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.

TT

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