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    Huge full moon CATCH

    On last week's 39 hour trip Will caught a beautiful Mutton Snapper on a new DAIWA SK slow pitch jig: Looks like this new jig is also good for Grouper: Did you know that African Pompano is a member of the Jack family, and is also called a Cuban Jack? This species of Pompano can be found in virtually all tropical waters including the Pacific Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, West Africa, and our own Gulf of Mexico. The All-Tackle record, 50 pounds, 8 ounces, was caught 4/21/1990 by Tom Sargent, Daytona Beach, Florida. Once again the Florida's fishing coach shows us how: Is just before the full moon the best of times? Well! We are always glad to welcome the had working, dedicated, FWC biologists. This is REAL data: And now for our mystery fish. This is a tough one: Catch the action in this short action-packed video. Be sure to watch Will go for the GOLD: https://youtu.be/20aVpOpTbCI A very special thanks to Mr. John Martin, and Captain Dylan Hubbard for making this report possible.
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    Huge full moon CATCH

    Huge full moon CATCH The January full moon is 1/21/19 @ 12:17 A.M. Snapper have a tendency to go a little 'crazy' during this time of the month. The Mangrove and Yellowtail Snapper should be on fire: Friday, January 18, 2019, Ten A.M., Tammy and guest are ready for a 44 hour marathon adventure deep into the very heart of our Gulf of Mexico. The Florida Fisherman ll will be fishing the famous Florida Middle Grounds and vicinity just before the full of the moon. To many this is the best of times. Let's go see: This is looking good. Box number one is stuffed full, and the snapper are still on fire. And now the rest of the story. Will McClure has been the first mate on the Florida for over ten years; he is one of the best. Will goes for the GOLD in what has become known as, 'The Great Line Toss'? Hit or miss? Only one way to find out... Watch 2:06 minutes into the video at the end of this report. Will makes sure we are ready for the fights sure to come: After a great Tammy meal and a good day's rest, let the fights begin: Mr. John Martin, fishing adviser on the Florida Fisherman ll, has been fishing Florida waters for decades. He is very knowledgeable and eager to share his vast experience. John can make a good fisherman and excellent fisherman. John leads by example: We listen: Think Kings are not still around? Think again:
  3. Trolling on the Florida Fisherman ll Florida is known as the Fishing Capital of the world and for very good reasons. Florida's 7,700+ lakes, 10,550 miles of rivers and 2,276 miles of shoreline are teeming with fish. In the Sunshine State there is most always a place to wet a line. And 'wet a line' we do... According to a recent 'VISIT FLORIDA' study anglers spent 46.3 million days fishing in Florida. Tourists from all over the world spent 4.8 million days fishing in the Sunshine State. Many who do not own their own boats enjoy excellent fishing on the many headboats that fish offshore Florida waters. Fourth generation owner/operator, Captain Dylan Hubbard, of Hubbard's Marina is ever so proud of his heritage. Captain Dylan's Granddad, Captain Wilson Hubbard, ran his first headboat in 1954. The catches were outstanding. In the late fifties Captain Wilson introduced the art of trolling on a headboat. The prices were a 'little' different way back when: Today Captain Dylan is every bit as serious about fishing as Captain Wilson Hubbard ever was. He is always there to see us off and wish us well: The catches are very good: What about Captain Wilson's, 'art of trolling'? Is trolling on a headboat still going strong? Join us as we take a look with on the water pictures & video: Catch the action packed video of Trolling on the Florida Fisherman ll https://youtu.be/TQM33A4IJk4 Over 46 million days a year spent fishing the waters of the Fishing Capital of the World, and for very good reason! Bob Harbison Florida Outdoor Writers Association
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    Re-Visiting Two Guys And A Hog

    Thank you so much. It's been a wonderful life. Still going strong. Began the new year in the woods:
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    Golden Years Hunting in Florida

    Today, thanks to modern medicine, our older generation is living longer than ever before. A new Pew Research Center analysis finds that 97% of United States counties saw an increase in their 65-and-older population since 2010. Florida, which has long attracted snowbirds and retirees, is one of the nation's grayest states. Overall, 19.1% of the Sunshine State's population is 65 and older, the highest percentage in the nation. To many of us hunting is not just a hobby, but a way of life. To be successful year after year requires a great deal of time and effort. Unfortunately, as we approach our 'Golden Years', many of us can no longer do the, 'way-of-life' things that mean so much to us. Hunting is no exception. Charging after dogs hot on the trail of a huge boar through swamps, hunting old logging four wheel drive roads, using our Warren winch to pull our 4X4 truck out of Florida swamps... Forget it! Must we give up, 'Golden Years Hunting in Florida'? No way! Alternatives do exist. One such 'alternative', high-fence is enjoyed by thousands from one end of the Sunshine State to the other, and for good reason... It's fun; fun to be enjoyed by young and old alike. And the best part, we have all the fun; someone else does all the work. When done properly, by a real outfitter, the 'fun' lever can be off the chart. As in the wild smaller pigs can be relatively easy to harvest; the BIG boys are a completely different ball game. Not only are they smart, very smart, but they come equipped with a nose that, fence or no fence, gives them an advantage that often defies the imagination. They did not grow to trophy size without taking full advantage of their outstanding sense of smell. They remain on high alert. A good cover scent helps, but the best solution is to make sure the wind is blowing in our faces, away from our trophy. Perry, Florida's Two Guys And A Hog, has been offering, 'the 'fun' lever can be off the chart', hunting for over a decade. These top-of-the line outfitters cater the young as well as the 'Golden Years' hunters: Many of us love to celebrate special occasions. Talk about a place to celebrate. In December of last year I celebrated birthday number 77, and wedding anniversary number 39, at Two Guys And A Hog. I wanted a real trophy in honor of my late wife. It's almost dark; the really big boars have kept their distance. Honey, maybe next trip. Hold on! Look at that big one. He is running through thick cover over fifty yards away. It's now of never... BAM! Hog down; hog down and out. Thanks to Francisco, my trusted guide... Thelma can be proud of her husband. What a way to end the year. Let's begin the new year by leaving big city, Tampa, in search of another real trophy Florida wild boar. Many of the Sunshine State's cities have experienced a population explosion. But small-time Florida is still alive and well. Before arriving at Two Guys we pass through Otter Creek. As of 2018 Otter Creek had a population of 132, it own post office: And Hershel's quick stop DELI and Country Grill: Family owned and operated, Hershel's has been serving the people of Otter Creek for decades. Not too many places offer smoked mullet dip, conch dinners, or alligator meat. Hershel's does! Thanks to places like Hershel's old time Florida will remain alive and well for decades to come. Time to go hunting: The BUNKHOUSE and fire place are outstanding: The father/son team of Mr. Terry Goff, retired Tampa Police Sargent, and son Kevin enjoyed the BUNKHOUSE before hunting the next morning, and what a hunt it was. Our retired Sargent put his Savage .30-06 to good use. His son, Kevin, is an expert with his Remington model 7400 chambered in the ever so popular .308 caliber. Let's see if Francisco can do it again. First up... Plenty of corn. Here is where that 'nose' can be used against even the biggest Florida wild boar. Hopefully the smell of that corn will be too much temptation. Francisco goes to work: Hogs love to follow trails. When we have a very long, well traveled, fence line trail, plenty of water, and corn, we have a winning combination: Let's share the action with fellow sportsmen/women: That fence line feeder is working well, but the BIG boys are staying in the thick timber. Finally! He knows I am there and is on high alert: Ever so slowly I reach for my Marlin 1850 stainless guide gun. With the cross-hairs of my 3X9 Nikon scope just under his ear I touch the trigger and release the unbelievable power of that mighty .45-70 ULTRAMAX 405 gr. power-house. Hog down! Watch the 'kill-shot' 4 minutes, 40 seconds into the video at the end of this presentation: Thank you Francisco; you are the best. This best-of-the best guide has been with Two Guys And A Hog for ten years. Guatemala, you can be proud of your native son: Talk about a trophy to be proud of: Must we give up, 'Golden Years Hunting in Florida'? No way! A 225 pound Florida wild boar with huge cutters is a trophy to be proud of. After all, ' Alternatives do exist'! Follow the action in this short in the field action packed video: https://youtu.be/qgcjuMdaIxk What an honor sharing, 'Golden Years Hunting in Florida' with you. Next time around join me and I will feature you in my report.
  6. Captain Joe Drew's first 39 hour Florida Fisherman ll trip Native Floridian or tourist there is always things to do, things to see, at Madeira Beach's famous John's Pass Boardwalk. Never to be overlooked is the Florida Fishermen Lost At Sea Memorial... The Fisherman's Prayer: Flying high, proud, over the Memorial is the Stars & Stripes: Unveiled October 29, 2011, this beautiful memorial is for the 133+ who were lost at sea in our area since 1933. Two-thirds of the bodies were never found. 55% of those lost were recreational fishermen. Like to try something different? You will never forget the Boardwalk Grill's Lobster Roll: Like to fish? After all, fishing is what Madeira Beach is all about. Captain Dylan Hubbard explains in detail what to expect on a 39 hour adventure deep into the heart of our Gulf of Mexico: Captain Dylan introduces one of Hubbard's newest Captains, Captain Joe Drew; Captain Joe is very proud of his 100 ton Masters license: This young Captain is backed by years of experience. Many celebrate special occasions on the water. No better way for a father to show his love for his son than a Thanksgiving 39 hour fishing trip on the Florida Fisherman ll: Last year Captain Bryon Holland showed us, first hand, how to celebrate Thanksgiving: Can this young Captain guide us on a Thanksgiving trip to remember? Only one way to find out. Join us as we fine out together: Captain Joe is all excited; so are we: First mate, Will, makes sure we are ready for the fights sure to come: Friday night: Mr. Larry Miller is so proud of his first Mangrove Snapper of the night, and so is Captain Joe: The snapper bite is strong: Tim and his good friend Nick drove from Indiana, 15 hours, to fish our Florida waters. Tim's sister lives in Sarasota: That ear to ear smile on Captain Joe's face says a lot: Mr. John Martin, fishing adviser on the Florida, shows us how it's done: Huge smiles are everywhere: Early Saturday morning, Will and Captain Joe reflect on the night's catch: Justin just caught a red grouper with an FWC tag. Be sure to report any fish caught with a tag; the number is on the tag: This is turning into a major snapper catch: Mr. Larry Miller is one of the best. Larry just flew in from Canada, 29 degrees. 2.5 hours later he was basking in Florida Sunshine and 75 degrees: Captain Joe is a hands-on Captain; he is everywhere: It's Beautiful out here: John films one of the many fights with the big boys. More often than not the fish wins: Talk about 'wins'! Ever see a ham sandwich like this Tammy special: Nick & Tim are showing us why the trip from the Hoosier State was worth the drive: The battles are on-going: Some are too big even for the master: Saturday evening... Look at those smiles: Our 'Jersey Girl' is so proud of us: She knows we have been battling the creatures of the deep for many hours. That Tammy special home-made chili is welcomed by one and all. Great Florida weather, the best of people, and boxes loaded with fish, who could ask for anything more? Well! Let's hit our bunks for the long ride home. Early Sunday morning... Captain Joe shows us how easy it is to dock a huge fishing machine: Can this young Captain guide us on a Thanksgiving trip to remember? Well! Captain Joe Drew's first 39 hour Florida Fisherman ll Trip was really special for this young man, this Captain, this very experienced Captain. Back at the dock: The winning Gag hit the scales at 16 pounds, Snapper 8 pounds. The Harbison family has been involved in fishing and hunting for many decades. Like Father, like grand-daughter, my granddaughter, Danielle: Be sure to 'catch' the action in this on the water video of Captain Joe Drew's first 39 hour Florida Fisherman ll trip. https://youtu.be/CBM1E0oINRE Thanks to Mr. john Martin, and Captain Dylan Hubbard for making this report possible. A special thanks to Mr. John Longo for providing technical advice and proofreading.
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    Granddaughter and Family

    Fishing in Texas.
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    Great Friends and Great Fishing

    Great report as usual.