Light Tackle Fishing in the Upper Keys
What to expect in June…school is pretty much out and the summer has begun - a favorite time of year for most of us! The water is warm and we get to go to the sandbar and have barbecues.
The summer brings a different type of person down here to the Keys. A lot of people from Florida travel down to the Keys to do some fishing looking to fill their freezers with fish. It’s still a really good time to catch mahi mahi and the reef is always good for catching yellowtail snapper. Grouper season is open and there is a good chance of catching a few of those. Some even bring their kayaks down to fish or sight see, which leads us to our story…
A couple of weeks ago, we were out on the Hump fishing for tuna. We got lucky that day because we also caught a nice wahoo which isn’t something that happens every day. As we were coming back in from fishing we discovered three lone kayakers two to three miles offshore. They were totally lost! As I got closer, I saw that they were waving at me to stop the boat. I pulled up to find one of them, the father, in the water because his kayak had sank about twenty minutes prior. The wind had picked up and the waves started crashing over and onto the kayak and it went down. The other two, the mother and son, were in the second kayak which was quickly filling up with water and was about to sink as well. So we pulled up, got out our ladder and hauled them into the boat along with the one kayak still partially floating.
They told me that they had paddled to the Alligator Lighthouse (which is about 3.5 miles offshore) because the weather was so nice and they wanted to have lunch there. As they were coming back, the wind and waves picked up and the water filled their kayaks. They were a couple from up north and their son, who was about 15 years old, was autistic. They were very happy and thankful to see us that’s for sure.
We got them back to the dock and unloaded them and their one kayak. The father had to walk down the street to get his car and they loaded it up and thanked me. I think that if we had shown up any later, both kayaks would have sunk and they would have been in a lot of trouble. Someone was surely looking out for them.
We enjoyed our wahoo and tuna sashimi that night knowing we had accomplished something good.
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