Although it has been in my cupboard for a few years, I finally gave my good haze rod an outing; or, as the local anglers would say, show the rod the water. After the demise of the tip of my own home-made rod I decided to give this one a go. It is by far the best rod, or perhaps the one with the most work on it, in my entire house: it was built many years ago by my rod making teacher’s late teacher. Thankfully I had a good day on the water, catching a huge number of haze gobies with it. Of course it would never do to not catch anything on a rod’s first outing as the bad luck seems to stick – an unlucky rod. The fish caught with this rod were disposed of in the orthodox manner, mostly tenpura.
More goby fishing (and I baptised a new rod)!
Turned out nice again!
Some gobies were caught, killed and eaten.
Tenpura always crisps up nicer if you drain a bit of the oil on kitchen paper or if you are like me and not overly nice about things, old newspaper. I try not to apply the batter too thick. This evening we had a last-minute guest, and she exclaimed at how good haze tenpura is (I suspect she has never eaten real Japanese mahaze before) and how the fish fillets rolled up in the hot oil. This is a sign of quality not poor frying technique: it means the fish has never been frozen or overly-chilled. Of course in this case the poor buggers were whizzing about in a bucket until about three hours previously.
but we don’t care, with a cooler full of wahoo, as the hoist says! On returning to Hagåtña, the incredibly relaxed captain prepared the best sashimi you could ever eat south of the tropic line:
Sent down with some local Guam beer and amazingly, Kikkoman shoyu and genuine wasabi, it was not bad! There were no stingrays or teenaged girls in miniscule bikinis this time.
I could get used to this kind of fishing, in a private sea (not a single other sport fishing vessel, or indeed any ship of any kind, in sight) and Chamorro hospitality!
Many thanks again to Captain Ray, Louis and Jamie, of the Island Girl, sailing from Hagåtña Boat Basin. I can’t wait to go back again!
Wahoo x 4. Thank you Captain Ray and the crew of the Island Girl, sailing from Hagåtña Boat Basin, for a great trip.