Wednesday, October 17, 2007

overdue weekend fishing report part 1

As you know from reading my last blogs, we left Antigua for the Nevis Fishing Tournament after the eco tour on Friday.
Customs and Immigration in Nevis were stationed at the tournament headquarters to check in all the foreign boats up until 6 pm. I had emailed them the day before to let them know that we would be a little late, and had even given my Dad our clearance docs and passports to take down a few hours before on his boat Blue Rapid.
We were running later than expected and as the sun set half way between Antigua and Nevis with our rum and cokes slipping down as was the sun, i was a little worried about how late we were.

The seas were rough but behind us though which was good and the setting sun relaxed us just a bit. Maybe it was the rum and cokes.
Using our chart plotter we flew through the barrier reef in the darkness on the North side of Nevis heading as fast as we could for the port. As we tied up I was ushered to finish clearing in. I expected sour unhappy officials, but was met with smiles and pleasant attitude bearing customs and immigration officials. An hour later we were having burgers and planning our early morning trip off-shore. It was windy and back on the boat we knew that we better get some good rest for the 24 mile trip which was going to start just after 3 am. In tournaments, we believe that we have to try our hardest. Lines were permitted to be in the water at 5 am and we wanted to be at the proper spot at that time. Going out through the reef in the darkness we could feel the waves beneath us pushing the boat up and down and from side to side. There were six of us and by the time Big John started baiting up four of the crew were green with "bad feeling". Getting sea sick is possible in the day when its rough out in the open ocean, but at night when you cant see the horizon or waves, and the boat just moves in all directions that you can't possible foresee its tough. Then when that lovely smell of ballyhoo is added to the equation with a slight exhaust fume here and there for good measure, someone is going to "goto new yourk" (a.k.a puke). Why "new yourk". Say it but with the "yourk" part elongated and a little loud and you can see why we call it going to "new yourk". Anyway, Acare and I were not feeling sick at all but the rough seas and infinite darkness were no fun. There comes a time when excitement can turn to fear and although i hadn't reached that far, the feeling would slip in now and again as we climbed a big wave heading out to the "Barbuda Bank" in the pre dawn darkness.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am excited to hear how Team Antigua fared in the tournament! It sounds like a challenging trip, although you were one of the few who didn't paint the gunwales. Is credit due to the rum and cokes? I wonder.....Big chops in the dark make it difficult to concentrate on fishing. I look forward to hearing about how it all went and what yall caught.

Josh
The Wild Type Blog
http://outdoorsblogger.com/thewildtype

Anonymous said...

Hope you all enjoyed Nevis Fishing Tournament. Your praise of the customs officials is particularly appreciated.
Hope to see you next year.
Brad (crew on blackfin-fishing.com)

Anonymous said...

Eli: Very happy to see you guys in Nevis. I will forward this blog to Customs and Immigration, if you don't mind. They don't always hear the thanks.

This event can separate the "men from the boys". Too many rum n cokes may not work for some anglers?

We are already getting ready to see you next year.

Let's see who is up for the challenge of 2008.

Deby (nevisfishingtournament.com)

AdventureAntigua said...

Deby, our team finished 3rd and second overall in the Nevis tournaments we have done before. We have rum and cokes for breakfast at 3 am and get to the fishing grounds 25 miles away when most of the fleet are thinking about having coffee back in Nevis before their departure. We had over 100 lbs of fish that day and would have walked away with the Dolphin prize easily. Next year the bad boys will be back to fish the job properly. We dont mind getting called "boys", but please put the word "bad" before boys. Thanks again, eli. lol
PS Here is a shot of the bad boys and the type of fishies they normally go after: http://www.flickr.com/photos/antiguan/153881712/