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From Nicole


In Memory of
Captain Jeffrey Stephen Belsik

October 17, 1961 - June 25, 2012

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From Nicole


In Memory of
Captain Jeffrey Stephen Belsik

October 17, 1961 - June 25, 2012

 
 
 

From Nicole

His life reads like
An ancient tale
Of bigger than life men
Being lulled to the sea
By beautiful muses
With liltingly soul seducing voices reaching
Beyond the Jersey Shores
Beckoning, pleading
For him to revel in her bounty
And dance upon the ocean's currents.
Twenty years at her side,
This man's heart
Rising and falling in concert
With the sea's rhythms.
Muse-like himself
Bringing wounded mortals to nurture
Themselves at her bosom.
Offering tours to replenish men's captured souls
All the while knowing that he must cast them back
Into life's tumultuous arms.
Captain Jeff, a big man seduced
By the sea
A fisher of men's souls
And a tour guide of the ocean
And temporary inner peace.

By Nicole Richardson
June 25, 2012

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Cousin Jeff


As I remember Cousin Jeff:

Cousin Jeff


As I remember Cousin Jeff:

 

Jeff, for decades you always immersed & passionate about water activities, especially in swimming, crabbing & lobstering. But sport fishing was always a favorite to you. It is a storybook of nature, love of life, respect, perseverance, & peace.

In social circles, you made a name for yourself by continuously spreading the passion of sport fishing through guidance, hope, determination, & perserverance to "catch that fish", to photograph, & release the fish for yet, another catch.
I will always remember you for your sense of humor about people, life, & caring for the fishing environment.

I want to thank you again for the visit in March, 2012 as well as the many phone calls about trying to schedule a fishing trip around our busy schedules. During our meeting, we got a chance to compare of our accomplishments & goals for the upcoming year. You were upbeat & excited about returning to the ocean very soon & we were looking forward in joining you.

Thank you for making me refresh my awareness of the marine ecosystem & educating me of the importance of sport fishing, technique, & fun.

I just want to say I'm sorry for not catching enough fish in the time we had.
May the Lord grant you peace & shine upon you always & forever.

Love, your cousin,
Stewart Berman
Jul 07 2012

 

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About Jeff


About Jeff

About Jeff


About Jeff

When I moved to the lower Florida Keys from New Jersey in 1991, I was determined to become a bonefish, permit and tarpon fishing guide the right way. I spent two years boating, fishing and listening to veteran Florida fishing guides before taking anyone out for hire.

I was told there are no shortcuts to success and I can say it’s absolutely true. I fished on ugly days because I knew I’d have to someday. I experimented and explored fishing flats from Islamorada to Key West looking for bonefish, tarpon and permit.

When I guided my first customers in 1993, I knew immediately that I had found my calling. I had tried college back in New Jersey, but it wasn’t my thing. I knew I loved the outdoors and fishing, and the fishing I loved the most was site fishing in the Florida Keys for bonefish, permit and tarpon. I had a strong sense of how a business person should treat people. I packed up and moved to the Florida Keys to start my guiding career.

As you can see on these pages, it’s worked out great. I’ve guided my customers to their fair share of fish, but that’s not the only reason they come back. I talk to them like human beings. I can be intense, and I don’t apologize for it. Ask me a question and you will get a straight answer.

I fished up and down the Keys but chose to make Big Pine and the Lower Florida Keys my home base. The waters here are beautiful and much less heavily fished than other places.

You probably wonder how I entertain myself on my days off. I go fishing, of course. I like fly fishing when it makes sense, but I also like casting plugs to giant jack crevalle on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Every now and then, I can’t resist doing battle with asix-foot-long shark.

My idea of a road trip is to tow my boat to Everglades National Park or to the beaches of Sanibel Island.

Fishing is my life and guiding is how I share it.

Capt. Jeff Belsik "the chief"

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