Day 8 23 January: Today we will reach the half way point, so we all
agreed one beer is allowed to celebrate.
Just as we sat down to lunch wouldn’t you know it both rods went off. We
hooked up two very large Mahi Mahi. Robbie pulled in the port side
first, it was a huge fish but it had its mate swimming beside it, right
up until he gaffed it. They landed it and despite all attempts to
humanely end its life including, a cut throat, knock with the bonnie
knocker and a huge slosh of Gin, it put up a hell of a fight and again
the cockpit looked like a massacre had taken place. Finally it succumbed
and then Robbie pulled in the second rod. Again, it was a beaut size
Mahi Mahi and it was caught and dealt with very efficiently. I will be
pleased when the fishing is finished. You don’t really give a thought
about it when you are buying it in the market or fish shop or butcher,
but when you actually see it caught etc, its not so nice.
So with much excitement Heidi got out the vacuum sealer machine and
proceeded to make the bags ready to vacuum pack the fish. We had already
decided we only wanted to catch another few fish, 2 for the freezer and
one to keep fresh for eating over the next few days. We believe we got
at least 10 kilo’s of fish fillets from the two fish.
Starlet have also been having a lot of luck fishing although they sadly
lost their prized Cedar Lure (whatever that is we are not yet sure but
Robbie will check it out when we get to Barbados) Around 5:00pm GMT
(it’s so confusing as we are gradually putting our clocks back so we can
arrive in Barbados with a -4 hours’ time difference, adjusted) Robbie
was in the pilothouse chair and we were playing 500 and Robbie yelled
Whale! Sure enough there was a large whale and he came right close to
the boat, from the starboard side, across the bow and then back again.
We radioed Starlet to let them know, we had upped the revs to catch them
up for the half way celebration.
Both boats enjoyed about an hour of whale watching. We are not sure what
kind of whales they are, they were not jumping and not always on the
surface. They would dive down and now and then surface. It’s very hard
to get a photo but between us all I am sure there will be one or two
good ones.
It’s a nice feeling to be on the downward run, with around 1,015
nautical miles to go!

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