So here it was, the time of year when my family and friends all get
together and head down to the Florida Keys for lobster mini-season.
When I say family and friends, I’m talking about fifteen adults and
eleven kids all under the age of 10.
As a teenager growing up on the edge of the Panhandle, my only passion
was fishing. While most kids in the neighborhood dreamed of shiny new
bikes or sleek skateboards, my only desire was to land a monster shark.
I wanted to catch a man-eating beast that would make Jaws look like a
big fat sissy. For years all I could talk about was shark fishing. The
thought of landing such a giant absolutely consumed my mind.
The time has finally come. Im going to buy a brand new boat. Now dont
get the wrong idea, I know boats. I grew up with boats. I remember my
parents taking me on vacation when I was about 8 yrs. old to the
Florida Keys. Dad spots this 17 footer on the side of a building lying
on the ground, full of water. He stopped to look at that wreck every
day we were on vacation.
I cant believe I am doing this, dragging myself out of bed at like 4:00
AM on a Sunday morning to go fishing. All my buddies tell me its the
thing to do, a great time, gotta try it, youre missing out, etc. etc.
etc. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah I keep saying, but here I am, standing nude in
the kitchen before the world is even awake, waiting on the damn coffee.
It was a flat calm Tuesday night as we headed offshore in search of the
almighty swordfish. Recent reports indicated a solid bite of quality
size fish in the 100 to 300 lb range with most hits occurring in
1200-1500 of water. We had all been planning this trip for quite some
time and after numerous cancellations due to poor weather or having to
work late, we finally hit it off.
Last year, I took on an angling adventure unlike any other. Why I even
considered it is still somewhat of a mystery to me. Maybe it was
because we had a spell of rainy weather earlier that season and
consequently, I lost a number of trips. Either way, I did it. And trust
me when I tell you; I’ve kind of regretted it ever since.