Saturday, May 31, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
They say the apple never falls very far from the tree. It's true.
Here, Dad and I are outside fileting the mahi that I brought up from our local waters. We had a very wonderful & fresh seafood dinner on Thurs night.
Mom steamed some mahi and Chilian sea bass while Jack grilled the other side of mahi for the boys. (I bought a whole 5 lb fish.) Then, Mom made basmati white rice and sauteed spinach. Then, the meal was completed with a Hong Kong style sauce, which had ginger & soy sauce as two of the ingredients. It melted in our mouths. Mom is a great cook. We enjoy sharing recipes, especially fish ones.
Mom and Dad in the row boat first, while......
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Nope, but we sure did see some foreign creatures.
I hope to be posting some fishing pictures again soon. Have a safe Memorial Day weekend on the water. Remember, safety first!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
We left off last with us in the heart of the channel. We passed all the tourny boats waiting to go home. We passed this under-construction dry storage building. Oh...... and Jack is trying to park Mike's 32' Luhrs between two multi-million dollar yachts.
I went to the front of the boat to throw the docklines to whomever would receive them. I was so totally freaked out about Jack's having to park this boat, I didn't catch a picture of the tight spot he had to hit. Parallel parking in high school was a piece of cake compared to this.
I did however, manage to take a picture of the 4 kids who had climbed back in the tower to get a great view of Jack's parking the boat. If you look closely in the window, Jack is turning the wheel and concentrating on the task at hand.
The 15 minutes that we were there, we saw both the owners of these boats get out and talk with each other. I was pretty sure that they both had eaten caviar on crackers, sipping champagne, for dinner appetizers.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
We left off a couple days ago while we were all catching red snappers. Helen was pretty happy about her luck bottom fishing. I think Mike liked it too but maybe trolling is more his thing.
After we were all finished up with fishing, it was time to call the kids out of the tower. It's like their own mini-fort in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. They sure do enjoy themselves up there. (Excuse the water blurb there.)
Twenty miles and 50 minutes later, we make it to the mouth of Port Canaveral. Oh..... home port never looked so good. It had been close to 12 hrs on the water at this point. We passed 2 ships on the way in. Behind my son is the Disney cruise ship.
Once we clear the jetty rocks and we start getting into the heart of the channel, we have a No Wake zone. This one isn't for manatees, but rather because they want no horsing around while recreation boats are loading/unloading, cruisers are going by and commercial fishing boats are also thrown into the mix.
Here is another view looking back. Each white speck you see is another boat. It was insane. This is why we hate to fish Sat/ Sun.
We arrived back at the marina fuel dock about 5pm. There are 2 multi-million dollar yachts & a center console already tied up. Jack approached the dock perpendicular to parking it. It was the only way to fit a 32' boat in a space about 37' long.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
A husband and wife came for counseling after 20 years of marriage.When asked what the problem was, the wife went into a passionate,painful tirade listing every problem they had ever had in the 20 years they had been married.She went on and on and on: neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness,loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list ofunmet needs she had endured over the course of their marriage.
Finally, after allowing this to go on for a sufficient length of time,the therapist got up, walked around the desk and after asking the wife to stand, embraced and kissed her passionately as her husband watched with a raised eyebrow. The woman shut up and quietly sat down as though in a daze.
The therapist turned to the husband and said, 'This is what your wife needs at least three times a week. Can you do this?'The husband thought for a moment and replied, 'Well, I can drop her off here on Mondays and Wednesdays, but on Fridays, I fish.'
Monday, May 12, 2008
Then Helen's daughter gets the next one. She is pretty pleased with herself but disappointed we have to release it.
Helen between her fish.
This is Helen's first red snapper - ever!
It was pretty evident to Jack that no large groupers were home but only small red snappers. We moved 2 mi over to another snapper hole. In this particular area, there is a wide area of good bottom debris. I think some sort of ship has broken up over time and the debris has spread with each hurricane. After hurricane season, we'll go to a known wreck and it won't be exactly there any more.
We called the kids out and let them continue fighting fish at spot #2. Again, a double hook-up, which is common with snapper.My son pulled in one but then retreated to the tower. He doesn't do well with smelling the diesel fumes.
Here's Mike and Helen's son who pulled up his snapper. This was part of a triple hook-up. I didn't catch a pic of his fish, but Helen did.
I had turned around to see these two fighting their fish. My youngest grunted and fought this thing all the way to the top. It gives me giggles to watch him work so hard.......
.... for this snapper.
Eventually, all the kids went back up the tower to watch Helen and I fish. I took my youngest's light action spinning rod. I've always heard fishermen say that the bigget fish will take the lightest line. It ended up being true. I had hot pole of for the next while. This snapper was 19.5". Just shy 1/2 " of the legal limit. I also caught another 18" right after this.
We also pulled up some black sea bass and 1 trigger during our time at this hole. It sure was a lot of fun inspite of having nothing in the cooler. The sea bass and trigger were keepers but not big enough to bother with the mess.
Stay tuned for the ride home.........
There were a couple times the boys were sleeping together on this chair. The other side was pre-occupied by a G-I-R-L, which is a bad word in my guys' minds. LOL. Not only was she a girl, but she had a stuffed animal in her hands. I tell you what, she could even fish with that thing in her hands!!
After much jesting about that fish, there was nothing left to do but put the lines out again. We had some fish steal our ballyhoo but no official knock-downs to give us a good fight.
It was a gorgeous day on the water and plenty of blue water everywhere we looked, but no activity on top. Above, you can see the water is laying down to a near-flat look. Soon after I took this, Mike decides to change scenery. We did troll another area south, but we still had no fish for our efforts.
That's when Jack decided to switch up the game plan...... (to be continued)
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Here she is as she passes us. Nothing makes you feel small like being next to a cruise ship.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the morning of the tourny news.
Friday, May 09, 2008
We will be getting up at 4am, at the port at 5am, hopefully in the water soon after that, then competing in the Dodge Offshore Tournament. Because the entry fee is $0, everybody and their brother will be out there to compete as long as they are registered. My job is to make some egg salad & pbj sandwiches, fill water bottles, ice down sodas, get sunblock & chips corralled, poles & tackle piled at the front door, etc. Jack is likely heading down to the Captain's meeting with Mike (Captain of the boat we're fishing on) in a little while.
Please pray and wish us safety first. Tournaments like this (i.e. free) draw out some people lacking respect and knowledge. It will be a zoo at the docks and probably running all over each other's territory on the Atlantic ocean. Some Captains are very professional, but others aren't. This is why we usually don't fish Saturday/Sundays.
Secondly, we want God's will be done. Winning would be fantastic but fun is mainly our objective. Catching fish is great, but if we don't have a hero, we'll stay out and fish until dark. If we have a hero, we come in at 4pm to weigh-in the beast.
This is our family's 1st tournament. Oh, we aren't fishing in our boat, but w/ our friend's bigger boat. There will be 4 children on board. Again, safety is our biggest importance.Hopefully, next time I get on here, I'll have some results for you. Pictures are guaranteed unless my camera falls a couple hundred feet down to the ocean floor.
Edited to Add (ETA): As we ran our afternoon errands on Merritt Island, we saw numerous offshore boats at gas pumps and being toted around the roads. People are getting ready!!
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Here I am washing down the back for pictures. Pretty in Pink. Btw, they're coming out with pink rod & reels for lady fishermen now.