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  1. Looks like our critic dropped the ball! The only thing I am sharing is what our Florida has to offer. If that's "advertising" I am and will always be an advertiser. " bunch of photos of people posing with fish along with the name of the charter captain." CORRECT!!! That's what real fishing reports are all about. Would not be much of a "usual report" with NO pictures or names.
  2. Celebrating the birth of our nation with a trophy hog In the beginning the peoples who called America home were slaves of Great Britain. The English men came here for business., however, after a short time they started to govern and take complete control. NO WAY! The people of America began to fight for their liberty. After a long revolution the thirteen colonies of America declared independence from Great Britain. On July 4, 1776 the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration proclaimed that the thirteen colonies then at war with Great Britain were now a sovereign, independent nation. The United States of America was born. We are a proud nation, a free nation. On July 4 of every year we give thanks for our freedom; thanks to our forefather who were more than willing to give everything they had to give in the name of freedom. We are FREE to give thanks in our own way. Traditionally many celebrate by watching fireworks displays, and family bar-b-que in the back yard. My back yard was, is, my home-away-from home; my hunting camp: Talk about a way to celebrate the birth of a nation: And what a home it was. The hunting and camp life was absolutely outstanding. My wife & I hunted Buck & Boar for twenty years. Our camp had everything... An Airstream trailer, huge cook shed, running water, a very nice bath house, as well as a walk-in cooler. During our last five years of married life we were both retired. We would spend the entire hunting season at camp. The hog hunting was so good we would often fill the cooler ourselves. Shortly after our last hunt cancer took my loving wife of 39 years; the mother of our three daughters. A lot of me went with her. Forget hunting; I did not even care much about living, but life goes on. Today our camp is still at Buck & Boar. To go back alone would be more than I could take. I have always been very patriotic. I believe in our great Country. In... I believe in hunting and fishing. The Governor of Florida, Governor DeSantis' has made it very clear that... After balancing on boat decks, and charging through swamps, for well over sixty years I find that I can no longer do what I once did. My fishing is done through the eyes of my good friends John & Tammy. What what about hunting? Several years ago I found another home-away-from home. Enter Perry Florida's Two Guys & A Hog. I have been a regular ever since. My guide, Francisco, is the best guide I have ever worked with. He is more that willing to go that extra mile to make sure this old man has the best hunt he can possibly have. July 4, 2020, excitement is building: Francisco is ready to take me to my hunting blind. I wanted to hunt in the wide-open field. He strongly suggested I hunt this long fence line way in back. "Bob, a trophy boar has a run-way along that fence; that's your best chance." OK! let's go get him. As Francisco opens the gate little did we know what we were in for: As we get close to my hut we see him. The monster is 100 yards out and looking straight at us. In a instant he charges. Within a matter of seconds he is all but on-top of us. I have been chased numerous times at Buck & Boar. Me and my .45-70 Marlin Stainless Guide Gun would quickly send them to that great hog-heaven in the sky. This was different; the Marlin as still in its case. I froze! Luckily Francisco didn't. That monster with huge cutters is five feet away. This man-among-men yelled so loud it startled the beast. See that littler lean to in the picture by my hut; he ran through it and out the back. Talk about going the extra mile, Francisco saved me from serious bodily harm. From now on my trusted Marlin will be ready to go. Look at the track left by that monster in back of my hut: It's man against beast! Who will win? This is the electric corn feeder I will be hunting by: As Francisco attempts to spread more corn, the beast charges again. Watch, 37 seconds into the accompanying video, that BIG Boar chase my trusted Guide. This has got to STOP. Stop it I will! I am confident my .45-70 will get the job done: Love the .45-70 tradition. Did you know it was born during the black powder buffalo hunting days of the Old West? He is BIG, mean, and ready for a fight; SO AM I! He is looking straight at me. Is he going to charge? Try it! I put the cross-hairs of my 3X9 Nikon scope between his eye, and, ever so gently, touch the trigger. The awesome power of that .45-70 is on its way. Hog down; hog down & out. Watch that 405 grain ULTRAMAX, 2:10 minutes into the video, do what it does best: Watch the end-the-field video. You must see it to believe it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBb7c_Mxvbs On July 4 of every year we give thanks for our freedom; thanks to our forefather who were more than willing to give everything they had to give in the name of freedom.
  3. Huge Deep Water American Red Snapper Catch On Friday's 39 hour trip Captain Bryon and the guys and gals of the Florida Fisherman ll stuffed the Florida's huge boxes: Can the boxes be 'stuffed' in July? Let's go see: As a rule not too many Red Snapper are caught at night; however: Let's go deep. Let the fights begin As usual, the girls lead the way: Followed by the future of our sport; the young: In between stops we troll: Now! More of the best the Gulf of Mexico has to offer, the highly prized American Red Snapper: On Friday's 39 hour trip Captain Bryon and the guys and gals of the Florida Fisherman ll stuffed the Florida's huge boxes. Can the boxes be 'stuffed' in July? Well! We are absolutely fished-out tired... Back at the dock: Check out Tammy's on the water trip video: https://youtu.be/JzgX8svF6no Be sure to 'catch' the story soon to come, in the hunting section, of my latest hog hunting adventure. This monster charged me with intent to do serious bodily harm. Huge Mistake... HUGE!
  4. Hubbard's 39 hour 6/26/20 trip Best way to tell that the fishing is sizzling HOT is by 'stuffing-the-boxes'! Last Tuesday's Florida Fisherman ll overnight trip to the Famous Florida Middle Grounds and beyond did just that: Friday 3:00 PM, can the Florida do it again? Let's go see: First up the elusive, hard to catch, great to eat, Mangrove Snapper. As usual, the girls lead the way: Looks like Captain Bryon has again put us on the fish: These Florida Middle Grounds Mangrove Snapper are HUGE! Talk about HUGE... Look at that Triggerfish: The catch is looking good. As we head for much deeper water it's going to look even better: Better as in the fish sandwich that helped make Florida famous, the Gag Grouper sandwich: Gaff him Will; that's a nice Gag: Craig is turning into a one man Gag machine: Absolutely... To talk about beautiful is to talk about Scamp Grouper: Tammy, we are starved. What's for lunch? The best burger ever... The famous Tam Burger That was absolutely fantastic. Now! Let's target one of the most sought-after beauties ever to swim, the full-of-color, beautiful, American Red Snapper: Tammy, that American Red is bigger than you: This is just one box of the Florida's three: We are going to need a BIGGER box: Late Saturday evening. We are fished-out tired: How about a snack before visiting our... Back at the dock: In the Money: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10verFskgH0 Mystery fish:
  5. Middle Grounds and Beyond Private Charter For many of us fishing is a way of life. Never-the-less... Family Comes First! As the proud father of three daughters family is the most important thing in my life. Hubbard's dedication to family is simply outstanding. Fourth generation owner/operator, Captain Dylan Hubbard, is blessed to have a wondering, loving, wife, and a precious little boy: Our Captain for this very special private charter is not only one of the best Captains ever to set foot on a boat, but a dedicated family man. Captain Garett Hubbard: Will has been first mate on the Florida Fisherman ll for well over ten years. He, like Captain Garett, is as good as they come. Just mention daughter Madison's name and watch the stars light up in Will's eyes. Every year during American Red Snapper season Captain Calvin and friends travel from Miami to charter the Florida Fisherman ll. Wonderful people! Let's go put a real Southern' hurtin' on some American Reds. On this trip we will be fishing the Florida Middle Grounds and beyond. The BIGGER American Reds and Gag Grouper have been really HOT in depths 200 feet and deeper; well within the range of the Florida on these 39 hour trips. Behind the camera will be fellow Florida native Mr. John Martin: These dolphin watchers are in for a real treat. The playful dolphins love to put on a show for us: Close, but no gold: The weather is Picture Florida Perfect: Trolling is so much fun; you never know what you are going to catch: The Gag Grouper Bite is HOT on the Grounds now, but nothing compared to what it will be as the weather cools. And the best part, the season is open for the remainder of the year: The American Red Snapper bite is strong, very strong: Captain Calvin shows us how it's done: The Florida has completely limited-out on Red Snapper (2 day limit). Let's go home! Captain Calvin shares anchor duty: Always a welcome sight: This is a trip to be remembered: Old and new friends on the water; it just does not get any better than this: Or does it? As John Martin would say, "no trip is complete until we have said good-by to the lovely ladies of Hubbard's Marina:" Thank you John for all you do for so many: Come next Friday John will be sharing the adventure with us. Most of the above pictures were pulled from the following video. See how many you can spot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s8vzV8b6w0
  6. On the water therapy Coping with these stressful times can cause severe anxiety attacks among even the strongest. For many sportsmen/women 'On the water therapy' is a heaven-sent. And, to make things even better, there is always fishing; fishing in the Fishing Capital of the World, Florida. Few places offer what the fish-rich Florida Middle Grounds has to offer. Problem is the distance. Few boats can make the 75+ miles trip. The answer for many; head boat fishing. Hubbard's Marina has been running overnight Middle Grounds trips for decades. My fist Middle Grounds trip was on the Florida Fisherman l, mid seventies. The fishing was far better than anything imaginable. And, best of all, was the companionship. Old and new friends getting together on the water enjoying, together, the best of times. Talk about 'therapy.' This is a good as it gets. Can this therapy still be enjoyed today? Let's take a look: Friday, May 29, 2020, three P.M. Captain Bryon Holland, one of the best, most experienced, Captains unleashes the awesome power of those two huge CATS: The Florida has turned trolling into an art forum: One of the first things I noticed was this gentleman's choice of reels. For anything withing its price range that Shimano 2 speed TLD 50 is hard to beat. You will not believe the cranking power of those low-range gears. And, in addition, the graphite lightweight frame won't corrode or rust. Use it, abuse it, and the TLD 50 will still function and look like the day it came our of the box. Where did he find such a reel? You guessed it. Just before he got on the boat: Let's face it, we all love to eat. Eating on the Way to the Florida Middle Grounds is a real treat. Tammy, do your thing: Before the fights begin let's rest for few hours; after all, we will be challenging the fish the call the Middle Grounds home on their own home 'grounds' most of Friday night, and all day Saturday. Midnight Friday, First mate on the Florida of well over ten years, Will, drops the anchor and leads the charge: Middle Grounds mangrove Snapper tend to be a 'little' LARGE. As usual, the ladies lead the way: John, that looks like a jackpot winner: Who has the bigger smile, Jason or the fish? Hard to fool, fun the catch, tremendous eating, the Mangrove Snapper has it all. And, best of all, NO close season, and a two day possession limit of 20: By our standards the fishing is slower than we would like to see it, non-the-less: Another Snapper to be proud of, the Yellowtail Snapper: Gag Grouper season opens June 1, 2020, and is open the remainder of the year. It's going to be a good one. The cranking power of that 2 speed TLD will really be appreciated: Talk about 'appreciated,' look at Cliff's King: Early Saturday morning 100 miles off Madeira Beach, Florida. Stunning! It's been a long night. Need a boost? Tammy keeps the coffee hot & ever so flavorful: Talk about a BIG Triggerfish: One of the best eating fish ever to swim, the Scamp Grouper: Best eating followed by the faster than fast swimming, hard to gaff, Blackfin Tuna. Will shows us how its done: Another fast, hard to catch, fish, the Almaco Jack. On the table the Almaco is one of the better tasting jacks. It's excellent on the grill and is considered a delicacy as sushi: Often on the Grounds the Almaco Jacks tend to be kinda LARGE: In addition to Gag Grouper, American Red Snapper season also opens June 1. The Florida Middle Grounds is home to so many Red Snapper that it's often hard to get away from them: All American Red are properly vented and released to fight again. Come June 1 is pay-back-time! Late Saturday evening, the Mangrove Snapper bite is on fire: Everyone on board is hooked-up. We are still a very long ways from Madeira Beach. Leave we must. After a hot shower, one more thing before we hit our bunks for the long ride home. It's Tammy Time! After a great night's sleep it's: The lovely ladies of Hubbard's Marina welcome us: On the water therapy... You had better believe it! Nothing like coming home in the money: John Martin (L) is a native Floridian who has been fishing our waters his entire life. Omar (middle) has been fishing with Hubbard's ever since the days Captain Wilson Hubbard and the the Miss Pass-a- Grille ll. Captain Bryon (R) brings multi-years of experience. This man-among-men served his country by driving an Abrams tank. Before becoming Captain of the Florida he fished commercially. Catch the trip on the water video: https://youtu.be/RPk30f_SGzI
  7. Getting ready for American Red Snapper & Gag Grouper 2020 season As we know all too well the coronavirus is severely limiting us from doing so many things we really want to do. Fishing is no exception. Many of us fish on headboats. For federally permitted for-hire vessels/headboats the American Red Snapper (ARS) season and Gag Grouper season begins June 1, 2020. ARS season will close at 12:01 August 2, 2020. Gag Grouper will remain open the remainder of the year. Due to the required social-distancing load limits will be severely restricted. Most headboats are completely sold out for the entire month of June, and most of July. Suggest booking ASAP, and be sure to check the availability due to cancellations. Seven spots just opened up on the Florida Fisherman ll overnight (39) hour 6/16 trip. These trips have a two day possession limit (4 ARS, 4 Gag Grouper) they will fill quickly. Why is Red Snapper & Gag Grouper seasons so popular; so highly anticipated? Let's take a look: 2016 2017 2018 2019 As we know all too well the coronavirus is severely limiting us from doing so many things we really want to do. Our stress level is often off-the-chart. For those of us who love to be on the water there is... Catch the trip video: https://youtu.be/COOcaH9t7lo
  8. In honor of Memorial Day Weekend July 4, 1776, the handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence declared that we are now an independent sovereign state. (John Trumbull) This was the first step towards forming the United States of America. We are now and will forever be FREE! But freedom is not free. This American Revolution claimed 4,435 lives. November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivers one of the most important speeches in American history, the Gettysburg Address. The Gettysburg Address, "a new birth of freedom!" By the time the Civil war ended, in the spring of 1865, this, 'New Birth of Freedom' had claimed 620,000 lives. During the first national commemoration James A. Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of more than 20,000 Union & Confederate soldiers who were buried there. "We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke, but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizen. For love of country they accepted death and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue." James A. Garfield Shortly thereafter Americans started to hold memorials each spring in honor of the country's lost soldier, lost heroes. In 1882 Memorial Day became a holiday. In 1967 Memorial Day became a federal holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday in May. MAY WE ALWAYS REMEMBER! Fishing was a passion for many of our nations lost heroes. Let's join them ' In honor of Memorial Day Weekend' by spending quality time on the water. Our boats of yesteryear were a 'little' different from the boats of today. Way back when a mile off shore was deep sea fishing: Headboats were also different. 25 miles off shore was deep sea fishing: Fish the far off Florida Middle Grounds... Forget it! Today even pleasure boats can easily make the 75-100 mile trip. I snapped this picture on the Middle Grounds from the deck of the Florida Fisherman ll. What makes headboats different today? Let's take a look: The finest restaurant grade food while fishing the Florida Middle Grounds. If you think lunch is something... Wait until, after a hot shower, dutch oven slow cooked pork with all the trimmings, and all you care to drink ice cold bottled water & soft drinks: After dinner comes the long ride home. Our comfortable bunks are calling us: That Coleman sleeping bag will, even in August, be needed. Those huge compressors play no games. How good is Memorial Week End fishing on the fish famous Florida Middle Grounds? Let's take a look. Memorial Day Weekend, May 2019, what an honor having this proud, dedicated, retired Marine, an American hero, overseeing the mountain of fish he helped catch: Mr. Leo Smith Talk about proud, before taking charge of the Florida, Captain Bryon Holland drove one of the baddest of the bad, the Abrams tank: Captain Bryan was our Captain Memorial Day Weekend, 2019, can he, once again, lead us to a 'mountain of fish?' Let's go see! Last year we were honored to have 'One of the Few', a proud Marine, with us. 2020, what an honor having a U.S. Navy man sailing with us. Marines, and now Navy, two of America's best: Memorial Day Weekend. We will be fishing Captain Bryon's favorite time of the month, the new moon. Let's take a look at what the Fish Famous Florida Middle Grounds has to offer: Roy, that looks like a jackpot winner: Wow! Roy is putting on a show for us: Amberjack season closes 5/31. June 1, marks the beginning of a super long Gag Grouper season, and a two month American Red Snapper season. This is our Florida. As one season closes, another opens. They are fish just waiting to be caught 24/7 twelve months out of the year. Here is one that does not 'wait' around too long. First you see him; then you don't: Captain Bryan was our Captain Memorial Day Weekend, 2019, can he, once again, lead us to a 'mountain of fish?' Well... We have been fishing since late Friday night. How great it is coming home Sunday morning in the money. Captain Bryon is so proud of Roy & John: Memorial Day Weekend... "For love of country they accepted death and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue." Credits: Tammy Kotta John Martin Department of Veterans Affairs Wikipedia John Trumbull Tampa Bay Times
  9. SHARKS Sharks have been around for a very long time. With fossil records dating back 400 million years, sharks have outlived the dinosaurs. Sharks have fascinated humans ever since mankind first took to the sea. That fascination turned to fear when, 3000 BC, ocean-going technology flourished. Today there are more than 1,000 specie of sharks. Sharks are needed as the apex predators of the oceans. As an apex predator sharks are considered to be at the top of the food chain. Their role is to keep other marine life in healthy balance and to regulate the oceans. The prospect of a food chain minus its apex predators could easily result in the end of the line for many more species. Today, even after more than 5,000 years, we are still fascinated by shark. Let's take a look at three of the fastest: At speeds up to 60 mph the Mako Shark is the fastest shark in the world. Makos have an extremely streamlined body that is shaped like a torpedo. This helps minimize drag as this fastest of the fast cruises through the water. The Maco is considered dangerous to humans because of its attack speed and ability to jump into fishing boats. At 50 mph the Salmon Shark is the second fastest shark on the planet. Salmon sharks are considered dangerous because of their size, up to 10 foot long and over 600 pounds, and aggressive nature. However, they seldom attack humans. The Great White Shark: Great White Sharks can be very fast, 25 mph, large, and extremely dangerous. The average weight of a male Great White ranges from 1,150 to 1,700 pounds. The female Great Whites from 1,500 to 2,450 are even heaver. Currently the Great White has been connected to 403 attacks, and 65 fatalities (source ISAF). Sharks are strong an always ready for a fight. Catch three shark fights on the following video, May 2020, while fishing the Florida Middle Grounds from the head-boat Florida Fisherman ll: https://youtu.be/gpHkTybDLs4 Credits: Media Drum World ISAF Sharks-World Wikipedia
  10. Long range fishing on the last quarter moon phase Think long range serious fishing for serious fishermen/women is something new? Think again! In 1956 Captain Wilson Hubbard began 18 hour trips for hard-core angler; anglers who like nothing better than to fill the boxes. Even way back when fishing many miles off shore was very expensive. On head boats the tremendous expense is shared by many. For deep-sea fishing Captain Wilson Hubbard, a true visionary, purchased the MISS BUCKEYE ll and changed the name to MISS PASS-A-GRILL. These 18 hour trips were so popular that Captain Wilson decided to fish even loner. In 1971 he established overnight weekend Florida Middle Grounds and Vicinity trips. The Captain's boat was the 90' all steel Florida Fisherman. By that time I had been fishing my own boats for years. The Middle Grounds was way beyond my reach, but I had to try it. When I first stepped foot on the deck of the Florida Fisherman, middle seventies, I knew this was something special; I was hooked! In my wildest dreams I never thought I would still be fishing the Grounds forty plus years later. One good thing about fishing on these extended hours trips you make friends, really good friends. Omar and I have been fishing on Hubbard's boats for decades. He is a good friend. Omar began fishing 1/2 day trips on the MISS PASS-A-GRILLE ll. Today, still with Hubbard's, he fishes the Florida Middle Grounds: Yes! The Florida Middle Grounds is really that good. Today, as yesterday, this Florida Treasure will put a huge smile on anyone's face. Women are no exception. Girls are always welcome; welcome and treated with respect. In my over four decades of fishing on the Florida Fisherman l, and now ll, I have never seen a woman mistreated in any way. However, I must admit, it's embarrassing when they, as they often do, out-fish us. As we all know our nation has been virtually shut down for weeks. May 5, 2020, the Florida was back on the water again; May 8, was trip number two. The fishing was, as usual, fantastic. On Tuesday's trip we fished immediately before the last super full moon of the year, Friday immediately after. Both trips ended up with a mountain of fish: Friday 05/15/20, 3:00 P.M., let's do it again. The weather look Florida Picture Perfect:. Let's troll for Kings on the way out: We will be fishing the last quarter of the moon phase. Come 6 A.M. Sunday morning will another 'mountain' of fish hit the dock? Let's go see: Late Friday evening. The Grounds are still a few hours off. Let's hit our bunks. After-all, we will be fishing until Saturday evening: Let the fights begin! As usual, it's next to impossible to get away from the 'endangered' American Red Snapper: Payback time is near. Per NOAA, The 2020 American Red Snapper season for those fishing on vessels with a federal for-hire reef fish permit is 62 days in federal Gulf of Mexico waters. the season will begin at 12:01 A.M. June 1, and close 12:01 A.M. August 2. Here is one we can keep, and it's a beauty: Good job, Dan. The record Yellowtail Snapper stands at 8 pounds 9 ounces caught off Ft. Myers. Talk about 'a beauty'! Take a look at those mangrove Snapper: Talk about good to eat! Vermilion Snapper like this will put a BIG smile on anyone's face: Want more of a fight? Well! You asked for it: Saturday morning: The good-eats continue... Are you still... June 1, can't come soon enough: Saturday evening: Father/Son bonding... The perfect ending to a memorable trip. It's... John is very proud of his very tasty Strawberry (Speckled Hind) grouper. Talk about tasty; Chef, South Jersey Girl, Tammy puts her own special touch to everything she cooks. And it shows: What a woman! Master chef, and a Master photographer: Long range fishing on the last quarter moon phase Credits: Tampa Bay Times NOAA Windfinder Wikipedia
  11. Hubbard's 44 hour full moon trip As we know all too well many of us have been virtual prisoners in our own homes; the stress level is off the chart. Remembering our adventures of days gone by can easily change that frown into an ear-to-ear smile. Talk about adventures, once we pass the 600 foot mark the fish off our Central Florida beaches are completely different. Ever see a Longtail Bass? How about a Queen Snapper: Here are some eye openers: Barrelfish, Snowy (noE) Grouper, and Yellowedge Grouper: I took those pictures. They still open my eyes every time I look at them. Traditionally fishing around the full of the moon is often outstanding. The fish seem to go a little 'crazy!' Let's take a look: With the beginning of May many of us are, once again, getting back on the water; back in a BRIGHT way. The Flower Moon of May, May 7, is the last supermoon of the year. It will light-up the sky. To honor the occasion the Florida Fisherman ll will sail on Tuesday, before the supermoon, and then the BIG one, on Friday a 44 hour, fish all night 'super' trip. Talk about 'getting back on the water!' Tuesday, May 5. Getting back with a huge snapper trip. Talk about HUGE. Take a look at that 50# Cubera Snapper, and really nice African Pompano: Friday, May 8, 2020, a very special day. Not only the last supermoon of the year, but a 'very special' day for one of America's best, Mr. Kevin Myers. To honor Kevin's graduation Kevin's father, Mr. Jesse Myers, is taking his son on a very special 44 hour supermoon trip deep into the very heart of our Gulf of Mexico. But the celebration of Kevin's graduation does not stop there. Kevin is joining the army. He will serve our country. He will help keep us safe. The Apache helicopter, is a BIG, BAD fighting machine, one of the best ever: At a cost of up to $35,000,000 each the Apache helicopter is a HUGE investment in our freedom. Kevin will be a highly skilled, highly trained Apache mechanic. Thank you Sir, thank you for helping keep us safe, keeping us free. Kevin may be able to keep one of the best helicopter on the planet in the sky flying, but can he out-do the mighty Amberjack on the water? Well! Jesse, Sir you can be proud of that son of yours. He is a real man Now, let's take a look at some real action. Trolling on a head boat? You had better believe it: Prices what-back-when were a 'little' different from today: But the action is still fantastic. Ever hear of outriggers on a headboat? You will not only hear, but see them on the Florida: Check out the on-the-water action packed video at the end of this report: Friday night: June will be pay-back time: Many had their federal two day limit of 20 Mangrove Snapper before the sun came up: Now here is something we seldom see 100 miles off Madeira Beach, Florida, a Red Fish: Saturday, looks like the Mangrove Snapper are still hungry: The deep water, great eating, Vermilion Snapper will put a BIG smile on anyone's face: Shark attack: The ladies show us how it's done: Jason, can't you teach the guys a trick or two? This is getting embarrassing: More lady power: Even if they do out-fish us it's always an honor having these angleretts on the Florida: This is our Florida. As one season closes, another opens. June 1, 2020, Gag Grouper & Red Snapper pay back time: Dan has been fishing on the Florida for many years. He is not only a very good fisherman, but a great guy. I am honored to call him a friend: To talk about 'very good' is to talk about the pride of the south, Florida's on South Jersey Galley Wench. That's not just a burger, that's a... Not only is our Tammy great in the galley, but also behind the camera. She took the Tuesday & Friday trips pictures. Thank you New Jersey, thank you for sending us Tammy. Back at the dock: Traditionally fishing around the full of the moon is often outstanding. The fish seem to go a little 'crazy!' Join us in June as we find out first-hand...
  12. Hubbard's 44 hour full moon trip As we know all too well many of us have been virtual prisoners in our own homes; the stress level is off the chart. Remembering our adventures of days gone by can easily change that frown into an ear-to-ear smile. Talk about adventures, once we pass the 600 foot mark the fish off our Central Florida beaches are completely different. Ever see a Longtail Bass? How about a Queen Snapper: Here are some eye openers: Barrelfish, Snowy (noE) Grouper, and Yellowedge Grouper: I took those pictures. They still open my eyes every time I look at them. Traditionally fishing around the full of the moon is often outstanding. The fish seem to go a little 'crazy!' Let's take a look: With the beginning of May many of us are, once again, getting back on the water; back in a BRIGHT way. The Flower Moon of May, May 7, is the last supermoon of the year. It will light-up the sky. To honor the occasion the Florida Fisherman ll will sail on Tuesday, before the supermoon, and then the BIG one, on Friday a 44 hour, fish all night 'super' trip. Talk about 'getting back on the water!' Tuesday, May 5. Getting back with a huge snapper trip. Talk about HUGE. Take a look at that 50# Cubera Snapper, and really nice African Pompano: Friday, May 8, 2020, a very special day. Not only the last supermoon of the year, but a 'very special' day for one of America's best, Mr. Kevin Myers. To honor Kevin's graduation Kevin's father, Mr. Jesse Myers, is taking his son on a very special 44 hour supermoon trip deep into the very heart of our Gulf of Mexico. But the celebration of Kevin's graduation does not stop there. Kevin is joining the army. He will serve our country. He will help keep us safe. The Apache helicopter, is a BIG, BAD fighting machine, one of the best ever: At a cost of up to $35,000,000 each the Apache helicopter is a HUGE investment in our freedom. Kevin will be a highly skilled, highly trained Apache mechanic. Thank you Sir, thank you for helping keep us safe, keeping us free. Kevin may be able to keep one of the best helicopter on the planet in the sky flying, but can he out-do the mighty Amberjack on the water? Well! Jesse, Sir you can be proud of that son of yours. He is a real man Now, let's take a look at some real action. Trolling on a head boat? You had better believe it: Prices what-back-when were a 'little' different from today: But the action is still fantastic. Ever hear of outriggers on a headboat? You will not only hear, but see them on the Florida: Check out the on-the-water action packed video at the end of this report: Friday night: June will be pay-back time: Many had their federal two day limit of 20 Mangrove Snapper before the sun came up: Now here is something we seldom see 100 miles off Madeira Beach, Florida, a Red Fish: Saturday, looks like the Mangrove Snapper are still hungry: The deep water, great eating, Vermilion Snapper will put a BIG smile on anyone's face: Shark attack: The ladies show us how it's done: Jason, can't you teach the guys a trick or two? This is getting embarrassing: More lady power: Even if they do out-fish us it's always an honor having these angleretts on the Florida: This is our Florida. As one season closes, another opens. June 1, 2020, Gag Grouper & Red Snapper pay back time: Dan has been fishing on the Florida for many years. He is not only a very good fisherman, but a great guy. I am honored to call him a friend: To talk about 'very good' is to talk about the pride of the south, Florida's on South Jersey Galley Wench. That's not just a burger, that's a... Not only is our Tammy great in the galley, but also behind the camera. She took the Tuesday & Friday trips pictures. Thank you New Jersey, thank you for sending us Tammy. Back at the dock: Traditionally fishing around the full of the moon is often outstanding. The fish seem to go a little 'crazy!' Join us in June as we find out first-hand... Talk about a real winner: Happy Mothers Day, Tammy: On the water video: https://youtu.be/JbmByzwpFfY Photo credits: Deep-drop pictures: Bob H. Stills: Tammy K. Video: John M.
  13. Back on the water For many of us stay-at-home has been the name of the game. Ever so slowly we are getting-out a little more than we have been. Getting out under very strict, necessary, rules. Fishing is no exception. On the Florida Fisherman ll that means, smaller number of anglers, stay at home if not feeling well, have the slightest temperature, and staying at home for those in the high risk categories. In addition, the 6 foot rule will be the name of the game. Groups who travel together will be the only exception. What we as a nation are going through is unprecedented in our time. For many the stress level is off-the-chart. We desperately need some serious relief. For the avid angler relief is spelled FISHING! After all, per our Governor... Both Hunting & Fishing Are Essential! May, 2019, the fishing was fantastic: Will May, 2020, be as good? Only one way to find out. Come along as we find out together. It's looking good! Check out this really nice Cubera Snapper: As the sun goes down safety, safety safety! Just being out here, being one with nature, is therapy beyond belief. Who could ask for anything more? Well! A fish or two would really help in or need, our quest, for some, 'serious relief'! The 'SUPER' full moon will be May 7, 2020, @ 3:45 A.M. The moon will be 227,934 miles from earth. It will be extremely bright. Is fishing better before or after the full of the moon? This Tuesday 39 hour Middle Grounds and vicinity trip will be just before the full moon. On Friday's 44 hour adventure we will be fishing the day after the May 'Flower Moon'. Both trips should be absolutely fantastic. Late Tuesday evening, The moon can't wait to do it's thing: The fish, well! They can't wait either. They are hungry and ready for a fight: The snapper are on fire: It's looking good, really good: Wednesday morning: Hope the fish are still hungry: They are: The best of the best... The Scamp Grouper: It's May, it's AJ Time: Talk about a box full of fine eats: The 'endangered' American Red Snapper. 'Catch' you next month: Now that's a huge Mangrove Snapper: Talk about 'huge' snapper! Check out the huge teeth on this Cubera: Just being out here, being one with nature, is therapy beyond belief. Is the therapy working? This huge smile says...ABSOLUTELY! Thanks to Tammy for being not only the girl behind the grill, but also behind the camera. And a very special thanks to Captain Dylan Hubbard, and generation # 5, Jack Wilson Hubbard, for making it all possible.
  14. I remember Tampa Part 2 Part 1 has generate so many memories for so many. Decided to do a Part 2. I am a proud Tampa native who has lived in Tampa my entire 78 years. I learned to love the city and its people. In the seventies I worked for Tarnow Fine Meats. Tarnow specialized in... Paul Tarnow, Owner/President, insisted on producing the very best. Hamburger meat was no exception. I know, I watched Roy, the #1 man in hamburger, make it, and I sold it. Only the very best Argentina beef was ever used. Why Argentina beef? Let's take a look. Argentinian beef, per Wikipedia, has earned a reputation of being some of the world's best. In the 16th century the Spanish introduced cattle to the 289,577 square mile prairie to Argentina. The humid climate and seemingly endless, flat, prairie lands were absolutely perfect for growing cow-friendly grass. The Argentina cattle graze on rich pampas grass resulting in leaner, more flavorful and nutritious beef. Remember Biff Burger? I sold them fresh, never frozen, Tarnow hamburger meat. The restaurant business has always been very competitive. Every restaurant wants to have something know as 'their-thing'! For Biff Burger their 'thing' was dipping their hamburgers in a special, very tasty, sauce: That sauce was absolutely fantastic. Spent many afternoons at my favorite Dale Mabry Biff Burger: Unfortunately the Biff Burger is long gone, but the water tower still stands today. Biff Burger was good, very good. But Burger Chef was even better. I also sold them fresh, never frozen, Argentina ground beef: Prices were a 'little' different way back when: Why was Burger Chef so good? That question could easily be answered with the first visit. This was different, really different: The 'WORKS BAR' was nothing but fantastic. You yourself piled on whatever you like best: Wow! Did we ever pile it on: Part 1 has generate so many memories for so many. Decided to do a Part 2. I will never forget Biff Burger and Burger Chef. Anyone else remember going there?
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