Hello everyone. Sorry I'm falling behind the posts. Between internet problems and sending out shipments, updating my blog has been difficult.
Today was another beautiful day. Here is a view of the docks as we were leaving for the open ocean.
On the way out, we decided to stop by the fish market to pick up bait for fishing. That little blue building on the far left is the fish market.
Fishermen catch fish at night with spears and then sell them in the morning. Here is a large parrotfish with a big hump on its head!
Beautiful naso tangs with streamers. These fish actually taste really good. The locals like to boil them and eat with rice!
Lobsters have been hard to find these days as the fishermen who normally catches these tasty crustaceans, have been collecting sea cucumbers instead. Now that the cucumber season is coming to an end, the lobsters are showing up again around the islands. The most popular way to catch these guys is to shoot them with a spear at night.
Check out these cool looking fish. They look like giant cardinal types, with their big eyes and reddish color. These odd looking fish are hook and line caught in very deep waters.
Now I just have to figure out where these mud crabs were caught, and I can go catch my own. Perhaps my crab snares would work here - hm...
We left the fish market and headed out to sea. On the way out, I prepared my fishing gear. Here I have baited a cockle meat.
These work great, even I have caught fish before! Beginners like me have to shoot the fish, but the pros can simply stab the fish instead.
An island as we were heading out. Nobody lives here but sometimes fishermen take refuge during bad weathers.
We anchored in about 20 feet of water. As the guys were getting ready to put their wetsuits on, I dropped my line down and instantly caught this very pretty wrasse!
After catching more wrasses and stuff, the guys came up with some corals. Here is one of my favorite Tongan coral, the yellow green porites. For a porites species, these corals are really nice. The only problem is that they damage easily on the tips. These are known as "yellow jewls" locally.
Here are some other goodies that Teau and Tau found. Note the blue lined subechinata on the mid left - sweet!
Here is my catch so far. I believe the smaller and less colorful ones were females, while the bigger more prettier ones were males.
I through him the spear and soon he came up with this large lobster. Tau said there was another one in the same hole but got away after he shot this one.
And here is Larry with his Tongan wife Suzanna. Larry is originally from New York but has been living in the South Pacific for a long time. He is a great cook. Tonight's meal is blackened swordfish, with papaya salsa, with purple string beans (turns green after cooked), and stir fried lobster tail! To wash it down, a can of blueberry fanta - awesome!
Ok guys that is it for today. After a hard day on the ocean (not really but sounds good), a great meal like this is priceless. Stay tuned as I will post again very soon.