Key West does not change much. It's kinda like the movie ground hog day. Tourist come and go and in the marina boats come and go. Its always nice to see old friends as they pass through.We are still here. We have been taking guests out fishing for Yellowtail Snapper on the reefs or trolling for dorado out on the Rip offshore or free diving for lobster in the shallows of the surrounding keys.
I do have a new deck hand on board. Dan Condron is now my mate on board. I think he will fit in just fine. He's been a pleasure to work with over the past few weeks and I look forward to fishing with him for a while. I will have to work on training him to not eat so much... The boy can pound some food. I swear he has a bag of chips in his hand all day long.
About two weeks ago, the boss was kind enough to let my kids come down to get some lobster and fish with me. We had a blast. I took them out each day and they both caught plenty of lobster. We even went out and trolled for Dolphin and caught some nice ones. My kids have always been fish when they are in the water. I wondered if they would do well on lobster free diving having not done it for a few years. NO PROBLEM. Patrick was a machine in the water and seemed to catch more than anyone. Lauren on the other hand was hilarious to watch from the boat. When she was a little girl she use to sing and make all kinds of noises thru her snorkel... some thing never change. I never could understand what she was saying when she was catching lobster this last week. I think she was talking to the lobster.
In a couple of days We are doing a Tortugas trip. Everyone thinks that Key West is the last key or furthest west Key. But in reality the Dry Tortugas are the last islands in the Keys chain. The are 70 miles west of Key West. There is an old civil war fort out there and it is steeped with history. The fishing can be spectacular as well. I will write more about it in my next blog.
Originally Published by Captain Ed Thompson
|Running offshore on a slick calm day|
|Blue Heaven in Key West|
|Madalyn and Dan and I|
|Lauren with a nice Dorado|