Above is a shot of Tom wrestling with a large sand shark towards the end of the day. I threw this picture in at the top more or less to wet the appetite and draw folks into the article. Apologies for the out of sequence shot.The plane touches down in Ft. Lauderdale and they all take in some of the sights. There were a number of items on the “must do list” and getting in some saltwater fishing was about number 3 in the priority. A number of phone calls were made and they were put in touch with an excellent saltwater guide, Captain Tim Curtis of Commander Hawk. Commander Hawk has been guiding in this area for a while and knows the Southern Florida water very well. He offers fishing trips custom tailored to the customer’s desires. This trio decided to focus on the sport fishing side of the spectrum leaving the option open for a few table fish. While getting everything set up over the phone, our trio hung out with some of the locals.
After a few minutes in the shallows, they have enough pinfish to start casting for the bigger ones. In a few moments they run into sharks of various size and species. Below is the FanMan with one of the smaller reef sharks caught.
Above is Matt holding one of the nurse sharks caught. Below is a sand shark getting a quick hook removal at the edge of the boat. One mistake here and someone could be looking at a lot of painful stitches. Saltwater fishing is a prime example of a situation where it means so much to have a qualified guide. Captain Tim Curtis has nearly 30 years boating experience and has spent 10 of those years guiding in the Florida area.
Captain Tim Curtis
Pro Fishing Guide
3255 Duck Ave #8
Key West, Fl., 33040
Below is another photo of the large sand shark that was brought to the boat by Tom. Sand sharks get darker brown with age. The two photos show some of the contrast between younger and older of the same species. This fish was approximately six foot in length and released at the side of the boat. How cool is that? To catch a fish that could possibly eat you if it had the chance.
Later in the day the guide put the boat over an area and fished for grouper. Some explanation of technique, handling and great patience was expressed. They got into a couple and lost one really large one that just wouldn’t come off the bottom. Grouper are an amazing saltwater species that I am in immense of awe of by the way but then again I get that way about a lot of fish.