We had a fantastic time. We arrived at the dock around 6a. The boys were so excited. I'd made two dozen sandwiches, brought Little Debbie's, Gatorade, water, chips... There was a ton of food. My father brought beer for himself and Mr Blondie. We weren't sure how big the boat really was but when we got there, there was plenty of space for all three coolers, the bag of misc stuff, and us. They had a mini-fridge, a microwave, and even a stove inside the cabin. There was a sofa sized bench and a couple chairs as well.
I pushed everyone to put on sunscreen, informed everyone (including the boat staff) of the vast quantities of food and beverage, and sat down on the bench in the cabin. It was still a little cool and my head was splitting. I took a decongestant and some Excedrin, then laid down.
I think I fell asleep around 730a, for about an hour. My head was still unhappy when I woke up. I'd missed the catching of the first two fish. They were pulled in by MrBjr#3 and MrBjr#4. Then MrBjr#2 pulled the next one, and Daddy pulled the fourth. Then the next fish caught a line. I really didn't want to fish, just observe and photograph. However Mr Blondie talked me into pulling one in, so I did. Here's proof...
Somewhere around 1030a, I fell asleep again. Something about being on the boat just put me right to sleep. The rocking on the water, the rumble of the engine, maybe my headache or the fact that we were up at 4a.... Whatever it was, I was out cold. Next thing I knew, it was 1230p.
They had caught a few more by then, and had dug into the food. The coolers kept everything nice and cold, and there was still plenty of ice, so everything was yummy. The boys were making bets on which rod would catch the next fish and how big it would be. It was all we could do to not say 'that's what she said!' at every opportunity.
We rolled back into the dock around 2p with 11 fish. The max was 12. The were all between 19 & 24 inches long. The boys had never caught fish that big before. The boat staff put the fish in a wheelbarrow and we took it to the guys on the dock who clean them. You better believe I was going to have no parts of that. If we couldn't get them cleaned by someone, they were going back in the water.
By 3p we were back on the road, heading to see Mr Blondie's fam 130 miles away. We really did have a great time. The boys actually seemed to enjoy each others company. It was really nice.
Left to right: MrBjr#4, Mr Blondie, Daddy, MrBjr#2, MrBjr#3. Plus me in the middle. :-)
I'm back ... rub down the goosebumps
4 days ago