Soon thereafter Charles and Ernest planned an extended fishing trip to the Dry Tortugas in the Stream 70 miles west of Key West. This time with a group of friends Ernest called his “Mob.” They were artists Mike Strater and Waldo Pierce, boyhood friend Bill Smith, and writer John Dos Passos, all out-of-towners; plus local saloonkeeper Joe Russell; charter boat captains Hamilton Adams, Eddie and Burge Saunders, and Jakie Key; newspaperman Earl Adams; machine shop owner J. B. Sullivan; and of course Thompson. Maxwell Perkins, Hemingway’s editor at Scribners Magazine, joined them later.
The first excursion was cut to a weekend by the threat of a major storm. Subsequently the Mob gathered for three more fishing seasons making the ten-hour trip to the Dry Tortugas by way of the Marquesas.