|Cleaning a Triggerfish we bought from the lobster guy.
|Sharing Kaliks with Bumpy
So, after a particularly cold couple of days, (down to 9 Celsius) we left early (0630) Wednesday. As we readied the boat to leave, we watched the International Space Station travel overhead. We motored out the Bell Channel at sunrise and headed for Great Stirrup Cay. The crossing was uneventful – except we learned that our alternator regulator doesn’t work and an engine part designed to keep us from sinking was dripping water all over the engine. Unfortunately, the dolphin pod we encountered on this 56 mile crossing last year was not available so we had to be content with watching the flying fish as they skipped over the water, trying to get away from us.
We had a quiet night at Great Stirrup – the stars were unbelievable and the moon was so bright that you could see the bottom in 12 feet of water (3.69 meters).
In the morning we gathered our curled up anchor chain – not sure we needed an anchor that night, it was so calm – and headed out at 0700 for Nassau, another 50 miles.
|Anchor chain lying on the bottom
Pam has figured out how to use some hooks from last year along with “hoochie” skirts to make lures – rather than buy them at $12 a pop and lose them to a barracuda. WELL, do they ever work! We caught an 5 pound Yellowfin Tuna just before we anchored at Great Stirrup and then the next morning we landed a 3 or 4 pound Mackerel, an Amber Jack (could have been an evil Cravelle Jack so he didn’t come aboard - a local fisherman told us you could eat them but you'll get the 'shittins') and a Barracuda (also unwelcome on the Blue Pearl.) We’ll have to start throwing out steaks to make room for all the fish. We had better luck in 18 hours than we had in 4 months last year.
|Seared Tuna in ginger and sesame!!!
Brad arrives on Monday and we will leave for the Exumas on Tuesday. All the best for the holiday season to you all and a Happy Birthday to Jackson on the 23rd.