Yesterday, in the middle of our passage from Raivavae to Tahanea we finally caught our first fish on Wasco. I’m the only one who fishes, and that is somewhat haphazard, so it’s not unusual that we haven’t caught anything before now. And when I say fishing, I mean dragging a line behind the boat with a bungee cord attached. No rod, no reel, and not much “sport.”
So yesterday morning the bungee cord went tight just after dawn and I pulled in a small tuna. About 30″ long and probably about 8 pounds (I failed to weigh it). Think it was a bigeye tuna, but there’s a chance it was a yellowfin. Neither of us are biologists and our field guide pretty much says the difference is in the length of the pectoral fin, which is not a lot to go on. We’re going with 70/30 bigeye/yellowfin. [Picture to be added when we have internet].
I had it cleaned and was in the process of butchering it when Erika came up and found me on the swim step with a knife. She couldn’t see the fish, so not sure what she thought:) We both had a little sashimi for breakfast (talk about your “fresh” fish) and then put up the rest for meals. Last night was pan-seared, tonight marinated in soy and orange juice, then two or three meals will go in the freezer.
Catching a fish isn’t really that exciting, we are on the ocean after all, but there’s not much to break up the days on a passage, so this one gets posted.