RedPhoenix wrote:Right. You're off the christmas list.
No loss there!!
Last year I gave you a fish "textile" pre-impregnated with fish odors and a smattering of simulated blood. A precious item that I recall with fond memories, in return you gave me a pre-oxidised hook that you had "treated" to make it "child safe" (blunt) attached to 40 cm of UV damaged 20 lb monofilament line. Until you lift your game and Christmas presents I intend to continue writing these stories!
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I'd like to hear more of the finger. Was it biochemical or just touched a nerve? Is there no ciguatera there?
There is ciguatera in some areas, the boat fishes in other areas generally and doesn't have any trouble with it.
Not sure which direction Derek went in the kayak.
I wish I could tell if this was biochemical or physical, I'm still having minor issues in the morning. There was never anything more than a scratch that didn't even break the skin, so I was skeptical about biochemical, however, two days ago I noticed a very small puncture wound on the tendon that may have been caused by a fish spine, I suspect I have a combination of physical damage and chemical (on accounts that temperature affects the numbness in my finger).
Regarding ciguatera, it is definitely in the area and needs to be considered when eating all fish. It is more present on the Western side of the reefs, so Piero tends to fish the East (including the Astrolabe drop off). Piero makes careful decisions on what guests and staff can eat depending on species and place of capture. The barracuda (cuda) was eaten, partly because the staff took ASAP but also because it was smallish. Last year this baby came in at 22kg:
That proved to be ciguatera free and was caught about 1 km away from this years fish. This year's fish was somewhere in the 10-14 kg range (I didn't weigh it this year... it was cut into steaks before I could do anything) so it was a reasonable guess that it was ciguatera free (and proved to be so). The other benefit at the island is that the locals have a local bark from a tree that they use to cure ciguatera poisoning. Piero can testify to it working as it save bella the cat (cats are hypersensitive to ciguatera and die in hours).
Bella used to give all fish a CAT scan as they came in:
Bella also used to pre-warm the kayak seats
Bella has unfortunately passed away and know Piero and Vuli miss her. There is a new Bella but she's not trained to do the CAT scans yet.