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How to rig a fishing line

Date: 19.03.2019
Author: Nils
Position: Atlantic
Nautical Position: 31°46,4‘N  62°58,9‘W
Etmal: 9673nm

Today started unusually late. This was due to the fact that I had either been forgotten or not been woken up thoroughly enough.

So when I came up, I was already 15 minutes late for school, and had to prepare for physics class, still sleepy and hungry.

In physics we worked on our project on the various ways in which physics works the ship. My group is working on hydrodynamics and boatbuilding. After I took the two physics and our xxx class to carry on with the project it was time for German class. 

After school it was lunchtime and we had delicious sandwiches. Filled with tasty food we had our daily meeting and the daily procedure of cleaning heads and showers.

After the meeting a thought crossed my mind: As we were back on the Atlantic and I had nothing to do at that moment in time, I was eager to start fishing again.

But since we had lost all our previous lures during our first crossing, we wouldn’t have had anything to fish with, if Fabian and I hadn’t thought of this problem earlier.

A few days before leaving Bermuda, Fabian and I had bought maximum sized steel hooks, 100 yards of 1 millimeter thick Fishing line, able to withstand a towing force of more than 100 pounds and two boxes of frozen squid as bait.

Set up with all of this wonderful equipment, I sat on my bed and started assembling the different parts of our fishing line. Michael had shown us how to set up a high seas fishing line as follows: The hook will be attached to an arm length of sturdy, twisted wire.

This is to prevent the fish from biting through the fishing line with its teeth. Then, attached to the wire, was the actual fishing line. Since we still had about 100 meters of 3 millimeter thick fishing line from the first Atlantic crossing, we used this line instead of the much thinner line from Bermuda.

After the hook, the wire and the fishing line were safely secured and tied on to one another, I could proceed with our squid bait. Luckily both Fabian and Felix were keen to help me set up the fishing line. So it only took us about 10 minutes to stick the hook through the squid in a way in which we wouldn’t loose any of it due to our maximum speed of approximately six knots tugging on the squid.

Then I took the whole fishing line up to the poop-deck to set it up. But as I stood on the stern looking at the capping rail, trying to figure out how to rig the line, I noticed our stern wave and remembered that we were on engine. This set an abrupt halt to my fishing plans. 

Having worked on the fishing line for about 4 hours it was now dinnertime already and so the crew enjoyed another delicious meal to end the day. The brownies for dessert gave the end of the day another sweet touch and even helped me survive my following night watch from 20:00-00:00. 

P.S: Dear Family, I’m looking forward to seeing you again and I think of you every day. 
I love you. 
Nils

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    Vallaeys Dirk - 21. März 2019 19:41

    Nice to here for the first time that they are on engine and not saling.
    We wondered that they have a stady speed against the wind.
    The grand father of the second mate Anoush;

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