|Clearwater Harbor Marina|
Patrick (aboard Tranquilo II), Brenda and I took our little RIB (The Ernie T) out to do a little fishing. Patrick, showing his ever present confidence, promised Grouper for dinner. We motored over to some concrete post ruins recommended by the locals which turned out to be a great recommendation. We rigged up some live shrimp and began pulling in Sheepshead, Pinfish, Spotted Sea Trout and a beautiful Ladyfish.
|The Ernie T|
|Mike and Patrick|
We had fun fishing, eating our sandwiches and jabbering for a couple of hours. It was surprising that although cozy, we had enough room for two people fishing and one person enjoying the boat ride on such a small dinghy. We kept the Trout and four of the Sheepshead which Patrick cleaned up and put in Tranquilo's freezer. The local sheriff's boat stopped by to say hello and once they saw we were well equipped with safety gear and that "The Ernie T" had it's stickers up to date they wandered off. It might also have helped that both Brenda and Patrick had their regulation sheets out trying to identify the Ladyfish.
The next day we tried fishing from Tranquilo's bigger dinghy which certainly gave us much more room. The water leaking into the dinghy at the seams wasn't such a great thing. We tried some new fishing spots before returning to the same spot as the day before. The fish weren't as cooperative this time, but we had fun bringing in several Sheepshead that were just a little too small to keep. Patrick saved the day when he pulled in a really nice sized Sheepshead that would give us plenty of meat for our dinner that evening.
Since it was the last night Tanquilo II, Docktari and Wrinkles would be together, we decided a fish feast send-off was in order. Brenda and Mike biked over the Memorial Causeway Bridge to join the get together and had a lovely ride. We stopped to take some pictures of the bay and the fun circular bike ramp that got us back down to street level.
|Brenda going around and around.|
We all enjoyed cool drinks, talking about things we had done together and each boat's future plans. Patrick played chef cooking the fish while each boat supplied a dish to pass. The Sheepshead was fried using a "Long John Silver" recipe found online and the trout was baked with a fish rub. It was truly a grand feast with more than enough fish to feed 7 people.
|First batch of Sheepshead|
|Spotted Sea Trout|
We said our sad goodbyes to these lovely people hoping that someday, somewhere we would cross paths with them again. It was a beautiful bike ride home to Wrinkles that night, but tomorrow Clearwater just won't be the same.
Safe travels Docktari and Tranquilo II.