Tuesday and Wednesday I had an angler reschedule his trip due to the uncertain weather. We were specifically going to site fish permit with fly rods, but the storms had been coming very early and would likely cut out our light. As such, I pulled one the boats out of the water to do a little catch-up maintenance over the two days.
Mike Jenkins called me Tuesday night to see if he and his brother could fish a 1/2 day the following morning before they climbed on an airplane in Ft. Lauderdale to get back to New Orleans, LA. I had to make it clear that we had to make it a short day because of some commitments that I had made.
We left at 6:30 am planning to be back by 11:00. I am sure glad they called. The morning weather was great and by 8:00, both had released two small tarpon and Larry had just had his plug eaten by a Dinosaur!!! We were fishing 12 lb class line, 45 minutes into the fight, Mike began to realize that his cigar was getting small, his time to fish running out and his patience was thinning waiting on his brother to whip(?) this big tarpon. Sooooo ... Mike eased near to his brother and twanged him off by burning the line with his cigar butt!!!! As you imagine, both Larry and I were left there with our mouths open. Actually, Larry's had a lot of loud words mixed with foam and bits of his tongue coming out of his!!!!
After things settled down a bit, we began fishing again. Larry hooked a nice snook about 12-14lbs. You guessed it. Not only did he have to fight the fish, he had run all over the boat avoiding Mike's cigar. Mike won while I was reaching to land the fish. Larry and Mike really do look a lot a like when they are foaming at the mouth.
With paybacks made, we caught a few more small snook and made it back to the dock on schedule. The brothers scooted out for their flight, laughing all the way about their short but great trip. I am sure that this type of thing has happen before with these guys. Both had burn marks on their arms!!
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