The Crew Of The NiKA

 

The Crew: Left to right – Back Row: Ships Photographer & Bartender: Richie, Deckhand: Vincent, Bosun: Richard, Lead Deckhand & Tender Captain: Nat, Chief Stewardess: Mia, Purser and Head Chef: RoseAnn and Captain Ken. Front Row: 1st Mate:  Dominic, Deckhand: Chris, Deckhand: Olivia

Tortola

This is just a fraction of the views that the island of Tortola had to offer!

Deep Sea Fishing aboard the Beluga II

North Sound, Virgin Gorda – July 15, 12:30 hours the boys went on a fishing excursion out in the deep sea off the east coast of Anegada. We were picked up by a 42 foot Tiara, the Beliga II with Captain Deadman and 1st Mate, Brad.
Despite the rough waters, the crew was able to push through them and get their hands on some fish! Nat was able to catch the family a Wahoo – a colorful tropical fish which we had for dinner that night!
Nice job Nat!
Dominic and Vinny tirelessly worked together to catch themselves a barracuda!
How exhausting
A photo together on the way out to the fishing grounds. (Taken by our Captain)

After a taxing day out to sea, the crew members of the fishing boat offered us a jug of their famous frozen drink around these parts, the “Painkiller.” Whist pouring it, they told us we were getting the “real deal.” (That stuff packs a punch!)

Bone Fishing with Captains Kevin & Garfield Faulkner, Part 1

Yesterday we sailed the waters of Anegada with some locals to do some Bone Fishing !

The waters were flat and filled with all different types of unknown and adventure!
Our group was split in two – two groups of three.
Besides the fish, we saw some very interesting sights around the shallow waters of the island.
Around the waters of the island, there were piles upon piles of empty conch shells just sitting there – in the middle of the water!
We cruised past the original pile – and our captain of the fishing boat noted that these piles have been growing since he was a child. Over 40 years!
Locals dump their shells here after they use them – the fish industry sells a lot around here! (Conch is very delicious) The top of the piles remain sun bleached – while the bottom of the piles have begun to rot from the salt water!

Bone Fishing, Part 3 (Final)

While sailing the emerald waters, we encountered a flock of flamingos!
Our captain sailed us as close as we could to the flock so we could get some pictures of the bubblegum pink birds, but they flew away. So we have some shots of them mid flight!

At the end of the day, only two people caught any bone fish. Lead Deckhand Nathaniel, who lost his fish, and the only person to get their bone fish in the boat was our ship’s photographer himself, Richie! 😊 Bone fish fight unlike any fish we’ve seen in waters like this, so it was quite the experience reeling it in. (Which we have video of!)
First Mate Dominic was able to capture a Barracuda as well!
(Special shout out to our Bosun Richard for catching a Jack fish)