Prologue Special Thanks to Mark Lewis (Hatidua) for referring me to Capt. Diego Toiran of Reel Smoker Charters down operating out of Cudjoe Key down by Key West. Diego was a VERY cool guy and one of my favorite captains I've ever spent time with on the water. Very laid back, down to earth and honest with you about everything. It was also comforting to learn that Diego once worked at the Miami Seaquarium which is where my friend, John, works as a senior Dolphin trainer; suffice to say, they quickly became friends talking about the their experiences diving in the dolphin, orca or reef tanks for cleaning - small world! He goes above and beyond the call of duty to get you on as many shots on hooking up with fish as possible and its those types of things I remember and take to heart. I appreciated it a lot Diego! Whenever I'm back down in the Keys, I'm definitely giving Diego a call. Maybe we'll be able to go out fishing again or maybe we'll just have some drinks and beers at the local fisherman's watering hole We had a good time Bro. -Brian Pyun _________________________________________________________________ So, I arrived in Ft. Lauderdale after a 2.5 hr delay in Philly taking off on sunday night. We arrived back in Miami at my friend's apartment finally around midnight and took the rods/reels out of the before we went upstairs to unload my luggage My friend and his roommate had already purchased 5 dozen live shrimp for me to fish the night away so we were ready to fish off the Miami Biscayne Bay sea wall for a few hours. The Mangrove Snapper are spawning right now so the bigger fish are coming inshore and into the bays. You can find see/some nice sized 4-5lb'ers right near your feet when fishing rocky outcropings that serve for excellent light tackle action as well as a great dinner. So we began picking away at some smaller sized Mangroves and French Grunts with a few cut offs from baby Cudas here and there. Finally after an hour, my friend John hooks into one that take a little drag to get in. It's a nice sized 2.5lber and we have our first fish in the ice box. A few minutes later, I have a hard bite and the line is screaming once again on my Quantum Catalyst 20PTs reel with 10lb Sufix braid, 20lb Yozuri Fluorocarbon and a 7ft MH Temple Fork Outfitters 3pc Travel rod. Fought it for about 3 minutes and finally had my first larger sized Mangrove (3.5-4lbs) on the deck!!!