September 2, 2011

Hurricane Irene kept many of our clients scheduled to fish with us stuck at home.  Combined with the effects of back-to-school, we had a pretty quiet week. 

However, the SeaSquared did host two families for shark fishing adventures, a couple from California for a trip to the reef and a family from Illinois for Dinner and a Show.

Please scroll down and read all the reports.  Click on the links for more information and pictures.

Speaking of Hurricane Irene, we hope you enjoy our thoughts on storms, friends you don't know and social media.  Please read more below.

Finally, we hope you have a great Labor Day weekend filled with family, friends and fun!  For many of you, it signals the end of summer.  But not for us here in the Keys, where it's summer all year long.  Come join us!


Until next time ... tight lines! 


Capt. Chris and Christy Johnson

SeaSquared Charters

Marathon Florida Keys


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This week's catches

Hook, line and dinner for the Rohe clan

The Rohe family, from Palos Heights IL, had a blast doing dinner and a show Florida Keys stye!    Read the full report ...  



The Akesson men - plus Mom - return for more shark wrangling


They got two sharks last year.  This year ... fifteen!   Read the full report ... 



Two guys + 16 sharks = tons of fun


When Thane Forthman called to book his shark fishing charters, he asked if there was a decent chance his son would actually catch one.    Read the full report ... 
Mission accomplished!


On their second day of shark fishing, Thane and Jake Forthman wanted to catch a lemon larger than the 87-incher they caught on Monday.   Read the full report ... 

Mike and Laura were selective in what they kept

Mark and Laura Wesselmann chose to keep only the largest yellowtail snapper they caught ... Read the full report ...


Hurricane Irene 
Gone, but Not Forgotten

As many of you know, we relocated to Marathon from the Jersey Shore in November of 2004.  During our first full year here we lived through four full-blown hurricanes.  Although none made a direct hit to our string of tiny islands, Hurricane Wilma in late 2005 created a storm surge and flooding that devastated much of Marathon and the surrounding areas.

Since arriving here, we've had brushes with more storms than we can remember.  It just goes along with living in the Florida Keys, and you get hardened to it.

So, we watched with angst and anticipation as the Seven Mile Bridge was dead center in the cone of uncertainty for Hurricane Irene.  Relief set in when she made an abrupt turn north.

But, that relief was short lived. 

Often when hurricanes make the northern turn, they continue out into the Atlantic with no effect to any land mass.  But, Irene was a fickle bitch and barreled toward the Carolinas with the fury of a woman left at the alter.

We all know what happened from there. 

With family and friends at the Jersey Shore, in New York City, Long Island, Maine and New Hampshire - not to mention dozens of clients in every state on the Eastern seaboard - we spent the weekend glued to The Weather Channel.

Eager for images and information, we were mostly disappointed with the lack of any in depth knowledge of what was happening.

Facebook saved the day!

As if the Facebook gods heard us - wham - there was a page called Jersey Shore Hurricane News

Created by Justin Auciello and his buddies, the page has run a non-stop stream of photos and bulletins.  Beginning with live reports during the storm and continuing now through the clean up and recovery.  From road closures, power outages and flooding ... to where you can get a generator, free water and other supplies. 

To quote Justin, "It has certainly been an insanely rewarding -- yet crazy tiring -- week. I'm so overwhelmed by people helping each other. It's very special."

And, that's what impressed us most.  The outpouring of help residents throughout New Jersey are offering one another.  Folks offering products and services to their neighbors with no expectation of anything in return. 

While creating great harm to property and even some deaths, Hurricane Irene - through the power of social media - may also have fostered a lot of new friendships. 

A powerful lesson not only during times of distress, but a great way to live your life everyday!
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Tune in to the Travel Channel this Sunday, September 4, at 6pm EST to see your favorite charter Captain and crew!


Back in July, we filmed a shark fishing segment with one of the Travel Channel's production companies.  It has become part of a show titled Florida Beach Weekend.

"From shark fishing in the Keys to a beach bash in Miami, explore the coolest things to do on a long weekend UP AND DOWN the Florida coast for guys, girls and couples."

We hope you will tune into the Travel Channel this Sunday!  Please check your local listings for air time.  Mark your calendar and set your DVR!   


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In This Issue
TRIP ADVISOR: Please post your SeaSquared review
Hook, line and dinner for the Rohe clan
The Akesson men - plus Mom - return for more shark wrangling
Two guys + 16 sharks = tons of fun
Mission accomplished!
Mike and Laura were selective in what they kept
Hurricane Irene
Reminder: We're on the Travel Channel
Fishing Links

Daily Fishing Reports


Monthly Fishing Forecast


Marathon Family Fishing


Florida Keys Shark Adventures


Florida Keys Fish Identification


Florida Keys Fishing Calendar


Florida Keys Fishing Regulations


Secrets of Fishing the Florida Keys


Charter Information
Vacation Links

Marathon Vacation Planning Guide


Sunset Cruises


Cook Your Catch




Custom Lobster Trap Art


Our Friends


Florida Keys Mile Marker Tour


Casting for Charity


Conch Republic Non-Stop Trop-Rock Jukebox


Islands of Marathon Pictorial


Lodging with Preferred Rates for SeaSquared Clients


Marathon Weather


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