1 Hells Bay Jose Wejebe – Hells Bay Guide Rendezvous
Over 40 Hell’s Bay professional guides and owners gathered in Titusville, Florida, on January 21st for the company’s annual Guide Rendezvous. – Photos by Hell’s Bay Boatworks and Jose Wejebe Foundation
2 Jose Wejebe Professional Guide Award
The Jose Wejebe Professional Guide award was established in 2012 in honor of the late television host and fishing icon. Each year a Hell’s Bay Professional Guide who has shown superior professionalism with a focus on conservation, education and promoting ethical fishing practices on the flats will win the award.
3 Jose Wejebe Memorial Foundation
Professional guides will be nominated annually by their peers with all nominees reviewed by Hell’s Bay Boatworks and the Jose Wejebe Memorial Foundation.
4 Hells Bay Guide Rendezvous Tour
Owners and guides are invited to tour the facility to learn about what separates a Hell’s Bay skiff from the rest.
5 Hells Bay Pro Guides
Hells Bay Ambassadors, from the left, Rob Fordyce, C.A. Richardson, Flip Pallot, and Andy Mill were all present at the event.
6 Hells Bay Pro Poster
Hell’s Bay proudly works with some of the most respected guides and personalities in the business.
7 Hells Bay Guide Games
Played each year at the rendezvous, the “Guide Games” include a casting competition, mullet toss, and this year, a dunk tank.
8 Hells Bay Casting Competition
The guides had fun challenging each other for the best cast title. Judged on accuracy as well as distance, the winner receives a prize after dinner.
9 Hells Bay Norman Dunk Tank
First up for the dunking was HB sales team member Matt Norman.
10 Norman Gets Dunked
I’m sure Norman appreciated the bags of ice his co-workers added to the water before playing.
11 Hells Bay Mullet Toss
Next up was the mullet toss, where the defending champion demonstrated how to chuck a mullet down the field.
12 Hells Bay Dinner
Back inside, Hell’s Bay Boatworks president Chris Peterson speaks about the passion of shallow-water fishing and boat building.
13 Hells Bay Hull 1
Chris Peterson came across this boat while on a trip to the Bahamas and thought there was something familiar about it. After a bit of research he realized it was the first Hell’s Bay ever made, hull number one.
14 Flips Old Hells Bay
Flip Pallot then took the stage to share stories of this old boat. As the original owner of the boat, Flip told us how he and Jose drove it from Miami to the Bahamian island of Bimini.
15 Ca Richardson Speaks
Host of Flats Class Television and Hell’s Bay Pro Staffer C.A Richardson accredited the late Jose Wejebe for “bringing shallow-water fishing to a whole new level, sharing it with the world.”
16 Rob Fordyce Hells Bay
Longtime friend of Wejebe, Rob Fordyce spoke about the declining fishery in Florida Bay and called all anglers to join him in a movement to improve the water quality.
17 Presenting Hells Bay Award
When it came time to announce the recipient of the first annual Jose Wejebe Professional Guide award, Krissy Wejebe and Mike Torbisco from the Jose Wejebe Spanish Fly Memorial Foundation had the honor to present it to…
18 Jeff Legutki Hells Bay Award
Naples and Everglades City, Florida-based guide Jeff Legutki was chosen for demonstrating outstanding professionalism in the guide community. Jeff was featured on two episodes of Jose’s show the Spanish Fly, including the very last episode shot in Everglades City, moments before the fatal plane crash.
19 Jose Wejebe last tarpon
Recovered from the wreckage, a hard drive containing images from the final shoot was salvaged. One of the very last fish caught by Jose and one of his favorites, a tarpon on fly.