I am a life long fisherman; I have been fishing since I can remember, with small and big breaks here and there of course. By all means I am just a fisherman that loves to travel where ever I can. I have started my bucket list of places and things to do. I hope you enjoy what I post and remember that you can enlarge any picture by just clicking it.
The first thing I remember about fishing is doing so with my cousins every summer. We would use an old dark wine bottle, we would make a whole in the back of it and then filled it with rice and dropped it near the shore, we would wait for a few minutes and when we came back it was filled with sardines (the bait of choice for my cousins) we would catch some nice snappers on them. From there I fished with my father and his friends in many different places whenever they took me. When I was 15 I moved to Florida and I fell in love with its shores and the great fishing. In about 1985 I would go to a pier near by and would cast a spoon to get small cudas that I would later eat or use for bait, Mike, one of the pier attendants would always joke with me and would scream ” Hey, Cudaman when you going pay and fish the pier?” Hence I got me a nick name. Back then I loved catching Snook, Jacks, Macks, Permit, and small Sharks (what ever I could catch on a 6/0).
Fishing has always brought great things to my life, in the 80’s while in High School I was a kid getting in trouble all over the place, but then I met an amazing girl that got my attention but it took a bit for her father to like me better. After I brought him a few snook I was in the game and was allowed to go out with his daughter, LOL. I was so focused on her and fishing that I became a trouble free young man. I have been married with her for over 28 years now.
I have 2 daughters and a son, during the 80’s and 90’s I took them fishing with me while they were still in their strollers. When they started walking they would kill my sardines and sand fleas, they loved doing that. But that changed as they became my bait suppliers. In the 90’s I bought an 18’ Sea Squirt bay boat and would occasionally take my kids fishing with me, one of my memorable times was when we stayed in the Florida Keys for about 2 weeks and got burned to a crisp by the sun. There was great fishing there and they had a lot of fun. As they grew older and found friends they would no longer fish with me, the growing up thing happened. In the late 90’s I was laid off my job where I worked for 13 years as a grocery warehouse supervisor so I was forced to go to college (no one would take me for just experience) I was also forced to sell my boat and I practically stopped fishing for 3 years. Then after graduating I couldn’t find a job because I was over qualified, WHAT? Well I did find a job way after. Everything went a bit more stable and I was able to fish again. So if in these tough times you are experiencing problems, don’t worry it will all be ok.
Into the fishing again; one day out of nowhere my son got the itch so I took him to an old fishing ground of mines and reintroduced him to fishing again, Bear Cut bridge in Key Biscayne Florida, that night he kicked my butt . He caught 17 pinfish against 2 three pound snappers that I got. A few weeks after I took him to another bridge where we caught lots of blue fish, of which I put one on my 6/0 and one on my Penn 8500. The spinning reel got hit and my son 12 years old by then picked it up and almost got pulled under the bridge, he was like” MAAANNN THIS IS BETTER THAN PAINT BALLING” After that we went to basically all of my old shore bound fishing grounds, it was fun while it lasted, he is now married and in the US Army and basically just stopped going fishing with me since he is no longer close by. But I am glad to say all my kids would at least go fishing once a few months with me. I now dedicate my self to fishing for big fish if I can find them.
Now that you know me a bit better, you know that I am just a simple fisherman that loves his family. Hopefully I will be able to start fishing more often and will be able to visit many places. I decided to start blogging so I can keep track of my fishing in a better way and won’t have to be searching forums where I dropped the last report. This has led to writing information of places I visit plus things I have done and so I am sharing those too along with some pictures and at times some videos. My intentions are always of good behavior and always hope that I can help someone. I always learn something new and hope you will like my reports and adventures and at least learn a thing or two from them.
Thank you for stopping by,
Herbert AKA “Cudaman”