The girl cousins were very fashionable and also not totally into fishing, but here Haley is flashing the peace sign. Either that or she is prophetic and knew she was going to catch two fish.
Here is my dad, listening hard to the minimal instructions given to us. Basically they told us that we should yell out if we caught a fish and they would deal with it for us and that we couldn't go fishing until we stopped.... other than that it was pretty much a free for all.
This guy looks too cool to be part of our family, but he is actually my cousin Derrick... looking like a make model. He took so long in the bathroom styling his Mohawk that I had like one minute to do everything that I had to do before the trip.
Here is my Uncle Harvey, Aunt Kim, Riley, and Kim's sister hanging out waiting to start fishing.
On the way out we passed some pelicans. They clearly knew what they were doing and we will hear from them again!
Here are the girl cousins chilling at the front of the boat as we are headed to our fishing spot. I ended up having to bait all their hooks until they finally got tired of fishing from the front of the boat.... or maybe they thought I was doing a poor job... regardless.. they eventually left and I got to move to the shade with my dad.
Here is Claire with her line out just waiting for a fish to bite so she can reel it in.
And here is the first catch of the day!!!! My dad was really excited to fish this beautiful specimen out of the bay.... sadly it was inedible... but at least we kept a fishing from eating it.
The captain of the boat kept saying that as soon as the currents died down the fish would start biting and everyone would have as many fish as they could handle. While that was a slight exaggeration, after about an hour of nothing biting, we finally started to catch some fish. Kyle was the first one to catch something, shown below.
Eventually my dad caught something too!
My uncle Harvey was catching a ton of fish, but they were all catfish and the captain kept throwing them back since, supposedly they tasted bad. Harvey didn't totally believe him and tried to sneak one of his caught catfish through... but it didn't work and he still had to throw it back.
As a family we caught 48 fish... which sounds like a lot... and in fact it looks like a lot. Here is Kyle with the complete haul.
And here is Aynika holding them up, mostly by herself.
When we got back we had to wait awhile until they actually were able to fillet our fish.
Here is the filleting table and a quick picture of the captain filleting our fish.
My dad and uncle Don asked what we should do with the fish and we were giving the recommendation to go to Dirty Al's and they would cook them for us. The place lived up to their name, but man they did a great job of cooking our fish.
We probably ended up with 5 pounds of fish, and we got 50% blackened and 50% fried. The blackened was so so good, and the fried was decent. And before we knew it, all the food was gone. I also got a Po boy, since I thought I wouldn't have enough food. This wasn't really need and the Po boy wasn't really all that good unfortunately.
I totally forgot to take any pictures of the fish that was cooked, but here is Derrick looking satisfied.
After we got back from fishing it was a pretty slow afternoon. A lot of people just took naps and relaxed. Eventually a group of us, mostly the cousins, went to the beach. The girl cousins decided to bury Riley. Like a little trooper he let them.
Here is the end result.
The following day I had to leave at about 12 to get to the airport. I was taking the same shuttle that brought us to the island.
My aunt Kim and her sister made spring rolls for the family and since I was leaving before everyone was going to have them, they made some special for me. They were really really good and much appreciated while I was traveling home.
Here is a photo of buckwheat.
Here is one of Balto..... both of the dogs are Don and Steph's and the kids really liked playing with them. Especially with buckwheat.
I wanted to get everyone together and get a group picture before I left, but somehow that turned into standing outside the shuttle that came to pick me up and asking the driver to take a few pictures of us.
And then I was off. The trip home was uneventful, just a short flight and then a drive home. All in all it was a great reunion and it was great to see all of my family again. Supposedly we are going to have another one in two years, so perhaps all my cousins won't forget me in the meantime!