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Charlie left his cell phone at the condo for
the morning and bested his personal record of 185 with this 200 on the
very next drift post Brian's 185 (see next image).
once said “life’s like a box of chocolates----not sure whacha gonna
get”. And so too, true of fishing in the Giant Tarpon Capitol of the
World. Presenting bait in the thick masses of fish here could yield an
average 100lbs. or test world record fish exceeding 200lbs.
have subsided and further acted to cool the water some seven degrees.
The fish have returned in record numbers and sizes. In fact, there are
more fish here now than at any other point this year. Most impressive
is the number of smaller fish mixed in with the sexually mature
giants. A sure indication, the fishery is strong, growing stronger,
and is second to none in the world
much to report. We are slammin’ them in typical peak season
fashion. Enjoy the images and a short personal experience to
my years in this business I have been fortunate to meet many
quality people, from many walks of life. Every so often some
become close personal friends. Through the years, many life long
memories are created. Close affinities are created in a unique
combination of character, class, style, persona, loyalty, shared
revelations and jointly created memories---among others. To you
all- thank you. There is one friendship that stands alone
established by an act of God that we survived together many years
back. When Greg Crouch comes to town each year, I think back to
those life’s experiences that we all share that makes you
think------life is good.
Dawn Stone seizes a photo opportunity as Bryan (aka
Crosby"---right aft) takes a breather after landing this 185.
But wait a minute fellas--- while you
were in flight---Dawn has this giant statement to make
Good things will happen to good people and what goes
around---comes around. Crouch has the karma thing going on and his
week in 2002 was no different. There are so many good stories to
tell of his group of close friends this past week. After 3 years
and on his 50th birthday, Ross finally hooked and
landed his own fish (3 in one day as a matter of fact). Eliss was
proud as a peacock with his newly discovered “lap dance” fighting
technique. Charlie left his cell phone in the condo and broke his
200lb. mark. Robert was still going at it the hard way---and found
himself writing an “ IOU” for 2K after a series of “double or
nothings” with me in a contest of the first fish landed during a
couple of multiple boat days. Greg got promoted (or demoted?) from
2nd mate to “technical adviser” after a slight over
drag adjustment after we cut the line on a blown up rod and
successfully spliced it to another setup. Bryan (AKA “Crosby”) got
a little too much sun and was well worn after his best to date of
185lbs. Dawn Stone (“female tarpon extraordinaire”) near showed the guys
up as she relentless fought fish after fish with grace, a smile
and begged for more.
There are few days to my recall that can come anywhere near what
we experienced yesterday. Our first 7 drifts yielded 5 fish and in
4 hours 16 drifts totaled out at 9. In even a more pure and raw
event, Brian doubled over and landed a fish that went 185. On the
very next drift Charlie ousted him with a 200. The team was in the
“zone” in one of most memorable experiences in my entire career.
All of this as Greg sat the morning out at the condo to give Brian
and Charlie more time on the water before departing Boca at noon.
Happy birthday “brother man, from the other land”. We think of you
everyday and your esprit is forever within our souls. Love.
Bill Meyer (left) is all smiles after
landing this brute and I get a pat on the back from Dan Anderson
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