It all started longer ago than most folks my age care to remember. We
were a dating couple on our first long weekend away together, and it
was Mary’s plan to take her 20 foot inboard boat after the “big ones”
some 30 miles offshore in The Keys.
I used to think boat shows were the most exciting events on earth. I mean, where else can you see hundreds of brand new boats of all shapes, sizes and colors in one place? Where else can you touch and feel all of the latest gear, gadgets, marine electronics and accessories under the same roof? Add in all of the eye candy, and I used to think spending a day at a boat show was like spending a day in heaven. I don't think that any more.
First off, let me say that I cherish every one of my clients dearly. Some I cherish when they step aboard, and some I cherish when they step off to go home. However, you probably have no idea what charter captains go through during some of these all-inclusive fishing trips. And I dare say that not all charter captains know exactly what I go through to make sure every one of my trips is a success.
Spend as much time on the water as full-time fishing guides do,
and you're bound to stumble across floating objects. Most of
these things are nothing more than worthless trash, but every now
and then, you'll find something of value. We've all heard tales of
boaters finding lost tackle boxes, rods, gaffs and coolers- even bags
of money and bundles of illicit narcotics all
aimlessly floating out in the middle of
Trimming your nose hairs with fly-tying scissors is a very bad idea. Not that any experienced angler would ever use a specialized fishing tool for such a mundane task. Only a complete idiot would stick a very sharp pointed instrument up his nostrils to chop follicles. In fact, that's what my wife asked me when I walked out of the bathroom with the red-stained Kleenex on my nose - "Are you a complete idiot?"
I constantly hear people remark how awesome it must be to be a
full-time charter captain. Granted, it does have its moments. But any
professional captain will tell it’s not always a bowl of cherries
without pits. Looking back, yes, I’ve had hundreds of successful trips
during my long career, but don’t think for a second there haven’t been
a few mishaps along the way. This one has to take the cake.