For the time being, I will be happy renting and borrowing other people's boats. While there I took an eco-tour on a Zodiac type raft, watched my wife and kids go para-sailing and rented a wave runner for a while. All were fun. The wave runner may be a toy in my future. I had the one I rented up to 50 mph - I couldn't hear anything but the wind in my ears. Quite fun.
But back to sport fishing. I invited Jonathan from ChicagoBoyz to go along. He didn't listen to me when I begged him to take Dramamine before he came and paid the price a bit on the boat, even though it was a rather calm day out there (pretty much perfect). I have never had a problem on the big water with motion sickness.
The boat was functional. Filthy, but functional. Things like that do piss me off a bit though. If I owned a boat like this I would be incredibly anal about it. Everything would be spotless, and in perfect working condition. Here is a photo of the boat just as the sun is coming up.
We caught a beautiful sunrise.And the chase was, as they say, ON.
We began by chumming for bait fish. We were out by a large buoy and they chummed to attract these fish called speedos. We used small poles with small chunks of fish attached as bait and started reeling those babies in. I think I got around a dozen. They were fun to catch and I could see hundreds of them swarming in and around the chum. Here is a photo of a bunch in the live well.
The first thing we did was troll for a while. I was shocked at how fast we had to troll with lures. When fishing for salmon on the great lakes, you simply go two or three miles per hour. Out on the ocean, we were trolling at almost full speed! We had two hookups out the back as seen here and one out each side. We usually have nine or ten lines in the water when salmon fishing.
While trolling, I made the first catch, this beautiful dolphin (also called mahi-mahi) that we ate for lunch. It fought about as well as a coho.
And here it is all prepared for lunch later. Three preparations...blackened, beer battered and fried, and in a sorrel cream sauce. TASTY.
Later, we went fishing for amber jack. This was done by hooking up one of our live baits to a hook and sinking him to the ocean depths. The amber jacks were hitting instantly. I had a huge one on and lost it to a damned shark. You can see video of it (and me swearing) at a post Jonathan did here.
We lost a few more with much less fanfare, then Jonathan saved the day by hooking into a 45 pound (estimate) amber jack and landing that son of a bitch.
Here he is with his fashionable and functional shoes (inside joke here) working the chair.
And look at the monster he landed. Absolutely awesome. I love it.
Jonathan actually iced that thing down and tossed it in his trunk and drove it back to his place for butchering. Quite a mess I am sure that was.
Sorry to say that is all the game fish we landed. But the day was beautiful, and the conversation interesting. I had a blast - and it was great to meet Jonathan.