Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fishing report

Handline trolling behind s/v Honey Ryder

January 18, 2015
Prior to cruising, we have not been fishing people.  Tom did some as a kid but other than that, we know very little about fishing.  We did a little last year which mainly consisted of dragging (trolling) a line out the back of s/v Honey Ryder for three days on our passage down to the Caribbean.  While other boats in the rally reported each morning with excitement the fish they had caught, we had nothing to report.  Argh!  

We are determined to change that this season and become fishing people.   Correction - fish catching people.  We bought a book to assist us - "Cruisers Handbook of Fishing" which we have both read several times.  Tom has talked to many cruisers about gear and techniques.  He purchased lures, hooks, sinkers, etc....and in one case found a rod....while in scuba class.  It had not been on the bottom long so he cleaned it up and now it works just fine.  He has also made two hand lines for trolling.

Results to date -
Trinidad to Grenada -      Honey Ryder = 0  fish =1
Grenada to Carriacou -   Honey Ryder = 0  fish = 1
Carriacou to Union -      Honey Ryder = 0  Fish = 3  we had 2 lines out AND the rod
Union Island -                 Honey Ryder = 1  Fish = 0  we bought a tuna so it really doesn't count

Tom has also started visiting with the locals about fishing.  Who better to know than the local fisherman, right?  He even showed Sweet Deal (the guy we bought a tuna from) his hand line for trolling behind Honey Ryder.  Sweet Deal nodded in approval but immediately said "Get rid of da wire.  De fish da see it."  Ah.....clever fish.  

We have not tried fishing since Union Island because of the Tobago Cays Marine Park so no fishing.  This also includes Mayreau.  But look out fishes.  We are coming for you.  We are headed to Bequia soon and we will be fishing the whole way.  
Can you see it?

Update - 
Tobago Cays to Bequia -    Honey Ryder = -3  fish = 3 
We lost one off the rod plus the hook and then caught not one but two barracuda.  Yes, I know they can be good eats but only the smaller ones since the larger ones can carry ciguatera (toxins).  Since we are new to fishing, we don't really know what is small and big, so we didn't keep either.  Plus we really didn't want to mess with a barracuda (mean fish with teeth) as our first "landed, gutted, prepped and eaten fish".  The important thing here is that we Tom caught two fish.
Fish on

Grenadines and Island Proximity

I posted some very basic information previously in The Grenadines giving island size and distance to St Vincent.  I thought you might like to see the distances.  Sorry the pics aren't the best.  It was a bit hazy that day.  These were all taken from our anchorage between the islands in the Tobago Cays.

The above is looking north towards Canouan.

This view is looking west toward Mayreau.

Here we have Union Island to the south, southwest.

And finally, Palm Island in the foreground and Petit St Vincent and Petite Martinique in the background to the south, southeast.

Tobago Cays

This is basically a group of small, uninhabited islands and a reef.  We anchored between two of the small islands.  We dinghied out to the reef area.  There were probably 30 boats on mooring balls just behind the reef, however not as protected as our anchorage.  We stayed two days.
Not all charterboat cats - lovely Carriacou sloop
The current is strong, especially on the reef.  We tried snorkeling but it was too strong.  We ended up snorkeling off the boat.  We saw a handful of rays, two spotted eagle rays and a couple of turtles.
Another Carriacou built wooden boat
We also explored the beaches on one of the islands.
HQ for boat boys beach BBQ
Many boat boys trying to get people to come ashore for their lobster beach parties each night.  Too expensive for us but perfect for the numerous charterboats that flow through here on holiday.
Boat boys waiting for the next charterboat to come through