|We caught a number of tuna when Nick|
was on board - always right at dinner time!
As of now, our score is:
9 for S/V Trillium's catch
6 for the fish who have taken our lures
1 for the bird (who lost his life when he dove for a lure and got hooked)
1 for the huge fish that cracked our pole and got away with the big one we we trying to bring in (apparently this happens frequently when a fish has been hooked and slows down a bigger one snatches it often taking the lure and part of the line!)
|Nick reeled in several tunas.|
One was not to be turned away. He ended up with a hook in his eye and beak. By the time we got him to the boat, it was too late to save him. He had drowned on the long reeling in process. We had to cut the hook to release him from the line. Both he and his partner had been diving at our lures. They were targeting their dinner, as were we. Neither of us were successful!
|Priska removing the hook form the bird.|
|Dennis usually fillets the fish and I clean and cook it! We|
only use the fillets and toss the rest back to the sea.
No blood allowed on the teak decks!
|A Wahoo - FINALLY!|
We finally landed a 36" Wahoo after losing two lures. Wahoo have very sharp teeth so it could have been one who bit off one lure. We are changing the fishing lines to 100 pound test as the fish out here are huge and we will run out of lures if we can't keep them on the line!
|And sometimes it just turns out to be a mess!|
We haven't fished in Fiji as all of the fish belong to the villages. If one does catch a fish, you must take it ashore and hand it over. The villages own everything from the sea and whatever grows on land. We will put lines back in the water on our way to Vanuatu. But we have meat and poultry to consume before we reach New Caledonia and New Zealand where they have strict laws on what you cannot bring into the country.