When a dark shape approached up the sandbank we had waded out on, it had us scattering for shallower water with thoughts of the toothy-ones. But actually it turned out to be an inquisitive Manatee. It was later joined by another and revisited several times during our session. Along with a couple of dolphin crossing the bar, it made for a unique and memorable obstacle to our angling.
Paul Dennis and I were using light lure tackle, while Paul Fenech covered the area with the fly.
We each had fish – including Florida Pompano & Leatherjacket Fish (Oligoplites saurus) – which combined with a celebratory beer afterwards, was a great result from a day filled with laughs and unforgettable scenery.
Couldn’t help but feel that this place would be an epic mark at first light. I pledge to return some day.