THE GUANAJA EXPERIENCE PART 3
by Alec Cohen
Words can not describe how good it feels to be back in paradise. I was veryexcited to see Rankin, Darren, Edwin and the rest of the Guanaja crew. Last night we celebrated Rankin’s 32nd birthday at the lodge. The back porch was filled with laughs ,smiles, and friends. We invited some of Rankin’s friends and family over and celebrated his birthday with a few good jokes and some guitar playing. We busted out our instruments and started jamming. That night was very fun and I am looking to many more nights just like that one.
It is currently the second night and we have a long week a head of us. Today we had a late start, but still managed to get some fishing in before we had to get to work. We left the dock around 9:30 am and headed off in search for some snook. The wind was not in our favor, but we managed to reel in a few baby snook.
After an hour or two at the rivermouth, we headed off to go help build a mangrove shelter near the airport, but first we had to gather wood. Me, My brother, my bud Hagen, Noah and my newfriend Will, headed off with some locals to go chop down some trees and haul them back to the airport to build the shelter. The stench of swamp, and dead fish filled the air, every breath we took was as if I had just eaten a rotten fish. Not only was the stench bad, but the heat and humidity was almost unbearable. After losing about 2 gallons ofwater chopping and hauling tree branches, we brought them back to the airport and began stacking them up getting ready for the next step in our process.
Even though I was dreading chopping down trees and sweating profusely, in the end I know I will fee lgood about helping out the beautiful country and the friendly people that are in it!
We did not have much time to go fish after we worked, so we decided to headback to the lodge. There was about 30 minutes left of fishing sunlight left when we gotback, so I made the decision to spend it in the “permit chair” scouting out anything with gills. This chair is a ways off our key, it is a tall chair in the middle of the flat. I sat in the chair scouting and waiting but nothing showed up. I was bummed that no fish came near me, but it was a very humbling experience to say the least. The moment I sat in the chair I watched a beautiful eagle ray glide across the flat about 30 feet away from the chair. At that same moment, the sun had just began to set behind the mountains of Guanaja. Even though no permit was caught I was just happy to be here in Guanaja Hoduras with some of my best buds and some even better people. I am very excited for the rest of the week.