Memorial service set for famed fishing-show host

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Those whose lives were touched by Capt. Jose Wejebe are invited to attend a Celebration of Life at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the International Game Fish Association Museum in Dania Beach, Fla.

Wejebe, 54, of Summerland Key, died April 6 after the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed shortly after takeoff in Everglades City, Fla. Weather is believed to have been a factor. He was the respected host of the long-running Spanish Fly fishing show, which began in 1995 on ESPN and later was shown on the Outdoor Channel.

He was also a member of the Hell’s Bay Boatworks’ pro team, a blend of flats captains, authors, producers, TV hosts and leading fly- and light-tackle fishing educators who shared Wejebe’s love for fishing and the environment.

“I admired Jose's energy, love for life and dedication to his friends. Jose inspired me with his ability to make everyone around him feel as if they were his personal best friend, or bro,” Hell’s Bay president Chris Peterson said in a statement. “He had charismatic energy to light a room with just his mere presence. Jose was always willing to give to the children's charities, where he gave of himself and his personal time, a rare quality today.”

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