A birthday on the sea
Manzanillo is a decent size city that is 30km north of us and the “world-capital” for swordfish fishing. We thought the occasion of Andy’s 4th birthday would be a great time to try out the deep-sea fishing trip and had it all arranged to head out at 7am on his birthday (nov 11th).
However, Andy was sick the night before and so we ended up delaying the trip by a couple of days. It turned out to be a GREAT thing that he was sick or we would have been out on the boat in a huge rain storm instead of the beautiful day we ended up having! So thanks to Andy’s sickbug on that one.
So back to the fishing trip. It was a beautiful day and “we” caught decent fish (3 big mahi-mahi, 4 “bonitos“, 1 something else). I say “we” because “we” actually didn’t do that much. The captain and his crew set up all the lines, charted the course and hooked up the fish into the boat. Our job was to turn the reels. I would have liked to be a bit more involved in understanding the whole process, but given that I was seasick, doing the reels was just fine.
So apparently a calm ocean is not anything like a calm lake. A calm ocean still rises and falls, moves side to side and actually quiet randomly. Being very much a boat-virgin I had no idea and my stomach was not happy about this information!
The kids however mostly had fun. They were feeling sick for about an hour of the five that we were out, but bounced back super well. Unfortunately, the point where we were all most sick was when we were catching the big fish. As for me, I eventually got to the point where I could sit in the chair looking out at the water and enjoy without feeling sick… walking around was not an option though.
If we are ever to buy a sailboat and “sail the world”, I’m going to have to get over this seasickness thing. I would do the fishing trip again, if anything just get the fish (super delicious) and to have the chance to work on feeling better on the water.