March 2, 2012.
Yesterday was the first day of Grouper season. The wind was up a bit from the southeast but nothing brutal so we decided to give it a go. I decided to try the area where we took the 6 bugs last time we were in the water. There is still a bunch of reef that we've never done before.
The last thing Christy said to me was “forget about lobster, Grouper only, no lobster”. So of course the only Nassau Grouper that I saw was marginal. He was legal but not really big enough to get out the fillet knife so I spared his life. And Karma rewarded me.
Thats about when I got the eerie feeling of being watched. I was working on the backside of a narrow reef. There was excellent visibility but as the waves broke over the reef I was surrounded by millions of tiny bubbles. So I would be blinded by the bubbles for 10 seconds at a time whenever a larger wave came over the reef. Thats when I saw them.....
The six beady eyes of 3 lobsters sitting side by side practically out in the open. At this point I remembered Christy saying something about lobster but I couldn't remember exactly what.
I couldn't get an angle to try and skewer more than one at a time so I just shot the biggest one in the face. His two compadres darted back into the protective confines of the reef never to be seen again.
When I handed him off to Christy she reminded me that he wasn't a Grouper but the frenzy had started. You can't deny a frenzy. An hour later we were headed home with 10 more lobster.