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Sept, 01, 08 - Bell Bouy

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Went out with Pippen in the morning from 7:00am till about 9:30. Fished with the fifty or so other at the Bell Bouy. We didn't manage to get hit. Saw one boat behind us get a fish and hear from Pippen's buddies that they got two. All seemed to be on wieghts ???.

Went out a four with another buddy, only about 20 boat out then. Fished with a varity of bait and lures from thirty to eighty feet nothing but shakers. Diddn't see anyone catching anything. Fished till sun down.

Maybe tomorrow morning will be better. Have fun, Jason.
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bigjay said:
Saw one boat behind us get a fish and hear from Pippen's buddies that they got two. All seemed to be on wieghts ???.
They actually ended up with 3.....mid teens to about 20lbs. One on "weight" and the other two I think came off the rigger. Hoochies and bait.

Oh....and the reason we caught no fish was due to me bringing a banana on board. Bad luck.... :naughty:


The Evils of the Banana

Bananas are a mainstay of most cultures and are the world’s most popular fruit. However, these deliciously yellow treats have no place at sea. Since the 1700’s, it has been widely believed that having a banana on board was an omen of disaster.

In the early 1700’s, during the height of the Spanish’s South Atlantic and Caribbean trading empire, it was observed that nearly every ship that disappeared at sea and did not make its destination was carrying a cargo of bananas. This gave rise to the belief that hauling bananas was a dangerous prospect. There are other documented origins to this superstition as well.

Another explanation for the banana superstition is that the fastest sailing ships used to carry bananas from the tropics to U.S. ports along the East Coast to land the bananas before they could spoil,” Chahoc said. “The banana boats were so fast that fishermen never caught anything while trolling for fish from them, and that’s where the superstition got started.

Another theory is that bananas carried aboard slave ships fermented and gave off methane gas, which would be trapped below deck. Anyone in the hold, including cargoes of imprisoned humanity, would succumb to the poisoned air, and anyone trying to climb down into the hold to help them would fall prey to the dangerous gas.

And finally, one of the better known dangers of bananas at sea, is that a species of spider with a lethal bite likes to hide in bunches of bananas. Crewmen suddenly dying of spider bites after bananas are brought aboard certainly would be considered a bad omen resulting in the cargo being tossed into the sea.

Any of these scenarios could be the reason behind fishermen’s mistrust of the yellow fruit, possibly all of them. Whatever the case may be, it is best that you don’t attempt to bring any bananas on board your next seafaring excursion, just to be safe.
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Hey Pippen,

Thanx for shedding some light on the subject. I'll ad them to the list of "Forbidden Fruit" along with Oranges. The citrus smell of those is a real turn-off if it's transfered to your gear. My list of acceptable food items is getting shorter. Beer and beer.

masterbaiter said:
My list of acceptable food items is getting shorter. Beer and beer.
I completely understand :beerchug:....."if" I followed all the rules I would be eating "sardine sandwiches with WD-40 between two slices of bread soaked in a briny saltwater with a side of pickled herring" while fishing in a non-conductive rubber dingy from Canadian Tire. :thumbup: Yummy!!

As I have cursed BigJay and his boat........I felt it was in my best interest to research the roots of the banana "superstition/reality". ;D
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