Today I ventured out into the crystal blue, salty waters of Guanaja with Crawford and Will, also accompanied by our guide Rankin. We started the day trolling, fishing for Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Barracuda and whatever else we could find that would sink its teeth into our line. Crawford was the only one to see any action at this point of the day as he hooked a big Mahi-Mahi. But sadly it somehow loosened the hook from its mouth and shot far away from us. A little later while we were trolling we did run into a 5 foot Tiger Shark; looking as menacing as ever. We all would have done almost anything to have had the glory of catching it.
Once we stopped trolling we sped over to where Edwin had stopped his boat to find him cutting all the fish that Charlie and Jacks had caught which included all three fish I named earlier. While we helped them cut the fish we also took the time to keep fishing and cast our rods into the water trying to snag some absolutely enormous Tarpon that any person would have been humbled to catch. Knox had one on his line but the sheer brute force of the massive fish proved to be too much and snapped the line in his rod. Next we made our way to the river mouth, which is where the fresh water meets the saltwater, and here there is such a wild variety of fish to catch that it makes it one of the best places to go to fly fish. I caught my second fish of the trip,a thin, silvery, small lady fish. Not too long after Will caught his first fish of the trip which was a 3 pound mud colored Bone Fish.
We then made our way to the waterfall, my absolute favorite part of the day. Navigating through the lush bright green vegetation and towering trees was absolutely extraordinary. Reaching the waterfall and feeling the water rush off the mossy grey and black rocks and onto my body was extremely gratifying as well, offering a nice way to cool down after a hot hike up. The only reason I couldn’t fully enjoy the waterfall was because Charlie and William had made a slight detour. We met back up with them on our descent from the waterfall and everyone let out a sigh of relief; they were enjoying the creek bed and landscape below the falls.
Finally we reached the last destination of our day, a reef that we could all snorkel around. The reef was filled with beautiful coral filled with vibrant colors of yellow, orange, purple, and green. fish were present as well showing up in bountiful numbers and in all shapes and sizes. There were even some small non stinging jellyfish that floated all around us as we swam by. It was nature at its finest showing off the real beauties of life.
Our ride back was one of the most calm yet, due to the fact that the wind is slowly but surely dying down to a slow breeze which ripples the top of the water, creating easier waves for the boat to deal with. Upon reaching the lodge safely we each showered and I played Ping Pong with Ben – I lost by the slim margin of 20-21. We made our way into the main house and snacked on some devilled eggs that tied us over until dinner. An hour or so later we gathered for circle and shared our crazy adventures from the day and what good memories we are all making here with the amazing people we are surrounded by. Really, all I hope to accomplish in this trip is to make a difference here in Honduras and help out to the best of my capabilities. It is not all about fishing here, it’s more than that, it’s finding yourself and bringing up those around you and recognizing how good you have it and there are others who really don’t have the luxuries you have. I am eternally grateful that my parents could send me here to experience all Guanaja has to offer firsthand and by the time I leave here, I will be leaving with a knowledge I didn’t have before, benefitting myself greatly.