Friday, May 05, 2006

5/5/06 Cinco de Mayo on the Atlantic Ocean

Actually I totally forgot until we were on the drive home, but here is how we celebrated our holiday. (I will edit in more story tomorrow, but for now, pictures.)

Not far from where Mr. John was sitting (off the corner) is bait balled up by some dolphins & something else (not determined yet) that were crashing it. The dolphins left, but whatever the 3 other fish were, they were not interested in us but only their glass minnows. Picture on the right shows our boat drifting right over them.

Here is Mr. John with his first mahi mahi ever caught. It was barely legal size so he went back in the water to grow up.

M had a most unfortunate day. Jack handed a pole over to M with something (?) on and we all hoped it was a mahi mahi. In the end, it turned out to be one of the remoras that were following the male/female mahi mahi. Right after releasing this, M caught the bull mahi on a shrimp and he bit the line in two. Then, M happened to catch the cow (both were acrobatic fish). I am the blame for his losing her because my knot didn't stay tied and she swam off w/ the hook. About the time we were all ready to leave, the cow came back for more chunks of cut bait.

I don't know how this happened but Jack landed the hook in the fish on Mr. John's pole. After several spectacular runs, I almost netted the fish, almost made us lose it, then Jack gaffed it as John held the pole. In the end, it turned out to be the cow mahi that M had just lost and the other hook was still in her mouth. So, you could say it was a collaborative catch for our boat.

A little side story:
On the way back in, we stopped at some floating debris, which turned out to be a child's toy and found a tripletail & mini-trigger fish hiding under it. The tripletail was too small to keep, plus, 'she' wasn't hungry today. Here are a couple pictures from that.

See the blk trigger under the pink bike?

The tripletail is the brown spot left of the golden seaweed.

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