2013 Spanish Fly Celebration Show Schedule

Jose Wejebe's life influenced and inspired a generation of anglers and adventurers as he brought us along on excursions to some of the most magical destinations in the world.  In 2013, his legacy will continue with a season long tribute to the best of those adventures.  His closest and dearest friends will re-live their best best memories and most memorable moments while sharing their own recollections of why a day on the water with Jose was a day that will never be forgotten and how Jose's passion for the ocean and the life within it made the world a better place. It's a celebration of one of the most watched and respected slatwater programs of all time.

 


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2013 Celebration

4/5/2013 07:00:00 AM - The Beginning

Fri 4/5/13 7:00am, 12:30pm est
Sat 4/6/13 11:00am est
Sun 4/7/13 10:00am est

The Beginning
 
The final season of the Spanish Fly is entitled ‘Spanish Fly: Celebration' and will tell the whole story of legendary fishing host and friend Jose Wejebe. The story begins with the Wejebe family fleeing Castro's takeover of Cuba and coming to Miami to start over with nothing. From a young age, a fascination with the ocean led him to write letters to his latter mentors Stu Apte, Flip Pallot and Lefty Kreh. He quits high school to become a guide and buy his first boat all the while working at the Seaquarium in Miami training and working with sea mammals. As a young guide, Jose makes his first ever TV appearance on Flip Pallot's original show ‘The Saltwater Angler.' We have several of their shows together. This is the beginning of the ‘Mentor/Student' story line of his life. And later became the mentor to others including Stevie Impallomeni, Carter Andrews and Rob Fordyce. Join Flip Pallot and Rob Fordyce on the waters of the Florida Keys as they go after one of Jose's favorite fish the tarpon. Read more...

4/12/2013 07:00:00 AM - A Star is Born

Fri 4/12/13 7:00am , 12:30pm EST
Sat 4/13/13 11:00am EST
Sun 4/14/13 10:00am EST

A Star Is Born

Always a charitable and philanthropic character throughout his life, Jose donated his guide time and boat to the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series supporting Cystic Fibrosis in children. It was there in 1992 that Jerry Mckinnis, host of ‘The Fishin Hole,' came to the Redbone SLAM celebrity tournament to shoot a different show and met a young Jose on the docks to fish with him for the day. It was Jose's second time ever on television and it spawned the idea of Mckinnis helping him start a whole new show called The Spanish Fly.

 

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4/19/2013 07:00:00 AM - Mastering the Florida Keys

Fri 4/19/13 7:00am , 12:30pm EST
Sat 4/20/13 11:00am EST
Sun 4/21/13 10:00am EST
 

Mastering The Florida Keys

‘Spanish Fly: Celebration' continues as Capt. Jose Wejebe masters the Florida Keys and takes fishing to a new level up and down the Keys. The Florida Keys were always the home base though, and legendary shows were done right in Key West. Join Capt. Steve Impallomeni and Jose's daughter Krissy fishing offshore for tuna as they reminisce about Jose and his life on the water in Key West, and later looking into Jose's past as they pour over his old log books.

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4/26/2013 07:00:00 AM - The Early Years

Fri 4/26/13 7:00am , 12:30pm EST
Sat 4/27/13 11:00am EST
Sun 4/28/13 10:00am EST

The Early Years

The show ‘Spanish Fly' took off in the early years with a different approach to other shows on the air. Jose always envisioned being another ‘Walkers Cay Chronicles,' but it soon took on a life of its own with classical music, barefoot interviews in odd locations, and Jose's fearless and detail oriented yet approachable style. Not only were there reoccurring guest hosts on the show that Jose had relationships with, during this time a lifelong relationship began with Shimano as a field tester and R&D consultant. This was at a time Shimano had nearly no saltwater experience and from day one Jose helped build the brand for what it is today. Join Dave Pfieffer and Roby Gant as they are guided in Key West by Capt. Steve Impallomeni and share many behind the scene stories of Jose.

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5/3/2013 07:00:00 AM - The Adventuring Begins

Fri 5/3/13 7:00am , 12:30pm EST
Sat 5/4/13 11:00am EST
Sun 5/5/13 10:00am EST

The Adventure Begins

In the early years of ‘Spanish Fly,' the shows mainly took to Jose's backyard of the Florida Keys where Jose knew every inch of territory and the migrations of all the bait and fish. But he eventually couldn't be contained in just one country. El Salvador, Ecuador, and Costa Rica (before everyone went there) were a few of the destinations before Crooked Island in the Bahamas enters the story: a tiny island with one tiny resort that used a few Bahamian local guides for bonefishing. It was on one of these first trips where Jose meets lifelong friend Carter Andrews. Join Carter Andrews and Robert Trosset for a day of shark fishing while reminiscing about the first times they met and fished with Jose.

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5/10/2013 07:00:00 AM - Spanish Fly Meet the World

Fri 5/10/13 7:00am , 12:30pm EST

Sat 5/11/13 11:00am EST

Sun 5/12/13 10:00am EST 
 

Spanish Fly, Meet The World

Jose Wejebe's was one of the unquestioned ambassadors of the Florida Keys, but throughout the 17 year history of the show, he also became the fishing ambassador to the rest of the world. His trips were true travel adventure and the list of countries and oceans he travelled to was long. As with most of Jose's adventures, the trip was not in the destination but the road along the way One of his biggest adventures filmed was nearly 5 years in the making: a trip to the other side of the planet with the film crew to fish the remote atolls of the Indian Ocean. The 10 day expedition features breathtaking scenery, incredible fishing, a tropical cyclone, a mysterious sickness in the crew, and a near run in with Somalian pirates. Epic best of moments and behind the scenes stories frame the adventures

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5/17/2013 07:00:00 AM - From Student to Teacher

Fri 5/17/13 7:00am , 12:30pm EST

Sat 5/18/13 11:00am EST

Sun 5/19/13 10:00am EST

From Student to Teacher

The early days for Jose Wejebe were a classic case of absorbing knowledge from anywhere he could get it. Books, TV Shows, hand written letters to people he looked up to, and finally befriending those same mentors. But along the way, Jose discovered his own knowledge by sheer time on the water. While filming the early years of ‘Spanish Fly,' Jose continued guiding full time which gave him all the full time information of what the fishing world was doing. He could have easily kept it all to himself, but he willingly took on ‘little bro's' that he mentored and helped get started their dreams similar to his learning from the greats like Stu Apte. This show drives home the ‘from being mentored to being a mentor.' It was always about passing on the knowledge.

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5/24/2013 07:00:00 AM - Establishing a Foundation

Fri 5/24/13 7:00am , 12:30pm EST

Sat 5/25/13 11:00am EST

Sun 5/26/13 10:00am EST 


Establishing A Foundation

By far Jose Wejebe's biggest love was not just the oceans of the world, but the moments he cherished being a father to Krissy Wejebe. It was this relationship that helped him become a big advocate of taking kids fishing, But there's no question that one of his biggest passions people might not be aware of was his dedication to helping people through his charitable works. As a young guide he donated time to Cystic Fibrosis and freely gave his time and energy to the Redbone tournaments which have raised millions to search for the cure and ironically became how he got discovered to be a TV star. Continuing throughout his life and career, Jose unselfishly donated his time,money, and equipment to support countless charities including the Make A Wish Foundation where an incredible freindship with Wish recipients Christian Goodpaster and Jonathan Nitche would forever change Jose and his audience around the world forevr. Jonathan returns to Key West to fish with Steve Impallomeni and reflects on all that was done for him and many others.

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5/31/2013 07:00:00 AM - Part 3 of the Baja Shows

Fri 5/30/13 7:00am , 12:30pm EST
Sat 6/1/13 11:00am EST
Sun 6/2/13 10:00am EST

Baja Mexio Pt. 3 - Never Seen Before

This never before seen show was the third and final part to a series of shows Jose Wejebe and crew shot last year. After fishing the first few days on the West coast of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, the crew travels across the Peninsula to the Sea of Cortez in search of the beautiful leopard grouper. This is the first of two never before seen Spanish Fly shows.

 

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6/7/2013 07:00:00 AM - Embracing the Louisiana Delta

Fri 6/7/13 7:00am , 12:30pm EST

Sat 6/8/13 11:00am EST

Sun 6/9/13 10:00am EST 


Embracing the Louisiana Delta


After Hurricane Katrina, and then again after the Deep Horizon Oil Spill, Jose Wejebe was the first to get down to the Gulf coast, "boots on the ground" he would say, to figure out how the fishery really was effected after both of these disasters in one of the healthiest saltwater delta estuaries in the world. The only reason he went: is to help tell the story of that fishery being healthy and open to fishing, but more importantly he went to help the local people of the commercial and recreational industry. There are incredible best of moments during all of his trips to Louisiana. Join Rimmer Covington and Eric Newman as they go offshore to the first place Rimmer took Jose 10 years ago to catch the diverse species of the northern Gulf of Mexico.

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6/14/2013 07:00:00 AM - The Lighter Side

Fri 6/14/13 7:00am , 12:30pm EST

Sat 6/15/13 11:00am EST

Sun 6/16/13 10:00am EST 


The Lighter Side

Many people were familiar with Jose's travel adventures and fishing expeditions, but few new of his off the water life and other passions. The behind the scenes stories of getting gear around the world and covering the action were events in themselves, and not always safe events. But it wasn't always adventurous or dangerous. There were many lighter sides and comedic moments that took place during the 17 years of shows. Jose always believed the journey was the destination and his show truly transcended ‘just a fishing show' as many of the adventures he shared we're about the Road Less Travelled. The stories within the stories from the people who were there to capture it; the producers and videographers tell their story.

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6/21/2013 07:05:00 AM - The Last Everglades

Fri 6/21/13 7:00am , 12:30pm EST

Sat 6/22/13 11:00am EST

Sun 6/23/13 10:00am EST 


The Last Everglades

Often asked by fans "what is your favorite thing to fish for", Jose would always answer, "tarpon on fly." This is the final episode of the Spanish Fly that has never been seen and was the last shoot Jose Wejebe was on. The accident took place just hours after the interviews were shot in Everglades City Florida.

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6/28/2013 07:00:00 AM - Tribute Show

Fri 6/28/13 7:00am , 12:30pm EST

Sat 6/29/13 11:00am EST

Sun 6/30/13 10:00am EST

The Tribute Show

Best of moments from 16 seasons of the Spanish fly framed by the story of Jose Wejebe and the friends and family we shared the adventures with.

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