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Old 04-09-2010, 08:47   #16
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If your buddy wants to fish...

...have him bring along a "yo-yo", 200lb test with some surgical tubing, and several skirted lures plus a few sinkers.

Pretty easy to pack, or if money is no object, buy it all in the BVIs for 5X the US price (hey it's vacation!).

Troll while sailing between anchorages - anything you catch is eatable unless you get bigger than a 6 foot barracuda.

Here's a barracuda we caught in Guadeloupe with our yo-yo.

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If you're educated on which fish to avoid, eating shouldn't be a problem- basically avoid eating reef fish or fish that may prey on reef fish- it's my understanding that open ocean fish pose no threat, or at least that was the case a couple years ago. Barracuda are supposed to be some of the most dangerous to eat and the locals in the carribean seem to eat them all the time, so I'm not really sure how much of a danger the toxin really poses. Regardless we were pretty careful to only eat deep water fishes in the BVI- I've eaten all kinds of reef fish in Mexico with no ill effects.
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If you:
Avoid ingestion of fish larger than 4 -5 Pounds
(2-3 kg) that are at the top of the food chain (Grouper, Amberjack, Sea Bass, Barracuda, Snappers, Eels, and Spanish Mackerel, etc)

and
Avoid all visceral organ and gonad meat (head, roe & guts - where ciguatoxin is concentrated)

You should be all right.
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