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Spear Fishing Jamaican Style

Spear fishing in Jamaica is much more fun and dangerous than other places because the guns are typically home made. The guns are made from simple materials you can find around the house wood that is shaped, nails, and tubes.  This however makes Jamaican spear fishing more dangerous but if proper precautions are taken then there shall be no problems.

One of the best things about growing up in rural Jamaica is that you have both requirements for a fun fishing trip. This includes massive rivers with nice fresh water and also the tools needed to build the equipment. As it turns out this is one of the major advantages of rural Jamaica. You can find anything you need and it puts you in a place where you have to live simple and use your brain to create solutions to your problems.

The best thing about spear fishing however is the fun people have when they come together. Many a times you see people running getting freaked out because they thought they saw a crocodile but then it turned out to be a branch or a piece of wood. The funnier times though have been when you see people running out of the water scared as a little child because they thought they saw something. Even more when people have tried to swim across the massive river and thought they saw something in the water thus causing them to swim like they were in a cartoon.

Spear fishing is an amazing thing too because of the home made guns the spectacle of diving in the river with only goggles and the fun and in few minutes coming up with a fish at the end of the spear.

It is times like this when you sit back think and realize that Jamaica is just more fun!!!

Why you should be living in rural jamaica

If you are someone from the city then you probably view people from rural areas as low brow hicks. Personally I do not know where this came from but all I can say that it is not true.  Here I’ll give you why rural Jamaica is a very impressive place to grow up and why if you were growing up in Jamaica you would want to live in the rural areas.

1.)    Nature: this one is pretty simple people from rural areas enjoy the natural beauty of the country. You have rivers, hills, mountains, fruits all you can think of. Being able to enjoy fruits and other foods found in nature is also a big plus of living in a rural area and by finding I mean that you find it in the wild. Have you ever dreamt about just going out with little supplies and simply surviving by eating delicious fruits you can find easily in the wild? Then you definitely would want to take a bigger look at rural Jamaica.

2.)    You turn out more rounded: You would turn out more rounded if you lived in the country. Why? Because simply there are a wider variety of activities available to you and especially if you lived in rural Jamaica. Have you ever wanted to learn to work with your hands and feet while at the same time developing your intellectual mind? Then you would love living in rural areas. If you are person that loves to fish and loves to plant then you probably are already living in the country.  Imagine having acres of land to plant whatever your heart desired. That is what rural Jamaican could mean for you.

3.)    Better Place to raise a child: You may agree or disagree but it is proven time and time again that raising a child in the city poses many risks as the child is continually tempted to do bad things. Many parents would rather not expose their young ones to certain unpleasant details of city life and therefore would definitely love the city. Imagine teaching your children how to survive in nature, how to fish, how to play sports, how to raise animals, all in a care free unpolluted environment.

So if you are wondering where is the best place to live? I would say rural Jamaica. It is where anyone that just wanted to get away and be at one with themselves and nature would want to live and also if you were the type to want a modern yet humble upbringing.

Types of Jamaican Mangoes Part 1

Mangoes are really delicious fruits and if you are Jamaican then you probably know what I mean. If you can think of a fruit as sweet and as abundant and has given you as many adventures as it has a Jamaican person, then you are dreaming. The reason why mangoes are so popular in Jamaica is the simple fact that they are plentiful, delicious, nutritious, and they come in all sorts of colors, sizes, and tastes. Jamaican mangoes are what you need after a long day to relax and unwind. They could help the person who wants to get vitamins and at the same time eat a fruit that tastes great.

The best thing about Jamaican mangoes however is the fact that they are so varied means that there is something for everyone. For example for the person who likes lots of mangoes will appreciate what Jamaicans simple call “common mangoes” or the yellow hairy mangoes commonly found. The best thing about these mangoes is that they are VERY sweet and they are usually in abundance.

The Most common type of jamaican mango

Common mangoes in all their glory

The next type we will be covering in this first part is the “green skin” type of mango. These mangoes are amazing because they are green when ripe and tend to be smaller than the common mangoes.You will love eating the green skin mango because it one of the more rare types of mangoes you’ll find in Jamaica. You will know that these mangoes are ripe because when you feel them they will be soft to the touch.

Green Skin Jamaican Mangoes

The best mangoes you’ll ever find

While i was not able to go into all types of mangoes you’ll find when you visit Jamaica I can tell you that green skin mangoes are some of the best and my favorite mangoes. the reason for this being simply the taste, which is something I cannot describe to you but you will have to experience yourself. Come back again so I can show you more types of Jamaican mangoes you should taste.

Truant!!

Do you like going on the rivers and having a good time? If so then you probably have heard of rafting. In Jamaica people raft but with a fun twist. The rafts are made from bamboo which are cut and dragged painstakingly (trust me its hard work I’ve had to do it) from the woods and into yards where they are cut and put together. It was one of those days for a Jamaican boy when he is coming from school but doesn’t feel like going home that craig had and in going into the woods there was an adventure in the making.
It was one of those days after primary school when craig and his cousin Shane were in truant mode. They didn’t feel like going directly home and decided that they would explore. So they set off exploring the hills of Jamaica and what they found on the rivers could not have been better. They had discovered a bamboo raft completely functional and abandoned.
With this the boys decided they must have the raft and so they took it and hid it in the bushes. The next day they returned not knowing if the raft had was still there. Luckily it was there and they decided that they must take it out for a test and this proved to be a costly mistake. There was a small fall in the river and as the boys rafted down the stream they went over the waterfall unknowingly and plunged deep into the water.
The boys realizing what had just happened decided that the best course of action would be to recover the raft. In doing so Shane had cut himself. Shane tried to keep up with Craig but soon found that his wound was too much. The boys decided to go home without the raft after this and in doing so go angry responses from their parents in jamaican patwa. Their lesson? Never truant.

Don’t fish if you aren’t a good swimmer

They say fishing is what of the more calming things to do. Where a man can just go out and be one with nature, be at peace with himself and have a good time. Fishing is the ultimate stress relief… or so they say. Fishing in Jamaica is different because it is not as sophisticated as fishing in America but in general people tend to have more fun doing it.
Craig and his cousin shane used to always go fishing by the river. On this day he decided to go with j.j and shane. The first thing that they had to do which is important was to dig up worms. This was an endeavor in itself because it required going through deep shrubbery and then digging up dirt where there were wasp’s nests and many other dangers, to get worms. Getting worms would not have been difficult if jj hadn’t disturbed the wasps and sent them coming towards craig and shane.
It was about 3 stings later that craig was running around trying to get rid of the wasps. Eventually they reached the river where they could finally relax and catch some fix. Because of the way Jamaican people fished, it was a bit difficult as they used a line and hook instead of a fishing rod. The line and hook was much simpler to create and gave them much more control over the fishing. Having a line and hook instead of a fishing rod is like having a manual transmission. It gives more control.
They decided to cross the river and this would prove to be problematic, because jj was not a good swimmer. Craig and shane made it across fine but as jj ran bravely into the water, he started to drown. He yelled “help me” and craig saw himself quickly jumping in to save jj. This ordeal would teach the boys that you must be a good swimmer when fishing. Especially in Jamaican waters.

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