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April 17, 2005


Filed under: Sea Stories — mlah @ 10:08 am

Chris and Jim

so friday i bagged work early. i had the hours in already. and then some. i was going fishing.

i drove home and got my new rod/reel and tackle. and drove to the pier.

it took me a little while to get the line onto my rod. it was windy out.

we got underway around 2:45. maybe 3.

christine took myself and jim out on her little speedboat.

i threw the retaining line off early i was so eager to get out on the water. and it took us too damned long to get out of the protected inlet where the pier’s a no wake zone. so we had to creep along til we could pass the outer buoys.

and when we got past the buoys, we were out of the protection the inlet provides. it was a windy day! and we had little 2-3 foot swells in guantanamo bay. but once christine opened up the engine, it was alllllll good!

we were even catching a little air. and i was happily doing the theme song to hawaii 5-0. we were zipping along south towards some buoys right at the mouth of gtmo bay. on the actual carribean. they have it set up so that you can tie to those buoys and anchor. i didn’t know it yet, but this is where we were headed to fish.

i was still enjoyiong the sea spray. the different colors of the water. it was caused by the varying depths and the coral underneath.

LOTS of sea life around. i’ve yet to see, but i’ve been told the bay is full of barracuda. one friend at work told me he has even been face to face with a 5 ft barracuda! yeah, he was scared.

Jason Tatman displays his cuda

i was secretly hoping to land a barracuda. having one of those nasty bastards mounted on a board, and hanging from my wall would somehow make this whole little trip worthwhile.

we made it to a buoy, tied up and the battle began! the little 15 ft sloop was being tossed around in the chop like a cork. we even got the occasional 5 foot swell! we fished here for around 10-15 minutes with no luck. christine was eager to move on. i thought it was premature. you can’t expect to just throw the line in and catch a fish afterall.

we moved.

we moved further out. chop was about the same. spray was about the same. we HAD to keep a hand on the boat, else we’d have been swimming.

we tied up again and the battle resumed! christine had the first bite. she fought the beast for all of about 2 minutes before it broke her rigging. and yeah, she’s using 100# testline just like i am. but the rigging wasn’t 100#. she had to begin re-rigging her line.

and jim got a hit! he too battled the beast for around 2 minutes before his rigging gave way.

so the both of them were busy trying to re-tie their rigging in the little boat as we bounced all over the place, getting tossed around by the carribean.

christine was mad. she wanted to make sure she didn’t have this same problem again. so she tied her stainless steel rigging on. and baited up with an entire squid.

she cast out. and it hit again. yes, and the battle raged on. every time she would try to pull it up some so she could reel it in a little, it would take line and run a little. she got tired and passed the poll off to jim. and the battle raged on.

jim had the same luck. your humble author continuously yelled encouragement like, ‘pull harder’. they weren’t happy with that.

jim tired and passed the poll back to christine. and at long last, the steel leader gave way. yep, the steel was cut.

jim and christine were despondant. they agreed the day of fishing was over. and as she started the motor, and jim untied from the buoy, i lost my battle and blew chow over the side.

yeah, the only sailor onboard got seasick.

i’ll try again.


  1. wow. If that isn’t the textbook definition of irony right there, I don’t know what is. Cool story nonetheless. How did you survive 5 foot chop!? from those pictures the boat didn’t look very big.

    Comment by medium john — April 17, 2005 @ 11:40 am

  2. It figures you’d blow chunks dude!!! hahahahahahahahaha

    Comment by Madame Butterfly — April 17, 2005 @ 10:07 pm

  3. there were no chunks. it was just a steady brown stream

    Comment by mlah — April 17, 2005 @ 10:20 pm

  4. Yeah, that’s not gonna be the best image for the Navy’s next recruiting commercial…

    Comment by f-in_cheney — April 19, 2005 @ 6:04 am

  5. Well, the boat is named “the Buccaness!” And you were bucking alright!!! LOL!!!!

    Comment by Chris — April 19, 2005 @ 8:59 pm

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