ISLAMORADA, Fla. – I caught a blowfish today, and it’s not every day you can say that.
Actually, I caught several blowfish. No pictures, though. They’re nasty critters that can afflict some damage, I’m told, if you touch them, so I unhooked them quickly and sent them on their way.
Still … it’s not every day you can say you caught a blowfish.
I’m in the Florida Keys about 80 miles south of Miami with some friends from the North Country – Gary Moeller and Steve Martin of Baudette, Minn., and Jeff Greteman of Carroll, Iowa. Moeller arrived more than a week ago, while Martin, Greteman and I flew into Miami late Saturday night after a marathon day that saw me pull out of my garage in Grand Forks at 3:45 a.m. Saturday.
It was hot here today – too hot for my tastes – and there was absolutely no wind. That was a drawback to fishing success. We tried for tarpon for a couple of hours to no avail but managed to catch a mixed bag of fish, many of which we can’t identify. These we call “sea bass.”
We’ve caught a lot of sea bass in the past couple of days.
For a Northlander used to fishing walleyes, pike and catfish, this is quite a change of pace, but it’s also a lot of fun.
Grouper were the best thing going today. These fish look a lot like the largemouth and smallmouth bass we catch back home, and like freshwater bass, they put up a good showing on the end of the line. Grouper run as large as 40 pounds, apparently. I can’t even imagine what hooking a grouper that size would be like.
Tomorrow, we have a guide booked to take us into the “back country” to fish red fish, sea trout and who knows what else. I’ll keep ya posted.