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The Other Side.......of the State

Hello all,

Figure ill do a little memoir from Siesta Key. Luckily I have passed on to Drew that no matter what you can fish. At home it's bass from the lake, on the boat it's "Game On", and on Family Vaca, it's time to hit the surf and use the yak.

First off every year the Cuban Migration is in full effect as several Cuban Families invade Siesta Key over in Sarasota. One night one family serves the group of about 60 so you only cook once a week really. No work, school, or stress. Lots of bonding, naps, and fun (alcohol). Must admit, I started doing this when the wife and I started dating 17 years ago. She on the other hand has been coming for 32ish years. Same place, same group (but growing every time) and same time, every July Fourth. Since I started coming I would bring a couple poles and fish for/with the kids. About three years ago Drew took the torch from me and does his thing to include catching for the kids. But now he has the Fever and brought the 50II. Wants a big shark at night and a Tarpon from the yak. So, Paul style, here is a couple photos and writings from our days On The West Side.....

Day one:
No yak, a shark (sort of), a mixed bag and some pics for me.

His shark caught trying to get shark bait. LOL the irony.


His test subject for shark bait. Wound up releasing it since it didn't want to swim and his wasn't going to break out the yak yet.


No pics of the to small jacks it a couple cool pics.



And the sun disappeared.

Night for now

Edit: not sure what happened. I'll try to fix the pics tomorrow. On my phone for now and can't figure it out.
"Surreel Life"
2014 Seahunt Gamefish 25


  • Fi$h2nguyenFi$h2nguyen Posts: 7,804 Moderator
    Nice job man. Love me some surf fishing!

    Keeping busy while away from Florida
  • dpdashdpdash Posts: 5,359 Admiral
  • butts182butts182 Posts: 178 Deckhand
    Don't believe it is legal, but I heard baby sharks make the best shark bait!
  • Flight RiskFlight Risk Posts: 2,491 Captain
    Nice family get together Tony. What a nice tradition. It's about making great memories man. WTG!

    Pura Vida!
  • Serenity NowSerenity Now Posts: 442 Deckhand
    Thanks all. It really is about the memories and the lasting traditions of family. My daughter hasn't been able to attend as much as usual due to school and work but hoping she gets to come back again.

    Day two:
    I took the yak out as a test for Drew since we haven't really done the ocean yet. Wind picked way up after launching. Had to stay real close to shore and only managed a small pin fish and this one;

    The plan was in effect so had the wife pick me up at the public beach since paddling into the wind only kept me in place.

    If it lays down some I'm sure he will be doing it, if not I'll give it another go. A pod of tarpon rolled next to me but couldn't get to them so I know they are there.

    To all you Yakers out there my hats off to ya. I had plan to start trying it and what a workout.

    He went out after the storms but struck out. The effort continues.
    "Surreel Life"
    2014 Seahunt Gamefish 25
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