BE­FORE THE STRIKE

Big-game hap­pen­ings on and off the wa­ter

Marlin - - CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS -

Once a high-fly­ing pri­vate cap­tain whose world re­volved around catch­ing blue marlin in ex­otic lo­cales, Capt. Brad Simonds has gone back to his roots. He now lives in the lower Keys and owns a 43-foot Tor­res, South­paw, which he has been char­ter­ing out of Stock Is­land for the past 16 years. While fish­ing through­out the Caribbean dur­ing the hey­day of the sport might sound dreamy, the long stretches away from home slowly started to grate on the nerves. As many who start their own busi­nesses will attest, Simonds grew tired of an­swer­ing to some­one else. So he bailed on a life of ul­tra­com­pli­cated yachts, bot­tom­less-bud­get op­er­a­tions and a travel sched­ule that many would kill for to en­joy the sim­ple plea­sures of run­ning his own rig for hire in the Florida Keys and sleep­ing in his own bed each night.

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