Bal Harbor, Florida, Haulover Inlet. Its really hard to tell from the picture (above) how freightening these waters were unless you were in them. This was only picture taken as I put camera away in waterproof bag as soon as this picture was taken to get ready for what lay ahead. It got so much worse. Very narrow inlet, outgoing tide against incoming 10 to 15 winds. I went back there last year just to walk along the jetty to see what it looked like and take some pictures under similar conditions as it was years earlier. Hope this makes sense as I try to explain. The next picture below is looking back towards where I would have been coming from on my paddle out that day to fish offshore. Notice how calm the water looks from 10 feet above water and under bridge.
Current moving from left to right in above picture.
This picture taken after walking 150 yards on down jetty from bridge and as close to I can tell from where I took picture from kayak. I was approximately 50 yards away from jetty as I didn't want to interfere with jetty fishermen.
The picture above is a video so you'll have to click it on to view. Yep, that's what I remember that caused the pucker factor.
I'm not even going to go into detail about my early return from offshore against the still outgoing current. I made it back with no mishaps but never again.
A good rule of angling philosphy is not to interfere with another fisherman's ways of being happy, unless you want to be hated.
Zane Grey, Tales of Fishes, 1919