something good, we were shocked, to say the least, when the first actual fish we hooked was a tuna! A tuna, people! Unfortunately for us, that guy wasn’t as excited as we were and managed to come unhooked just as we were pulling him into the boat. It’s a sad sad day when you lose a tuna.
But now we were totally energized and ready to catch another one! Oliver included! That dog is so well trained to the sound of a fish on the line. Sheesh, it’s unreal how excited he gets when he hears the line dragging.
Using all of our normal fishing gear, we kept a line trolling off the boat during our quick passage from Vieques to Culebra, where we hooked, and thankfully, reeled in, a pretty hefty fish shortly into our trip. At first, we thought we had a wahoo, but upon closer inspection we figured it was more of the mackerel family variety.
We still weren’t totally convinced, so I went ahead and spoiled one of Jer’s birthday presents that I’d been hiding on the boat (his birthday is coming up in December). I busted out the new fish book I had planned to give him later this month so we could look through it and figure out exactly what we had caught.
Final determination…some variety of king mackerel, or kingfish. We were right all along.
^^Happy (early) Birthday Jer! Lol.^^
And if catching that first guy wasn’t good enough, immediately after catching the first, we brought in another decent sized kingfish!
Yup, I think it’s safe to say we have our fishing mojo back! Lol. ;))
Just when we were about to put the pole away for the day, something massive took our line. It peeled that baby out in record speed before ripping off one of the three hooks on the treble hook from our lucky lure. The new one we just bought. :(( Oh well, it happens.
We still have no idea what we caught and quickly lost, but we know for sure it was big.
Here’s to hoping we catch at least one stinking tuna before our cruising days are over.
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