Category Archives: General

Untitled design (3)

We’ve been posting pics of some pretty epic catches lately, which got us thinking… Do you have an epic fishing photo you want the world the see? Now is your time to shine. Upload your photos to our Facebook, or tag us on Instagram and Twitter (@FishFishMe) with your best photo from a fishing trip. The top 5 winners will receive a free Fish Fish Me t-shirt and 10% off their next trip with us. Good luck!

562c59a8013c4

Here at Fishfishme, we know that fishermen are a superstitious lot; in fact, many of the superstitions they abide by are so well-known that most non-fishermen are familiar with at least one of them. Whether it’s “not naming the boat is bad luck” or “don’t forget to christen the new boat with wine or champagne”, there are plenty of beliefs that have been around the fishing boat world for a long time that just will not fade away. One superstition in particular has a reputation of turning eager fisherman into angry anglers as quick as you can say “fruit” – and that’s the belief that bringing bananas on the boat, specifically the fishing boat, spells doom.

The Origins of Bananas on Boats being Bad Luck

There are many theories as to the origin of the belief, from a story about a shipload of bananas that carried bacteria onboard, killing everyone on the boat, to the fact that other fruits, when shipped with bananas, spoil more quickly. Spiders, insects, and snakes may living among a shipment of bananas, and infest the ship. Fishermen can become ill after eating the fruit. Hundreds of years ago, when ships would sink, few items that were onboard would be found floating on the surface of the water – except bananas, leading to the belief that the fruit brought a curse to the vessels.

The Most Likely Origin

However, the most likely origin of the superstition has to do with vessels in the 1700s that would transport bananas across the sea – these wooden vessels had to move very quickly in order to deliver the bananas before they rotted, making trolling for fish almost impossible. It’s been deemed ever since that “banana boats” did not make for good fishing boats, and the idea branched out into several superstitious mantras for fishermen today.

The next time you’re packing for your deep sea fishing charters, just in case, be sure to leave anything having to do with bananas at home!

 

IMG_9074

Rods form circles in front of the room, right behind the glass windows. Butts on the floor while tips are in the air. The rods are huddled together by “height.” Some up to ten feet long. Each huddle categorizes the rod’s purpose: light tackle, jigging rods, popping, casting, spinning, trolling rods. In the middle of the room, a customer lingers on an item and calls out to the man behind the counter. Counter guy answered him. Customer then took the item and went to pay, chatting while he does, “You think the weather is good?” asked Mr. Customer. In fishing, the weather is a legitimate subject, not an awkward conversation. “Still good. Try going to The Palm, within branches. We caught some huge ones there the last time,” said counter guy. Mr. Customer smiled, said his goodbyes and left. For the next few minutes, the shop was empty except for me, Marvin – counter guy, Arlyn – his colleague, and shelf after shelf of fishing gears – a wide selection of rods, reels, baits, lures, jigs, rigs, and other paraphernalia. I call it a shop. Marvin and Arlyn call it the showroom, and for good reason.

Continue Reading Dubai Tackle Shop: Blue Waters Marine in Sheikh Zayed Road

Cover

Thomas is a 13 years old fisherman that managed to reel in a 75kg Bluefin Tuna in Mallorca, Spain. We reached out to him when we heard his story from the captain and we decided to write a story about his fight. Below is the interview:

Continue Reading A 13yrs Old Fisherman Caught a Tuna in Mallorca