I hear my mom tell my dad that he has created a monster. They are talking about me since I love fishing. I could think of other things that might be worse like being in love with gambling, drinking, drugs, or fast cars. My mother agrees and half-jokingly states that all that time out on the water helps me, my father, and my three brothers bond. She’s definitely right about that. After all, I’m almost six years older than my middle brother, Frankie, and ten years older than my youngest brother, Joseph. I can’t think of anything else that we would possibly have in common other than battling fish down in Jamaica Bay.
My dad’s good friend, Ray, asked us to join him and his two sons down in Turks and Caicos this past summer to outfit his new fishing boat. What a dream! Spend someone else’s money on deep-sea fishing supplies and then be able to fish down in Turks for about a week? I’m so there! We took American Airlines to the Providenciales on Tuesday, July 7, 2009, and made our way to a cottage at The Somerset Resort. What a beautiful place. It was actually nicer than my home! I was so excited because for the next week we would be fishing, swimming, and sunning in beautiful Grace Bay on Turks and Caicos Island.
We used a local captain Art Pickering and his Jack Russell Terrier, Dewey, to help us navigate the waters (http://[email protected]). Art definitely knew the spots that were teeming with fish. The fishing was very different than what I was used to. Every time we had a fish on, I couldn’t wait to get a look at it. There were times I would dive off the boat into the water with a pair of goggles to get a good look at what they were fighting. I know this was probably not the smartest thing to do, but I couldn’t believe all the different fish we were hooking! We actually caught a mackerel and a mahi mahi the first day. We had a kitchen in our cottage, and my dad cooked up the freshest fish I ever tasted. The following days we caught grouper, snapper, barracuda, and sharks. Each day was a new adventure, and Ray’s children now love to fish as much as we do.
I am the type of person who would rather be on the top of the water snorkeling than under the water scuba diving. Ray’s children both recently became certified scuba divers, and they talked Frankie and I into doing a try-dive with Big Blue Adventures (http://www.bigblue.tc/). Lynn was our instructor, and she really made us feel comfortable before going down 40 feet to explore. I was quite nervous in the beginning but felt that I needed to be strong and set an example for my younger brother, who was physically terrified. I found that once you are under the water, you’re in another world where the colors and movement of the plants and sea life lull you into a relaxed state. I’m so glad I overcame my fear, and I someday hope to get certified so I can dive with my dad who became certified this summer.
I had imagined this trip was going to be a drag since I was traveling with two adults and three children much younger than myself. I was pleasantly surprised that it was one of the most enjoyable trips I have ever taken, and I am certain it will be one of my top fishing stories for years to come.
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