Jose Wejebe “Spanish Fly” Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization under the tax-exempt code, and headquartered in Summerland Key Florida. The mission of the Jose Wejebe Spanish Fly Memorial Foundation is to honor Jose’s legacy by making fishing dreams come true for those who face life-impacting challenges.
“The Spanish Fly Spirit lives in all of us.”
Jose inspired me in so many ways. We all knew that Jose was a great fisherman, that much was obvious. But, what really struck me, was his willingness to stop and chat and really listen to what people had to say. In the midst of adoring fans and photo ops, he would block it all […]
When I first met Jose I realized he had a special ability to study the anatomy, habits and actions of fish, and would then adopt a technique to catch them. For example when he looked at a Tarpon he saw a fish with eyes and mouth turned upward. This told Jose a Tarpon likes to feed […]
Getting fish mounted brought in extra money from commissions. There was however a problem. Jose never liked killing a fish that wasn’t going to be eaten. Some anglers thought that a dead fish was essential to the mount—–WRONG. In reality the fish were measured and tossed into a dumpster. Jose talked to other guides, and […]
“Jose was all about sharing the fishing experience.” -Mike McKinnis, Co-Producer of Spanish Fly, and Director of the Jose Wejebe Spanish Fly Memorial Foundation I always claimed we had “front row seats” to the greatest show on earth. That show was the “The Spanish Fly!” Every trip was a dynamic display of talent, art and […]
Unlike my father, I’m not very competitive. Except for swim team, I didn’t participate in many sports growing up. When I was 9 I went to the Renaissance Fair in Marathon Key with my mom and dad. The fair has different entertainment, similar to what might have been found in Europe in the 17th Century. […]
October 25, 1983 was the day Jose became a father. I was two weeks late (which seems to be a common trait in the Wejebe family), so my mother was scheduled for a C-section. My father could not handle all the blood, so he excused himself and went to the waiting room. They decided early […]