Send the guys out on a mission and you just never know what will happen. First, they had to load up the cooler with beer, then they all hopped into one dinghy and headed out. Us girls were happily ignorant of anything going on that we couldn’t see. All we knew was that we sent Dave, Jason (Blue Moon), and Henry (Mowzer) to get some lobster. A simple mission, really, considering they didn’t have to catch it themselves… just buy it. No one could have imagined what happened next.
Yes, that is Jason and Dave, but I guarantee that is not Blue Moon or Livin’ Life!
The guys took a detour. They strayed from the course. They had one goal and it was at least temporarily forgotten. Who can think about shopping when there is a deserted ship with a floating playground just screaming to be visited? The picture at the top of the page shows Dave and Jason stowing away onto the ship. I didn’t see a ‘No Trespassing’ sign, did you? They couldn’t get the water going on the slide, but they had a ball on the trampolines, pictured above. But they didn’t stop there. Oh no! Who needs water on a slip and slide anyway? Not Jason.
Oh goodness! Just priceless! Only Jason…
Okay, I laughed until tears were squirting out of eyes. How’s the bum, Jason?
Fortunately, the guys recalled their mission and found the fishermen at the dock in Parham. It was a three mile dinghy ride to get there!
Yes, they were pretty proud of having accomplished their mission. I had also told Dave to look for any other goodies that sounded tasty. All three guys picked out something else…
The guys ended up purchasing four lobsters, one grouper, one red snapper, and one hindfish. I’d never heard of a hindfish before, but apparently it compares to lionfish. That means it is a white meat that is not flaky but more meaty in texture and mild in flavor. It is still not heavy, though, meaty like how tilapia is rather than flaky like cod or grouper.
Dave cleaned and prepared the lobsters as well as the red snapper he picked out for us. Jason and Henry don’t catch their own fish, so Dave used the snapper to teach them how to fillet a fish.
So Henry took a turn filleting the grouper, which he and Dave went halvsies on. It was a pretty big fish, so they decided to split it. Henry did a great job! Then came Jason…
Jason tried his hand at filleting the hindfish. Was he satisfied with that? Oh no! Jason had to pick a fish that was in middle of digesting its lunch when it was speared…
Jason opened the mouth and found a fish tail sticking out of its throat. That unfortunate fish wasn’t recognizable as it was indeed in the process of being digested. Must’ve been a pretty big meal for that fish! Dave BBQ’d the lobsters and we all made side dishes to go with them. What a glorious potluck and super fun night!
We were also treated to a gorgeous sunset where the clouds just glowed. Life is good!
The next morning started early. We wanted to go back to Nonsuch Bay. It is our favorite anchorage in Antigua. Dave likes it for the kiteboarding and I like the beauty and comfort of the anchorage. It’s fun to watch the kiteboarders, too.
On arrival in Nonsuch, we celebrated by grilling up the grouper. Dave swears it was the most delicious fish sandwich he has ever had. The fresh fish wasn’t fishy in the slightest, he cooked it to perfection (light, flaky, moist, and nearly melted in our mouths), seasoned with Emeril’s Cajun seasoning, and served with Sriracha mayo, onions, and jalapeños. I must admit, it was delicious. We need to catch more fish!!! Our friends on Mowzer blogged about the lobster adventure in Jumby Bay as well. You can check out Mowzer’s blog here.