Milestone Reached

My boys have basically grown up on the forum, now they are 12/15. My youngest, Jack, in the last couple of months has been really into catching a snook, so much so that I've been told he HAS to catch one by his Birthday, end of Oct. We have gone to the beach looking for the mullet run, hit the inlet, tried some bridges but no luck. I've caught hundreds of snook down here but it has been 15-20 since I've done much of it and I didn't really have alot of confidence. I bought him a 4' cast net a couple of years ago that has been collecting dust, but last month he got interested in it again. He googled Jose Wejebe, watched him throw the net and went out and taught himself how to do it, all on his own. Before school in the morning he's throwing it in the pool, in the yard, practically everywhere. I was pretty pumped up about that effort and last week I took him out and he got his first mullet on his own, but still no snook.

So Sat night, I told him I would take him out in the whaler and give it a try. We got tied up at a dinner, didn't get to Port Everglades until 8:30pm, I figured I would just buy some pilchards and have at it, no luck, they were out. Now what, no live bait so off we went in search of some mullet. After an hour or so, I was able to catch 2 so off we went to start slow trolling them, hoping for a tarpon or snook but would have been happy with anything. Mine got cut in half by a cuda withing 15 minutes so we were down to one bait. He feels a tug, immediately drops back and sets the hook. No jumps, but it seems to be pulling hard. After a few minutes it starts to really dog and pulls him to the gunnel a few times. Had to spin the boat a couple of times to keep it out of the motor. Up pops a monster snook! We both couldn't believe it. He was so excited I'm surprised you couldn't hear him yourself. We scrambled for a camera but could only come up with my crappy blackberry. Took a few shots and measured him, 36", well above the slot. For a split second, the thought did cross my mind that we were only 1/4 mile from the ramp, it's 9:45pm on Sat night, we could keep it and nobody would know the difference but immediately I knew that is not the right thing. We revived it, he kissed it on the lips and sent it on it's way. He was still beaming when 3 minutes later, blue lights light us up! FWC must have seen the excitement and came over to check us out. We showed them the pics and told them the story and they were giving him high fives. Of course, it was a valuable teaching moment as well, always do the right thing! I'm not sure it could have gone any better. Us doing it on our own and him doing everything on his own made it that much sweeter.

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  • jjimenez1jjimenez1 Posts: 129 Officer
    Awesome, awesome job. Congratulations to Jack!
  • miami muttonmiami mutton Posts: 1,100 Officer
    Very nice Adventure. You did the right thing and taught him well, i don't fish for snook much anymore but know a few spots and I can give you a few tips that would be helpful to put him on more productive trips.i'll pm you in a few. Love to see the joy in his face,i have two of my own and when they were younger they did their share of snooking.
  • tailchaser16tailchaser16 Posts: 652 Officer
    With that kind of luck you should have loooked for more mullet.
  • ProfessorOProfessorO Posts: 259 Deckhand
    Doug, thanks for sharing such a priceless moment with us and nice fish! Way to do it Dad!!

    When I was at Harvard entertaining some of the world's leading scientist after a hard day of work, one question I would always ask them was, What would you have done differently in your life? Just about everyone's answer was they would have spent more time with their kids. Time flies by too fast, my little baby is now a sophomore at the U, and I am so happy for all the time and fishing we spent together. cheers, O
    The goal of scientists is to maximize what we know of the real world by using the mathematical world to optimize the information from the observed world.
  • ResinheadResinhead Posts: 9,717 Admiral
    Great story. Remember... their always watching.
  • LobstababeLobstababe Posts: 280 Deckhand
    Very nice Doug....sorry we didn't hook up for diving. My boys love diving and are 15 so we have to get them out together to catch us some bugs!
  • snooknreds2snooknreds2 Posts: 514 Officer
    ProfessorO wrote: »
    Doug, thanks for sharing such a priceless moment with us and nice fish! Way to do it Dad!!

    When I was at Harvard entertaining some of the world's leading scientist after a hard day of work, one question I would always ask them was, What would you have done differently in your life? Just about everyone's answer was they would have spent more time with their kids. Time flies by too fast, my little baby is now a sophomore at the U, and I am so happy for all the time and fishing we spent together. cheers, O

    That is the truth there! Although mine is only two years old, I still dont know where the time has gone, it just fly's away!


    On a side note, WOW, this comment makes me realize just how old I am getting! Really hard to believe that yours is that old already
    A lazy fisherman is a boater!!
  • snookyjsnookyj Posts: 1,687 Officer
    Good Stuff Doug!!! I've been on this forum a long time and remember your kids when they were lil guys!!! Congrats to you and your son!!!! Thats a SLOB!!!
  • Linesider41Linesider41 Posts: 271 Officer
    Way to go Jack!
    I was twice your age before I caught one that big.
    Now go get some more!
  • Linesider41Linesider41 Posts: 271 Officer
    Way to go Jack!
    I was twice your age before I caught one that big.
    Now go get some more!
  • TRalphTRalph Posts: 87 Greenhorn
    Great stuff and congrats! Jack.... And time on the boat with your kid is all you really want to keep!
  • Spear'em!Spear'em! Posts: 177 Officer
    Great Job! I hope Mr. Plantman :USA:angel:USAsome sees this post!!!
    He would be super proud to see his boat passing on the love the ocean and passion for fishing to the next generation!
    I'm sure the boys with be spearing hogs in the islands very soon!
    Make sure to tell them of his legacy!
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