We decided to do a little fishing today. We got the rods out and Paul helped me with the floats, weights and hook. I was using a worm as bait. Kevin used a lure and Paul was fly fishing. Dealing with the rod is not rocket science, but it does take some practice. At Martin's restaurant, they just simply use fishing line tied to a block of wood that you let out and when the fish bites you do your best to twirl around the block quickly. And Martin uses fish food paste on the hook. It's basic, but it works. Using proper rods felt rather sophisticated in comparison. I had trouble a few times with my line. It appears when I'm reeling the line back in, it's not taut enough and the slack makes it jumble up. It was rather frustrating. Kevin, on the other hand, caught two fish right away. So fast, in fact, he put them back in as he wanted more of a challenge. Paul went on the right bank as he needed more room for his fly fishing line.
It was getting late and Kevin wasn't having the same kind of luck as he had had earlier. It appears fish get smarter and don't fall for the old bait-on-the-hook trick as easily the second time around. Paul caught two or three, but just as he tried to pull them in, they'd wiggle off the hook and swim away. I had basically given up at this point, not because I wasn't having fun, but my rod was a bit of a pain to use (I'm sure it had nothing to do with the rod and everything to do with my lack of skill) and I wanted to take some pictures and couldn't do both at the same time. Eventually, Kevin and Paul caught 3 beautiful glistening fish. They were nice and big, too.
Paul cleaned them: removing the head, tail and guts. Once that was done, I covered them in a bit of olive oil, fresh rosemary from the garden, fresh lemons from our trees, some organic green onions, a pinch of salt and pepper and wrapped them tightly in tin foil. While I was cooking the potatoes, Kevin put the fish on the bar-b-q for 15 minutes. It was probably one of the tastiest fish I've ever had. I'm not just saying that as a marketing ploy.... it was unbelievably good and so tender it melted in my mouth. Kevin and Paul enjoyed it as much as I did. I think it's a hit and I can't wait to do it again! Even the fishing part... l just need to practice.
Unfortunately, for the life of me, I can't seem to upload any of the pictures I took. I'm following the same process as I always do yet still it won't allow me to download. How disappointing! Oh well, I'll keep trying, but for now, you'll just have to use your imagination.
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