Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Yet Another Fish Story

by Scott
As Heather previously noted, I severely jinxed myself by claiming to be the Domino's of fish tacos. For the first 32 days in Los Barriles, I didn't make a single delivery. That changed yesterday, but not without yet another fish story.

It's very frustrating when you can see feeding fish, but can't get them to take your bait. I went through half the lures in my box before finding one that worked. I caught a slender, hard-fighting fish that no one was able to identify. Nonetheless, after over a month without fresh fish tacos, it was gonna get cooked.

Fishing with a dolphin on a glassy, calm morning

I paddled to the shore, and started cleaning the fish at the water's edge. Luke, a fellow struggling fisherman, paddled up to see what I'd caught. I'd just finished cutting the fillets and had already hucked the carcass out to sea. Thinking he might be able to identify the fish for me, I waded out into the shallow water to retrieve the body. Bad idea. Luke couldn't identify the fish, and while my back was turned, a seagull flew off with one of my fillets!

Finally a fish

It was a pretty big chunk of meat for a seagull, so it only flew a bit offshore before landing in the water. I had Luke guard the remaining fillet while I gave chase on my paddle board. I wasn't sure what I was going to do, but I figured something would come to me.

Fortunately, I had some assistance. Another seagull flew in to get his share. This caused the original thief to fly further out to sea. Since it was still shallow, I was able to reach down and pick up rocks off the sea floor. I heaved a couple rocks at the seagull, and it flew back towards shore, but still didn't give up my fillet. Then, a pelican started harassing the seagull. I threw another rock and both birds took off, leaving my fillet in the shallow water. Success!

We still don't know what kind of fish it is, but tonight, we're having fish tacos. I'm sure they'll be all the more delicious for the struggle.  


C said...

Hey guys..glad your still enjoying LB. We had a great time cruising down the Mex West Coast, and are now inland, currently at Lago Chapalla, close to Guadalajara.

I forgot to recommend Aguas Calientes (south of Santiago) as a spot for you guys to hit. Great free camping in a pretty canyon. There are hot spring fed pools and a great hike to a small fall and swimming hole. Nice folks there too. I think you'll enjoy it.


Danno said...

Wow, that's a fish story for sure. Hope it was tasty! Ever find out what kind?