While every opportunity to be on the water is special. Every so often, I get to experience anglers who make the trip extra special. I had the pleasure of fishing with a Dr. Dan Mintz and his wife Marge of Miami. Dr. Mintz is pretty special is his own right. His research and successes in the field of diabetes has has a positive impact on the lives of many.
Before our first trip together this last March, Dr. Mintz had taken a long hiatus from fishing ...something along the order of 20 years. He had enjoyed fishing this area many times in years past. With rod in hand, he told me stories of catching his first tarpon in the Houston river, snook in Faxahatchee Bay, redfish in Choko Bay and so on. Most of his stories were older than a lot of us have been around (here at least!!) He had some great (and funny) stories to tell about fishing with his favorite guide ... some guy named Captain Doug House. I could listen to him reminisce all day.
After the passing of his first wife, he met and married a very special lady, Marge. Marge was a self-described non-boater, non-fisherman. The key word is "was". Our first trip together was a "break-in" trip for Marge. Some quick action with some trout, a "look" a redfish and a bit of time in a rookery with the camera was just what the doctor ordered. It made for a nice comfortable time for all ... no pressure, no stress and lots of fresh experiences for our "newbie" Marge.
For his birthday, (just her excuse!) we fished together again. He caught his first snook in "over fifteen years", as well as, a tarpon ...yes, in the Houston River. He jumped off another tarpon and several other snook. Dr. Mintz had a great morning, but the real excitement came from our (ex) non-boater. She was an absolute cheerleader ... hooting and supporting her team all the way. Not to be left out, she was right there rod in hand. Marge even showed us something Dr. Mintz and I called the "tarpon cower" . That's something you do when you are looking through the zoom lens of camera as a tarpon streaks at you and then jumps right at the lens. A true tarpon cower is accompanied by a blood chilling shrill! They were a blast and according to Marge ... "will be back very soon". Marge is no long a newbie. Personally, I can't wait until their next trip.
Fishing has been very good. Both snook and reds are biting well. The fish are usually big so, it may take some patience to catch some in the slot. Expect it to be this way for quite awhile …especially if the baits stay around.
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