We used to carry some high tech fishing gear on the transom of our boat, a paravane
and a box full of many different types of artificial bait to catch any
type of fish, from sardine to tuna... but unfortunately, fish didn't
But high tech stuff rusts, so we changed to a nylon rope (3mm, 100
meters) on a reel. With this we didn't catch a thing as well, not even
during our ocean crossing. It was then that we had a fish on the hook
but obviously the fish was too heavy or too big as it cut the nylon
leader of the bait. Next time we'll
use steel leaders.
|Not catching any fish gives us enough time to determine the best strategy, in case we've got
something on the hook:
- throw 'm in a bucket and wait until the moving stops
- cut off the head immediately (not recommended because quite a lot of
blood and they live on for some time)
- give them anesthesia with a few drops of rum (what a terrible waste!!).
the meantime we focused on shellfish. In the river Alvor in the Algarve
you can dig for cockles and there are lots of them.
They are great in Spaghetti alla vongole,
our favourite recipe with shellfish. Fry some garlic and a small onion in
lots of olive oil, add the cockles, bake for 1 minute and add a glass of
white wine. Bring to the boil, pour over the spaghetti, add some parsil,