Loggerhead Love

I’ve always been an avid dolphin fisherman. I’m also a realist and I believe in what’s rational and reasonable, not imaginary. Let’s take silly superstitions for example, like the one about not catching any fish because someone brought a banana on the boat. What in the world does insignificant fruit have to do with offshore fishing? Really, it makes no sense. Good luck charms aren’t much better. Lucky fishing hats…lucky lures…lucky this and lucky that, c’mon…it’s all phony!


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Just a few short years ago, the old me believed the only place superstitions and lucky charms belonged were in children’s fairy tales. The new me has a different point of view altogether. Over the last few seasons, I’ve become a firm believer in good luck charms. So much so that I now find myself spending hours searching the high seas for my lucky sign. Every time I stumble across the special sight it turns out to be a great fishing day. It’s happened to me five times now so I have to believe.

Of all things, my lucky charm has turned out to be a pair of sea turtles fornicating. You know what I’m talking about. Nooky…boffing…humping…whoopee…rolling around in the hay or seaweed…call it whatever you’d like. It is not a sight I see often, two or three times a season if I’m really lucky, but when I do my heart starts racing and my blood starts pumping because I know what’s about to happen. You see, I’m not the only one interested in the sight of sea turtles getting it on. I’ve seriously lost count of how many dolphin I’ve hooked trolling around such X-rated sessions. Maybe the fish are hanging around to enjoy the show or maybe it is just coincidence. Whatever the case, where big sea turtles make baby sea turtles there are dolphin, and lots of them.

It’s a fact of life: sea turtles mate. They have to reproduce just like every other living creature in the ocean and they do it in a way that is common to all of us, with a pair of consensual adults snuggling tightly to one another for some period of time.

Florida waters are breeding grounds for multiple species of these gentle giants with loggerhead turtles the most common. While they comb the beaches for just the right spot to lay their eggs in the sand, the actual breeding process takes place in open water, and often directly on the surface under the basking sun. I guess there’s nothing like a steamy, midday romp.