National Geographic : 1971 Jan
Salt-water jockeys ride bucking runabouts called Seadoos on the Gulf of Mexico. Marinas in the keys bristle with sailing masts and the flying bridges of powerboats. SSmog-free skies arch above campers on Bahia Honda, whose name means "deep bay." The Overseas Highway, southernmost section of U. S. 1, lies atop the roadbed of the Florida East Coast Railway, first land link between the keys. Built in the early 1900's at a cost of 27 million dollars, it was abandoned in 1935 when a hurri cane washed out sections of road bed and ripped apart miles of track. After a rousing fight, veteran fishing guide Cal Cochran gaffs a 40-pound tarpon. He quickly released his catch, as he urges all anglers to do unless they plan to have their prizes mounted. The keys teem with hundreds of species of fishes. "If you can't catch them here," advises Mr. Cochran, "then you'd better forget about fishing." ACHROMESBY BATESLITTLEHALES(TOP) ANDEMORYKRISTOF© N.G.S.