Fishing Takes 1 and 2
Trip Start Jan 14, 2014
24Trip End Mar 16, 2014
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My first trip was headed by Bambalai. I paid for the gas plus a small captain's fee, and we were off the next day. I couldn't believe the size of the boats and the depth of hull they had at the top of this tiny river. It was difficult to get the boat out. And it was way more boat than we could ever need. We were after barracuda, so we started trolling after about an hour of motoring to the spot (we probably didn't start fishing until around noon)
My second trip was to Niafran, at the Gambian border. It was a large entourage from Mame Diarra's house. Again we didn't get on the water until after noon and weren't fishing until after one. We anchored on the river at a couple different spots. I think we had six men and two young boat boys all fishing, everyone except me throwing shrimp tails. I was trying everything including the fly rod because all rods and lines were in use. The falling tide was too strong. We could not keep any bait on the bottom. The good news was that the boat had a canopy, so no sunburn. Eight fisherman, zero fish (actually one finger sized fish, I don't know how it got hooked). Our boat time was over, and we fished the inlet from the shore through low tide. Many lost rigs later (bottom fishing an inlet with tidal flow is fishing for snags), we gave up. We bought a nice sized snapper from another fisherman and roasted it on the fire. It was served at sunset with lemon juice and raw onion, a sweet ending to a sour day of fishing.
I keep wondering about all the species I haven't seen yet that I know are here. I am trying to avoid the big charter boats, but may have to suck it up one time before we leave.