Photos 7, page 30
Boating w Ray (continued)
|<-- The Buoy
The state puts these out here, about 5
miles offshore, to attract fish.
Apparently, fish are attracted to cluster
under floating objects. If you look
close, you can see stuff floating off the
left side of the buoy. It's just stuff to
show which way the current is running.
|So we decided to head for "Buoy 2". Maybe the dolphins weren't down that way. On our way down, we saw a whole pod of
dolphins swimming toward the buoy. We followed (see the big loop in the orange line by "Buoy", along with two other
boats. The thinking was that the dolphins were herding fish toward their buddies near the buoy. Maybe we could get in on
We ended up cruising in the middle of probably about a hundred of them (they're hard to count). They were all around the
boat, surfing in the bow wave, running alongside. They weren't jumping, this was business...
These pictures don't do justice to the dynamics of the situation. The bow of the boat, where I am, is bouncing up and down
with the waves, making it almost impossible to aim the camera at anything. I just have to hope that the shutter speed is fast
enough to take care of any blur. It did that nicely, but it ended up making everything look like it was standing still instead of
everybody going 5 or 6 miles an hour through the water...
|Ray catching fish heads.
Ray would drop his bait about 200 feet down and then reel it in like crazy until
something hit it. Then he'd reel it harder until there was a sharp tug on the line
and then there was no resistance again. Reeling it in, we'd find a fish head on
the hook. The dolphins were neatly biting the fish off Ray's hook. They were
smart enough not to take the head, with the hook in it. This happened four
times before we finally gave up. Ray was certain they were laughing at us...
|The dolphins suddenly aren't so cute
|I would guess my hand is between 3 and 4 feet above the water...
One-handed shootin'! I had to hang on... Eeehah!
At "Buoy 2"
Nobody home. No fish, no dolphins.
Just this guy here and he doesn't look
like he's having much luck either...
Time to head for home...
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