ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Salt Water Fishing Trip

Updated on September 3, 2011


All Rights Reserved
All Rights Reserved

Salt Water Excursion

When I was seventeen and eager to go fishing, no matter where or by what means, I was invited on a salt water trip by my Uncle to Destin, Florida. This was in the sixties, and a long time ago.My dad and uncle took turns in driving us there, and we reached our destination in about four hours.Upon arriving there, my dad advised me to take anti-nausea tablets containing Promethazine for motion sickness. He did not take any for some reason. My dad was a Navy man and prided himself in his knowledge about the sea. We boarded a small seaworthy vessel and with a party of about twenty other fishermen, began to sail out of the docks toward our planned destination which was about six miles out. The crisp salt air and warm sunshine felt good on my face as we rolled and pitched in the early morning mist out on the waves. The deep blue of the ocean and the light blue of a fair sky, gave promise that we would have a nice outing that early July day.

It took about an hour to travel the distance to our fishing spot and the captain and his crew of three, were busy baiting up poles and passing them out to the fishermen on board. As we reached the good spot, my dad suddenly got very sick and decided to go in and lie down on a cot that was provided. He was sea sick from all the rolling waves on the trip out, and seemed very embarrassed about this. I tried to comfort him, but he told me to go ahead and enjoy my trip. He spent a good bit of the time inside that day. I did manage to go on and got a salt water rig. It was a heavy pole and large reel and the bait we used was cut squid and other cut fish. The crew members stayed busy assisting fishermen and fisher-ladies on board and we really began to catch a lot of Red Snapper. Most of these were about two to three pounds and good eating sizes. This was the main goal of our trip, and we planned to fill up two ice chests with the tasty salt water fish we caught that day. I was on number 15, when I suddenly hooked into a large Moray eel and one of the crew members had a fit about it. I asked him if he would help me out and he gave me a nasty look and told me that I should help myself! I did not like his attitude and later he came back with a rifle and shot the eel. It was a surprise to me and the captain explained that it was better than to try to handle the dangerous sea creature. I caught several more snapper and a sting ray before the captain suddenly decided to pull up anchor and threw several marker floats in the vicinity. I later realized after he had done this several times , that we were being used as a way to mark the fishing spots for other trips and paying customers. It did not sit well with many others on board that day, about this activity.

I checked on my dad several times and he dd mot seem quite as sick, a little later. He told me that he was beginning to get his sea legs back. We stayed out long enough to catch a good fifty snapper between the three fishermen in our group, who were fishing ,and when we left the last spot, a distant dark cloud was looming on the horizon. We had planned to stay out about five hours, but ended up with only three and a half, however, the time spent out on the salt water that day was well worth the experience, and the fish we caught was going to be fried up by my mother and aunt, and we would all enjoy a nice meal, with all the trimmings. That evening when we began to drive back home, I stayed awake and talked to my dad, who was taking his turn on the trip. I was glad that I got to go and fish, but kind of disappointed in that my dad did not get to fish. We never told my mother about this sea sickness, because I felt that it was a good idea not to say anything concerning my dad's uncharacteristic illness . He was always my hero, and this was just another fishing trip, be it good or bad in its ending. I was able to get to go on more salt water fishing trips in the future with my dad and other friends and most of them were very successful and enjoyable. My love of fishing still continues to this very day. I have recently been checking my rods and reels out for new line and oiling, and getting ready for a new fishing season to begin.

Fishing is a great way to bring up kids and give them something fun-filled and enjoyable and that will be a lasting gift of a lifetime, for their own future families. It has kept a lot of kids off the street, and giving meaningful pastimes to thousands of kids of all ages, as well as the Kids at Heart.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • John Sarkis profile image

      John Sarkis 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great hub. I love fishing myself and have written about it, so I know just how you feel.

      Voted up



    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)