Private Plane Crash Claims Fishing Celebrity and Respected Angler Jose Wejebe.

Posted on 05/18/2012

Jose Wejebe Shock and deep sadness fell heavy over the entire fishing and boating community on April 6, 2012 when news circulated that Jose Wejebe, 54 of Summerland Key had died when his plane crashed shortly after take-off in Everglades City, Florida. Weather was believed to have been a contributing factor.
An outpouring of condolences and tributes from professional colleagues in the marine and fishing communities continues to flow in the wake of the death of this popular guide, producer and TV host of the Spanish Fly show on the Outdoor Channel.
Wejebe was admired for his kindness and recognized for his many charitable acts and contributions to conservation causes. Jose was described as a modest, energetic, charismatic, man, who inspired all who met him, and who unselfishly gave of his time and talents to help others.
One close associate said, “Wejebe was respected for his generosity, donating hundreds of hours to causes involving conservation but also those for children, such as Make-A-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series which raised funds for Cystic Fibrosis research.
Capt. Gary Ellis, good friend and associate, said of Wejebe, “It’s a great loss; Jose gave our industry a very positive image showing fishing at its best, with his charitable involvements and the conservation efforts of catch-and-release in the Florida Keys.”
Plano Molding’s professional association with Jose was especially rich and long-running. Bryan Emrich, Plano’s Vice President of Marketing voiced a moving tribute to Wejebe: “Jose’s Plano family is deeply saddened by this loss; he was an amazing guy, and someone that just made you feel good about life every time you talked to him; he will be deeply missed both as a friend and professional colleague.”
“Jose has touched many lives through his fishing shows, and we want his family to realize just how much he was loved; he was a good friend of Plano and many in the entire fishing community around the world will miss him greatly,” Emrich concluded