Mayan Fishing Hole

Fisher Boy

Can you spot the boy?

The panga lies nearly hidden by the overhanging branches of a tree. Is it floating alone in the middle of the stream? Bubbles break the surface of the water and a young boy’s head pops up. He tosses a fish into the dugout canoe. His father surfaces, too. He grasps a tree branch with one hand and waves with the other. Then he ducks below the surface again for twenty seconds or more. The boy ascends again and proudly shows off his catch, a two-pound maguro that struggles for air. The boy tosses him in the panga and goes

Dad and son fish together.

Dad and son fish together.

underwater. I puzzle over why they’re working so hard when the fishing net in the water can do all the work for them. Then I realize that the father and son are cherry-picking the biggest and best fish for themselves and freeing the small fry for another day.


About Cheryl Crockett Lezovich

Mom, first mate and writer aboard a 40' Manta catamaran, S/V Happy Times.
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2 Responses to Mayan Fishing Hole

  1. Linda Miller says:

    Travel like you are doing brings native intelligence and wisdom to the forefront . A father and son working together, depending on one another, is a bond few of our “educated” children know. Watching our modern children eating together, but texting others far away, seems to indicate that our social bonds are getting more trivial. Your life at sea, as well as the house sitting stints in Europe have strengthen you bonds.

    Linda Miller

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