I was asked what I wanted to do for father’s day, and I could think of nothing more relaxing than spending the day fishing and swimming with family at Hutchinson Island.
The day began with a walk along the beach before sunrise, where the tracks of a sea turtle were spotted. Looks like we just missed her.
After sunrise, we brought down all of the essential beach, fishing and snorkeling gear and setup to see if there would be a morning bite. As is typical in the summer, conditions were calm and the water was clear.
It didn’t take long for the rod to bend towards the horizon and line to start singing off the reel. I quickly picked up the rod, set the reel into gear and started what proved to be a spirited battle.
After a few minutes, a feisty jack crevalle was next to us in the water, where we picked it up, removed the hook and released it to fight another day.
The day was quickly heating up, and the excitement of the fish lead to the need to jump into the water to cool off.
With the fish bite slowing, we decided to grab the snorkel gear and start looking for sand dollars. We only had to swim 20 yards or so before we started seeing them all over the bottom.
We also made sure we scheduled in some time for the relaxation portion of the day, and took a break to get out of the sun.
As is typical with Florida summer afternoons, an approaching thunderstorm gave the cue to pack things up and move inside.
I ended the day with a mild sunburn, some great memories and a huge smile.