Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Gone Fishin'

Take one fishing boat; add brilliant sunshine and calm waters; throw in some friends and good food and you've got yourself a great day.  Land 14 fighting Dorado and see dolphins swimming by the boat, spot a pilot whale, seals, turtles and marlin -- well, you've got yourself an over the top, flat out, fantastic day.
Roger's gone deep sea fishing four times before but has never had much luck. The night before we went he joked that having women on board is bad luck.  By the end of the day, he was eating his words.
Roger was the first one to land a Dorado (mahi mahi).  The smile on his face was great to see and it set the tone for the rest of the day. The first mate, Joel, (below) was constantly adjusting the lines and was very handy with the grappling hook to bring the fighting fish on board.  He gladly accepted the cold beer that Roger served him, and by the time we headed back to San Carlos, Joel had cranked up the music and the Captain just laughed and said that Joel was a happy man.
All of us had a chance to fish and I now understand the rush that fisherman get when they land a fish that put up a good fight. 
We saw lots of marlin, but none of them were hungry.  A school of dolphins stayed with us for awhile and it was fun watching them at the bow of the boat and occasionally jump up and spin around.  Seals, a shark, a pilot whale (below) and some sea turtles rounded out our sea adventure.
When we returned to the San Carlos marina, Joel and some helpers helped to clean our bountiful catch. Within an hour we had a cooler full of fillets and between the two families, we've shared with several friends and co-workers.  We've made fish tacos, grilled, and fried them -- all incredibly delicious.
As always, we had a great time with Tracey and her husband Matt and daughter, Matti-Lyn. Our captain, Arturo, and first mate, Joel, were really knowledgeable and we learned a lot from them.
We chalked up another terrific experience - but then again -- how could we go wrong with all the right ingredients?

"I love fishing.  You put that line in the water and you don't know what's on the other end. Your imagination is under there."                                                                                        Robert Altman

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