The air conditioning as I boarded the flight was cranked on full arctic, but the plane was sparsely filled. The flight from Panama to Trinidad was a nice one aboard Copa-air. The in flight movie “Company Men” didn’t exactly have me ready to take a ‘lime’, but the idea of being on the islands certainly did! After a nice touchdown on the rain soaked runway and a breezy minute through customs I was ready.. to wait. As every good adventure has in common, the perfect plan never meets with perfect execution, but sooner then later everything worked itself out and I was off having my first lime
For those of you who haven’t had the privilege of of the island lifestyle down in Trinidad, taking a lime is all about good friends sitting around, getting drunk, smoking, and eating great food. Great, spicy, food! The food varies, but the people are a great bunch. The hospitality in Trinidad is top of the charts however the accent takes a bit of getting used to especially when the sauce starts to kick in! After partaking in a few limes, Jeff arriving on the scene, and many delicious plates of brochet(snook), tuna, and steak it was finally time to fish.
The season was late down in Trinidad, and the weather has been a bit more rainy then years past, but the waters around Trinidad are gorgeous and we were anxious to get some hooks in the water! Also on the agenda was to test out the new shimano rods and reels, so we called on our good friend and captain, “Gaff”, who has been fishing these waters for 20+ years to take us out for King fish, tarpon, and wahoo. Another friend ‘Fatti’ was along for the trip and a bit of a mobile ‘lime’ aboard The Barbie Doll. The ocean was fair, the fishing wasn’t hot, but we did land a nice king fish in the boat and fished around the bocas without luck. One of the highlights of the day was the sunset on the water. The sky turned vibrant hues of orange, purple, and pink.
Welcome to Trinidad!