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    MY TWO FISHING BUDDYS FOR LIFE



    First of all, I want to give CigarMan belated congratulations on the birth of his fishing buddy for life. Welcome to the Fatherhood club. We are a secret fraternity with the following creed.

    Do yourself the favor, take a kid fishing.

    This alone tends to reduce the stress factor and cholesterol levels a thousand fold.


    In the picture these are just 2 Nicaraguan kids, that happen to be mine, I am in the background.

    Gerold Wayne, almost 12 yo, is on the left, and John Wayne jr. 8 1/2 yo is on the right.

    Being I earned the reputation of being a little careless with the truth, and now my credibility is not, all that good anymore, with that Snake posting, I am going to try and stay on track with this fish tale, being the fish in the picture are my two son’s trophies.

    These two fine specimens are commonly called ROBALLO or SNOOK
    (Centropomus undecimalus)

    Normally these Individuals can get up to 55 inches long and weigh in, at up to 50 pounds. There have been record landings larger than this caught here in Nicaragua.

    (I think the TICOS are trying to say a record one was caught in their waters, but we in the know, know better)

    Gerold’s fish was 41 inches long and was 38 pounds

    Johnny’s fish was 37 inches long and weighed 33 pounds


    Now the other day on Nica Living, CigarMan made the statement, that he could teach a cow to fish.

    Now this confused me a bit, I did not know if he was talking about the Longhorn Cowfish (Lactoria cornuta) found in abundance on the reefs just offshore of here, (btw, I looked it up) or the common milk cow (Bovinimus quartohangerdownius) found mostly all over Nicaragua. I hope he clarifies it for me, if it is the milk cow; I really want to watch this.

    The reason I touched on this, is that in the English language, it is easy to play on words, such as my Dad asking me, if I had ever seen a Catfish? Me being the son, of the son, of a fisherman, when I replied yes, he asked me if the Cat was using a hand line or a fishin´pole.

    MiskitoAlan, Mr. Steve and I, was not going to pay for CigarMan’s fishing trip over here just to be shown a Longhorn Cowfish.
    Back to the fish story.

    My boys and I waited till it had rained a bit, so the fish that live in the marshes would be pushed out along with the White Shrimp into more favorable areas for us to catch ém.

    As luck would have it, the wind swung around from the west. Now this blow’s the surface of the sea away from shore and in doing so the water on the bottom moves toward the beach, to replace it.

    This brings all kinds of shrimp, crabs, and other forms of sea life close to the shore. (Dad told me you always have to work with, Mother Nature and not against it, so I am just passing it on, to these boys of mine)

    Robert “rcefalu” a Nica Living member, was visiting with us here on the Atlantic Coast, and also took advantage of this natural phenomena and carried a bucket of those delicious White Shrimp back to MGA with him, when he returned home.

    He had a nice mix of sizes for different recipes; about 15% were cobs, as in corn cob, what we call the 16-20´s. This is early in the season to be finding big ones in the mix. I guess it is because we have had an unusual dry, dry season this year, and the salt and brackish water penetrated way up into the interior. Here I go babbling again; I catch myself doing that sometimes, back to the tale.

    We had gone down to the Wharf, (Gerold, Johnny and I) after getting some of Miskito Alan’s “Killer Ballyhoo” for bait, and packing a thermos with our favorite fresco’s and something to munch on. Gerold and Johnny like the local gaseosa ROJITA. It is red in color, and sweet, with the flavor of the old BAZOOKA BUBBLE GUM. (Does it still exist?)


    For me just relaxin’ and fishin’ I like the old pirate drink written about by Robert Louis Stevenson, in his story Treasure Island. Just FDC #5 and water, the favorite drink of “Billy Bones.” I also like to have a nice smoke to go along with it too.

    As you can see in our picture, in my left hand I am enjoying one of those new “Southern Eagle” cigars manufactured by “Extreme Okra S.A.” right here in Nicaragua.
    This delightful smoke, has a unique, hard to keep lit feature, with the distinct aroma of a brush fire, and wont get ya’ in trouble with the Law….. Let me quit wandering from the fish tale.

    We take about 5 pounds of the killer bait and grind it up and make a soup out of it for chumming the big one’s close to us. The rest we use for cut bait.


    The preferred method of capture here for these fish is with the use of hand lines and barbed spears.
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    To be called a "Has Been" I must surmise, is much Greater than to be called a "Nevah Been"... JW...



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    I helped my boys rig up with 150 pound test monofilament. (1.40mm dia) I like this size because it is easier on the gloved hand and eliminates the need for a wire leader. You can usually land the fish before the teeth cuts thru it.

    I showed them how to tie on a 6/0 MUSTAD stainless O’SHAUGHNESSY Hook, and adjust the float for the depth of water. I did not tie a hook on to my line, cuz I did not want to be disturbed.

    So they were rigged up, baited, and in the water loaded for BEAR. I slung the chum soup for as far around the little dock that is attached to the wharf as I could, and we were not there more than 30 minutes when Johnny gets a strike. Others on the dock had a barbed spear and helped Johnny land his fish. The look on his face was worth a million USD to me.

    We weren’t another 15 minutes and Gerold got his strike, and went thru the same dog and pony show with all the people on the dock helping Gerold to land his fish. That boy was grinning’ from ear to ear, and I even got a little cocky about it to be honest.

    Well we brought ‘em on up to the fish house and took the pictures, then cleaned them for the kitchen. Now Miskito Alan likes the boneless fillet, and Mr. Steve and like ‘em baked up whole, skin on, and scaled over a bed of potatoes ‘n onions.

    Wanting to teach my boys the right way to do things, we weighed out 10% of their fish and dropped it by the local DGI office for their part of the bounty.

    If anyone gets even half the pleasure of reading this fish tale that I got while writing it.

    I’ll have won
    To be called a "Has Been" I must surmise, is much Greater than to be called a "Nevah Been"... JW...



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    Great story JP. Between your story and La Baby Docs nagging, I'm probably gonna keep trying until we have a boy!

    (God save me)
    "Un Estado que no se rigiera según la justicia se reduciría a una gran banda de ladrones." --San Agustín

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    Default Great story JW

    Round here the fishing is getting harder with the more folks trying-can't hardly get on my favorite flats anymore -anyway, I try to convince my friends to take their younguns to the local farm pond and wear out the bream - that get's em hooked big time. You can't beat the smile on a kids face when he lands his first fish
    Never leave fun, to look for fun

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    And I don´t know if you know it or not, but take them fish and clean ém real good for the ketchen, and salt ém down real heavy in a bowl over night in the refigerator...

    Next day rinse ém off just before cooking, and do your favorite recipe on ém......

    You´d be surprized at what a difference it makes in the meat....

    The eatin´to me is part of the trip...

    Hey ya´ll take a kid Fishin´......
    To be called a "Has Been" I must surmise, is much Greater than to be called a "Nevah Been"... JW...



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    Default Conch!

    Quote Originally Posted by El Doc View Post
    Great story JP. Between your story and La Baby Docs nagging, I'm probably gonna keep trying until we have a boy!

    (God save me)
    The secret is to eat lots of conch and especially the red part. I was told on Spansh Wells:

    "Yassuh Mista Tom ...da conch make da baby and if you want boy, eat the red paht!"

    Anyway it worked for me while in the Bahamas .
    Life's different here ... It's a whole 'nother pace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Corn Tom View Post
    The secret is to eat lots of conch and especially the red part. I was told on Spansh Wells:

    "Yassuh Mista Tom ...da conch make da baby and if you want boy, eat the red paht!"

    Anyway it worked for me while in the Bahamas .
    I'll give it a shot.
    "Un Estado que no se rigiera según la justicia se reduciría a una gran banda de ladrones." --San Agustín

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    JPJW! One of the best you can do for a child is to take them fishing, just the thrill of catching a fish with a loved one is a memory that will be dear for ever. Those are some fine young men your raising may God Bless them.
    Dios es Amor!

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    Thanks El G....I took them out on the sea as well for a week, Dam, and not the river kind did their mother put up a fuss, I thought we might divorce over it (kidding) but she was not a happy camper....

    Fianaly I had to put my foot down by saying my dad did it for us boys and they were going, like it or lump it....

    After she modifyed their PFD´s (lifejackets) and we tested them in the creek, she calmed a bit......

    But she was happy to cook and eat the fish they brought for her later.....
    To be called a "Has Been" I must surmise, is much Greater than to be called a "Nevah Been"... JW...



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    Default I took my son fishing ...

    almost every week from age 5 and up. By age 13 he could out fish me and still can.

    When I flew back from Managua last month, I got into a conversation with a guy who was coming home with his 13 year old daughter. They had just fished the Rio San Juan (San Carlos) for 5 days, just like I did with my son a few years ago. You could tell how tight they were (father and daughter) and I really missed my son at that time.... the jerk moved to Portugal on me.

    Anyway, there is nothing better than taking your kids fishing. Even if it means missing Disneyworld.
    Life's different here ... It's a whole 'nother pace.

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    Desneyworld is a fanticy land..

    Going fishing with your kids is the real world like TRN....

    He just gonna have to go visit you on Little Island so he can continue to put it on your sorry a$$....

    Hey, you showed him...

    Oh and Doc, Lady Killer is mujairiago, or the equivelent of Womanizer in English....Nothing to do with Jack the ripper BS.....
    To be called a "Has Been" I must surmise, is much Greater than to be called a "Nevah Been"... JW...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Plain John Wayne View Post
    Oh and Doc, Lady Killer is mujairiago, or the equivelent of Womanizer in English....Nothing to do with Jack the ripper BS.....
    I know. I'm just yankin your chain.
    "Un Estado que no se rigiera según la justicia se reduciría a una gran banda de ladrones." --San Agustín

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    Default Re: It took some fishing...

    Father and Son Tale from the past.. Blast it, I love it Jonh that the photos are still here...
    To be called a "Has Been" I must surmise, is much Greater than to be called a "Nevah Been"... JW...



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