Sometimes life offers a bounty. Mattina is equipped with two stainless steel rod holders, one off each hull, and we love to fish while we’re sailing. Sometimes we catch a Mahi Mahi . . .
Sometimes we catch a shark. The trick is to get the lure back without hurting the shark. This shark snagged a homemade cedar plug, and lucky for us, it popped out of the sharks mouth and we got the lure back. The shark swam happily, or maybe grumpily, away and all was well.
And sometimes we don’t catch anything at all, but we still got to sail.
So many ways to keep fit while cruising – so little time 🙂
If you want to keep fit while sailing either you must sail in crazy weather or you must find other things to do. Me I choose to sail in favourable conditions where I don’t have to exert myself in dangerous situations, so that means I must find other ways to stay in shape.
Hanging out with active friends, all who have different interests, is the best way to find things to do. There’s always someone around to push the gang to get moving.
So this week, the activity to keep fit: Spear fishing for lobster.
I’ll just say outright, I really suck at this. In fact I’ve never caught a lobster. My spear likes to head for the sand and rest on the bottom. My husband and friends all seem to have the skill required.
It doesn’t matter. I can still swim and search. Swimming with fins is great for the calves and quads. Diving until you think you’re lungs will explode is great for the cardio. The adrenaline rush when you think you see a shark . . . enough said about that.
The salt water bleaches your hair, the mask strap breaks it and the wind tangles it, but hey, you can’t have everything.
I’ve been writing about how to keep fit while cruising. But what if we’re done with exercise for the day?
When the winds are too low to go windsurfing and it’s too hot for beach yoga or beach running, a little deep sea fishing goes a long way to keep us entertained and fed. Nothing like a sea of flat water and a little breeze to make fishing a fun experience.
Here we caught a wahoo, and you can see by the size of it, it fed our whole gang.
When we checked into the Bahamas, we received a fishing license as part of our cruising permit, allowing us to fish in the Bahamian waters. We make sure we know what we are allowed to catch and what is in season, and only catch what we can eat.