Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Sea Legs Attached...

Wow, what a weekend. I got over to pick up my father-in-law Friday afternoon around 12:45. We met up with the rest of the crew and left Greenville around 1:30pm. A couple of hours later we were in Columbia picking up the last crew member before heading to the coast.

We stayed at a really nice resort hotel in a spacious ocean front three bedroom suite, really a great place. After getting all unpacked it was time for a late dinner so we headed over to one of the local seafood places and had a good meal. Right next to the restaurant was the Bass Pro shop and a good excuse to walk some of that good food off. We didn't get back to the suite until about 11pm; yikes we have to be up at 3am! Needless to say we didn't get much sleep and I think I finally got up around 2am, just couldn't sleep. We got everything packed and off to the dock by 4:15. We were on the boat and headed out to sea right at 4:15. Danny, our captain, explained that we were going to go a little further out right around 65 miles which meant a 3 hour boat ride, time to settle in and try and get a little more sleep. Two to four foot swells we predicted all day long and they were accurate.

We caught our first fish right around 8am and it was about a 25 pound Mahi-Mahi. Not long after that David reeled in a 50 pound Wahoo, one of the toughest fighting fish out there. He was toast for a good hour after that fight, just a beautiful fish. Things slowed down for a few hours before my father-in-law brought in a 35 pound Mahi-Mahi and then the six lines we were trolling with just fired up and we caught several more Mahi-Mahi and another Wahoo. Those were the only two types we caught all day. By 3:50pm we were still 65 miles out in the Atlantic and after catching about 20 fish or so it was time to head back.

I think we finally got to the dock right around 7pm, just about 15 hours on the boat with a constant 2 to 4 foot swell hitting us. We were all very tired to say the least and a long day for sure. We didn't leave the dock until about 9pm, it took that long to clean and divide up the meat. We had a great time all day goofing off and we can't wait for the next trip. That was the farthest I've been out in the ocean and I have to say the water is just so blue. It is a little weird to look around and see nothing but water in all directions and not much else besides the occasional freightliner passing in the distance. We got back in to town around 4pm on Sunday and I was excited to see Ashli, Gracie, and Rosie.

Check out some cool pics of the trip!

So far its been a busy week but things are going well. I will be getting back to my regular workouts sometime this century! Both lawn mowers I had crapped on me last week before I left and I had to get my landscaper guy to come out and cut the grass for me. I'm trying to find a good deal on a new mower so I can keep my grass looking good, it was looking pretty bad until he came out yesterday. Well, I need to get some things for work done I have a class I'm doing on Thursday and Friday and I need to iron out my presentation.

Have a good rest of the week. - Jason


Chief Wahoo said...

Sounds like a great trip -- with the added benefit of getting to bring home the center piece of some healthy meals!

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Wow, sounds like quite a day. Some good eating for sure!