I help out some Gunas with some fuel and they reward me with some fruit, 2 bread fruit a bunch of bananas and some lemons. I have never had bread fruit so I am eager to try it and so are my friends the bees.
We test out the Rocna in weed and it is surprising, it fails first go so I talk a bit about that and I also look at how much fish is wasted when we fillet them and throw away the carcass. Too much I think.
Nature is awesome. An electical storm passes over Freedom with some very close hits. There is lightning everywhere and I am outside to enjoy it.
I am running out of food because of bad weather and no fish caught. After 3 days I have a short spear at the end of the day without the electrical threat from above. But no luck for me I am afraid.
It is out of season and the launchers aren’t coming anymore with the veggies. Bugger. SO I visit an island where I hear there is a lemon tree and go searching for it.
The storms have finally left so I am free to go out spearfishing. I easily get a nice snapper and come face to face with the largest nurse shark I have ever seen. I also come across another wreck and this one comes with a story.
I start out by setting a fish bait so we can go see crocodiles at night, unfortunately it didn’t turn out as one would expect….no no really. Nothing but absence of quality.
I go for a spear and see another big grouper, a wreck and a huge dog snapper swims right up to me in 5 feet of water. I don’t shoot it because it is way too big. I keep hunting around to find a much smaller dog snapper which I eventually find. A shark comes in to take a look and then hangs around wanting a free meal. I have no fish float with me so I have to swim it through the whitewater back to the dinghy. The good ol’ shark follows me all the way in ensuring I get back to the boat safe n sound. Good on you shark. I have always said that sharks are carers and sharers.
I team up with Andie and try his new foil board. He shows me how and I have a go. It is freaky. There is something weird about flying above the water. And finally a croc pays us a visit.
A drug bust close by but where are the drugs? Are they in that kayak being madly paddled by that crazy person. Could be….
I find some more crocodile tracks by drone and go and investigate. While there in the mangroves I find some bush tucker, or what I think is an edible bush fruit and I have a taste…there is a tale that eating the fruit will stave off hunger for a whole day and we test this thesis and see if I don’t die.
While spearfishing I find a massive grouper just looking at me in a cave….I admire it for a while before going on a search for a large dog snapper with which to feed me and a family of 4. I am a bit lonely and I am inviting myself over for dinner…aha a sneaky plan.
My salt water pump has broken so all my dishes are done out the back in the dinghy much to the delight of the local sharks who enjoy all the scraps….be careful when you dunk the dishes to rinse, you may lose a hand!
This episode has it all except for Margarida. It is sad to see her go but it is for a good purpose, we need some funds for our haulout in Colombia and she is off to work and I am going to try to get some charter work. I think we all know the outcome of that. Kitesurfing as a storm approaches, spearfishing as another storm approaches and crocodile hunting, well not to eat, just to look at – they taste like $#it.
After spearing practice on the previous episode Margarida gives it a crack and goes for a hunt and gets a snapper, the hunting couple is ON! I show you our new dyneema lifelines and how to install it.
But it’s not all, watch it and have fun!
After Tampa Dad left we come back to one of our happy places, the big lagoon at Hollandes Keys.
As we are now in a wave of improvements Plukky had the brilliant idea to do some target practice so we can find out why am I missing a lot of the shots while spearing. Press play and you will find out!