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Final count down

Only a couple of days to go and I will be returning to the UK, to see my family and to join the “riverworks” gang once more………

This past month has been the adventure of a life time, I remember when Scott and I first visited “Fish the Dream” and met Rodney and Helen it must have been at least five years ago, and back then the fishing was nothing short of awesome, the learning curve was off the scale and its getting better, fishery management at its finest…….

After I don’t know how many trips, Rodney asked me if I would mind lending a hand on the odd occasion….Being asked to help out one of the finest sport fishing operations in the Florida Keys, Thank you Rodney!

I mentally divided the trip into four sections, firstly time with Rodney and the boat, I think five days boat re-cap, radar, navigation etc and of course a little fishing……and the running of “Fish the Dream” guest accommodation, tackle rigging and how to wash, hoover and run the whole operation…..electronics and engine maintenance………

Secondly Adrian and Neil arrived to test my guiding skills to the absolute limit, these guys fish to the extreme, as many hours as they could mentally fit in, and as the weather was on our side, that’s what we did, they returned to the UK as I said having never experienced fishing like they had just taken part in……and they bought a fine bottle of wine for our last supper!

The third part of this adventure, the arrival of a party of four, with one goal, to catch their first Tarpon…….

I was an engine down and a little stressed, Skype came to the rescue, laptop and web cam, and Rodney back in the UK was able to talk me through the repairs before their arrival…….

All went extremely well, they had a cracking time, and despite an increase in the wind speed making fishing conditions a little tricky, they had some cracking fishing and David and Colin were thrilled to release their first¬†Tarpon to just over the magical 100lb mark as well as a number of Sharks up to about 200 pounds out in the Gulf, as they said “we will be back”……

And now the final count down, I have just spent two days cleaning down, the guests accomodation, ready for the next group, boat jet washed and spotless and in between I found time to catch a 4oz Pin fish on a mayfly nymph………Maybe a Bonefish on the flats before I fly home on Tuesday, oh a large G&T and some sleep………