A guest post by my blog partner in crime, Christina.
Things I’ve learned this week fishing with boys for three 8-10 hour days in a row.
- They don’t announce when they’re peeing over the side of the boat. Never turn at the sound of splashing, it’s probably not a fish you’ll see.
- They don’t announce or celebrate when they catch a fish
- They don’t mind when you do, even if the fish you caught is bait fish- they naturally throw back any fish not of the legal size immediately. You have to teach them if it’s a new fish you want to see and get a pic
- It’s not rough out until the waves are at least 5 foot
- The girl’s toilet is a bucket with a toilet seat lid- there’s no room for modesty on a 23-foot boat
- There’s also no room for being a ninny. Bait your own hooks and take your own fish off
- Don’t hook yourself with your hook.
- If your fish swallows the hook you can ask for help. Sometimes boys throw tantrums which include lots of cursing, yanking on the rod, slapping the water with the rod. It passes quickly, just stay out of the way
- It may seem dramatic until your line gets snagged on a rock for the fifth time in a row. You have to break it AGAIN and soon find yourself cursing like a sailor while taking your frustrations out on the ocean by slapping it with your hookless rod
- If you lose your hook more than 3 times you’ll be taught how to tie it yourself, try to be a good student and learn
- Don’t hook yourself with your hook
- Bring breakfast, brunch, lunch, second lunch, afternoon snacks, and dinner
- Basically pack a Hobbit picnic, if the fishing is good who knows when you’ll get back to shore
- Hydrate! The sun and salt are brutal and as mentioned you do have a bathroom out here
- Take Dramamine. Even if you don’t usually get seasick. There’s no dropping you off when you’re an hour and a half from shore!
- You spend a lot of your time looking for action, structure, and nice bottoms
- You won’t have cell service so save your phone for fish pics
- You soon won’t care that you smell like fish and squid
- A splash of seawater makes your hands clean enough to eat with
- You can go for a run and remain seated
- If they forget anything on shore, it’ll be your fault but don’t believe their lies
- You’ll be the only one excited to see dolphins
- They speak with their own language which consists mainly of grunts and nods
- Don’t bother looking for land or asking how far out you are, they feed on fear and will tell you some tall tales just to see your look of panic
- Don’t hook yourself with your own hook
- They may look ridiculous in their long shirts, long pants, buffs pulled over their ears and hats and sunglasses on top of it all. The sun is brutal
- You’ll soon be dressing just like them. Wishing your buff could make it up over your hat to make your ears stop burning.
- They enjoy the company as long as you leave them alone and try to remember what they teach you. They want you to be self-sufficient.
- You’ll have a blast and be grateful that they do all the hard work 😁
I wish I would have been there (you got that already, I think I have made that pretty clear). I’m glad Christina got to go! She is turning into a fisherperson like me. Soon it will be girls vs. boys on The Sea Donkey!