Saturday, April 07, 2012

by Robin

It is with great sadness that I have to post up the links about Jose' Wejebe's tragic death. My heart & prayers go out to his family. He was a favorite of ours on the fishing shows because of his love of offshore saltwater fishing and for his gentle spirit. He will always be a legendary hero to me.

"Jose Wejebe, who hosted Spanish Fly, a saltwater fishing show on the Outdoor Channel and formerly ESPN, died when his kit plane plummeted into a field near the runway shortly after take-off from Everglades Airpark. Wejebe is the registered owner of the plane, according to FAA records."

This link has a bit more updated information.

"Born in Cuba, he fled to Miami with his family after Fidel Castro’s revolution, according to his website. It was in Florida that he learned to fish alongside his father at 8 years old.

As a teen, Wejebe bought his first boat with the money he made working at a gas station, his official online biography states. He ultimately became a fishing guide in South Florida, from Biscayne Bay to Everglades City. Wejebe was living in the Florida Keys at the time of his death."

Here is a 5 minute taste of his style in the Spanish Fly show. He caught a tarpon only to have it chased by a bull shark.

Here is a 1:44 video of Jose fishing for mahi mahi. Nice aerial view of a weedline.

God bless

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