Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Made it!!!

So after much effort and time I am finally in Key West with a flats boat. I bought the boat in Islamorada at the Islamorada Boat Center. If you are ever looking for a boat down here I would suggest that you give Jen a call.

I was lucky enough to have two friends with me for the maiden voyage of my boat. Even though the boat is only 17' having a couple of extra hands around was a big help when docking and navigating the narrow back country channels. We have mainly been tarpon fishing. Hooked a few and finally got one to the boat yesterday. Big fish that was probably close to 100 lbs. He was still a little green but I got excited and wanted to land this fish. We had chased him around for over an hour and a half already. I leaned over the rail of the boat and grabbed the leader. The tarpon was still keeping his head down and that big tail was moving from side to side. I was able to raise the fish and just when I thought I was going to be able to grab his bottom lip the line broke. !@#$!@ So no pics. That's alright. Probably a bit better for the fish. He did not hesitate to swim right off. All part of the learning process.

I have many more stories to write about but now I must pack and get ready to catch a flight later today.