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Welcome back

Its great to have my near neighbor and friend Mark Cuddigan and his wife Amanda from Northumberland back on their second Fishing Holiday in the Florida Keys Mark and Amanda live at East Flodden Farm and I live at West Flodden Farm.  They have brought their friends Pru and James for the full on Florida Keys fishing experience and boy are they throwing them in at the deep end.  For once the weather gods have been kind very few newbie crews have their first day 28 miles offshore on the tuna grounds there were lots of fish a bit small but as they say they dont half hang on.  So with the offshore box ticked the next day it was the shark box to tick which means a fun stop at the mackerel grounds then on to bay wrecks.  Had a bit of trouble finding a free one but after nearly 20 experience out here I have lots of plan B’s so we were soon on fish and the girls lead the way with some serious blacktips always fun with their jumps and runs.

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Their last trip Amanda had a very good bull shark at Bahia Honda so float plan for yesterday was load up with fresh mackerel, and have to give the bait fishing to Pru who well and truly trounce the boys then off to see if we could nail a big boy.  Tide a bit slow on arrival but we had on very frisky nurse shark who at nearly 200 lbs even made us throw the pick and chase through the bridge but fun and a good starter.  Nice bit of lunch and ice cream at the cafe so cool to tie the boat outside the cafe then off as the tide started the best north run.  An other large nurse and a few missed spinners then the Amanda was into something very big and very unhappy not sure how long but we were following all over the place and I was sure it was one of Bahia Honda’s bulls.  Well skip was very wrong and even I was surprised on the leader pull a stunning hammerhead their is just no stopping this girl who all on her own nailed this near 300 lb shark just what’s the encore.