The trip was set for the last day we would be in Miami and I was ready when that day arrived. We had to get up early to meet our guide and drive to the canals where we would spend the day.
Notice I still had to have cute fishing attire! I bought the pink fishing shirt and Hubs brought me those polarized sunglasses so I could see the fish under water.
As excited as I was to get out there, I soon remembered why I didn't fish with the hubs. He is a good fisherman and thus goes at the sport aggressively. I, on the other hand, didn't even know how to throw a jig or pretty much anything (ugh). This was quite frustrating for me; frustrating enough that I began to get a little aggravated because he kept catching fish and I didn't! That's when the guide and he decided to back off and not fish but merely cheer me on to catch a fish of my own. Their bodies moved along with mine as I swayed and threw my jig out. Disappointed along with me after each "almost catch", I could tell this was a huge sacrifice; allowing me to snag one without interference. After about 3 1/2 hours I hooked the first one! At that point, I think everybody breathed a sigh of relief and the hubs and I both continued to fish for the rest of the day.
Now, this fishing trip was exciting because...well, because we had a guide who showed us where the fish were and we were catching them! But there ARE a few things I have learned about fishing trips in general that I think I really ought to share with those non-fishermen who are going with the more experienced ones:
1. When they hand you a big cup of coffee and tell you there will probably be a bathroom you can
use before getting into the boat it is most likely not true. And if your fishing companion is a man,
he will never remember this; it is of no consequence to him. Oh, not because he doesn't care about
you. He just doesn't even remember the conversation since all men apparently have bladders the
size of the ocean. Throw the coffee out!
2. Be responsible for your own food. People, this is the one time it is truly OK to be selfish. "Real"
fishermen do not think of or apparently need food during a fishing trip. One protein bar eaten at
7 a.m. is long gone by 3, 4 or 5 O'clock! Bring your own food.
3. Bring plenty of sunscreen and water. If you fish all day, relish the shade trees because those little
fishlike the sun more than the shade and you will be begging for shade as the day wears on. As
much fun as I was having, several times I found myself not only reapplying sunscreen, but also
taking the bottled water and pouring it over my body. The two men in the boat, who, by the way,
never quit making a cast, asked why I had to take a break. Hmmm...let's see, starving to death
AND scorching my skin at the same time; I was becoming a bit weary by 2:30.
I was given a compliment by my fisherman husband, though. He told the guide before the trip he didn't know how long I would make it that day and I had gone much longer than he had expected (Yay me!). I really could have gone longer if we had just two things: 1. Made a bathroom stop. I'm not sure where that would have been but women with bladders the size of peas cannot compete with men who have bladders the size of the ocean; that's a fact. And 2. If I had food. Listen, just a little food would have fortified me to continue on for a good while longer, but once the hunger AND the bladder start talking to ya, it's pretty much done. And so at 3 O'clock we called it quits for the day and I began dreaming of a hot shower and...Mexican food! Hey, that's what happens when one gets so hungry all they can think of is food and believe me, I had been thinking about it for a while! The guide dropped us off at our hotel and we did just that; got showers and walked back down a couple of blocks to Esplanade Street to have our last dinner in Miami for this trip!