Re: Fishing Chokoloskee with Lefty Kreh and Captain Bill Blanton

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Posted by Lefty Kreh on 2013-10-30 11:26:51 in reply to Fishing Chokoloskee with Lefty Kreh and Captain Bill Blanton posted by Dan Blanton on 2013-10-28 11:35:00

I met Dan so many years ago I can’t member the date. Living in Florida I think it was the late 1960s when his club invited me to give a talk. Dan called suggesting I stay over and fish a few days with him for stripers on the Bay near the airport. This was new territory to me and I jumped at the chance.

I met Dan, went to the club and the next morning before dawn we were on the Bay. I have fished the sub-Arctic and never been so cold. It was August and I always thought California was warm. That fog and sea breeze was colder than a prison warden’s heart.

After the sun came up I was back to near normal. We caught some big stripers when I received my second lesson about fishing there. We were well below the high bank and didn’t realize it was at the end of the runway. I heard a distant humming that gradually grew louder then this monster jet appeared several hundred yards overhead with engines going full blast. I fell flat in our little tin boat. Unfazed that damn Blanton was casually throwing flies at the shoreline.

It was the beginning of a lifelong friendship and we’ve been a lot of places together fishing and enjoyed every minute of it.

I’ve been fortunate to fish over much of the world and lucky to have caught well over a hundred species on the fly as well as using all other kinds of tackle. I’ll be 89 in a few months and have two weakened knees and long ago concluded more than 80 per cent of fishing—with any tackle—is who you fish with and the environment—the small rest of it is what you catch.

Chokoloskee was a perfect example. Fishing with Dan and Captain Bill Blanton—two guys anyone would want to be in a boat with was contentment.

Dan—thank you for sharing your friendship and life with me over all these decades.


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