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When a Dream Comes True part 2

Sorry yet again for the long delay between blogs – tarpon season just crazy.  One party nearly killed me with just short of 90 hrs guiding for the week, and when you add on boat preparation, rods and bait, it’s a long week.

John is doing a great job running Fish the Dream at the moment.  Check his blogs out atwww.riverworks.co.uk.  It was surreal the other day… John is no mechanic, so when we had a small engine problem I talked him through the repair with the aid of Skype and a web cam.  Well done, John!

Back to the title.  Now that guests are on multiple trips we are starting to get wish lists and one such recent group were Roy and Bill.  Roy has always wanted to catch a big king mackerel so on his last trip this was the mission, and despite going to all the right places and trying all the right methods, the big king was playing hard to get.  You now the saying, the harder you try the harder it gets.  Big kings often stay far back in the chum so with this in mind on our last trip a blue runner was placed way back and the rod just left in a rod holder.  Fishing all day we forgot about the rod but then all hell broke lose, fish on.  Roy has a lovely gentle approach to fighting fish and it works.  After a long fight the fish was boated at over 40lb – a big king.  Job done!

Now back to a more up to date note.  It’s nice after all my years in the Keys to find a new mark and this year we have found a pemit and tarpon mark well away from the dangers of the bridges.  It was on this mark, after a tough week of windy weather, that regular Lee Jasper had a near 30 permit.  Well done, Lee.

Footnote: oil, what oil?  The oil is hundreds of miles away, look at the maps, and is very unlikely to ever reach the Keys despite media scaremongering.  I am very sorry for the people in the northern gulf but luckily here in the Keys it shouldn’t be a problem.

Pics this blog are Roy’s mackerel and Lee’s permit.

Cheers, Rodney.