Never before arriving in Newfoundland nearly five years ago had we had the pleasure of eating fresh cod. What an unexpected delight it was –, subtle in flavour and so soft and succulent it just melts in your mouth! And everybody said we must come cod fishing one day…
Well one day finally arrived! An early start with the rising sun found us out with Christine and Rodney crossing Hermitage Bay to sit just off Black Head and in such a line with two islands as to be in one of Rodney’s favourite haunts. We were escorted out by a pod of about fifty dolphins and as we fished a Minke whale circled the boat puffing and blowing as it surfaced and dived. Topped off by the arrival of two bald eagles it just doesn’t get much better!
And it was Nettie’s day indeed! Not only did she fill her quota, but all were big feisty fish that tested her strength and determination, in fact she insists it as hard a labour as giving birth!
After a few more fish just off Piccarie Harbour entrance Rodney took us all the way into the far end of North West Arm, the hidden end of this delightful old settlement where the water lay calm and undisturbed by weather or wind. A lone seal poking his head up as if to say, “what are you doing here?”
Then back out into the bay for the last few fish before turning for home. What a wonderful day indeed and we again offered our thanks to our Gaultois friends and their generous spirits, and the returning health of the cod population, as we feasted on tender sweet cod tongues for supper.