Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sea Fishing in Sanya

Yu Gege is the fisherman in our family.  Yu Gege translates to "Fish big brother" and it's because he loves to fish.  So naturally when we went to Sanya we had to go fishing for the 'big-fish' of the South China Seas.  We looked through the local website, to find a fishing expedition.  It was about $50 per person and it they picked us up at the hotel and dropped us off in downtown Sanya's port. 
The waiting area for the boat.  It was crowded with others
either going fishing or waiting for boats to get wedding
photos taken aboard.
I made sure to set the boys expectations very low for what we would be catching because I could see it was not your typical Florida fishing boat.  But the trip out to the fishing hole was interesting in itself and worth the fee.

Most of the nice boats were being chartered for wedding
photo shoots.  It was an interesting mix of luxury on the water
and local low-income homes along the shore.

Yu Gege sitting on the yard furniture aboard the boat.  

True fishing vessels - encouraging.

This boat was called '<something> Great Wall' and had the
Great Wall of China motif.  I think in was a Chinese party boat.

Phoenix Island - a man-made island with hotels or apartments.

Wedding Photo shoot.  Queen and King for a few hours.
Ok, now on the way out of the harbor and out near the fishing spot.  This was said to be a deserted military island.  

Sloping hills into the water, seems like a good fishing area.

Maybe glacial by nature...

Out come the fishing poles.  Encouraging decent poles but the
size of the hooks was not good.  They were sized to catch
The boat anchored and we let out our lines.  It seemed to be about 20 meters deep but the current/wind was strong so the line went out much further.  It went to the bottom and we waited, and we waited.  Hey someone caught one!!!  They were catching 3" fish, argh!
One of the big catches of the day, argh!
The saddest thing was that they were keeping these bait-fish.  No wonder there weren't any big ones.  They were bucketing all these to do what, who knows.

Bucket of about 10 tiny fish.  The whole boat of 30 people's catch.
Not even enough for a cat to eat...

Local boat with Phoenix Island in the background.

Waterfront property.  Probably priceless in 20 years!
A disappointed day for fishing but hey chalk it up as another China-experience.

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