May 6, 7, 8… Plan A was fishing with Davin in the Upper Keys. We’d just stake off, for three days, and wait for the fish to come to us. We’d be ultra patient and just let it happen. Davin has a friend with a boat, a good, broad, steady ocean-side tarpon boat. It was going to be three days of just that. Nothing else. Just staking off in Tavernier and waiting for the migrating tarpon to intersect with our stationary skiffness.
And then… I get a message. He’s out. Family thing. Nothing to be done.
So… what to do? Without a fishing partner, someone to split the house with, no boat and no guide… there wasn’t much of a trip left to be had. So… I pulled the plug. My every-two-year Florida trip just went away like it was never on the books at all.
I was really looking forward to that trip, but I am slightly consoled by the fact my wife readily accepted that this aborted trip would need to be replaced by some new trip. The balance sheet will be evened out.
The task before me is clear. I have to figure out where to fish. I have specifications, as we all do, although mine are maybe a bit more constrained than those of you without the present encumbrance of steady employment and young children. The trip needs to be something I can do in about 5 days, six in a pinch. I need it to be reasonably priced, which means there is almost certainly an element of DIY to it, although not necessarily. It needs to be on a week I don’t have custody of my daughter. It needs to not conflict with anything my wife has down on the calendar.
I’m open to suggestions.
A few possibilities I’m currently eyeballing:
- Grand Cayman to visit Davin’s island and have him show me where to find fish.
- Punta Allen for a mostly DIY walk-around, maybe points further south, maybe a lodge if the price is right.
- Back to Belize.
- I’ve always wanted to go fish Puerto Rico.
- Something like Acklins or Crooked.
Maybe July? August is probably out. September is a possibility, as could be early October.
Let the games begin. We’ll see where I end up.
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