A little over a week ago while anchored off Tortola a fish about 2 foot long took a long jump, hit my inflatable dinghy
bounced off it and shot through the sugar scoop opening in the aft, hit the helm
and went across my lap in the cockpit
while I was on the phone
. Damn thing almost went down the companion way!
I saw what was occurring but could not believe the odd chain of events
as they were taking place. Fish appeared a bit stunned initially and we just looked at each other with similar expressions I suppose. Taking one of the snorkeling fins in the cockpit, I pushed it back into the water and it quickly swam away.
A guy on an adjacent boat (who was anchored too damn close) almost fell off his boat laughing at the whole event.
While at anchor
and generally sleeping I've often had fish "torpedo" the sides at night. Guess they were chasing or being chased by something bigger.
I frequently find a wide variety of fish in the dink or in the cockpit and a few times on the deck
. I have seen seabirds drop fish on adjacent boats when flying over them.
I try to use as many as possible as bate but have little luck with them.