Monday, February 13, 2017

Fish On!

We timed our crossing from Eleuthera to the Exumas with a nice ENE wind to carry us comfortably on our SW heading.  With all sails up, we were happily sailing along at 5-6 knots in the 10-15 knot breeze.  The scene was quite pleasant, and on several occasions, we saw schools of flying fish coming out of the water around us.  Well, it was just the previous day that we had spent time on s/v Let It Be, where we had some diving and fishing, and I guess I had the bug enough to try my hand at dragging a hook behind the boat.  As you know, you can only catch fish if you have a hook in the water.

After about an hour we heard the spool start running out, and low and behold, it was a fish!  Not just any fish, but a Mahi Mahi!  And what a beautiful fish she was.  When you first spot the color of a mahi mahi, the brilliant yellow, green and blue colors glow neon.  By the time it was beside the boat, it was already loosing its color, but Kristen still managed to capture some of the brilliance in the second photo.  By the time it was on deck, it had had its final shot of tequila and the color was long faded.  I spent the next hour filleting and cleaning up the mess on the leeward decks (thankfully remembering that the mess could wash off the boat that way).  We now have a freezer full of fish and an experience to remember. Thank you fish.  

We are now exploring the Exuma Land and Sea Park, and will spend then next few weeks here before heading further south to Georgetown.  

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