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My Jersey Boys

As most of you might know personally its been a tough year for me on the health front.  After a very good and healthy 62 years on this planet the last two have been very much making up for it.  Whilst the three hearts attacks out of nowhere meant I very much had to change my life style I could still carry on nearly as normal.  However now with major problems to my immune system resulting in me being unable to fly any long haul we had some major changes to do with our  Fishing Holidays in the Florida Keys.  I have to say its going way better than we had hoped and with local Captain Drew at the helm the stunning fishing of the Keys keeps on going and even getting better mixing Drew’s over 10 experience with our 14 years of marks and methods.





Yes its been tough looking at all the photos of happy smiling anglers and all their fish the blue sky and my beloved boat all over 4000 miles away.  None more so than the smiling faces of one of my top crews  The Jersey Boys,  Rob Shipley has been coming from nearly the start and was not sure if this was his  12 th  or  13 th trip.  Over the years Rob and his crew have brought many a smile to my face and in my opinion just does the fishing thing so right.  Have a target fish but if the weather or conditions don’t allow plan  ” A  ”  go to plan  ” B ”  or even ” C  ”  most of all just fish and enjoy what you can when you can.  One of my regrets with my current health problems is all the days I could have gone fishing and did not go take heed.




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So this year’s target fish was Permit so a long time ago dates were picked and plans made not sure how it happened maybe having to take up to  12  tablets a day but ended up with a few days over lap with the next party so ended up having to put Rob on a friends boat for a few days.  This paid off big time and with the weather gods on his side I thinks its ok to say Rob and his friends well and truly smashed the permit and a great personal tarpon to round his trip off.  One thing is for sure if I ever needed a reason to get well and back to the Keys its to fish with Rob and the Jersey boys again thanks.

It’s that time of year

In  all many years now our  fourteen of doing Fishing Holidays in the Florida Keys the most coveted weeks are late April and early May often booking up years in advance. The reason being the migration of the iconic tarpon through the Florida Keys and the annual spawn of the famous permit on the wrecks just offshore.  Both fish the reason people have been coming to the Keys for many a years and many years to come.  Both fish now have new protection and the superb way sport fish are manged in Florida the fishing will only get better.  The only problem this year is that for the first time in nearly 20 years I am stuck in the  UK  to ill to fly some new hope however after recent operations and a somewhat larger than I hope muscle biopsy my team have a small lead and I am being transferred the main university hospital in Edinburgh so fingers crossed.





The only slight problem I have and slighty annoying one is that Capt Drew seems to doing just fine with out me we are in touch on a daily basis and Drew seems more than capable and with some help on the phone and internet all is going well and the photos are prof.  Drew seems to like fishing live mullet at night where I used to like early morning and crab but the other day with just two anglers he had a 2 for 2 evening you just cant ask for more than that.





Drew is also smashing PB’s both for the boat and groups of anglers just last week he had Kevin’s group and on one permit trip not one but all four anglers broke their PB’s for permit top marks.  On an other trip of the Shipley boys from Jersey not only did Rob have a near 100 lb tarpon but Chris had a boat PB  jack crevalle a 20 lb plus fish.  Knowing just how hard that jacks fight I bet that one pulled like a train and as we see Chris was more than up to the job stunning fish.  Keep the good work up Drew you will never know how much I wish I was there but when complaining to my doctors the other day one said  ”  stop bitching at least you are the right side of the turf ”  but boy I wish the turf was 4000 miles to the west.