Sailing Around The World

Day 4 to Tuamotu Islands “Some Big Dam Fish”

If you have not guessed from the title of this blog today, it is true I finally caught my big Tuna/Mahi Mahi. I hope that you enjoyed my letter to the dear tuna fish that I wrote yesterday and shared with you on my blog. The tuna must have received my letter because they answered with a great bounty of the sea which is now in my stomach. The first tuna caught today was a nice sized blue fine tuna about 10 pounds. I was sitting before my rode and the reel went off like wild fire and I set the hook and drag. It was a easy battle for the small tuna, I reeled it in and bleed it out with my knife. I filleted it up and made 4 sushi rolls out of the blue tuna and set it aside for a per dinner snack. After cleaning up that mess I baked some chocolate chip cookies for a dessert that I would have after we enjoyed fresh baked tuna and sushi. I was feeling a little sleepy so at 4pm I took a nap and asked to be awaken at 5pm so I could start prepping the blue tuna to be baked for our dinner.

I was lying in my bunk sweating my butt off but managing to slip in and out of sleep like normal and thought of all things I will do when I get home. I have been on the sea for 8 months now and it has really just flown by. Then I heard that sweet sound that gets my heart pounding. My fish reel was on fire and line was being ripped off the reel. I rolled out of my bed and dashed up the companion way to my rod. I put my thumb on the spinning spool which heated up so fast my thumb hurt. I increased the drag and the spool stopped spinning out of control. Just then Adam looking over my shoulder said “Dam that is a big fish” I looked up and a huge Mahi Mahi burst out of the ocean into the air, showing off its bright colors of blue, yellow, and green. Its colors were so bright it was like a neon sign. My heart was thumping in my chest and the adrenaline was coursing through my veins as I held the rod and my arms strained against the weight of the big tuna. I started to reel in the line and tuna started to come at me, I reeled as fast as I could to keep the tension on the line. The rod was digging into my hip and my arms were burning but I kept fighting that fish as it got with in 10 feet of the boat and burst out of the water and whipped violently in the air. I could now see the whole fish up close and personal. The tuna dived down deep, it took off and took out about 100 feet of line in a flash. My dad worked the motor and Adam stood by with the gaff. It took about an hour or more of fighting the tuna until it was tired. I instructed Adam what to do and my dad when the tuna came close again. I handed the rod to Adam and had him bring the tuna in closers, my dad shut down the engine so the tuna would not be as scared. I reached down with the gaff and stuck him right behind the gill plate and heaved the tuna onto the sugar scope. The tuna went wild; it came off the gaff and dropped into the ocean. My heart dropped and I yelled to secure the fish line which Adam tried to hold off my back as it ran across my skin. I prayed that the hook would hold a few minutes longer. The hook held and I gaffed the tuna right behind the head. I sank the gaff deep into the tuna and dragged half of it onto the sugar scope. I grabbed it by the gills and hung on for dear life as the tuna thrashed around. Adam secured a line around the tale and I cut the gills with my knife. I felt the last death rattle of the big fish and was little sad to kill the beautiful fish but I was hunger too. Covered in sweat, blood, and fish guts I felt so happy and proud to have land such a big fish. She weighted in at 38lbs and was 4.5 feet long. This even we at sushi, Blue Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and a cookie with wine.

Remember to Dream Tonight,

Thank you everybody,

Jacques

Current Position: 13deg 35.0min South, 145deg 12.3min West UTC 15:26 COG 220 SOG 2.8knots

8 responses

  1. j

    Good for you, sad for the fish, but such is nature. How do you preserve your fish till you eat it, or do you have sushi every meal till it is gone?

    June 7, 2013 at 11:55 am

  2. j

    BTW, Kevin get married tomorrow!!!!

    June 7, 2013 at 11:56 am

    • Thats great hope it was a awesome time and so happy for them! Wish I could have been there!

      June 12, 2013 at 6:40 am

  3. j

    *gets

    June 7, 2013 at 11:57 am

  4. Hope you took a photo.

    June 7, 2013 at 1:27 pm

  5. Pete W.

    Not clear from your blog..was the big fish a tuna or mahi? You said you hooked a mahi, but then indicated you were reeling in a tuna. If it was a mahi, that is a really good catch! Don’t often catch 38 lb mahi. Even if it was a tuna, still a really nice fish!

    June 7, 2013 at 1:35 pm

  6. Brienne

    where is the picture guys? baylie

    June 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    • Check it out

      June 12, 2013 at 6:41 am