Fishing, pesca, fish, fishety fish fish lure tackle fish line fishery-doo-da-day. Max is a pretty good little conversationalist for ten years old but as of late, he's a one track wonder. FISHING. I have mandated "NO Fish Talk" time at home to save my sanity during dinner, but he just can't help himself and it is inevitable that I will hear all about how to fly fish in Florida or hand jigging in Cuba or the correct way to remove a hook. Mmm, tasty dinner convo.
Of course, as much as the FISHFISHFISH talk can get tiresome, I am also a mom who likes to see her kid happy so I was grateful to the fine folks at Aquaworld Cancun when they offered us a chance to go deep sea fishing.
Growing up on the Great Lakes, I was always happy to be on a boat and have my line in the water, but this was my first time on the open sea going for the "big ones". Max and I invited our friends along for the ride, arriving at the Aquaworld Marina at 7 am for an early start. We were all "newbs", looking forward to adventure!
Captain Luis greeted us warmly and got us underway for the 45 minute trip to his "secret spot". There was a fishing tournament that day and he was concerned we would have too much competition for the fish, but we were determined to reel in dinner, at the very least a little snack.
The ride was a bit bumpy, a bit swirly, the captain called it "blender sea", but we all held on to our breakfasts (I do recommend being prepared for some seasickness, no matter how great your sea legs are). Almost as soon as the crew got the lines in the water, they had Max in the fight chair, reeling in this little beauty! She was smaller than we were looking for and was promptly returned to the ocean to swim another day.
The beautiful Fernanda reeled in our first keeper, a black fin tuna! I think the crew got a kick out of all of us being more interested in taking photos than actually fishing, the price of being social media addicts, er influencers on the job. I have to say, in the rolling surf with wiggling and jumping fish, taking photos was a bit more challenging than our dry land work.
Next up was Miguel, one of my favourite bloggers in Mexico with La Vida es Viaje! Even with his wobbly, not so sailor-y legs and seasick tummy, he reeled in a gorgeous mahi mahi!
The final big fight of the day was all about Max and a Great Barracuda. Approximately 25 lbs and 47 inches, this fish full of teeth was a doozy of a catch! The crew tagged the fish (whom Max named "Luis" after his new best friend the captain) and released it back to the sea as part of the Gray Fish Tag Research program. Max will talk about this fight for the rest of his life, though I suspect "Luis" will get bigger and the fight will get longer with each telling of the tale.
video captured by GoPro #goprogirl
We were all super content and ready to head back to shore after our big time adventure. We were pretty darned excited about the fresh catch we had in the cooler, particularly after Marhu put out the call to a chef friend to put his culinary skills to work. Mahi mahi in an achiote marinade and a seared tuna salad finished off our day in a most perfect and delicious way.
** The fishing excursion was provided free of charge by Aquaworld Cancun but all opinions are strictly my own.