Our Veterans trip of 2013 was a success – 4 veterans and 2 days of fishing with Captain Shelby Bentley and David Moloney. On the first day we caught king fish, bonita, cero mackerels and 5 leadered sails. We also saw a bottle nose dolphin hunt a Bonito that was on the line.
On the second day, we were on the flats and conditions were windy, but we managed to catch some Big mangrove snappers for a big feast that night. Also saw a 10 bull shark come out of nowhere and try to grab a jack that was on the line. The shark stuck around for
a while and did the same thing but never succeeded.
Third day was complete with snorkeling off of Looe key. Visibility was great, and we saw a Tiger shark, but he didn’t try to grab us … luckily. The trip was with AJ Halley, one of the best spear fisherman around. One of the veterans evern overcame his fear of being underwater in the ocean.
Another cool thing about the trip?? One of our veteran’s heart beats twice as fast as the rate of a normal person, and this was the first time it had been steady and normal in 6 years. How is that for the healing power of fishing?!
Thanks to everyone that made this possible! More pictures are on Facebook.
Note from one of the Veterans:
“After 20 years, 12 hours, 30 minutes and 36 seconds of military service and traveling the world, all not for fun, it is very hard to be impressed by anything.”
– Diego H. Hurtado
SFC-E-7/ First Sergeant Ret.
100% Disabled Retired War Veteran
United States Army “AirBorne”
“We always hear people specially politicians say how thankful they are for our service and how important we are to our nation but their action never match the kind word. While participating in all the activities Jose Wejebe Foundation had for us, I could sense that the many people that we were served by were real and truly were Thankful for Our Service … As we interacted in the activities that were all off the chart in every way … We all could feel the honesty, excitement and true care in their conversation and the interactions with us was real.”