We caught our first last week when we were passing on the "outside" from Allen's Cay to Norman's. Despite the wind blowing 20-22 out of the east (making for a VERY bumpy ride) we decided to brave the ocean side and troll.
"I'm catching you a mahi mahi today" Scott proclaimed.
He rigged his offshore rod (thanks Brandon!) with a simple $11 cedar plug and out it went. We knew enough to know to troll in deeper water, so we motor-sailed along the ridge where the water was about 200 feet. We were cruising along at about 6 - 6.5 knots in a 4 foot swell and wind gusting to 25. Not ideal. I think I might have said something to Scott to the tune of "You had BETTER catch a mahi for this!".
No sooner had I said that when we heard the telltale whizzzzzzzzzzz of the line being taken out to sea. Hearts started racing.
I was at the helm, slowed the boat and rolled in the jib as Scott got his fishing gloves on and prepared to reel in our catch.
After about 15 minutes of reeling in, we saw it jump magnificently out of the water. It was electric blue, and I mean electric blue. It was still too far away to tell, but for a second we thought we had caught a shark! Scott continued to reel our fish in when he jumped again. And then we knew - it was a mahi mahi. This time, though, he was bright yellow and vibrant green. I couldn't stop saying how beautiful he was - he honestly took my breath away.
Scott continued to fight the fish until he was by the boat. He was changing all the colors of a mood ring, his emotions and his vigor showing through his scales. Amazing. We reeled him in, I grabbed the net* and the grain alcohol, poured some down his throat and we brought him on deck.
And then, almost instantly, all his color went away. Just like that. Gone. Like his soul left him in that one final flash of a rainbow. Incredible.
The sea was bucking and rearing so we got to safe harbor and Scott immediately got to filleting with what have now become known as "surgeon hands".
That beautiful fish fed six of us for 2 days. We wasted nothing, and thanked him for what he gave us. Nature surely does provide when you are in the right element.
|Someone's happy. This was taken once we were safely anchored.|