It occurred to me that this "no hooks" approach to fishing was probably first discovered by the Daoist Jiang Tai Gong many centuries ago. Little did he know that I would one day be following a modified version of his style. of fishing, in far-away Guatemala.
After 10 or 15 minutes, the silence at sea was broken as the skipper shouted excitedly "Vela! Vela!" which means "Sail! Sail!", indicating a sailfish was following one of our lures. Quickly the crew sprung into action, pulling the hookless lures closer to the boat.
I jumped to attention, fly rod and fly in hand, ready to cast when the moment was right -- when the sailfish came within about 10 meters of the stern of the boat. My fly was about the size of my breakfast omelette. Green and gold, I thought it looked appetizing, which was why I brought it with me from Hong Kong. I had a good feeling about this fly.
That first sailfish was just a window shopper. After nosing around the lures for a few seconds, the fish took off, and I relaxed again.
As if to test my reflexes, within minutes the skipper cried "Vela" again, and we all sprung into action. This time, my eyes attuned to the task, I spotted the fish clearly -- impossible without good polarized sunglasses. In he swam, toward the stern of the boat, using his bill like a solo chopstick exploring some dainty morsels.