Cool Weather; Hot Fishing for the Kids. As a charter guide, some of my most memorable trips have been with families. A child experiencing the outdoors with their parents is perhaps the most rewarding part of this job. While I still get excited when I catch an angler's eyes as he first realizes that he has been dumped deep into his backing, few things top the joy of a child catching fish with their dad. I was the fortunate witness to this over the weekend while fishing with John Driscoll and his son, Kyle.
We had hoped to start the day with a scouting flight over Everglades National Park. However, the influx of relatively moist air over the weekend combined with the cool morning temperatures left a blanket of radiation fog over the island and near shore waters. This made for a very cool morning ride. However, the day soon gave way to a crisp, but breezy, bluebird day. With the stiff breeze and the trip being geared to the youngster, we fished amongst the near shore islands.
The catch consisted of the typical "winter mix" of trout, ladyfish, jacks, snapper, sheephead, redfish and small grouper. With dad throwing deceivers with his fly rod and Kyle tossing live shrimp under (in) the trees, the score early on as announced proudly by Kyle was … Kyle - 14 and Dad - 2. The score keeping soon ended.
Sight fishing was tough in area we were fishing. The morning fog lifted into low-lying stratus layer that delayed the warm-up of the shallow waters so few fish moved before the water got too deep. However, the creek fishing was very good (especially for Kyle) and made the day.
The trips with dad and son are some of the best. So those of you who anguish at leaving the kids at home … Don't … Bring them along. Please!
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