Yesterday we got to go conching which is not pronounced with a ch sound but a hard k sound. We met some other Canadian boaters out in an uninhabited anchorage. Bruce and Val had found an awesome place to catch conch. We met up with them in our dingy and Bruce took us to the conch hot spot. It was very wavy so we anchored our dingy and mom and Katie stayed aboard. We followed Bruce through the tumultuous water until he spotted a little lump on the seafloor (which took about five seconds). I dove down to grab it by the shell and brought it back to the dingy. Mom was amazed at the size of it. Dad was right behind me paddling with one arm. He dumped another conch into the bucket. We went back out and within seconds were coming back with more conch.
Mom was in shock that we were bringing in so many that she failed to say stop! Katie expressed moms panic and we stopped. In two minutes we had brought in twelve conchs. That’s the trouble with conching. The hard part is finding them so when you already know where they are you’re as fast as a production line.
We kept ten conchs and went to the beach to clean them.
|Bruce, ready to teach us how to clean a conch.|
This is where things get gross. You chop at the shell behind the second line of ridges. Once you’ve bashed a good hole you run a knife in the hole to break the muscle holding in the conch.
|Bashing the shell with a machete (using the dull side).|
|Pulling the conch out of the shell by the "toenail".|
Afterwards we went to Bruce and Val’s boat the Windrush. We hung out and saw their boat, Val told mom how to cook fried conch.
|Windrush, a beautiful PDQ 36 out of Lunenburg|
She even gave mom a tenderizing hammer because Val had bought a newer bigger tenderizing hammer. Everybody talked for a bit and we found out they were going the same way as us and we’d probably see them again. Afterward we all said goodbye and headed back to our boat with our new conch. New adventures also lay close ahead. You can read about them in Katie’s blog on her epic Halloween party.
|On our next blog....Halloween Pancakes! Boo!|