Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Fishing

WAS INSANE!  Each buoy that we recovered looked like a fish tank underneath.  Mostly Mahi Mahi, but also a few Wahoo (ono), Yellowfin Tuna (ahi) and a few very nice Rainbow Runners.

We would approach the buoy, hook into it, recover it on deck through the A-frame and start recovering the mooring line onto our deck winch.  The line recovery usually takes 2.5-3.5 hours and is the time we were able to catch some fish.   We had just snatched thier home, so they all transfered over to the stern of our boat to follow us.

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We’ve never really been given a chance to fish during a live operation before.  Normally we put out handlines when we are steaming between stations or doing surveys.  We are loaded with trolling gear, but had precious few jigs for use with a rod and reel.

The next two photos show and brand new Shimano Butterfly jig after one day of use.  The fish violated everything we had and they eventually broke off all of our jigs.

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A little improvising was in order.  We raided the butter knives and made some new jigs down in the machine shop.  We caught a lot of fish with these! 

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I’ve been getting lots of questions about what we are going to do with all of the fish we caught.   First off, the galley made some fabulous meals with it as it was fresh. However we still have a whole bunch in the freezer.

The rest of it will be used something like this:
1. Put on a fork
2. Put in mouth
3. Chew and swallow
4. Repeat

Nothing goes to waste.

Most of the operational photos I have are on a memory stick and will have to wait until I can sit at a computer.

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San Diego

We just returned from 38 days servicing buoys along the equator just West of the Galapagos Islands.   Again our internet was so poor that there was no chance to make a new post.

As we steamed North past the South end of Baja,  we were relived from the ungodly humid and hot conditions and now that we’ve arrived in San Diego it’s rainy and cool.  Being from the Pacific Northwest, the weather doesn’t bother me, but some of my shipmates look like Ralphie ‘ s little brother in the Christmas Story movie.

When more time allows, I’ll make a full update with all the photos.  Until then, stay classy.

I’ll also update my ongoing fight with the National Maritime Center slacker who’s been reviewing my application for 200 master.

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