Lucky? or Good?

Yesterday morning we left Bimini and started sailing in conditions that really could only be called “idyllic.” Winds were light, but more than enough to keep the boat moving at 5 knots. Sunny. Calm seas. Perfect temperatures. Pretty much reminding us exactly why we love to travel this way.

Just north of the island, the wind faded a bit, and we started to slow down. At the same time on the sonar I noticed some large lumps and holes 600 feet under the boat, with a cloud of fish suspended above them. I promised Karen I would stop JUST long enough to catch ONE fish for dinner. I have to be a bit selective at the beginning of a voyage. Since our freezers are full with purchased provisions, there isn’t a lot of room left for fish, but this looked like prime territory for deep water snapper, absolutely delicious fish.

I positioned the boat, and set up a drift across the area that looked interesting, and rigged up with a 300 gram vertical jig, and sent the lure off into the depths.

Reaching the bottom in these depths can take a while, but eventually the lure stopped falling, and I tensioned up on the line. Hmmm…. That’s odd… Oh! I’m bit! Fish on! I was expecting a queen snapper, but this was a blackfin tuna. It was surely the shortest fishing stop I have ever had! We cleaned him, and squeezed most of him into the freezer, saving out a some to make tuna poke for dinner. Fresh! Tasty!

The rest of our 36 hour trip was about evenly divided between motoring in nearly none existent winds , and a “boisterous” sail into North Eleuthera where we anchored in a sheltered harbor to wait out tonight’s frontal passage.

There is ONE exception to the full freezer rule: Karen has stated she will ALWAYS find a way to put away wahoo fillets. So whenever conditions allow we are dragging lines for these large torpedoes of the sea with large lures (10+ inches long). Just as we were getting ready to pull our lines in for the evening, we hooked ANOTHER Blackfin tuna. A really ambitious little blackfin, attacking a lure that was probably 1/3 of his body length! Not wahoo, but fresh tuna is a very close second, so we squeezed him into the freezer too.

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3 Responses to Lucky? or Good?

  1. Robert Johnson says:

    How many Amels have a high quality fish finder aboard?


    • Bill Kinney says:

      I can’t say for sure… It is unlikely we are absolutely unique, but they are not common, and certainly are not standard equipment. It always surprises me how little cross fertilization there is between sailors and fisherman.


    • Bill Kinney says:

      We certainly can’t be totally unique, but they are not common, and certainly are not standard equipment. I am always surprised about the lack of cross-fertilization between serious sailors and serious fisherman. I feel lucky to have a foot in both of those camps.


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