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Leaving the Ecstasy to go fishing

I absolutely love the water.  I am happiest sailing, kayaking, laying on the beach near the water, or heading out in a boat to do some fishing.  So naturally when I saw that my Carnival cruise offered a deep sea fishing excursion I knew that was what I wanted to do.  My friend Morgan is an avid fisherman also so we both forked over $140 USD to do some fishing in Cozumel.  We both knew that if we could catch fish in the dirty waters off the United States' Gulf coast we were bound to fill the boat up fishing off the Yucitan.

Armed with our fierce determination, we disembarked the Carnival Ecstacy and met up with the charter service that was going to take us fishing.

Is that a fish? Nope... Just the bait.
  It was a gorgeous day in Mexico with little wind so the water was calm and blue.  The two of us boarded the boat with four other people that we had not met from the cruise ship and set off to troll down the island in pursuit of the trophy fish that had filled our dreams for weeks leading up to the trip.  We trolled along enjoying the beautiful scenery while sipping on some ice cold Coronas.  Much to our dismay we noticed that there was only a 12 pack in the cooler.  Fortunately, there were only three of us drinking so we were each able to have a few.  We nursed a couple of beers and as the beer began to run out, so did our patience.  When you go on a charter trip you generally expect to catch some fish.  These guys are supposed to be the local "experts" and know where the best fishing is.
Yep, still not catching anything
  Captains that don't bring in fish usually don't do much business. 

All fish captain logic aside, we weren't catching anything.  As we got to the end of the island we started hitting 3 to 5 foot seas.  Waves don't bother me, but the waves combined with the fact that we were out of beer, not catching anything, and our two other friends that came on the trip with us were probably out partying were making us start to regret the whole fishing trip.  Everyone was reluctant to give up on the fishing since we'd all paid so much.  I brought it to everyone's attention that we'd given it a fair shot and if we hurried back we could still have a hour or two to hang out in Cozumel before we had to board the ship again.  This won everyone over so we told the captain to turn the boat around and take us in.

The scenery was nice
  This was the first thing the captain and mate seemed enthusiastic about, so after the lines were brought in we were speeding back to the dock. 

Any day out on the water is a great day, but in the future I won't charter a fishing trip through the cruise line.  I guess if the cruise ships bring you a steady supply of customers that are gone the same day you don't have to worry about your reputation as a charter boat captain being damaged by not catching any fish.  We made it back in time to enjoy a "Very Mexican" dinner and have a couple of beers.  We met up with my brother and my friend Tristan on the boat later that night to hear about their day.  They had rented some scooters.  My brother managed to run into a wall with his.  They spent the day riding around the island drinking beer and talking to girls.  The ultimately won that round.  I think a big fish would have tipped the scales in our direction though.  Maybe next time!

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Leaving the Ecstasy to go fishing
Leaving the Ecstasy to go fishing
Is that a fish?  Nope... Just the …
Is that a fish? Nope... Just the…
Yep, still not catching anything
Yep, still not catching anything
The scenery was nice
The scenery was nice
Very Mexican food
"Very Mexican" food
On the boat with our new friend Wes
On the boat with our new friend Wes
My buddy Morgan drinking 1 of his …
My buddy Morgan drinking 1 of his…
Riding a wave in Cozumel
Riding a wave in Cozumel
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