Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The one that got away

My grandson Christopher rode the Coconut Grove Circulator with me up to West Marine today so we could replenish the toilet chemicals, a totally uninteresting but very necessary errand which he accepted graciously. His reward was a bag of very smelly frozen shrimp for bait so he could fish for his dinner. In Florida kids under 16 can fish without a license, but adults are not permitted to help in any way unless they are licensed, which we are not, so he wrinkled up his nose and put the shrimp on the hook. A few minutes later the line tugged but the hook returned to the surface empty, thanks to the many crabs that dot the bottom of Biscayne Bay. The scenario repeated itself multiple times as the bait bag shrank when all of a sudden a tug was followed by some screams of delight and a fish that made it a-l-m-o-s-t to the deck before flipping off the hook. More toddler persistence and within a few minutes he'd landed another, his first fish ever caught. It was too small to be kept and, to be quite honest, I don't even know what kind of fish it is as it doesn't show up in my fish identification guide for Florida, but he's not to be deterred. A fisherman was born today, and I think Kintala was pretty happy to be the platform.


4 comments:

Amber said...

Goodness, he's so tan already!

PAYROLLMAN said...

It's a good ole' pinfish. Great bait for all sorts of larger edible fish.

Deb said...

@payrollman - Thanks for the info. I'll look that up.

John Clark said...

Yep, put a bigger hook through its back, just in front of the dorsal fin, remove the weights, put it in the water with some slack line, and the drag set to noisy. Sit back and wait for a supper fish to arrive!