I have been in beautiful, sunny Key West for two very short days. I am joining forces with Philip Bloom, Jon and Christina from Canonfilmmakers.com and Eric Kessler on a Kessler Crane sponsored meet up and equipment demonstration. We are also shooting short films from the colorful streets and people who call this small island home. Jon and Christina will be shooting behind the scenes short videos for Eric and Phil to be posted later.
Yesterday, Eric invited us all to fish five miles off the mainland in a chartered fishing boat called “Sea-Clusion”. We were greeted on the docks by Captain Chuck and first mate, Steven. They got all the bait and gear ready for us and we headed out into the deep blue sea to fish for Dolphin (not Flipper, but Mahi Mahi), a not-so-edible species of Tuna and the elusive Sailfish.
Eric was really excited to go and he wanted to land a Dolphin fish. I was stoked to shoot a video blog on the small boat in the 5 foot rollers and warm tropical air. Plus the thought of drinking Corona and hanging out with Philip Bloom only sweetened the deal.
But things went horribly wrong. We caught fish, that was not the problem. And nobody fell overboard. The issue was not entirely clear, at least the cause of the issue.
I got very sick. I was spending most of the second half of the fishing trip “hanging the food rope” over the side of the vessel. Captain Chuck said that the food bits or “chum” was good and attracted the fish. I was not so sure.
How I got sick was called into question. When I was editing the video blog footage today, I found inconclusive evidence that my Corona was tampered with by Mr. Philip Bloom. I cannot be sure, but I ran with the story anyway.
I assume that Phil was trying to get back at me for a video blog I posted a few years ago from his first ever “official meet up”. You can refresh your memory of that night by clicking here.
As for the video blog posted below, you decide for yourself. I almost never get sea sick. I have slept on a boat for three nights with very little issue. I worked on a large ship excavating a pirate ship off the coast of Cape Cod for Nat Geo with zero problems. How can this isolated incident be explained?
Sure, I had a concussion (from a nasty downhill Mt Biking crash) a few days ago that required an ER visit for XRAYs and a neck support. I cannot imagine how this could be related to the sea sickness and my hands and legs going numb on the boat in the rough seas. All joking aside, head injuries are not to be underestimated and I need to keep an eye on the recovery for sure. Just glad to be off that boat.
If you are interested in a charter boat in Key West, check out Captain Chuck and ride “Sea-Clusion”. He is cool and has no problem if you puke off his stern. Click here for his webpage.
You can read Philip Bloom’s blog entry from the meet up yesterday at the Reach Resort by clicking here.
This video blog was sponsored by Kessler Crane: