MIAMI -- Two days before the season's first cool front and two days after the new moon, the Free Spool's charter customers failed to show up at Haulover Marina for their afternoon trip. But captain Dennis Forgione and mate Silvio Sotolongo already had filled the sportfisher's live wells with pilchards in preparation. It seemed a shame to let all that live bait go to waste.
So they invited part-time captain Leo Lombero to hop on board and headed out of Haulover Inlet on a marine version of a busman's holiday.
Since it was already mid-afternoon, Forgione decided to anchor on the Andro, a 105-foot-deep artificial reef only a short distance east of the inlet. Positioning the anchor so that the boat would sit up-current of the sunken ship wasn't difficult because seas were calm and there was very little current.