The past week was spent cleaning out our house and yard as well as lending a hand to our neighbors and friends whom hurricane Mathew did a number on. While the island community has come together to help those severely affected by the storm, there is still so much to do and many people will be permanently affected in many ways. The docks at Palmetto Bay Marina which had been my home away from home for more than 2 decades no longer exist, and the future is uncertain. Harbor Masters Jason Wheeler and Nate Jones of Shelter Cove and Broad Creek Marina have been so kind and gracious over the past couple of weeks and have helped many boaters and fisherman find safe harbor and slips before and after the storm. I cant thank them enough, and they are indicative of the types of folks that you want to be associated with and call your friend. I’m very blessed that our house was spared and that damage to our yard and vehicles was minimal. Others weren’t so fortunate. The boat is in the water and I will be fishing for another couple of weeks but will most likely end the season after the Bull Reds leave which is usually around early November. Feel free to give me a call and I will give you the latest fishing update. If I’m not fishing, I will be happy to refer you to one of several great guides whom I have much respect for and who are good company to wet a line with. As far as the 2017 season goes, only time will tell.