February 21, 2012.
Do you know what “no wind” means for a sailor in the Jumentos. Thats right, it means you get to take the dinghy around to the east side of the cays to kill stuff.
The crews of Synergy & Veranda headed out around the north end of Hog Cay to try our luck on the east side of the cay. Last year Christy & I had walked across the cay carrying all our crap and had some pretty good luck.(Last years walk across) So I figured that dinghying around would be easier and hopefully even more productive.
Evidently it was a pretty good plan because we arrived just as the locals did. Crap, the locals. The locals are fish gathering machines. Everything edible with any type of size is fair game. You can actually hear the sucking sound as conch, lobster and any fish in the area get tossed into their boat.
Christy said that at one point she watched one of the locals walking in knee deep water across the top of a reef shooting fish and bugs. He was just walking along tossing them into his small boat as his buddy idled nearby. Chris of Synergy and I held our own and retired from the bay with 4 lobster apiece.
Before heading back to the big boat we decided to stop off at a patch of Elkhorn reef. I was able to add a nice Hogfish, our second Tiger Grouper and my first Porgy ever. Porgies are pretty skittish and tough to spear. Most of them are caught while trolling the cuts in your dinghy. I had my spear cocked because I was diving to look under a deep ledge when the porgy came out from under the ledge as soon as I arrived. We saw each other at the same time. He spun around and I shot, landing a solid center mass hit.
So with 4 lobster and 3 good sized fish we headed home. The day wasn't as productive as I had envisioned but it was still pretty good.