Cult of Personality: Captain Ron Teke
The rainbow was directly in our path and once we reached the base, it surrounded us. Sun rays illuminated every drop of the cascading mountain rain making the array of rainbow colors pulse. People were pulling over to take pictures and bathe in the colorful Colorado scene. Everyone seeming equally amazed. My partner Dianne Scott and I, were on our yearly Breckenridge, Colorado hiatus away from the Florida Keys and on our way to see good friends Captain Ron and Tania Teke for dinner and interview. They live one town over in Silverthorne. I could understand why they chose this place. For almost forty years, Colorado has been their primary home but since 2002, they spend half the year at their other home in Key Colony Beach, Florida. This snowbird captain is an easy candidate for the Cult of Personality. As Tania served the beef stroganoff, Captain Ron filled us in....
When was your first visit to the Florida Keys?
“Sometime in the late 80’s we had come down through an invitation by my sister-in-law’s father Ted Gray. We went tarpon fishing and were very successful. We didn’t come back for ten years mainly because of our love of Baja, Mexico. Our time was spent there thinking it was where we would end up living in retirement.
What brought you back the second time?
“I was looking for a boat and drove down alone without Tania eventually finding one to take back to Colorado. It took awhile before I found what I wanted. I still have the same boat to this day that I keep here on the property.
When did you finally decide to buy a home in the Florida Keys?
“I had brought my construction crew from Colorado to the Keys for a bonus vacation and realized that it was much safer than Mexico. It was always a dream to live there but the crime was getting out of hand. The Florida Keys are still a part of the United States and that is what made up our minds.
Why Key Colony Beach?
“Our first try was actually in Islamorada and the deal fell through. As a builder, I always expected to find a property to renovate but our house in Key Colony Beach had just been built. That was in 2002. It was an easy choice.
What kind of fishing are you best at as a Florida Keys Charter Captain?
“I have two specialties, one being flag yellowtail snapper fishing and the other being offshore in the blue water for dolphin, sailfish and tuna. I’ve been a global offshore tournament observer in the past.
What does an offshore tournament observer do?
“I traveled all over the world basically riding around with professional bluewater fishing crews during competitive fishing tournaments making sure the rules were followed. During the tournaments I also learned how some of the top teams ran their baits and spreads. I was there when they hooked up big fish. The education was amazing and has helped tremendously on my charters.
When will you start running fishing charters in the Florida Keys
“Mid-December through June. We are in the process of selling our Colorado property so we can make Key Colony Beach our year round home.”
I spent the day fishing a reservoir with Captain Ron on the exact same boat he had bought years ago down in the Florida Keys.
Casting at rainbow and cutthroat trout on a breathtakingly calm day was a treat, but actually stalking them like bonefish was something only an educated charter captain like Captain Ron Teke could pull off. The fish were from 5-15 lbs. and cruising a clearly visible bottom. They reacted well to streamers presented with the fly rod. Within plain view, they would aggressively stalk the fly adding to the adrenalin rush. Sight casting to trophy trout is not a normal scenario for Colorado reservoir fishing, but then again there’s nothing normal about this member of the Florida Keys “Cult of Personality”.
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