Saturday, June 13, 2009

Gigging?

To catch flounder from a flat bottomed boat, using a multi pronged spear. Gigging normally starts at sunset. What's not to love about something that starts when the day is this gorgeous?
Meeting Capt. Mac. My wonderful son-in-law, booked us this tour from here. Capt. Mac has been guiding for several years. He is informative and very nice.


We started the trip with the outboard motor and when the fishing began, we were moved through the water with the large fan. I am sure it has a technical name but for me it is known as the large fan.

The scenery is gorgeous. I love the water.





This is the gig. At first Uber and You Know Who called it a trident but then decided that it is a pentadent. They are funny guys. Let me tell you. You'd think with such a large tool the fish wouldn't have a fighting chance. It's not as easy as that.

You stand on the side or front of the boat. You scan the water looking for this elusive shape. When you spot it, you must then thrust the spear and rock it back and forth to really catch the flounder.
The waiting is not a problem when you've got this to look at. I wish I could have captured all of the wildlife we saw. Herons in the water at night are breath taking. We also saw horseshoe crabs, needlefish, blue crabs, sea turtles, a stingray, and a lot of other crazy smaller fish that flew around the boat.
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Capt. Mac can steer the boat, spot the fish, and catch them all at the same time. It's a skill.
Looking through this is a bit tricky at times.


Waiting.
Watching.


Wondering.
In the end, Jessica and Capt. Mac were the only ones that landed fish. The rest of us had near misses. This isn't typical, normally everyone catches one, but that's the sporting part. Just like with other things in life, if it comes too easy you might not appreciate it as much. The whole thing was so much fun. I would do it again. Call Capt. Mac if you're near Amelia Island, FL and feel like having an adventure.



8 comments:

Mary said...

Wow, it looks like you guys are having lots of fun. I think I speak for everyone when I say we miss you, but are happy you're there enjoying your family. Keep posting!

Kelly's Korner said...

Fascinating.... I think those fan boats are what they use in the swamps isn't it? :) GREAT pictures! Should sell them to the tourist bureau!

sherie lee said...

this looks like sooo much fun!!!!

Adie said...

Hehe, you mean airboats, Kelly? Yes, that's what they use in the swamps and marshes. :) I miss Florida...

Looks like you're having a great time! How did the flounder taste??

Joan's Good Life said...

I really like the idea of you and you know who having a fun time with Jessica and Uber. I really like the idea of spending a relaxing time out on the water with nature and an interesting guide. I'm not liking the idea of spending time in... dare I say... ack...Florida. ;-}

Nice to know you're on this side of the great waters!

Norma's Nonsense said...

Great pictures and narrative (if it is spelt wrong don't tell me) it was fun to read. I think that is something I would enjoy doing, wait a sec.......does this involve any hitting of the fish on the head???? :)
love you guys and keep posting your photos of your fun trip...

TheBlackForrist said...

Fuuuunnn!

Jenny P. said...

hooooowwww did I miss this post??? BLOGGER is not my friend!! This is from a week ago and I had no idea!

This is sooo cool! I'm glad you had a blast and can't wait to have you back. I want to see more posts though of all the stuff you're doing... up until now I wasn't convinced you had actually left Germany:)