The fishermen and the sea

I was always the guy you take fishing so you could catch two limits. I just never seemed to have a knack at fishing. Well that is all in the past now. Cecil and I took his boat and headed for the high seas, maybe not the high seas but the estuaries off of the Gulf of Mexico. We went to a place Cecil had seen a bunch of guys fishing on the previous day. After dropping our anchor we tossed our lines into the murky water. In a few moments I had my first catfish, about two pounds. We threw him back and continued to fish, catching several more cats between us. Cecil informed me it was time to move on to another fishing hole. We continued to catch catfish of which our count was up to about 20. Finally Cecil took me to his favorite fishing hole which I promised not to reveal to anyone. Not long after we dropped our lines in the water, Cecil caught an eight pound cat. Its head was almost five inches across and it was all his rod could do to pull that fat cat in. A short time later I felt  a pull of destiny on my fishing line. It quickly became apparent that there was something big at the end of my string as the clutch in the reel whirled in response to the pull of the submerged beast. Cecil coached me through the battle of wits which continued for several minutes. Finally we caught a glimpse of our prey as it dashed under the boat. Cecil readied the net and I negotiated my catch back to the side of the boat. With a quick jab into the water he netted the fish. It turned out to be a J ACK and weighed in at about eight pounds. I was now an official fisherman!   Check this monster out!

The next day we journeyed over to the Cypress Slough, which is a nature preserve in Fort Myers. We saw a mommy alligator and her cute little babies, lots of interesting birds and the destructive aftermath of wild pigs. Our guide, Jerry, a retired brain surgeon ( seriously), led us through the preserve with lots of New York humor and medical jokes. It was a good time.

Refections from the Cypress Slough

That night we drove down to the Naples pier to witness a spectacular sunset. Check these photos out.

Sometimes nature leaves you breathless
Cecil and Joyce before the sunset
Charlie and Sue waiting for the sunset

Time to hit the road again before we wear out our welcome.  Sue’s sister, Trish and brother-in-law Roger are renting a house on Sanibel Island, only one hour away so we packed up our gear and ventured over to spend a few more days in the glorious sun. Roger gave me several tours of the fantastic trails on Sanibel which are great for biking and hiking.  The beaches are some of the nicest beaches I have ever seen and the dolphins are everwhere.  Trish is recovering from knee surgery and is enjoying the warm weather, doing her exercises.

Trish cruising on her new bike

So here we sit, basking in the warm Florida weather, thinking of all our friends back in the dismal cold of West Virginia. On Saturday we will travel to Paul and Norma Weiss’s  and spend a few days there if things work out .  Paul and Norma have been under the weather so we are waiting to hear from them.

Sanibel's incredible beaches

Hope to see all our friends back home real soon.

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