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Corona Virus, Corporations and the Cabal

Bill Gates and his vaccine

Happy July my fellow prisoners.

Well folks my bar is now open but, with the lack of people about, it might as well be closed. Sadly, fishing is much the same, and for similar reasons, although I have had a few reports of plenty of fish being about but they are not attacking the lures due to the huge amounts of baitfish available, as the Andaman Sea lives up to its reputation as the “Nursery of the The Indian Ocean”.

So this month...

I thought I would try to make some resemblance of sense of what is happening in the world today.

As many of my readers will know I am what the CIA termed a “Conspiracy Theorist” and have been since I saw “Zeitgeist” back in 2007.

This outstanding documentary series of three, gave me an insight into what a wonderful world this could be, given just half a chance.

Later I learned who the “real” enemy is and how totally corrupt and hideous they could be in pursuit of money and power, information I initially got from “The World According to Monsanto”.

This is the company who invented GM (Genetically Modified) plants which were impervious to their internationally sold weed killer “Roundup”, which means all their GM maize, rice, corn, wheat etc. will grow where nothing else can, after being sprayed with Roundup.

This sounds great until you realize plants will continue to try and reproduce naturally via pollination, although the bees and other insects are under threat as their alternative food sources come under threat and all the various forms of food crops become naturally infected by GM intervention, while the “weeds” die off.  Meaning soon there will be no seeds, outside those in seed banks, (for historical records) that are not contaminated by Monsanto / now Bayer Pharmaceuticals.

GM now controls most of our food sources, even the cattle feed, by the use of a Genetically Engineered Virus that has encompassed the whole world, even countries who banned GM, for as I previously mentioned, pollinating insects do not respect national boundaries. So we now have it, our staple food sources injected by a man-made virus and Monsanto now controls the brunt of what we eat.

Now while we may or may-not consider Corona 19 man-made, we can definitely be assured that the vaccine being manufactured to combat C19 most definitely is.

So what does an antidote/vaccine actually do and who is working on this?  Well the vaccine when and if available, is just another virus injected into the human organism which alters our DNA, just like GM plants, in order to combat whatever it is targeted against, plus additives, which in turn will make all who use it genetically altered and basically the same as our crops, dependent on Monsanto, or in this case, let’s start with Bill Gates, the Gates Foundation and the “REAL CONSPIRATORS”.

Another video tells of all the vaccine and vaccine related organizations the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have funded, including the World Health Organization (WHO).

All the information is correct but the video was censored which in not surprising considering the relationship Bill Gates (Microsoft) has with viruses, the internet and Google.

I could continue and explain how the 1% also known as the Cabal, the Illuminati or the New World Order, hold on to their money and power via bribery, corruption and blackmail.

But all that, including their disgusting and illegal lifestyles, should all be coming to light shortly as Ghislaine Maxwell takes the stand. If for any reason she doesn’t, everybody should then realize how we are being systematically robbed and manipulated by the 1%: a few multi-billionaire families and their paid, bribed and blackmailed lackeys which include the mass media, politicians, Royalty and the Church.  Isn’t it now obvious, we are being run, not by our elected authorities but by a select group of criminals who will stop at nothing to sustain their privileged position and increasingly disgusting lifestyles?

Basic Social Psychology theory states; “when people don’t know who to trust, they are liable to turn on each other as they naturally feel they have to “fight” something”. I believe this explains the recent rash of absolute stupidity.

I just hope a few of the people who feel this way would take this article seriously and learn “Who your real Enemy really is”.

All the very best folks - keep safe.

Jimmy

This Whole Thing Stinks to High Heaven!

Follow the Money

Well my fellow prisoners and befuddled fishers, not much to write about, when you're incarcerated it’s difficult to get the fish to bite never mind getting a story, so here’s what’s on everybody’s mind, one way or another:-

Remember I said this virus crap was connected to G5 but didn’t know why? Well I just found the answer, it’s all part of a huge conspiracy to lower your immune system and reduce the population. (Bill Gates) C19 was designed in the US who “illegally” sub-contracted the research to China. Remember I joked about someone dropping a bottle?

  1.  The C19 virus kills very few people although it is very contagious but most of the deaths you hear about were actually with people who already had health problems and an immune deficiency in the first place, like people starving in the 3rd world, the old and infirmed who also don’t pay any tax or loan repayments, anymore. Someone once said: - “Follow the money”!!!
  2. So why massage the figures to make C19 deaths so much higher than they actually are, by including anyone with a Covid positive result in their system, like flu or cold? Well it looks like someone wants to sell you an injection against it – Would you believe there are two patents “US & UK” for this “particular 19” virus that were taken out long BEFORE this current situation. Vaccinations that will lower your already environmentally lowered immune system and will probably become mandatory if you wish to travel or even work. Again “Follow the money!!!
  3. Smile! You're on camera!So why all the lies and hype? There are lots of possible reasons, many to do with covering up other political wrongdoings, banking  & big pharma, corruption which now desperately needs to be “covered-up”  foul deeds  which even include criminal sex offenses, which are now coming to light - BBC / Epstein /Maxwell/presidents and the Royal Family. It’s all to do with control and that’s where the BIG guns come in like G5.  - G5 will become compulsory and while the “radiation” from the hardware could seriously affect your health (many warning from experts. In the field), the software it will bring will definitely and completely destroy any ideas you may have of personal privacy. Who benefits? – control  - “Follow the money”.
  4. Ooh! That stinks!The 1% and their vision of the “New World Order” -  They are the enemy, not a virus, science, religion, nationality or gender, they are all part of their divide and concur mentality which along with fear and media manipulation, not forgetting the old favorite with influential people, like politicians, corruption! “Where did you think their money and sponsorships came from?
    THIS WHOLE THING STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN

The way I see things as we stand, we are about to embark on a “New World Order” which has been predicted for years, but we are now at the crossroads where we must choose between tyranny, “THEIR” Orwellian state, NWO,  automaton, de-population and education for the few and the privileged -  OR a “Brave New World” where we use science to improve the situation of all the other 99% as there is no need for hunger, poverty and war, which are predominately caused by the greed of the 1% and their corrupt puppets.

Zeitgeist : Moving Forward (made 2010) “U Tube” painted a beautiful picture of what could be, or Zeitgeist: Addendum :

I hope you, my friends, now realize “voting is now an exercise in futility”; we need something to break the mold, for in my lifetime I have never really voted FOR anything, it’s always been AGAIST with Right voting against Left and vice-versa while the 1% continues to control both, “It’s their club and you’re not in it” - George Carlin. “Follow the Money”.

So my friends, it’s your choice, what do you want to leave for your kids?  An Orwellian, G5, existence with compulsory all sorts, like right now - or a “Brave New World” where we have vanquished the greedy, the banks/big-pharma, debt, and all the other things we have had inflicted upon us.

In closing, did you know both Sweden and Taiwan refused to close down and guess what happened, NOTHING!!!  Taiwan 6 deaths in 5 months!  It’s the biggest scam since the Federal Reserve and run by the same avaricious vermin.

 

Tight lines to all

February Fishing in Phuket

A Fab Feb to all you Fisher Folk.

There seems to be a massive increase of police road blocks recently which I assume is the Thai’s response to the horrendous road accident figures, but considering the amount of howling ambulances screaming by my door I don’t feel this approach is working, especially when you consider how few tourists there are, the folks who traditionally take the blame for this national disgrace. Or is it possible that this lack of visitor numbers also means there are less of the customary sources of  income supplements “tea money” and an alternative, no matter how damaging to the already beleaguered tourist industry, had to be found. I also find it bizarre how the noisy motorbikes with no silencers, another big tourist grievance, seem to go unnoticed as the “Brown Bears” target their, what seems to be predominately “foreign” victims.

Fishing – The unusually windy conditions that plagued us throughout January continued to restrict the amount of trolling lines we could put out, but with the possible migration of the Sailfish, GT’s (Giant Trevally) seem to have taken over as the top predator, not as spectacular as the Sails but a serious fighting fish all the same, with lots of power. Pity there are not more guys here to catch them.

As I move into my second decade here in the Land of Smiles I can only wonder where things are going from here, with this new Chinese Flu and the outrageously high Baht all the local tourist reliant businesses are feeling the pinch and I predict many will not see the end of the year, as regular visitors plump for cheaper destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and even Myanmar (Burma).

While I realize tourism is not a major part of the Thai GDP (Gross Domestic Product) that should not mean that visitors should be treated so shabbily by the authorities in general, even starting at the airport where welcome to the “Land of Smiles” is a complete misnomer.

On my Facebook site I started a “Begged, borrowed & stolen” photograph section which has proved quite popular so I am including more pictures in this blog which I hope you enjoy and for more please see Facebook:- Jimmy’s Drift Inn & Big Game Fishing.

 

Once again my fellow fish fumblers, tight lines to all and see you next month if the Chinese Flu don’t get me first.

January Fishing – Tips for Trips

Welcome to the all-new roaring 20's upgrade, me fisherooing M8s

Now that we are moving into a new decade and from our hot & wet season to our hot & dry, tourists are very noticeable by their absence. Hotels are complaining about a very poor 50% “high” season occupancy and just about everyone who is used to servicing the usual flood of visitors are now catering for a trickle and that was before the end of the month which brought our latest Chinese import  “Coronavirus”.  Every “high” season it’s something different, and the list grows and grows and grows and-

Why is the bloody Baht so strong? Rice and sugar mountains are bankrupting farmers and all the many other exports, such as vehicles and rubber, being much more expensive, yet still the financial pain goes on for the farmers, tourists and the tourist industry. All this and the construction of hotels continue at a pace, compounding our annual water shortage problem, as the main reservoir is well down and the “dry” season having only just begun. Inscrutable Thai logic!

January was a lot windier than normal which had, from a fishing point of view, both advantages and disadvantages. Good points being, with the wind it was not like fishing in a sauna and the water surface was cooler bringing fish closer to the surface. Bad news was “white horses” surface waves mean that lures on the top of the water are more difficult for the fish to see.

A fish-n-swim at Koh Racha Noi
Fishing for all the family

So now - Tips for the Trips:-

Thai crews often have little English and just tend to get on with their jobs which unfortunately is often at the expense of customer- care as they are unable to tell you things you might like to know or are too embarrassed to ask, knowing the answer will still be unintelligible.

For example:- most of our boats have “Bluetooth” speakers and you probably have your favorite music on your phone but the crew will often not think to mention it.

If you have younger children who are a bit bored and you are out in calm conditions, ask the captain to let the “wee one” drive the boat, it relieves the boredom and is a great photo opportunity.

Locally, no lines can go out within the bounds of Chalong Bay for like many other places in the area this is “National Park” regulations, NO commercial fishing. The same applies to the Similan Islands, where lots of new regulations apply, and Koh Ha / Roc where the fishing can be great but only outside their National Park “limits”.

When heading towards the “Racha Islands” the most popular “local” series of hotspots, you are heading south and the big windmill on your starboard “right” as you leave the bay is not, as some wags will tell you, “air-con for the Russian tourists on Nai Harn beach”.

May you all have a happy Brexit

Tight lines

PST Fishing Tournament 2019 Review

Greetings me fellow fisheroos.

The beginning of the high season, if you can still call it that, brought about the annual PST fishing tournament which reported record amounts of Sailfish are continuing to frequent our waters, making for another “great” tournament.

Fewer boats than previous years and like many of the other boats “Mena 1” went out without a full complement, which I assume is just another negative symptom of the “strong” Baht, which is a pity as the fishing could not be better.

On the first two days “Hooker” on a fishing cat (not to be confused with “The Oilfield Hookers”) and the Fish Eagle teams continued to steam into a potential two seahorse race. Day 3 brought the competition to an end with No 1 “Hookers”  from the US of A, No 2 Team Fish Eagle and No 3 The oilfield Hookers who had a sprint finish due to my old pal George, another guest for the day, piling on the points with the only Marlin of the event.

As this is possibly my last chance before that irritating X Mass period I thought I would be the first to wish you all a Fishing Holiday when it’s all over and a happy New Year.

As usual tight lines to all

Jimmy

Header pic: My pal Warren on board “Mena 1” with one of the many Sailfish caught on PST 19.

Fishing xmas

October Squalls & Doldrums

That's a nice sailfish!

Salutation and felicitations me fishy friends.

Once again October brought the usual thunderstorms and squalls but apparently not enough rain to sustain us through our “High & Dry” season, while Thai logic still allows water-guzzling hotels to continue to be built compounding the problem. There are stories about a contract to pipe water down to Phuket from up north, so fingers crossed everybody, let’s hope the job does not go to the same company that built the Chalong underpass.

Also as usual fishing between squalls fishing has been excellent for the exceptionally few charters that went out due to the tourist figures which continue to decline in the wake of an ever-strengthening Baht and a load of bureaucratic nonsense coming out of the immigration dept.

It also appears to have had quite an effect on Thai Airways, our national carrier, which when I arrived some 20 years ago was, without a doubt, No.1 and is now in deep in the doldrums.

Check out the flags on Fish Eagle >>

Check out the flags on Fish Eagle

On a lighter note, I thought I would relate the story of Craig, who some may remember from the Mai Pang Bar, Mr. India Soy, Chalong. Craig along with his pal “Sang Som” in his pocket, decided to join the Gypsies and myself on a fishing trip on one of their long-tail boats.

On the way out we were trolling a line which foul hooked a sea (Krate) snake, the most poisonous thing in the sea whose venom would put land snakes to shame, under normal conditions, I would have just cut the line, but Gypsies being Gypsies, Kung wanted his hook back and gingerly laid out the snake in order to retrieve it. Whereupon Grail to the horror of all who witnessed it, grabbed the snake by its head and tail and bit it near in half, stating “I’ll bite it before it bites me” . The look of horror on the Gypsies faces was unmistakable and the story does not even end there.

As we arrived in the area where we intended “bottom” fishing we were all given hand lines and being the guest Craig got his line first and a short time later as I was about to drop mine Craig decided to light a cigarette and wrapped the line around his hand. I said “ Hey man that’s not clever” to which he replied "I’m Australian, I know all about fishinnnnnnnggggg" as he  was unceremoniously ejaculated from the boat, quickly followed by two of the Thai crew who had to swim in the wake of the departing Craig.

After extricating our hapless fish fumbler from the line, which we assume had a Giant Grouper on the other end, our intrepid angler was brought back coughing and spluttering and when he finally caught his breath long enough said, “WTF are you all laughing about, I nearly drowned.” To which I replied “I know all about fishinnnnnnggggg” at which the whole boat, including Craig, burst into peals of laughter, a day never to be forgotten with Craig, The Gypsies, “Sang Som” and myself.

My last Giant Trevally

As I don’t have a picture of the Giant Grouper but here’s a pic of my last Giant Trevally and also a fantastic run of Sailfish (top) from “Fish Eagle” (above) obviously getting in some practice, in order to defend her PST Competition crown next month. Proving once again Phuket, at this time of year, is up there among the best on the planet for Sailfish.

Tight lines to all, especially to all the combatants in the PST competition (21/24 Nov.) hope to see lots of you there.

Begged, Borrowed or Stolen, Revisited

Begged, borrowed or stolen, revisited

Coming to the end of September things here have not improved as regard business, the boats are there, the fish are there, but where are the tourists.

The few boats that have ventured out report great fishing, which is normal for this time of year, but Thailand seems to be in the doldrums as everyone relying on the tourist trade will relate to. The exceptionally strong Baht, the ludicrous and confusing paperwork for travelling in Thailand, seasonal inclement weather and now the smoke haze from Indonesian fires are all having an adverse effect on our tourist figures, with the possible exception of the Chinese, who only seem to spend at the 7/11 and wander about in masks oblivious to traffic.

I recently posted to my Facebook page “Jimmy’s Drift Inn & Big Game Fishing” a lot of scenic pictures which I entitled “Begged, Borrowed or Stolen” this was so well received I thought I might try it again here in my blog as our beautiful scenery is so often overlooked when enthusing about fishing, so here goes (with a little extra help from Jesse Van Es, our resident National Park lurker):-

I sincerely hope you enjoyed these pics, all from here in the South of Thailand.

As usual, tight lines to all.

Fishing – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Welcome to the Drift Inn, home of Fishing in Phuket

Once again “felicitations” to all my fellow friends and fisher folk.

As usual at this time of year (August) unreliable weather curtailed some of the greatest fishing of the year as the fish, also as usual, are here in quantity as everyone who managed to get out between storms will confirm.

So this month starts completely differently as I am looking for someone, an enthusiastic big game fisher-person for a partner and potential successor, preferably with media skills to take over Jimmy’s Drift Inn & Big Game Fishing, as for health reasons I am now physically limited from getting on with the business, which combined my all-time favorite sports of drinking and sea fishing.

I would imagine the ideal candidate would be in his/her 50s, about the age of my son, someone who wants to live in paradise and loves Big Game Fishing. For the “right” person the financial commitment would be nominal as money at my stage in life is of little consequence.

For further details please send a quick résumé of your experience and ambitions to:- info@fishinginphuket.com

Jimmy's Drift Inn

And finally to my “friend” who publicly, on my business web site, takes the moral high ground on conservation, I would like to point out the double standards of an oil industry executive who has never commented on plastics, global warming or deforestation BUT: - Bitches about a dead Sailfish killed by an amateur customer on a boat I wasn’t even on, beggars belief.

We are destroying our planet with more than a little help from the oil conglomerates and you are attacking my small business over a fish, which I know you also have killed. What hypocritical BS!!!

On numerous occasions when one of the boats catches a load of Tuna, you disapprovingly call us “Tuna bashers” and declare this is not “Game” Fishing.

And now a boat I wasn’t even on gets your “customary disapproval” for “Game Fishing” and killing a Sailfish. Sorry, you can’t have it both ways.

 

How to support a friend's small business for free

Our “budget day” boats cater to our customers’ requirements and while experienced Game fisher-folks target, say Sails etc. many family groups with their kids want a fun day with plenty of action (tuna) on a boat half the price of your larger “overnight” boat.

Don’t tell us you never killed a billfish. Game fishing is a blood sport any way you look at it and because you ”like” billfish does not mean they are a protected species. As an IGFA member, please explain how you weigh a record fish?  Yes, I try to catch and release as much as possible but not being on the boats anymore it is difficult to keep up to your glorified and hypocritical standards.

My advertising however affects my livelihood and your “friendly comments” to my public web site is disparaging, negative and unhelpful to say the least.

Please – if you can’t say anything nice, a sad face will do. 🙁

Tight lines to most of you 🙂

Jimmy

July Fishing Washed Out

Hi once again my fellow fisheroos,

July is a month of squalls as the monsoon season starts to replenish our parched dams which created a water shortage only a few short weeks ago. Every year we have the same problem, while the powers that be allow more and more water guzzling hotels to be built and ignore the inadequate, antiquated, infrastructure.

There were very few fishing reports recently as few boats went out due to the inclement weather and the lack of customers, so this month I thought I would talk about goats.

GOATS, I hear you ask,” What’s that to do with Fishing in Phuket?”  Well, some years ago while jigging off the lea shore at Racha Noi, sheltering from our annual monsoon wind we spotted a small herd of goats. I subsequently found out that the goats are an integral part of Phuket’s history.  It goes back to the grand old days of the “tall” ships, everyone has heard of gold and silver treasure galleons but here in Phuket we had “Tin” treasure galleons regularly visiting our shores and in so doing left goats on most of the Islands to provide them with fresh meat on their regular visits. The goats thrived and today’s animals are direct descendants of the days when the trade winds dictated when and where you could go at sea.

Goat island

Chalong circle underpass finally opened just in time for the Baht to strengthen and the tourists  started seeking cheaper destinations, and to add insult to injury, the tourism authority says “Massage parlors and easier access to medical marijuana” will bring back the missing hoards, along with the tourist hotels, venues etc. reducing their prices by 10% - what a cop-out. -  Don’t worry folks the bubble will burst just as it did in the 90s. If you ignore your history how can you expect to learn from it?

Fishing wise, everybody talks about Marlin, Sails, and King Macs but rarely do we hear anything about Cobia another great game fish regularly found in these waters. A friend once told me Cobia unlike most fish avoid disturbance so when traveling any distance I now like to put out a “shotgun”, a trolling line as far back from the boat as possible. I have caught quite a few of these shark-shaped predators using this method and the only other time I have managed to catch one was jigging around Hin Dang which I would strongly recommend for fishing as the sun sets and after the dive boats have returned to port. Cobia makes good eating and tastes a wee bit nutty but they need to be bled immediately or you get that horrible “sucking a penny” flavor.

Lastly, don’t forget to book early for the P.S.T. Phuket Sports-fishing Tournament (20/23 Nov.) as many of the boats are already spoken for.

As usual, tight lines to all.

Phuket Sports-fishing Tournament Nov 2019

PST fishing tournament 2019

Phuket Sports-fishing Tournament (PST)

20 - 23 November 2019 Chalong Bay, Phuket, Thailand

The major big game fishing competition of the year and as such is very popular, so please book your boat early to avoid disappointment. Contact Us for details >

June Fishing News

June Fishing in Phuket

Now hark to me fable, me beauties.

Early in the month, June, there were Sailfish galore it’s just a pity the same can’t be said for the fishing tourists who, in contradiction to the official tourist figures, are most definitely in short supply. So “Charlie don’t surf” springs to mind.

The fish were that plentiful that Fish Eagle (photo) once again proved her billfish mastery with  two triple and one quadruple hook-up, with all the Sails released, great skills - magnificent fishing. It just goes to prove the high season for fishin, ain’t the high season for tourists.

Quick question – When you catch and release do you think the fish go back and tell their pals “I was abducted by aliens?”

(banner pic) Andrew ”Fish Eagle” and the team working on a “triple”. Notice the ideal fishing conditions, overcast with rain in the distance, beautiful.

(pic) Me old Mate Neill celebrating 14 Sails caught and released on Fish Eagle

Melanie the Mermaid

(pic) Yours-truly having a “mermaid on the Rocks” courtesy of Melanie the Gypsy frightener

Tuna were also here in abundance all roundabout the 1 -2 K mark and here we call them long fin (Albacore) and short fin (Skipjack/Bonito). Longfin Tuna is the best for Sashimi/Sushi as it is a softer meat and less slick than the shortfin which being a tougher more oily meat is best for using as bait especially if you are bottom fishing for Red Snapper or in conjunction with a “skirt” for the bigger pelagic game fish including Sails.

The long-awaited Chalong Tunnel is “now” down and running, very pretty, my trip to the pier is now minutes instead of millennia, just in time for a young, old friend to arrive with a gang of her pals from Glasgow University “Marine Dept.” doing their thesis /thesiss/thesi - whatever. A few years ago Melanie scared the bejeesus out of the local Sea Gypsies in one of her legless moments (Pic enclosed) man, that was a birthday party and a half. I nearly blew ma-heed-af. -  How was an old pirate meant to know in Thailand you buy fuses as an extra?

Staying on strange facts, did you know? An octopus actually has two legs and six arms with one of these arms possibly being the male organ. - So it’s not 8 legs. And the blood of an octopus is “blue” because it is copper based as opposed to our iron based “red” blood. Now, that will help you catch a lot more fish.

As usual, tight lines to all

Jimmy

Phantom Fishing

Well April arrived with the usual foolishness, one message I received even tried to take the pee out of the Thai Immigration Dept. I mean, try comparing them to Westmonster where nobody seems to know who they work for.” At least our boys here are more forthright about their business. 555

April also saw the dates for the annual PST fishing tournament being announced as being the 20th to the 23rd November so mark your diaries and get your boats booked. Let me know if you require further information or contact Walter direct at:- walter:w3er@mac.com

With the water temperature being at its peak this time of the year fishing was slow as per normal, but with Songkran just round the corner our long overdue rain should arrive any time now and rectify our overheating problem, therefore not much to report this month, so if you will excuse an old Pirate, I’ll reminisce:-

April also sees me notching up yet another year, a birthday I used to share with an old pal, now sadly with Davy Jones. So in memory of a good friend I thought I would once again tell the story of Richelieu Rock and “Laurence’s” ghost.

About 20 Ks off the Surin Islands is a place named after the only “Farang” (white foreigner) ever to be in charge of the Thai Navy, Richelieu Rock, one of the top 5 dive sites on earth. So now please imagine the location, a rock in the middle of nowhere.

Some years ago my young mate Eric, a highly trained exponent of working in dangerous environments was relaxing of an evening, and being no longer interested in the party on board the boat, not to mention having had a “few”, decided to take a paddle around Richelieu Rock on a small sea canoe, on his own, just to chill, as one does, late at night, in the middle of nowhere.

As he had rounded the rock, losing sight of his “parent” boat, an “still chillin”, he looked down into the crystal clear water only to be confronted by the torch lights of 3 or 4 divers on a night dive about 7 or 8 meters below him. Eric being the type of character he is, stripped off, and decided to go down for a visit.

For every diver, their first night dive is very special, I mean “spooky” special, for above you is the eerie light of the moon beams trickling down and giving the water that mysterious, scary sparkle, with only the beam of your torch to give you a vague sense of reality.

At this point a very fit, agile, naked, young nutter, who is running short on breath on a “free” dive, decides to “buddy” breathe, and from behind, taps an unwitting diver on the shoulder and “signs” for air.  At this point the rookie takes off, fins a flappin, in the direction of the other divers forcing Eric to the surface for air, extremely pissed off, “The *****  wouldn’t give me any air”.

Years later when retelling the story, in my bar, as an example of inexperienced divers, I remembered a story my pal Laurence had once told me, about the “Ghost of Richelieu Rock” the details of which are written up in his (MV Phoenix) ship’s log. It tells of where four divers, including an instructor, all confirm seeing a “white” ghost which just appeared out of nowhere then disappeared.

For by the time the shocked divers surfaced, Eric was well on his way back to his “mother” ship, which being on the other side of the rock would have been invisible to the traumatized divers.

Eric Roth – The Ghost of Richelieu Rock.

Laurence Walker – Gone but not forgotten.

This month’s humor:-

Thai guy phones his boss. -  “Sorry boss, I late because I have accident and I kill a pig, what should I do?

Boss – “Hide the pig and we will come back for it later, when there is no one about.”

Thai guy – Job done boss, now what do I do about the motorbike and driver?”

Tight lines to all.

Jimmy