Monday, June 01, 2009

The Keeper

"The sea was angry that day, my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli." -- George Costanza

The breeze felt wonderful, but because of the chop, we weren't able to go out as far as we had planned. We did catch a bunch of fish - sea trout, grouper, whiting - unfortunately, they were too small to keep except for the sea trout (above) caught by my youngest cubelet.

We moved around quite a bit and ended up in an area that's called 'the shark breeding ground' and there were many sharks attracted to the chum and cat food we threw overboard. Youngest cubelet came close to catching a small one, but it got away with exactly half of her bait fish.

Mostly what we did was feed live pinfish and greenback fish to the bigger critters in the sea, whatever they were.

One wiley seagull grabbed the bait fish during one of my casts and proceeded to fly away with it. I tugged. The seagull pulled. Eventually, I beat the seagull, but the biggest loser was the poor bait fish that was biten neatly in half during the following cast.

All in all, it was a tremendous amount of fun. At times, exhilirating -- when my brother, the captain, was racing the boat at warp speed over a very choppy sea -- and, at times, quiet and peaceful when we were at one with the mighty ocean.

The best part of the day for me was that both of my girls caught their first fish and then some. I've finally succeeded in making the next generation of fishing fans in the house.

They can't wait to go fishing again.



At June 01, 2009 2:28 PM, Blogger Ananda girl said...

What a great fishing tale! Very exciting... your sea trout, which I have never seen before is a beauty! Tell your Cubette for me. Sounds like a blast.

Gald no sharks got you.

At June 01, 2009 3:32 PM, Blogger jan said...

sure is a lot more exciting than my first fishing trip--a cane pole and line in my grandfather's pond stocked with catfish.

At June 01, 2009 5:44 PM, Blogger Chuck said...

Getting your kids out and getting them to appreciate fishing is a successful day. Sounds great.

At June 01, 2009 7:15 PM, Blogger sue said...

cube - very poetic description of your day and it sounds like you had a great time.

btw - that is one of my favorite quotes and episodes from Seinfeld.

At June 01, 2009 8:06 PM, Blogger BeckEye said...

Sounds like you had fun. I'm not that much of a girly girl, but I turn into one when it comes to stuff like fishing. I don't want to touch ANYTHING. Except for maybe whoever's piloting that fishing boat.

At June 01, 2009 10:42 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

I'm glad you all had such a good time!

At June 02, 2009 9:41 AM, Blogger cube said...

Ananda Girl: I have passed on your comment and my daughter thanks you.

No sharks got me this time, but my daughter loves to tell everyone
that I was bitten by a shark and lived.

jan: I'm used to a quieter fishing experience too. Being boatless ourselves (building a pool won the boat vs. pool debate at our house), we usually fish right off the surf.

At June 02, 2009 9:53 AM, Blogger cube said...

Chuck: You got it. That was the best part for me.

Sue: Thank you for the compliment about my writing. And yes, we have a lot of fun.

One of my favorites too. I love when George insists that Jerry should know that he (George) is supposed to pretend to be an architect NOT a marine biologist.

BeckEye: Hey, hey, hey. That's my baby brother you're talking about & he's married :-P

Brooke: Thanks. We had fun, but we were exhausted when we got home. All 4 of us just zonked out, but it was a good tired, though.

At June 03, 2009 11:27 AM, Blogger Gifted Typist said...

Fishing with the kids is one of those great privileges of parenthood


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