June 15, 2013
So it's sort of become a tradition that when we go away, I try and take my daughter on a special activity of her choosing.
This time we went fishing in the beautiful Caribbean.
What I didn't expect is that I would end up reeling in a 66-inch Spinner Shark.
This thing was massive and powerful.
The guide keeps telling me to pull up slowly and then drop forward while quickly reeling it in then stop and repeat.
But this shark wasn't exactly cooperating and it kept pulling this way and that and hard.
In fact, about 15 minutes earlier another shark had jumped out of the water and actually broken the end of the line and got away.
This one was another real fighter, but we were determined.
We get to the point, where we had it on the side of the boat coming up and all the people are standing back and I am thinking to myself what am I crazy sitting up front here with this monster fish about to come over the side.
The guide says "Don't worry, I am an expert."
Expert my foot, I think to myself...what the heck am I doing?
Fortunately, since no one wanted to measure it to make into some sort of mantle piece trophy, we end up letting it go (apparently, it's against the law to actually kill these in Florida).
My daughter was so brave with all the fish, and doing her job keeping the baitfish swimming around and alive with her bare hands in the water--she was awesome.
I don't frequently let so loose, but I find that when I do, these really are special moments in time for me with my daughter that I end up remembering and cherishing the most.
Thank you G-d for this amazing experience; now to treating the sunburn. ;-)
(Source Video: Rebecca Blumenthal)