A beautiful sun kissed day in the vast aquamarine ocean. Our quest was to have a fun filled rod bending day. To me a day in the ocean is always a gift with secret surprises in store. There are sea turtles, fish jumping on the surface while they chase bait,and sometimes dolphins greet us and follow us on our journey. This day I attempted to bring Bananas on the boat. I was told that Bananas are not to go on the boat. In the fifteen years that I have been fishing I never heard of the curse.
I discovered there are different theories and stories about bananas and suitcases on boats. The fishing folklore dates back to the 1700's. The wooden sailing boats had to move quickly to deliver bananas before they spoiled, and fishermen had a hard time trolling for fish, on such fast moving boats, which is one of the ways the superstition came about. I also read that native Hawaiian man would go out in dugout canoes and fish for a few weeks at a time. They took bananas with them but by the time they would get far out enough to catch any fish the bananas would rot. The origins of the suitcase superstition goes back to suitcases that were black and black was associated with death. Fisherman associated suitcases with body bags. The camera crew that films Discovery channel's reality series "Deadliest Catch" was asked to leave their equipment suitcases on the dock. And so on future sun kissed days the bananas will be left behind.