The Fish Story
Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
94Trip End May 04, 2013
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While all of the Guays but one were abed, getting their much-needed "Beauty Rest," Rich and I set out on a fishing adventure. Our guide Bob met us on Cudjoe Key, and we followed him to a marina on Big Pine Key, where we launched the boat. The boat is a 16 ft Dolphin with a center console and open to all the elements. Soon after leaving the marina, the elements like rain & wind decided to make an appearance. After about half an hour, the rain tapered off and the fishing began...
Bob is a fishing guide, who practices catch and release "sight fishing". He takes the boat into shallow water, lifts the boat's outdrive and uses a 20 foot metal pole to steer the boat where he wants. Bob showed us how to spot a fish feeding in shallow water by looking for a sickle-shaped tail sticking 6 to 12 inches out of the water
We began chumming for shark with a sliced-up barracuda carcass roped to the side of the boat. Within about 15 minutes the sharks began to circle... Using a metal leader and metal hooks, Bob hooked up a small fillet of barracuda, let about 10 to 20 feet of line out into the water then gave Rich the pole. Rich had a big bite within 5 minutes, and fought the shark, which weighed about seventy pounds, for about 20 minutes of bicep-straining fun! It was about five feet in length. Bob used regular metal hooks so he could cut the metal leader and the hooks would rust out of the shark's mouth quickly. Next was my turn. I caught a lemon shark about eighty pounds and six feet in length. I fought it for about the same time, even though it felt like about 45 minutes to my arms. Rich and I both fought a few more sharks, then our arms were worn out and we headed for home. What a great day of fishing!