Yahoo it’s a Wahoo!
11 January 2019
As we were preparing for this trip one of the things Bev often mentioned were her intentions to fish more and hopefully stock the freezer with her catches. Santa Claus had left a new fishing rod under the Christmas Tree for her so we left Mooney Bay with high hopes. We don't fish in the shallow waters of the banks because all you will catch are barracuda, so whenever we do deep water crossings the lures are out. Up until yesterday all Bev had caught was one barracuda plus she had a few hard strikes but no fish. However, yesterday was a lucky day, we had just left Rat Cay Cut and we in 200' of water when Bev rolled out a line then went below to check something before putting out a second one. As she was coming up the companion way I asked her if she had turned something on because I could hear a high speed whining. As I looked around to check I could see the line guide on her reel racing back and forth as a fish took off with the lure which had been in the water for less than 5 minutes. We were doing 6.5 knots so we immediately slowed the boat down and got to work trying to reel in the fish who wasn't very happy. After a good 15 minute fight we managed to land a nice Wahoo that will keep us fed for awhile.
When we left Williams Cay we wound our way south between several small cays through a narrow but beautiful channel. We exited the bank through Rat Cay Cut, which is a narrow deep water cut allowing quick access to the ocean. Aside from the excitement of catching the fish we enjoyed a beautiful motor sail to Georgetown, which is the hub of the Exumas. We plan on spending the next couple of days restocking with food (meat not required) , water and fuel. We anchored near our friends on Sandbox and made plans for a reunion dinner with other friends. Fortunately for us one of our friends is an experienced fisherman who gladly helped Bev clean and prepare her catch. After a tiring but rewarding day we returned to Dagny looking forward to a good night's sleep.
Today's picture is of Bev's catch.