Our last day in Abaco and we topped it off with a tasty grouper. At about 7 or 8 pounds this black grouper is about perfect for a couple of tasty filets. Miss Marianna Jewell and myself hopped into the boat at approximately 10:15 AM and headed out into the brilliant calm waters inside Cherokee Sound. In 5 minutes we hit our first reef (intentionally, as in not with the motor), and it was on. We spotted a sea turtle and a giant ray right off the boat. Marianna speared a quick Pompano and we moved on to another spot. Another 5 minutes in the boat and we hit a giant reef. Even the small fish are big on this one and there are large Schoolmasters by the dozen (these are a member of the Snapper family and delicious). 15 minutes of scoping out the area and as I swim over the reef I spot this juicy grouper minding his own business. With a quick shot off the Hawaiian sling to the gut this baby was mine. Speared a few more reef fish and was out of the water by Noon. Looks like we are having dinner tonight!
Here is a pic from our catch yesterday:
From left to right: Marianna, Parrot Fish, Schoolmaster, Schoolmaster, Jack, Schoolmaster, Grunt, Pompano, Daniel
There were a few big ones that we missed too! Took a shot a giant trigger that I missed, and saw about a 50 lbs Jew Fish that I didn’t even get close to. Good times and it has been a great trip!
Spearfishing tip: If you are going to be in the water for a long time wear a scuba skin. Sunscreen tends to wear off after a while, and the hot sun down here will fry even the darkest of specimens. The water is warm so it is tempting not to wear one, but I would not go without it.