I am often asked if we caught fish "Out There".
The answer, as you can see, is yes!
And, there were patterns to the fishing. If we were sailing at 6 knots or more, we knew that we would catch a Wahoo, a Tuna or Mahi Mahi. Our boatspeed was the key. We knew that, if we unspooled a lure out into the water at dawn or dusk we would be 100% sure of catching a Mahi Mahi a Tuna or a Wahoo every morning or evening. The time of day was crucial. When we saw a Frigate Bird circling, we knew that there were tuna swimming deep. Wahoo, the fastest fish in the sea, and Mahi Mahi, when hooked, jump up in the air, while Tuna dive down to try to escape. We once caught a Black Marlin which must have weighed 500 kilos or more. He or she danced on it's tail, for just a few minutes, across the stern of the boat about 100 yards behind us as we sailed West, at good speed, between the Chagos and the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Luckily for us, this huge, almost prehistoric fish, with a spectacular flourish and thrashing of its head from side to side, threw the lure out of its mouth and sped away. On the long passages we often filled our freezer and stopped fishing for the rest of that trip. Over the years, we began to catch fewer and fewer fish and we will always feel sad about their disappearance.
25 years of photography, sailing & SCUBA diving around the world.
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