Captain's Log: November 30, 2007

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Today is the day of the big Captain’s meeting before the annual Flor de Caña Billfish Championships. This is the day I look forward to all year long. We arrived at the Marina a week ago and there was nobody here. Today everyone showed up and the place turned into a big party. Giant yachts and helicopters were coming in every couple of minutes and the place was buzzing with activity. We spent the morning getting all of our gear locked and loaded, and then we just sat in awe as all of these amazing boats pulled into the marina. The Flor de Caña girls also showed up so the boys started frothing immediately! Flor de Caña was being handed out everywhere. You could not walk ten steps without a girl handing you a drink! Our team was not intimidated, even though we are the only panga in the tourney and the only boat with a single engine. I think we are all hoping David can take down Goliath. I definitely know we are trying harder than anyone, and we probably want this to happen more than anyone as well. After we got registered and received all of our tournament gift bags, we cruised down to the Va Pue to drink a couple of beers. At the boat, we busted out the sharpie, and wrote SUBU on all of our lures and teasers. SUBU is our secret weapon, and we are not scared to use it! Then it was off to the big Captain’s meeting to get the low down on the rules. Our buddy Don Carlos Pellas (Owner of Flor de Caña) was in charge of the meeting and gave us all the breakdown on the rule changes for this year’s event. This year all natural baits had to be trolled with circle hooks, a great step toward Billfish conservation. After the meeting everyone pounded rum and partied to make sure they had a proper hang-over for the first day of fishing!

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