ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Adventures of a Storm 13 Miles off Miami

Updated on September 4, 2011

Power of the Storm

When you go out with your family on a day for fun and for fishing in the ocean, then you never expect the worst to happen. It is about being ready to ride in a boat on the ocean. The boat we were in was a 14 foot speed boat that my father had put new fiberglass over a massive hole in the front left side of the boat. That made me always feel just a little insecure about the former hole. It makes you feel like a hole will spring up in the middle of the ocean. My father had no worry about it.

The experience of the sea, and looking into a crystal clear ocean about 100 feet below your boat,and knowing how small you are in comparison to the depths of the ocean. It was the wonderful feeling a little girl had of seeing it for the first time at sea. I am not talking about myself but my sister. She was only about four years old at the time. I think this was her first trip out in a boat on the ocean. I had been out many times before with friends and family, but this time was just a bit different. 

I could look down in the water and see fish so large that beneath the sea they look to be hundreds of pounds. You wonder will they bite my hook,and what would I do, if they did get on my line.  My family was actually anchored near the reef. We traveled toward a place off the reef near a signal tower floating in the ocean, and we could see 6 foot Barracuda laying like cord wood on the top of the ocean while awaiting their next morsel. Maybe they were spying us, and thinking about human food. At least I was not too happy about seeing them there. That day seemed a bit thrilling and yet somewhat fearful. Dad was known to catch them and fillet the Barracuda for steaks on the grill. Some would say they are poisonous, but to some fishermen that applied mostly to the smaller ones that ate more of the bad algae called the red tide. Never did we get sick from eating it, but it could also be because fishermen may have not properly stored the meat. They are huge and must be cut up and placed in a cooler. Often we had caught large Grouper, Barracuda, Mango Snapper and other fish.

I remember my dad saying that it was time to go back in, and his motor was not working properly. He went to the back end near the motor in the boat, and my sister and I were sitting in the middle of the boat. The motor was not wanting to crank right, and was flooding and making bad noises. Mother was asked to steer the boat with the wheel on the front end. Dad kept working on the motor. I felt like we were in trouble again. Little did I know at that moment how much trouble.

As dad was still working on the motor, a storm was brewing in the East and rapidly closing in on us. The rain start coming down, and the waves started to come over in the boat. I grabbed my sister and held on to her. She and I both were afraid of the storm. It would take 13 miles to get to shore and our motor was not working right. Mother of all things was trying to stir the boat on top of the reef. I could see the beautiful colors of hot pink and purple under the ocean and you could actually see the reef formations. I had always heard about boats being ripped apart by the reef, and I remember screaming out to her to stay off the reef, and a few times mother got misdirected and we came very close. Dad in the process of mother swinging the boat around to avoid the reef almost threw my dad off the back in of the boat.  I was not sure that the reef would rip our boat apart and drown us at sea, but what was not happening with the reef, then the waves were about to sink us.

Finally the boat motor started to work,and dad returned to the front of the boat to steer us back to the shore line. We were asked to dip out the water, when the waves came over the side of the boat. Despite all the water in the boat from the storm, and a motor that was acting up at the wrong time, then I can thank my blessings our family outing did not end up in disaster. I really do not think we caught any fish that day, but I was surely glad the Barracuda did not eat us either. It is one thing, when you see them on top, and it is a school of Barracuda, and another thing to realize that they can devour you in a storm or just jump in your boat and take off an arm or leg in a heart beat. I never wore flashy things in the ocean, because Barracuda are known to attack shiny things.

Florida had adventure, but there when you least expect it can be treacherous seas. I always had a respect for the sea, but there are many times that it could not have been merciful to me and my family. It is battling the elements and living to tell your story. These are the memories I have of growing up in the sunshine state.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)