In early September a friend and I took a charter out of Stuart. We caught a mixed bag that included a small AJ, about 40" at the fork. My friend didn't want any AJ, but I really like them and I took it home. I share my catches with friends and coworkers, fortunately not this one.
A few weeks later, the wife and I had a nice AJ fillet for dinner. Within 2-3 hours, we started getting a wide range of symptoms and I knew we had ciguatera. It has taken a month for the worst of it to subside, but a few of the symptoms still linger. We reported this to the health department and they sent a fillet to the FDA for testing. It came back positive.
If anyone is catching AJ, grouper or snapper on the reefs off Stuart, beware that there is definitely ciguatera in the area.
Fishing is not a matter of life or death, It's much more important than that.