Fishing with Lefty

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Posted by Bill Blanton on 2013-10-29 10:39:28 in reply to Fishing Chokoloskee with Lefty Kreh and Captain Bill Blanton posted by Dan Blanton on 2013-10-28 11:35:00

It was really a special treat to fish with Lefty. I've heard him speak before and watched his videos, but this was the first time I ever met him personally.

If you spend any time in a boat with him, you're going to learn something. He's a steady source of tips about fishing, nature, casting -- you name it. All that information is conveyed in the most pleasant and humorous way possible. It makes the whole day extremely enjoyable as well as instructive.

This was the first time I'd seen him cast in person. He didn't fish very much, but, even sitting down to rest his ailing knees, he throws an incredible line. The cast is effortless, and the line seems to defy gravity, just uncurling fore and aft with the tightest loops you can imagine.

It was a great experience, and I'm grateful to Dan and Lefty for sharing it with me.

After Lefty went home, Dan and I had our own adventures. On the first day we fished alone, Dan caught more snook than anyone has ever caught with me on one day -- 38 -- most of them on Lee Haskin's excellent Slideball Slider fly. You can be sure I've ordered a bunch of them for myself.

On the second day, we had a Glades adventure with a large alligator. We were fishing a great shoreline in the backcountry when we spotted a big gator sunning himself in a clearing. His head was stuck up in the mangroves preventing Dan from getting a clear photo, so -- mistake -- I splashed the pushpole around in the water to get his attention. That worked: He left the shoreline and started following the boat.

For about 100 yards, he shadowed us, getting closer all the time. When Dan hooked a large redfish, the gator showed a good bit of interest and swam even closer, hoping for a snack. I made another pushpole mistake, slapping the tip down right in front of his, hoping to scare him away. Instead of spooking, he reared up on his legs in the shallow water, opened his big jaws and seemed to be saying: "You want some of me? Come on down here and try it!"

Fortunately, we landed and safely released the red with no problem. Eventually, the gator lost interest.

Great trip with great guys. Heard lots of good stories and stored up memories of ones to tell in the future.

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