Along the Caribbean is not without fish


It is curious to knock among the free men of the tribe to which I attach myself.

“Road pirates” — the name I read on the shield, standing on the side of the highway, which, crossing the Yucatan Peninsula, runs from Cancun to Campeche.

In the second half of the XVI century Campeche, the main port of the Caribbean, was captured by freebooters famous pirate Gramont.

Later, to avoid repetition, in Campeche began the construction of powerful fortifications, and in the beginning of XVIII century was built a new fortification — hexagonal fortress with eight bastions.

Over time, the part of the wall was demolished to open views of the sea and the main square turned into a garden. But the spirit far from us free of the romantic era of the knights of the southern seas remained strong. He exhibits local musachio, decoration bars and wine cellars, “military” city architecture.

But most of all he felt on the coast. Fishing in the motley crowd, in the dark, full of wrinkles and scars sweaty faces, wildly sparkling eyes — all this has the flavor of a pirate past the edge.

In this region, and ran my way — the way of the road of a knight. I agree, it sounds immodest, and too theatrical. But as it is…


Photo: Vladimir Suprunenko.

Fart Corsair — captured prey. The luck of the fisherman catch in the nets. I understand that this employment (fishing, of course, there’s no false modesty), so I’m curious, what was bestowed the sea miners.

Birds of a feather not only sees, but feels far away.

Among fish fowl come across interesting trophies. Here the basket of “pulp” — octopus, lobsters, crabs; that’s cut into pieces a huge slope; here the carcass is tuna, and that alone does not elevate; this shark with impressively open toothy maw. A veritable Museum of the Caribbean fish! And she is extremely rich. For example, plankton.

This nutritious food attracts a wide range of representatives of the underwater world. They are here nearly five hundred species. Tuna, Tarpon, Barracuda, Wahoo, Marlin, bonefish, sardines, Dorado, bass, ronkador, tropical catfish, mahora, snook, rooster, permit-fish Gaspard, grouper, Jack, mackerel, tiger and whale sharks, dolphins — just people you meet in the Caribbean (this includes both marine waters and the fishermen trophies)!

Among the exhibits of “fishing” and underwater museums and exotic species such as butterfly fish, parrot fish, surgeon fish, sawfish, sailfish, flying fish, sea-devil.

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Exotic small fry with the bright and colorful color tourists often fished to Supplement their aquatic collections.

A kind of fish Museum under the open and Sunny Caribbean sky can be called squares and embankments seaside towns. Here in sculptures and monuments depicted sharks, dolphins, turtles, octopus, lobsters, crabs and other inhabitants of the tropical seas.

You can see them on the walls, decorated with graffiti. The more that the nature does not have to go to distant lands. It local artists regularly supplying the fishermen.


To produce marine fish, require a lot of knowledge and skills. Photo: Vladimir Suprunenko.

From fishing in the Caribbean and in the Gulf of Mexico its own characteristics. Here almost on every step there are special centres, and day and night organizing for tourists fishing in the sea for every taste.

Here fly fishing, jigging, trolling, and reef fishing, and spearfishing. The most common catch, even among the newcomers is a valuable tropical species, such as king mackerel, Dorado.

Fans of extreme sports can try their hand in the production of the sharks, Tarpon, tuna, Marlin, Barracuda. Especially appreciated the tender fatty meat and fins some species of gray sharks (soup, silk). But no specific skills to resist these underwater dogs still not easy, and without experienced guides, local fishermen-professionals can not do. They will provide you an exciting profitable fishing, the memories of which will last a lifetime.

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Fishing in the Caribbean (as well as on other seas oceans, where they are getting our tourists) all ages, classes and ranks of the obedient. But even if you don’t succeed go fishing, it is always possible to observe, as do the local fishermen — professionals and Amateurs.

Curiosity for organized tourists and free of the traveler is not a Vice, but a means of communication, a very effective way of penetration in a foreign language environment. Fisherman from afar will see and respect not just of fellow fisherman and fisherman inquisitive and sociable…


Photo: Vladimir Suprunenko.

As from the pond, and sea fish will not extract without patience and work. But if the peace of a rural pond fish can be caught using float fishing rod-a twig, is conveniently located on the green river Bank, the sea the fisherman can not do without the ship, even the most simple, but reliable, steady on the waves. And beautiful, elegant.

Latinos love to paint their boats, to decorate them with inscriptions. Often the boats are called by the names of their sweethearts, wives, sisters, mothers. Mi madre Maria (“My mother Mary”) — the name long and lovingly led tassel on Board my boat a young fisherman on a noisy fishing camp in Campeche.

Local fishermen catch fish mostly with nets, which were immediately on the shore, under the care of pelicans and dried, and to rework and repair.

From the Cam to the side of Guatemala, I headed South along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. In one place I met a fisherwoman, armed with long lances with rubber bands on the end. They dived in masks in shallow water and chopped octopus.

Happened to me to join in on the fun. By the way, otherwise it will not name — at least I thought so. But when I was flounder with a mask in the Creek, being trapped in a game of passion, I took diving as a warm-up, rest, nice little road trip.


In crevices among rocky reefs often manage to get the octopus. Photo: Vladimir Suprunenko.

The fish producers in the course of makeshift wooden harpoon guns. They are used mainly on rivers and lakes in the depths of the Peninsula.

On one overgrown pond, I had the opportunity to observe the local underwater hunter stalked prey. Spreading on a surface of the branches, he covered them with black plastic film. This artificially created shade and coolness beneath it attracted underwater creatures. In turn subdued ambient light helped the fisherman to better see prey.

He was patiently watching her, transfixed by the film. I was also a witness to the production of fish in small rivers by using a “parachute” when round the network gruselle shot over and then gently pulling, then all living creatures, which at the bottom was covered with a tackle, shook out the sand.

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For Hispanics, fishing is a way of survival, but at the same time and a fun, exciting pastime, a kind of game. Without it, seems like the statement itself, among their own kind simply does not make sense.

The experience of communicating with the fishermen know that they always share their catch with others. Often on the shore and have a bite, and prepare fish without hardship. Its not even clean, and just rasplachivat stomach and baked on the coals.

Came to me in a few tidbits. And interestingly enough, when I felt a full participant in the process. I got it a little bit, just the egg, a feather, a breath, but I think it was my rightful prey of the knight of large and small land roads.


The colonial town of Campeche is situated in the West of the Peninsula, on the shores of the Bay. Past the coast imbued with the spirit of piracy, daring boarding, rapid attacks and raids into the Peninsula. Yesterday, will and adventure, blood and cruelty today will and adventure, but also romance, a game, a tourist highlight. Photo: Vladimir Suprunenko.

Watching Mexican fishermen kulinarnych on the shore, I involuntarily remembered their fishing meal. For example, a fish soup. Each fisherman has his own technology of its preparation.

Prescription palette soup unusually varied and colorful. Recipes fish dishes are based both on the species composition of animals in water bodies and national culinary traditions.

Here are a few interesting Mexican fish dishes: cod in the style of Yucatan, tortillas with fish, lutianus Veracruz, lobster with avocado, fish ball with garlic sauce or lemon.

To the fish soup (in Mexico it is called “Sopa de marisco”) put a lot of vegetables (even corn), add different seasonings, spices, sauces.

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If you follow the rule that everything in the world can connect to all (only need to know the methods and techniques of this link), you can try our classic Slavic ear to make some Mexican culinary flair. For example, in the form of a spicy tomato sauce.

Like porridge with oil and spicy gravy soup will not spoil. So after a month or two, I think I will pass on to my Mexican fishing friends culinary greetings from the banks of the Dnieper.


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