TBT on Saturday

by Capitol Area Fishing on May 20, 2017

It’s been a few years since I last posted on CAF. ‘Bout time I got back to it! I’m going to start out with a throwback, even though it’s not Thursday. I’m gearing up for a summer of fishing and will post often. Feel free to contribute your fish stories. Send me an email at vbarothy@gmail.com.

Victor’s Throwback Thursday on Saturday

When I was a year old my parents opened a fishing lodge on the Isla de Pinos (Isle of Pines) off the southwestern coast of Cuba. (It’s now called Isla de Juventud.) It was 42 acres on the Jucaro River about five miles from Santa Fe with 20 brick and thatch cabins, a main lodge, nine houseboats, and various skiffs. They owned and operated the lodge until Castro came into power, but that’s another story.

I spent eight years in Cuba. That’s where I learned how to fish with a hand line at 4 and I got my first rod at 5. It’s also where I captained my first boat – an 8′ rowboat that I would take across the river where the lodge’s water pump was located in the mangroves.

Victor with barracudas

 

Years later, I went back to Cuba with my friend John.  My family’s land is now a military base that I could only see through barbed wire. But, on the way out of town, our taxi drove by a farmer’s market. I remembered there had been a Japanese family who supplied the lodge with milk and eggs. They had a son and he and I were good friends. So, John and I stopped, and when I stepped out of the taxi, a Japanese man took a hard look at me – and, then called me by my childhood nickname. It was my old friend.

Victor and his childhood friend from Cuba.

 

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