AO21, yet another fishing report
Moxie - Beck Family Adventure
Mike, Denise, Asia and Aranya Beck
Sun 8 Dec 2013 12:00
16kts NE, 1.5m swell, overcast, cool (26). Sog 8.5, course 265
Last night we hauled in a new variety of fish, he was an Atlantic Kingfish weighing in at a hefty 10.5kgs and 1.25 metres long, locally aboard Moxie we call him Fordave. Quite different to the New Zealand Kingfish which is more close to an Amberjack, these things are more barracuda looking with pointy nose and cartoony jagged teeth. Asia had a bit of a battle with him and managed pretty well with our sick rod and reel set, we were doing 7.5 knots so I was pretty impressed with the effort. We have managed to get half of him into the freezer which is C still very much full of supermarket meat. So, at the time of the strike we were finishing dinner (tuna curry), the fridge was fish free for just 1 hour. Tea time (sundown on our boat) is the best time to catch fish and usually gets me off dishes because I have to deal with the fish and mess. Now, a few hours after having my weekly shower, I smell like fish.
Midnight last night I got to have another shower, we all did, it pelted down solidly for a few hours then increased in wind to 20, time to get the spinnaker down, all four of us on deck soaking wet in the dark to douse the parasailor (now blowing 27-30 ), I think quite exhilarating for J&B, fair bit of shouting over the howl and no time for pleasantries. So Denise has made a very good repair, flew genoa overnight as decided to check repair in daylight before rehoisting but of course the squall had gone so we gave away a few miles there.