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Superlative Day: Gone Fishing

I’ve had some great and memorable days in my life, and this is one of them. My good friend said “Hey, you want to go fishing Friday?” and I said “Yes!” I had to go get a one-day fishing license, and I could add crab for a mere 50 cents, so I did.

We met up at 6:30 a.m. and were on the water by 7 a.m. on one of the hottest day’s in Seattle’s summer. As we left the marina, we passed an Eagle. (We thought of you, AdventureMan!)

AdventureMan must have heard us talking about him, because as the sun rises, he calls from Kuwait, eating Felafel sandwiches and ice cream as we watch the sun rise:

And set the crab traps – this is what an empty crab trap looks like. We put turkey legs and old fish heads in the bait box to attract the crabs:

It is a gorgeous morning. As my friends dig out the fishing polls, I admire the mountains and the sparkles on the waters of Puget Sound:

My friend has baited my hook and hands the rod to me. I lower the weight to the bottom, pull it up just a little and – an immediate nibble:

He’s a good size and he’s a keeper. My friend grabs my camera to take my photo with my first fish of the day, I hold the fish up – and just as she is snapping the shot, the fish does a little flip right off the hook and back into the water!

It doesn’t matter – the fish are biting and we are hauling them in. Some are too small; we take them off the hooks and throw them back, telling them to have a good life, grow big and we will see them again, we hope!

After about an hour of superlative fishing, we go back to check the crab pots. They are HEAVY with crab!

You can’t keep any female crab, or any male under a certain size, so any crab you think you might want to keep, you have to measure. You get a HUGE fine if you are caught with undersize crab. As we bring in the crab and the fish, my friend notes them down on our licence records, which have to be sent in to the state at the end of the season, listing fish we have caught, crab we have caught, and how many we threw back.

We catch a couple rock crab – those you don’t have to measure, and you can keep. Most of what we catch is the sweet and delectable Dungeness Crab – my very favorite after Alaska King Crab.

We had just decided to quit for the day – it was getting really, really HOT for Seattle, like 90°F/33°C (and there is an advisory for hot weather, and air stagnation) and we have nearly our limit for crab, and a respectable amount of fish, and we are happy, happy fisherpeople! Just as I am about to raise my line, I get a big bite, and catch the last fish!

Here is our bucket, full of fish. The cooler is full of crab. What a great day to be alive.

August 16, 2008 - Posted by | Adventure, Bureaucracy, Community, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Friends & Friendship, Kuwait, Law and Order, Living Conditions, Seattle, sunrise series, Travel, Weather |

25 Comments »

  1. was it Zorba the Greek who said :

    If you give a woman a fish you have fed her for a day but if you take her out fishing then she will beat you at your own game . good catch .congratulation

    Excellent photo , nice day on the water .

    BTW Intlxpatr the newspaper here reported a chemical spill in salwa near the sas hotel ehehehehehe

    Comment by daggero | August 16, 2008 | Reply

  2. Wow-way to go. Some fine fine eating!

    Comment by momcat | August 16, 2008 | Reply

  3. Thanks, Daggero – I was born fishing, and I really love it, except for the cleaning the fish part! Thank God for a fabulous day out on the Puget Sound, and fish that were biting, and crab that were plentiful!

    There is good news in the sad BTW about the chemical spill – and that is the free press in Kuwait was able to tell the story. I think a lot of stuff gets spilled into the Gulf, and we never hear about it. Some bloggers have posted stories about spills, and it is horrorific stuff with photos.

    Oh Momcat, I thought of you! Just a week ago we were prowling the same area, from the street side! There is a big Arts Fest near the Everett marina this weekend.

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 16, 2008 | Reply

  4. patr: magnificent pictures that you have taken!!
    and good job on your catch! seems like you are having a fantastic time… enjoy it while it lasts!

    Comment by bbq8 | August 16, 2008 | Reply

  5. Wow… looks like fun! 🙂

    Comment by iRise | August 16, 2008 | Reply

  6. sounds like a very interesting and YUMMY day! I am glad you had fun… I would be with all the catch

    Comment by Ansam | August 17, 2008 | Reply

  7. Looks like you had lots of fun. 🙂

    Ok, I’ll send over some Zbeidi and Hamour, and you send over some of those flat whitey fishes. Deal? Deal. 😀

    Comment by MacaholiQ8 | August 17, 2008 | Reply

  8. Thank you, bbq8 – it was a great day!

    iRise – it was! Do you like fishing?

    Ansam – Do you fish in Kuwait? I was all hot and salty and sweaty and my clothes were filthy when I got home!

    Mac – Deal! Totally! Some of the fish I see in Kuwait look a lot like some of these. Where to you catch Sheem? (I probably spelled it wrong. . . that’s how it sounds to me)

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 17, 2008 | Reply

  9. What is that “flat whitey” fish?

    Comment by grammy | August 17, 2008 | Reply

  10. It’s called a Rock Sole, Grammy! It is sweet and white, but it doesn’t have a lot of flesh. You can broil it with a little garlic butter and it is totally yummy.

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 17, 2008 | Reply

  11. not as much as I want too 🙂 I wish I can be good at it LOL

    Comment by Ansam | August 17, 2008 | Reply

  12. LLOOLLL! Some days the fish are biting, and some days they just aren’t! We had a very lucky day. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 18, 2008 | Reply

  13. I love Sole fishes! (we call it Mizligana in Kuwaiti) We always order them when we’re out of Kuwait but when we tried to cook them at home they peeled and pieces stuck on the pan.. it looked and tasted very different.. I vowed not to try them at home again 🙂

    the pictures are amazing especially the second picture. Great job!

    Comment by Yousef | August 18, 2008 | Reply

  14. So sweet, so mild! There isn’t a lot of meat on each fish, so I usually pan broil them in the oven with just a little butter and garlic. Yousef, is there a lot of Mizligana in the Gulf? Have you caught any?

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 18, 2008 | Reply

  15. WOW. Those are some sharp nice pictures. You seem pretty good at it. I liked the sea water view and the fish pulled out of the water.

    Which cam do you use?

    Comment by Bashar | August 18, 2008 | Reply

  16. Yousef and Intlxpatr… try sole fish battered fried at Totally Fish – Marina Crescent… totally amazing

    Comment by Ansam | August 18, 2008 | Reply

  17. Oh YUMMM. I am going to have to try that. Oh . . . wait! Is it deep fried? 😦

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 19, 2008 | Reply

  18. Bashar – sorry, somehow I lost track of your comment – I use a Panasonic Lumix FZ-18. Many in my family use that camera because of it’s lightness and flexibility and incredible clear zoom. Blogger Farragoes is also a new convert.

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 19, 2008 | Reply

  19. ntlxpatr :

    we will be much obliged if at all possible to put a side bar in your blog to show the latest comments on each post . so it will save the back and forth checking of the posts .

    Comment by daggero | August 19, 2008 | Reply

  20. Done, but it only shows the last five 😦

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 19, 2008 | Reply

  21. I just called my cousin, he’s addicted to fishing and he said that we have lots of mizliganas in Kuwait but we can’t catch them with hooks coz their mouth is small for a hook (funny since you have a picture proving that is possible lol) so they use fish nets and other methods with nets instead of hooks. But yeah it tastes great according to him 🙂

    Comment by Yousef | August 19, 2008 | Reply

  22. I love ur photos and I love ur posts and this one was just amazing!

    Comment by Chirp | August 20, 2008 | Reply

  23. Yousef – they really do have small mouths. If the fish is big enough to keep, it isn’t a problem, but when they swallow all the bait and you have to try to get the hook out to throw them back in, it isn’t that great – their mouths ARE small, and we were using little tiny hooks, but it was still a real problem getting them out. Their meat is sweet and mild. YUMMMM!

    Great minds Chirp! I was thinking of you when I saw the Ismael Baeh book out in paperback. What are you reading?

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 20, 2008 | Reply

  24. intlxpatr ;

    thanks for the recent comment column , 5 is OK , but 10 would be better , it keeps the older posts alive for slow commentator’s like me ,is ia at all possible to bring it up to the upper side of the page

    Comment by daggero | August 20, 2008 | Reply

  25. I don’t think ten is an option with this format, sorry, daggero!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 20, 2008 | Reply


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