My friend Dwayne, his 16 year old son Keith and I left the jetties at 8:30 A.M. and proceeded on a 148 degree heading to the West 21's. We had a feeling today was going to be a good day with all of the schools of bonita we saw heading out past the last buoy. About 10:15 A.M. we got into a weedline and proceeded to have a ball with 3-5 lb. chicken dolphin. After one hour and thirty minutes, we left them to pursue bigger game at our original destination. When we arrived, we started a drift and Dwayne drew the first snapper-a nice 4 lber. I caught two 3 & 5 lbs and Keith landed a two lber. Several times we were hooked up to some big fish and either the hook pulled out or they broke the leader. Finally, I hooked up and got to the surface about a 4 ft. shark. Between the three of us, we released about 15 of those damned things and in between, we caught some more snapper and I released an undersized ling. Late in the afternoon, we were on one last drift and I looked in the water and saw the most amazing sight it has been my pleasure to see in the Gulf-a twenty-five foot whale shark! He came right up to the stern and he had some remoras and more importantly, he had a small school of good-sized ling. I yelled "Get the camera" and Dwayne somehow managed to find it in the cuddy and proceeded to take some pictures. Meanwhile, I hooked up to a keeper-sized ling and was fighting to keep him from going under the whale shark that seemed mesmerized by our boat and the strange creatures that were laughing and pointing to it. Keith got down to the swim platform and Dwayne got some pictures of him petting the whale shark. I finally convinced Keith to get a line in the water in the hopes of keeping the school of ling to the boat. He hooked up to a small one and Dwayne netted it. Meanwhile, my fish was ready to be landed and Dwayne got the gaff and landed him before the hook wore through the ling's mouth. The whale shark left us as soon as we landed my ling and we managed to catch a few more sharks and one more snapper before heading in. All in all it was the most awesome day I have experienced in a long time.