Captain Blake Banks


Captain Blake Banks

Blake Banks was born in Palmetto, Florida, but lived and worked in Cortez as an independent commercial fisherman. With the help of his wife, Betty Banks, he owned and operated his own company, Deep Reef Fisheries Inc. Banks was the captain of their boat, the “Medusa”, which he stored on his property and maintained himself. In turn, Betty did all the accounting, balancing the cost of boat repairs and trip expenses with the income generated by each catch.

Captain Banks traveled through much of the Gulf of Mexico, but preferred to spend most of his trips fishing off the coast of Florida. Each trip ventured into water hundreds of feet deep and could last anywhere from ten days to three weeks. During this time, he would communicate with his wife only by radio, speaking in a code they had developed. Betty would help by coordinating sales, relaying messages and reporting weather forecasts to her husband at sea.