|...Yellow Fin Tuna....|
On the way over, I finally landed out first tuna, it was a 28" yellow fin tuna. We both were so excited. How wonderful to finally land a really nice fish on Island Spirit. We have trailed fishing lines for thousands of miles and today, we finally landed a nice proper sized tuna, and a yellow fin as that. One of the best. We estimate that this created 16 meals at least and we will share with other boaters. What a great treat!
Island Spirit 1, Fish 1,002, so let the games continue. Right now, the fish are winning :-)
Here are some photos of the adventure.
|The day started calm in Kidds Cove Elizabeth Harbour, George Town|
|It was a calm motoring day, no sails|
I set out out the lines before we went around the reef and out Conch Cut to sea, but it was not until 7 to 8 miles offshore that the rod dipped and the reel started running out. We had to stop the boat as I could not reel in the fish. After 5-10 minutes. I had the fish along side, Radeen handed me the gaff . I gaffed the fish and landed it into the cockpit. Now the chaos began, We sprayed the fish with fresh rum and that calmed it while I proceeded to knock it out and then bleed it out. Lucky for us, we were also running the watermaker and we had a full tank of water, so we used the fresh water to clean the fish AND the cockpit. All in all, it was exciting, but Radeen was not quite as excited about the entire landing as I was. So, we now have procedures to work out and improve. :-)
|I caught this tuna on a Cedar Plug|
|Yellow Tail Tuna|
|I tried to get every piece of meat to not waste any|
|Chipped gelcoat repairs. I hit this corner with a winch handle...|
|No problem, tape it and paint it...got it covered|
|Every IP needs to carry some ivory paint, got it...spray, spray...fixed|
|Done....what fish damage? It is gone.|
Tonite on anchor, we thought we might actually see our first green flash, but the sunset did not produce one. Still, look how beautiful the sunset was. It was a really great day on the boat. Something new all the time. We have lots to learn about fishing, that is for sure!
Then it was time for a seared tuna steak, pasta with veggies in a honey and rosemary sauce with some red wine, Bogle Cabernet.What a perfect day....
|Tuna Steak seared|
|Red in the center, perfect|
Good night to all, and to all a good night....Thank you for sailing along.
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