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January 12, 2009

Sunday Fishing with Mike

Mike invited us on a trip out to the reef for some fishing. The reef is about 7 miles off shore, and it only takes a short ride out to get there. Here is Mike getting the boat ready.
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Fisherman George is ready to go!

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We first stopped to fish for pinfish and ballyhoo to use as bait when we got out there. I saw a starfish and jumped in the water to get a closer look.

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Once at the reef we couldn't resist some snorkeling. The water was so warm and filled with colorful fish, coral shelves, sea urchins and fans waving at us when we swam by. I gulped down a large mouthful of salt water that quickly turned my belly upside down, resulting in my puking over the side of the boat. But it was worth it!

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Mike caught this bar jack right away, and when we got home he cooked it up and we ate it for dinner. That is the freshest fish I have ever eaten and the flavor was amazing! I think it was only 3 hours between swimming in the ocean and swimming in our bellies.

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Georgie caught a porgy.

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And I caught a grunt! They call it that because it grunts at you when it is out of water, like a little piggy!

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George has something that is putting up a fight...

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A nice lemon shark!

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Mike also has a fighter...

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A STRONG fighter. This battle went on for a few minutes and we were all wondering what it could be... and then we saw a big shadow getting closer to the surface.

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A 7 foot nurse shark! I couldn't believe that Mike had been able to reel this monster in so close to the boat! Here is a video:

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Cloudy sunset on the water.

Posted by Heather at January 12, 2009 12:54 PM


Hi guys!!! Looks like you are having an amazing time!! Enjoy it - we have more snow (yuck) and it's really really cold.

Posted by: Deb & Dave at January 15, 2009 05:37 PM

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