|Guido and Simonetta's day off is Sunday, so we chartered a boat from Patrick's Tour Belize for some fishing and relaxing. |
We arrived at the marina at 7 am, ready for fun.
|The Sittee River was beautiful, as always.|
|Heading out for a day of fun with Captain Jack and guide Lincoln|
|The incredible view as we left the Sittee River and entered the Caribbean Sea.|
|The clouds were beautiful and dramatic.|
|We could see rain in the distance as we headed to the cayes, and we seemed to be heading right for it.|
|Indeed, we had to endure a brief but heavy rain, though we were prepared for it.|
|We first stopped at South Water Caye to catch some bait fish (sardines).|
|The kayak looks lonely and just aching to get out on the water.|
|The island of South Water Caye houses several resorts. We didn't stay long, then we headed to the inner reef.|
|Our first hint of the beautiful waters we would soon be enjoying.|
|The dark spots you see here are coral.|
|Lincoln giving Simonetta some trips on trolling.|
|Guess they were good tips - not long after putting her line in the water Simonetta caught the biggest fish of the day (a large |
barracuda), and Captain Jack helped bring it in.
Here is the video Eric took of Simonetta catching this barracuda:
|The color and clarity of the water was amazing - like a giant swimming pool.|
|The whitecaps you see in the distance are waves breaking on the reef. That reef (the world's largest living reef) is what|
protects much of Belize from the big waves.
|Eric tried his hand at trolling.|
|Simonetta relaxing and enjoying the beautiful waters.|
|Eric also caught a barracuda.|
|We saw more rain heading our way, so we threw our raincoats on again and headed toward Bread and Butter Caye.|
|On the way we stopped at a little sandbar in the middle of nowhere.|
|We just love Guido and Simonetta - what an awesome couple!|
|Captain Jack expertly guided the skiff onto and off of the little sandbar.|
|Bread and Butter Caye. This island is Bread, and the neighboring (softer) island is Butter.|
|There are loads of great places to relax here.|
|There is also a nice place to sit and have lunch, which is what we did while the weather cleared up.|
|The caretaker of the island had this red-lored amazon parrot.|
|The pupils in the parrot's eyes would quickly dilate then return to normal while he was listening |
to us talk.
|The island's owner made the island much bigger by packing it with conch shells and covering|
that with sand.
|We enjoyed watching the pelicans dive all around us.|
|The pelicans loved the docks as well. To the right you can see the companion island of "Butter".|
|The weather finally cleared for good, and it turned out to be a gorgeous day.|
|This viewpoint offered great creature watching.|
|Looks like a grassy bottom, doesn't it?|
|Nope, those are zillions of little tiny fish. If you look closely you might be able to see the barracuda (above and left of |
center). We also saw a small Spanish Ray swim by here.
|The sign above the window reads "Bread and Butter Cayes Welcomes Positive Vibes" - love it.|
|You can barely see the caretaker outside of his boat in the distance. He was filling his boat with sand to bring back to the |
island as filler.
|We left the island for more fishing - bottom fishing and trolling. We hated to leave the dog, Rudy, because he was so cute|
|Captain Jack with the Grunt fish.|
|Guido caught a couple of Mackerel - here is his first.|
|The view at the Sittee River Marina upon our return.|
|Simonetta was super excited about the big Barracuda she caught.|
|Our catch for the day: Barracuda, Mackerel, Jack, and Grunt.|
|Simonetta showing off the mackerels caught by Guido.|
We all went home and cleaned up. Then Guido and Simonetta came over and with the fresh fish Simonetta made a carpaccio appetizer and ragout over pasta.