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We did it!! Ask and ye shall receive!
Just after lunch, we were hanging out on deck, listening to foghorns and keeping a close eye out in the fog. We did see a pod of whales, but they had no interest in staying with us so we passed them quickly.
And then…whiiirrrrrr! Off goes the fishing rod. This is one Nick gave us – THANK YOU NICK! David quickly got the line under control and started reeling it in. Thomas and I furled the screecher in to slow the boat – we dropped from 7 knots to 4 knots. Perfect. David was able to very quickly reel the fish in, although it was obviously hard work. I strapped in and got the gaff ready. Soon enough, I could see the fish under the surface! A tuna!
It took quite a few good pulls of the rod to get him close enough for me to gaff, but I hooked his gills hard and brought him up. We hammed it up for the video a bit – showing off our first real catch. Then came the hard part – killing, gutting and fileting our tuna. It took me much longer to handle this than it took us to reel him in. Thomas read aloud from the Cruiser’s Handbook of Fishing, instructing me how to properly gut for the first time. I have to say, working with the chickens at Grove Ladder definitely prepared me to be a bit more fearless getting my hands dirty (THANKS TIM).
So, after a lot of back breaking work on our transom, I had two fillets, which I took back to the galley and divided into four baggies. Three in the freezer and one for tonight!
I’m a bit nervous about the preparing part. I know cruisers eat fresh caught tuna raw all the time, but tonight I will sear the tuna. Needless to say, we will not put our fishing lines out again on this passage!
We are making good time today, better than we thought, so we will definitely be in Halifax tomorrow. We have contacted the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and they have a slip ready for us. Looking forward to land!