Skip to main content

Jose Wejebe, 1958-2012: Trailblazer on the Yellowfin Road

Jose Wejebe, 1958-2012: Trailblazer on the Yellowfin Road
Jose Wejebe, 1958-2012: Trailblazer on the Yellowfin Road

Jose Wejebe, who died in a single-person plane crash April 6, made his mark as a master angler and guide even before the 1995 ESPN premiere of Spanish Fly.

A native of Cuba, born in 1958, Jose Wejebe moved with his family to South Florida during the turbulent years surrounding the Cuban revolution. He would grow up fishing in Miami, and receive a captain's license at the age of 18. Wejebe was featured in Florida Sportsman Magazine and other media outlets many times during the late 1980s and early '90s. It was a period of rapid progression in tackle and boats, as well as booming interest in Key West, where Wejebe quickly became an "A-list" guide.

In more recent years, Wejebe dazzled national TV audiences with his wide-ranging fishing exploits, including catching giant bluefin tuna on spin tackle off Massachusetts.

Modern viewers might not realize that Wejebe was catching giants of another color, way down in Key West, back in the early '90s. The following article appeared in the December 1991 issue of Florida Sportsman. We had to scan the article, so to read it properly left click on an image (or right click, and open image in a new tab).

--Jeff Weakley, Editor

* Click on an image to view larger size. Or right click on image and open in new tab or window.











GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

The crew at Marine Customs Unlimited takes on restoring a 31' Contender that has seen Better Dayz.
Videos

Kayak Fishing Fun 2023 Product Showcase

The crew at Marine Customs Unlimited takes on restoring a 31' Contender that has seen Better Dayz.
Store

Refurbished 1987 Alumacraft Jon Boat | One Man's Dreamboat

The crew at Marine Customs Unlimited takes on restoring a 31' Contender that has seen Better Dayz.
Learn

New Berkley Finisher: The All-Around Live Sonar Lure

The crew at Marine Customs Unlimited takes on restoring a 31' Contender that has seen Better Dayz.
Gear

New Berkley Power Switch: Powerhouse Lure Designed for Foward-Facing Sonar

The crew at Marine Customs Unlimited takes on restoring a 31' Contender that has seen Better Dayz.
Gear

New Berkley Krej: A Reversed Lip Jerkbait?

The crew at Marine Customs Unlimited takes on restoring a 31' Contender that has seen Better Dayz.
Store

How to Install New Fuel Tanks in an Old Boat

The crew at Marine Customs Unlimited takes on restoring a 31' Contender that has seen Better Dayz.
Videos

Testing Out the Latest from Old Town in the Marquesas

The crew at Marine Customs Unlimited takes on restoring a 31' Contender that has seen Better Dayz.
Store

How to Powder Coat: Benefits of Powder Coating Metal Fuel Tanks

The crew at Marine Customs Unlimited takes on restoring a 31' Contender that has seen Better Dayz.
Gear

Father & Son Customize a 20' Center Console | One Man's Dreamboat

The crew at Marine Customs Unlimited takes on restoring a 31' Contender that has seen Better Dayz.
Gear

Best Features of the Shallow Sport X3

The crew at Marine Customs Unlimited takes on restoring a 31' Contender that has seen Better Dayz.
Learn

How to Fix an Outboard Motor that was Submerged in Saltwater

The crew at Marine Customs Unlimited takes on restoring a 31' Contender that has seen Better Dayz.
Store

Analyzing a Hurricane Damaged Boat for Restoration

Florida Sportsman Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

Preview This Month's Issue

Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Florida Sportsman App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Florida Sportsman stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Florida Sportsman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now