The Bow and Arrow of the Sea
When it comes procuring food while cruising it only makes sense for us to try to maximize our skill in fishing (think basically FREE food). To give you an idea of where we are starting with this though I should point out that we are probably less skilled at fishing than we are at sailing! Pretty bad, eh?
There are however many ways of getting the fish on board the boat, short of buying it or praying that some suicidal ones jump on board. We could, of course, troll while underway. We could fish from the boat or the dinghy while anchored someplace. We could also do as many people do though and spearfish! This intrigues me although I fear my lack of swimming skill may hold me back. While spear guns are illegal in the Bahamas (and no doubt other places too) I understand that fishing with a polespear is legal. I really have no idea how this is done, other than the most basic fundamentals. That being, a pointy stick is propelled at the hopefully soon-to-be-dinner fish via a stretched piece of rubber tubing. This is probably why I have heard of this likened to a bow and arrow. Modern high-tech spears are made of aluminum, fiberglass and/or carbon fibre and come with a variety of pointy tips, depending on the size of gamefish one is seeking. A couple of suppliers that I have heard of are Ray Odor and Gat-ku.
Because Rebecca is the much stronger swimmer she said that she will take on the spearfishing role because I’m pretty sure we won’t be teaching her monkey to do it for us!