Saving An Iguana Four Miles Offshore

I was coming in from an offshore trip and I noticed a weird shaped object floating in the distance. All I could see were the multiple fins running down its back so I though it was some sort of palm frond, but it just didn’t look right. I ended up stopping and noticed that it started swimming. It was pretty crazy seeing this guy so far out. I have seen plenty swimming around the islands, but never one that far out. Most likely, because of the King tides that are occurring it got caught in one of the swift outgoing tides and got pushed out to sea. I was just inside the reef so it was close to four miles from land. Most likely it would have died out there as the current that far out would most likely push it East with very little chance of coming back inshore. But you never know and it could be it’s normal daily swim back and forth between Cuba and the US. Regardless, it was pretty cool see it trust me enough (versus dying of course) to swim toward the kayak and hop on. And then for it to just cruise along in the open water and then just as it saw the safety of the mangroves close by, it took a leap and swam to shore. Pretty cool.


The Car – 1997 Honda Civic Hatchback DX
The Motorcycle – 1997 BMW F650

The Kayaks
1) 2010 Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140.
2) 2012 Hobie Adventure Island w/ Outboard Motor Mount
– 2010 Suzuki 2.5 HP 4-Stroke Outboard
– Lowrance Hook-5

The Rods/Reels

1) 7′ MH Shimano Teramar, TMS-X70MH, Line Wt. 10-20lb, Lure Wt 1/2-1 1/2oz, Power: Medium Heavy, Action: Extra Fast
– Penn Conflict 4000
– Power Pro 20lb
– Power Pro 10lb
– Andes 15lb pink mono

2) 7′ H Shimano Teramar, TMS-F70H, Line Wt. 15-20lb, Lure Wt 1/2-2oz, Power: Heavy, Action: Med Fast
– Penn Conflict 6000
– Power Pro 65lb

3) 5’8″ XH Shimano Treval Jigging Trigger Rod, TVC-58XH, Line Wt. 80-200, Lure Wt, 160 – 270grams, PowerExtra Heavy
– Shimano Torium 16
– Power Pro 65lb

4) 7’6″ M Hurricane Calico Jack IM7, CAJ-457, Line Wt. 8-17lb, Lure Wt 3/8-3/4oz, Power: Medium
– Shimano Solstace 4000 FI
– Power Pro 20lb

5) 6′ Ande Tournament Stand Up Rod, ASU-601A SDRMH, Line Wt. 20-50, Power: Medium Heavy
– Shimano TLD-30A 2-Speed
– Power Pro 65lb

6) 6’6″ Shimano Trevala, TVC-66MH, Line Wt. 50-100lb, Jig Wt 50-100g, Power: Medium Heavy, Action: Medium Fast
– Abu Garcia 6500C3
– Power Pro 30lb

7) 7′ Shimano Trevala, TVC-70ML, Line Wt. 20-50lb, Jig Wt 55-135g, Power: Medium Light, Action: Medium Fast
– Abu Garcia 6500C3
– Power Pro 30lb

Plus a few other misc saltwater rigs that are used sparingly and some Bass rigs which I won’t use in salt water.

Cast Nets
-5′ 3/8″ Plastic enclosed weights
-6′ 3/16″ Super Spreader SS-1000 1 lb per foot
-7′ 3/8″ Mako 1lb per foot


GoPro Hero 4 Silver
GoPro Hero 3 Black
GoPro Studio Editing Software
Panasonic G7
-14-42mm F3.5-5.8
-20mm F1.7

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