Saturday was an unbelievable day in Palm Beach. The wind and the rain from Friday were gone, the 7 to 9 foot waves in the ocean were reduced to glass and the temperatures rose to the mid 70’s. Another storm was due to come in Saturday night, but Saturday was crystal blue skies capping a perfect Florida day.
What was really unbelievable was the fact that we took Comocean out and fished from her! Yes, it happened, hell froze over. Either that, or we are quickly adapting to our new boat and our new FLA lifestyle. Now if we only knew what we were doing…
We left the dock around 12:30 armed with Subway sandwiches, some ice, a few waters and 3 fishing rods. We had our troweling rod from our last Miami to Annapolis trip on the sailboat. We also had 2 rods brought by our friend Steve who is the chair of the fishing club here at home. Jim also joined us on the trip. A new experience for all.
Steve Setting up the Rods
First Trigger Fish
Jim with Fish On
Steve is a very experienced fisherman and was a wonderful teacher. He brought two spinning rods he uses in the ponds of our community to catch bass. We had Sardines and BallyHo for bait and we were ready to conquer the depths and bring home the fish. At least that was the plan. Jim also has experience fishing and belongs to the fishing club. He was much better at it than Phyll and me.
Being our first endeavor at fishing, we were not quite prepared. We need more equipment, some stronger rods etc. But we had a great time. Over all we caught 5 fish with Jim being the champion bringing in 3. Phyll and I each caught one, which was great. Steve directed traffic and helped with all the rods and bait and everything else. We released all the fish we caught, they weren’t really big enough.
We headed out the Lake Worth inlet and went about 3 miles off shore. We started with trolling until we got into about 300 feet of water. We then turned to where the depths rose to 90 feet and did bottom fishing.
Current was strong moving the boat north at about 3 knots. We started near the Breakers and ended up at the North end of Singer Island. Weather was perfect and there was almost no waves.
Needless to say, we all had fun.
Phyll Fighting Her Fish
After our first day fishing on the boat we decided it was a lot of fun and something we could really enjoy. It’s wonderful being on the water. The area is filled with fish, we just need to learn how to catch them. The boat is setup perfectly for 4 people fishing, so going out with 6 is probably perfect. Basically, it will be a fun thing to do on a regular basis, particularly if we can catch fish we can eat.
That said, we need to get better equipped. Definitely need to get weights, hooks, leaders, clips etc. A book on fishing knots would be helpful. We also need a few more rods that can handle ocean fishing. The trolling rod is great but hard to use for bottom fishing so that will be the place to start. Not sure about lures, but we probably need some of those. And then there is filleting the fish – no idea how to do that, but I’m sure we can learn.
Now all we need are more good weather days and we’ll be set to go!