After a fun but uncomfortable fishing trip a few months ago, I tried again, joining some workmates on a day charter out into the bay. Same skipper, bigger boat, better weather.
We saw dolphins a couple of times, way cool. They were feeding, followed along by a flock of birds. But I wasn’t quick enough to get a mid-air dolphin shot, so you’ll have to take my word for it.
And like last time, in some spots there were no fish to be caught, while in others you could barely drop your line without hooking a snapper.
No big ones really, but we all caught our limit of snapper and a few other fish. Two of us hooked big ones at the same time, and those fish managed to get tangled up with each other and we lost them both… there really was the one that got away.
And at the end of the day, we were able to get the filleting done by a very cool group called Kai Ika, who not only provide this service but also donate the heads and off cuts to people who both need and enjoy them. After my experience last time, the $24 I spent on filleting was definitely the best value of the day.