All spring I've been tossing an extra item of two into the grocery cart for the trip. This past weekend I did a little census to see what we've got. Here's the count (this is for a trip that will probably take, depending on wind and whimsy, 7 to 10 days).
- 24 breakfast bars (a variety of granola and other high fiber bars)
- 32 fruit cups - mandarin oranges, peaches, pears, tropical fruit mixture
- 14 tuna fish and cracker lunch packs
- 3 asian dinners in boxes that include noodles, sauces and chopped peanuts or something along those lines
- two boxes of cous cous
- 4 packs of instant mashed potatoes
- 1 pack of spaghetti
- 1 pouch of pasta sauce
- 4 foil packs of salmon/tuna
- 1 boil in bag rice
- 2 heater meals (self heating meals that come in handy when I'm too tired and/or wet to mess with cooking.
- two cans mixed nuts that will be divided up in to zip lock snack bags
- big box of raisins that will be divided in to snack bags
- bottle of olive oil
- bottle of Cajun Sunshine hot sauce
- bottle of blackened redfish spice
- bottle of olive oil
- 20 packs of those little peanut butter snack crackers
Our biggest change this cruise will be the addition of meats and sauces - that's what Bruce will be taking care of once he is in town. We'll use a soft cooler and dry ice to keep things fresh (don't know how well this will work, but we'll find out). Bruce says he has a camp stew he wants to do the first night. It involves beef, several veggies and wine (normally there is no alcohol on the boat, but we'll take a small box of wine along for cooking purposes). It takes some time to cook, he says, and that is fine as the first day is a short sail from Engelhard to Wysocking Bay. Plenty of time to relax, get organized and enjoy the smell of a nice stew cooking away.
The other fresh food we hope to have available is fish caught along the marshes. Those are filets from a nice speckled trout that I caught on Caffee Bay near Swan Quarter. Grilled with onions and peppers and served on top of the rice with juice from a fresh lime, it was a great meal. I have fished off of beaches and power boats for years, but I'm still learning how to fish off of a sailboat. It takes a little practice to get the boat in the right spot, and it takes some experience to recognize the right spot. Speckled trout and puppy drum (called redfish on the gulf coast) will be the fish we are after.
I've sorted through my fishing kit to get ready for the trip. I don't take too much gear, maybe a couple of dozen soft lures that are slid on to hooks with 1/8 oz. lead heads. I'm trying out the Storm lure on the left for the first time this trip. It is a larger soft lure (as opposed to the hard bodied mirrorlures and such) with two treble hooks. If you look close you can see that I have pinched down on the barbs on the hooks. With a fish flopping on the line I want to avoid getting myself snagged. Last time I did that it took a doctor and two nurses to get the hook out of my hand.
Air and water temperatures on the rise the fishing is certainly picking up. I keep an eye on the fishing reports at Cape Lookout Charters to see what is happening down there. Fishing looks good, so maybe there will be trout or blackened redfish on the menu.