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We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Alternate title: “Photos of the Backs of People’s Heads.”

In honor of the last days of summer and perhaps a very belated nod to Shark Week (although no sharks were seen on this trip), here are a few photos from my deep-sea fishing adventure in Florida a few years ago. Despite my strong distaste for early mornings, I decided to give this type of fishing a try along with Chris, his brother, and step-brother. And on that note, why does fishing have to take place so early anyway?! Isn’t the ocean there all day long? Sigh. But there I was, up at the crack of dawn to head out from Jupiter into the sea in search of my first big catch. We chartered a boat with Chris’s dad’s friend who offered to teach us the finer points of deep-sea fishing. The weather that day was gorgeous, although the ride out over the huge waves challenged my ability to keep my breakfast down.

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Once we arrived at the designated spot, we each took turns playing angler. That rod was much heavier than I expected! If you’re looking for a new upper-body/arms workout, this is it. I admit to being a little sore the next day.

Steve had the best luck skill out of anyone – he managed to snag a marlin! It’s hard to see in the photos because we didn’t take it all the way out of the water. He (the marlin) was putting up a really good fight.

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And not to be outdone by a bunch of boys, I caught my very own fish, too! I’m told it was “just” a bonito fish, but it was exciting to me nonetheless. And for something so small, compared to the marlin at least, it was a TON of work reeling that sucker into the boat. I can totally appreciate the appeal of fishing now, and I’d go again sometime if I have the opportunity!

“Fish,” he said, “I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (Actually, I put him/her back in the water right after our photo op.)

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