My beloved better half is still in Ohio helping her Mom and Dad after his recent surgery. He left the hospital yesterday and went home overnight. However, it was decided today that he could use a few days of rehab, so now he is in rehab for a while.
In the meantime, I’m making my best effort to enjoying the waters of the Keys. I’m so glad we decided to make the passage from Marco Island to Key West before she had to leave. I love the water here. I love the diving, snorkeling and fishing.
Today, I ventured forth on a day of fishing aboard the Linda D V, a forty-foot charter boat captained by Billy Wickers III. We left around eight this morning and returned around two this afternoon. It was a fun day on the water, although the action was scarce… and what we had was at the beginning of the day. Suddenly,within a few minutes of putting out six lines (there were four paying customers on board, along with the captain and first mate), fish were on five of the six lines simultaneously. We must have encountered a school of tuna. A husband and wife team landed two nice blackfin tuna. The other three fish got away. About fifteen minutes later, a nice fish hit my line and a brief though intense struggle ensued. By the time my four-foot long wahoo had been gaffed by the first mate and brought aboard, both arms were burning from the fight. What fun!
Unfortunately, that was the last fish landed for the entire day. It was a slow day out on the waters today. The captain kept in touch with the other boats out of Key West. My wahoo was the only one landed on the day. I believe we were the only boat that landed tuna as well. I was thankful for the wahoo. Our first mate, Eli, filleted our fish when we were back at the dock. I shared my wahoo with the rest of the gang and still have enough for several meals here on Beatitude.
I’ve got more diving lined up for the next few days. I’m looking forward to more time “under the sea.”