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  1. Native Floridian

    We Want Our Lives Back

    We Want Our Lives Back As we know all too well the life we know is under-siege. The Coronavirus cases in Florida has been confirmed at over 5,000 cases and counting. With 777,000+ global cases the threat is worldwide. The best scientist on the planet are working 24/7 to find a solution. Drugs such as Remdesivir, Abbvie, and Moderna may prove to be the answer. Only time will tell. How much time is anyone's guess. We want our lives back. For many 'our lives' are centered around fishing. Fishing is more than a hobby; it's a way of life. My 'way of life' began many years ago fishing the miles of grass flats along the Courtney Campbell Causeway, and later the Tampa Tarpon Tournament. In the early sixties I found Bunces Pass. The trout, mackerel, flounder, and pompano fishing was outstanding: Salty Sol and Captain Wilson Hubbard kept us up to date: Today Captain Dylan Hubbard, Captain Wilson's grandson, keeps us up to date with his Live Stream Show every Sunday evening at 8:30 P.M. Per Captain Dylan, the John's Pass Bridge & Jetty areas are open and loaded with fish just waiting to b caught: Let's join Captain Hubbard, and his faithful companion, Capt. Sig, in saying a little prayer that the siege is short lived: As we all know the weather this year has left lot to be desired. As the weather improves, so does the fishing. Florida Fishing in April can be absolutely fantastic. Let's take a look at yester-year: And finally: Due to Cornavirus most marinas are closed and head-charter boats remain at the dock. That doe's not mean fishing must stop. Fish famous John's Pass Bridge Area & Jetty remain open with fish just waiting to be caught. Recent catches as seen on Captain Dylan's TV show: We want our lives back. For many 'our lives' are centered around fishing. Fishing is more than a hobby; it's a way of life.
  2. Native Floridian

    Part of our heritage

    Part of our heritage Our Florida is a four season wonderland with cultural treasures stretching from north to south and all parts in between. In Northern Florida we have the Forest Capital Museum State Park: The Museum, opened in 1968, pays homage to Florida's notorious longleaf pines: Nearly 5,000 products manufactured from pine are on display. In 1972 Senator Pete Gibson's family added yet another cultural treasure to the exhibits, the Cracker Homestead: In the southern most part of Florida we find Key West. Earnest Hemingway called Key West home. He lived and wrote here for more than ten years: Hemingway found solace and great physical challenge in the turquoise waters that surround this tiny island. Today Key West is a good reason why Florida is known as the Fishing Capital of the World: Now, let's take a close look at the rich history of Central Florida. John LeVeque, a Frenchman by birth, found work as a cabin boy in a Spanish Galleon, 1836. Heading for the New World his ship was attacked by pirates. LeVeque was invited to join the pirate crew as a galley slave in return for his life. Cold and afraid he accepted their offer. Within a decade he went from Galley Slave to pirate himself, and then from First Mate to Captain of his very own pirate ship. In his entire career as a pirate the fortune he had amassed totaled one chest of "Pieces of Eight" and Spanish doubloons. The chest was hidden right off the beach on an island on Florida's West Coast, an area he would often times visit when he had to hide out for a while. This un-named, isolated, island would someday be named Madeira Beach. One day, Taking only a small boat, meager supplies, and his treasure map he headed for his hideout on Madeira Beach where he planned on digging up his treasure and continuing on to New Orleans. As he sailed North into the coastal waters he noticed a storm on the horizon. Recognizing the storm as a hurricane, LeVeque held back and waited overnight as the hurricane ran its course. The next morning, September 27, 1848, he found that the hurricane had cut his long skinny island in two. His treasure map was useless. The storm had destroyed the very area of the island where his treasure had been buried. As he sailed through the new pass he realized his treasure had been lost forever. Since that day, in honor of John LeVeque's discovery and maiden passage through the waterway, the inlet has been known as John's Pass. LeVeque lived out his days to see his isolated island become a quaint fishing community. In 1980 Wilson Hubbard helped convince the city to permit building of a public waterfront boardwalk along John's Pass. Captain Wilson Hubbard was a man of vision. He was instrumental in the development of the larger community of John's Pass Village. In 1982 and 1983 Hubbard added quaint boardwalk shops around his Marina: John's Pass Village and Boardwalk has become a popular attraction while retaining its feeling of a rustic fishing village where people can still fined humble lodging and enjoy's Florida's simple pleasures such as strolling along the waterfront, dolphin watching, nature cruising, and of course, catching and eating fish: Something for one & all: Ever hear of a floating bar? Nothing new to Madeira Beach: Welcome to: At night the entire Boardwalk area is party-time: Today, due to the coronavirus, the entire area is all but: Hopefully, some day soon, we will get back to: Our Florida is a four season wonderland with cultural treasures stretching from north to south and all parts in between.
  3. Native Floridian

    Keep on Fishing

    Keep on Fishing Per Captain Dylan Hubbard "It is with a very heavy heart that we are reaching out to let you know that we have made the tough decision to CLOSE our doors starting tomorrow for two weeks. We will plan on re-opening Tuesday April 7th at 6am . This decision has been super tough, but we feel its best for the safety of our staff, crew, captains and our families. Plus, the health and safety of our guests and fishing friends! At Hubbard’s Marina we are family owned and operated and we feel as though our guests, clients and friends that frequent us are as much apart of our family as our staff, crew and captains and that is why we feel this decision is best. Despite being outside in the open air on our boats we feel the danger is just too high to spread this awful virus if we remain in operation." Scientist all over the world are working to curtail this "awful virus." Let's all say a little prayer that the end comes quickly and we can get back to... Keep on Fishing Friday, March 20, 2020, the Florida Fisherman ll is ready to go, ready to challenge the mighty fish that call the Florida Middle Grounds home. The fast, tricky, Blackfin Tuna is no match for Justin: 'Catch' Justin in action at the very beginning of the video at the end of this report. Justin is anxious to... The Great Line Toss OH NO! Will misses: Will's daughter, Madison, has agreed to teach Daddy how to 'toss the line'! Midnight, 100 miles off Madeira Beach, Florida: Rich leads the way: The 'hit-and-run' specialist are on fire: Think it's just a man's world? Think again! The Florida's fishing coach, Mr. John Martin, not only tells us how, he shows us: The grill is not the only thing Tammy has mastered: Nice night's work: Saturday... Mr. Richard Gollis is taking pictures for us to see, first hand, the action up close and personal. Rich does a lot more than take pictures: Middle Grounds Mangrove Snapper tend to be a 'little' on the LARGE size: We can keep 20 each, and there is NO closed season: Beautiful! Bet Madison would love to see grouper like these beauties: BIG Guy... See you in June: Now these we can keep One of America's best, Mr' Leo Smith, representing the United States Marines. I am proud to call this man-among-men a friend: No matter how hard we try, we cannot get away from the 'endangered' American Red Snapper: And now, the fish of the day, a huge Graysby Grouper: Graysby Grouper are common in our waters, but not this size. This is one of the largest ever caught on the Florida Fisherman ll. The Grasby Grouper can be found from North Carolina to southern Florida, Bermuda, the Gulf of Mexico, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. Typical size is under 10 inches, with a maximum size of 16.5 inches. The All-Tackle World Record is 2 pounds 8 ounces, caught March 2, 1998, Stetson Rock, Texas. What a trip: Picture Florida Perfect Weather, Southern Hospitality, and plenty of fish. Late Saturday evening. We have been fishing ever since midnight Friday: After a hot shower, a fantastic meal, and a good night's sleep, we are... Back at the dock: Nothing like coming home in the money: Scientist all over the world are working to curtail this "awful virus." Let's all say a little prayer that the end comes quickly and we can get back to... Sunday morning... Tammy returns home to her 'little-man'. Say hello to Dingo: A very special thanks to Mr. Richard Gollis for sharing the trip in picture with us, and for showing us how to catch really nice fish. Thank you Sir! 'Catch' all the action in the 'Keep on Fishing' video: https://youtu.be/Tvhhnbe97oU
  4. Native Floridian

    Hubbard's Marina and the Coronavirus

    Hubbard's Marina and the Coronavirus Fishing is extremely important for the Sportsmen/women who fish, or would like to fish, in the Fishing Capital of the World. In addition, fishing is critical to the economy of Florida. Per American Sportsfishing Association and Southwick Associates: $$$ spent Saltwater recreational fishing per year $9.2 billion $$$ Saltwater & Freshwater recreational fishing combined: $11.5 billion Florida jobs supported by fishing: Saltwater: 88,501 Saltwater & Freshwater combined: 106,000 Hubbard's Marina has been taking anglers fishing ever since 1928: No greater thrill than... Today we are being forced to deal with Coronavirus. Does this mean our beloved fishing must stop? NO WAY! Per Captain Dylan Hubbard, fourth generation owner/operator of Hubbard's Marina: Captain Dylan is keeping up posted as to what to expect: 3/21/20, directly from the desk of Captain Dylan Hubbard: "At this time, we are currently open for business. However, this is an ever-changing landscape we are currently in and we are trying to remain fluid to any changing conditions or restrictions. However, for now we are operating with light loads (Less than half capacity) and doing the best we can to make it happen. We are outside in open air, the boats are cleaned daily from top to bottom with heavy bleach daily. We’re having plenty of fun in the sun out on the water. Our staff is not permitted to work if they are feeling at all under the weather and we are using heavy lysol and bleach wipes in our office and storage daily too. We are taking every precaution we possibly can. You are more than welcome to join us if you so choose. We are going to have some fun and enjoy the water and we hope you will too!" Last weekend's 39 hour trip did just that: On 3/20/20 the Florida Fisherman ll left on another 39 hour trip to the fabulous Florida Middle Grounds. Full report, with on-the-water video to follow. Captain Dylan continues: "WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY PLANNING ANY CANCELLATIONS OR CLOSURES DUE TO CORONA, but the discussions are happening and if anything changes we will reach out to those who are currently booked on any affected trips and we will be making announcements via our social media pages & email newsletter. Currently open: Shell key ferry & all fishing trips limited capacities + Kayak & Paddleboard rentals Currently closed: Egmont key ferry, Beach cabanas, and 3hr shelling trip" Guys and Girls, we are all in this together. Together we will conquer it!
  5. Native Floridian

    Just switched to Spectrum

    I have been a huge Westerns fan my entire life. I kinda pattern myself after Wyatt Earp. You know that brave courageous and bold stuff. I was devastated when Frontier dropped the Stars/Encore Movie package. My no commercial Western channel was gone forever. Decided to switch to Spectrum. Wyatt is back in full force. The bad guys do not have a chance. I use two computers, an older HP is my backup; my newer DELL is my #1 Just had the HP up-graded to Windows 10. Working great. My DELL is super fast.: 8 core Intel Processor 16 GB RAM 2 TERA solid state hard drive. Well satisfied with the speed I am getting from Spectrum:
  6. Native Floridian

    Snapper City

    Snapper City For the first time in many weeks the weekend weather looks Florida perfect: Time to head offshore, way offshore, in search of the 'hit-and-run' expert, Mangrove Snapper, and the ever so fun to catch Vermilion Snapper. The Vermilion (Beeliner) is a species of snapper native to the western Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina to Bermuda including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to Brazil. Vermilions inhabit waters from just over 100 feet to around 980 feet. They are rare deeper than 330 feet. Beeliners can reach a length of 24 inches, but most do not exceed 14 inches. The greatest recorded weight is 7.1 pounds. Vermilion Snapper, when prepared fresh, are extremely good eating. Their claim to fame is that they are often sold for Red Snapper. Picture Florida perfect weather and hungry snapper. It's time, way past time, to visit Snapper City. As Will does it again our 39 hour Florida Fisherman ll trip begins with a good omen. To talk about a 'good omen' is to talk about Will's daughter, Madison. I have had the honor of knowing Will for many years. He is one of the good ones. With a Daddy like Will Madison will grow into a lady to be proud of: As we all know way too well we are facing hard, dangerous, times back home. No better way to 'get-away' from it all than spending 39 hours with great friends, fantastic food, and plenty of fish: Did someone say plenty of fish? Plenty of 'BIG' fish: Talk about Mangrove Snapper to be proud of: Don't forget the Red Grouper: Looks like the 'endangered' Red Snapper are hungry also: Oh No! Talk about variety: 'Catch' you in June: Talk about hungry snapper; talk about 'Snapper City!' Did someone say hungry? Tammy, you are the best! One last Grouper... Before: Terrible for our fishery, but excellent on the table: On my last deer hunting trip to Maine I stopped at a fish market in Portland. The only fish I recognized was Porgy: Looks like we are not the only ones looking for a snapper dinner: Now that Porgy is worthy of a picture: Talk about being 'worthy'! Really BIG Vermilion Snapper will put a BIG smile on anyone's face: Welcome to, 'Snapper City'! By our standards the fishing was a little slower than we would have liked to have seen. But we ended up with a nice catch enjoyed by old and new fiends, fantastic food, and Florida Perfect Weather. Back at the dock. We will never forget: Thank you Captain Bryon for leading us to, 'Snapper City'! "If you're too busy to go fishing you're just too buy" Now where have we heard that before: Catch the video of our trip: https://youtu.be/3QD4k8_kA6c
  7. Native Floridian

    Coronavirus A Must Read

    The new Coronavirus may not show sign of infection for many days. How can you know if you are infected? By the time you have fever and/or cough and go to the hospital, the lung is usually 50% fibrosis. Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning: Take a deep breath and hold it for more than 10 seconds. If you do this successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, there is no fibrosis in the lungs; it basically indicates no infection. In critical times, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air. Serious excellent advice by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases: Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat are moist, never dry. Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least. Why? Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill all the virus. If you don't drink enough water regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and then the lungs. That's very dangerous. Please send and share this with family and friends. IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - CORONAVIRUS: 1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold. 2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose. 3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees C. (About 77 degrees F.) It hates the Sun. 4. If someone sneezes with it, it goes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne. 5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours - so if you come into contact with any metal surface, wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap. 6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it. 7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice. 8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but - a lot can happen during that time - you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on. 9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice. 10. Can't emphasis enough - drink plenty of water! The SYMPTOMS: 1. It will first infect the throat, so you will have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days. 2. The virus then blends to nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes 5/6 days further. 3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing. 4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you are drowning. It is imperative you then seek immediate attention.
  8. Personal: I have been sailing on the Florida Fisherman l, and now ll, for over 40 years. I have been fishing and hunting ever since the late forties. Finally, at 78, balancing on boats and charging through swamps for decades has taken it's toll. I no longer feel safe sailing on boats. I still hunt, but on a very limited basis. Tammy informs me that many of my long time friends on the Florida Fisherman are concerned about be. Thank you so much for your concern; greatly appreciated. I am doing fine! Don't really like this getting old stuff. After all, I have never been 78 before. March Madness 2020 Our Florida is a twelve month fisherman's paradise on earth. March is no exception. However, as the season begins to change the weather often tends to be a 'little' on the nasty side: 2020 has been no exception; the weather has been terrible. Fishing has been extremely limited. Weather permitting let's take a look back at what March can be like. March, 2014... March 2016 March 2017 March 2019 (note the circled food) Did somebody say food? Finally... The weather is improving. Let's go catch some fish. The 5 and 10 hour trips do not produce the huge catches as enjoyed on virtually every extended long range trip. But that does not stop the fun. Let's go fishing! These fish, these smiles, are for real: Now let's take a look at Tuesday's 03/10/20 extended 39 hour Middle Grounds & vicinity trip. Thanks to 'Jersey Girl' Tammy for stepping away from the grill long enough to prove that she is, in addition to being a master chef, a very good photographer. On a personal note... Tammy's youngest brother has cancer. She has just returned from New Jersey where she has been by her brother's side. Please remember them in your prayers. Tammy's trusted companion, Dingo, is keeping a close eye on both Tim & Tammy. Mr.Tim Fischer travels regularly from Indian, over 1,000 miles, to fish on the Florida Fisherman ll. Tuesday's 39 hour trip: This weekend's weather is looking Picture Florida Perfect. Mr. John Martin will be on the Florida taking both stills & video. Hope to have an action packed video to share. Jump on board; John would love to video you with your huge catch. Our Florida is a twelve month fisherman's paradise on earth. March is no exception.
  9. Native Floridian

    We will never forget

    American Pride We will never forget We may have our differences, but that only makes us stronger. The strongest of the strong; the best of the best: We will... American Pride
  10. Native Floridian


    REMEMBERING THE TAMPA TARPON TOURNAMENT As a Tampa native I will never forget the excitement of fishing the Tampa Tarpon Tournament. In the sixties this was big, really BIG! This was the #1 weigh-in station located on Bayshore Blvd. Note the cars of the day & the Tampa population. The 2020 population of Tampa is 392,890. During my Jesuit High School years my favorite Tarpon Stomping Grounds was the Howard Frankland Bridge: The original span of the Howard Frankland Bridge carried two lanes in each direction, no emergency lanes, and had a short concrete strip separating east and westbound traffic. The bridge promptly proved to be a dangerous drive. 10 people died in car accidents in just two years. Head-on collisions were a common culprit, due to the tapered concrete median’s inability to actually keep cars from veering over. Those high lights were a Tarpon fisherman's best friend. At night the light-line under the bridge was a haven for hungry Tarpon. Often the fish were so close to the surface that we could see their dorsal fin sticking out of the water. We would secure our boat under the bridge and fish the light-line. Watching a huge Tarpon take our pinfish five feet under our feet was something never to be forgotten. Often we would invite the local media to fish with us. Mr. Archie Blount, Sports editor of the Tampa Times. Here my brother, and one of our Jesuit friends, weigh-in a nice Tarpon at the old Tampa Bay Marina. Anyone remember Mr. Jimmy Sass, Marina dock master? Today we still have Tarpon tournaments, but the fish are released alive. We can all be thankful for that. As a Tampa native I will never forget the excitement of fishing the Tampa Tarpon Tournament. In the sixties this was big, really BIG!
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    THE REAL FLORIDA As a Florida native who has been hunting & fishing in the Sunshine State for over 65 years I am very proud of what our state has to offer the outdoor enthusiast. We take great pride in sharing, showcasing, what we are so fortunate to be part of. For many of us showcasing our Paradise on earth has become a way of life. People all over the country just can't get enough of what we enjoy twelve months out of the year. I met this young lady while fishing the fabulous Florida Middle Grounds from the deck of the Florida Fisherman ll. She traveled over 1,000 miles to fish the Fishing Capital of the World. She has a PhD in Chemistry: I asked her, "why are you reading Woods'nWater"? She said, "because I want to know what the real Florida is like". What the 'THE REAL FLORIDA IS LIKE'. Woods'nWater has been showcasing the real Florida for 42 years. I know, I have been reading the articles, enjoying the pictures, real pictures of real people, for most of those 42 years. I celebrated my 78'th birthday through the pages of W'nW: Thanks to Perry, Florida's Woods'nWater Magazine, and Perry's Two Guys And A Hog Outfitters, for making BIG number 78 a birthday I will never forget. Old, young, boy, girl, W'nW showcases one & all. Our Florida is one of the 'grayest' states. 19.1 % of the Sunshine State's population is 65 and older, the highest population in the nation. But to survive hunting and fishing as we know it must depend on the young; they are our future. Drugs... NO WAY! We are too busy fishing & hunting. Talk about proud... Let's take a look at just a few pictures in the W'nW March, 2020, issue: Like to turkey hunt? Twelve year old Anna Conroy shows the boys how to kill 2 birds with one shot: Twelve year old Angel Couskin is serious about her turkey hunting: Representing Perry Florida is ten year old Millie Howard: Eight year old Tucker Kordula: Fourteen year old Avaiee Luttermoser & Nine year old Maggie Bohne: And now, Bob's favorite, hogs. Young Ethan Rich (13) makes granddad proud: Talk about proud... A crossbow for a seven year old. That's enough to but a big smile on any young man's face: And the smiles do no stop with hogs. Nine year old Brantly Mcfarlin: Three of a kind, Kayson & Kolby Bozeman along with Katon Meek: Eight year old Liam Garman caught this beautiful Redfish; nine year old Nolan Garman was ready with the net: People all over the country just can't get enough of what we enjoy twelve months out of the year. Cant get enough of... THE REAL FLORIDA!
  12. Native Floridian

    Frontier or Spectrum

    Frontier or Spectrum Used Verizon Internet, TV, and phone for years. Service was very good and pricing was acceptable. Then came Frontier with problem after problem. Service: As as example, and they are many, the cable leading into my home was cut when the utility company was digging. I saw them do it; called Frontier. Was told "OH NO" we ran a test, its the box outside your house. A few days later they said it was fixed; it was not. A week later they repaired the cable. Was without Internet, TV, phone for almost two weeks. Pricing: Without warning Frontier dropped Stars/Encore. Was offered Showtime free for three months as a trial. Was assured that this would be added to my records. On my first bill I was charged $10.50 for 4 days of Showtime. Called Frontier... Was told that I was never offered Showtime free for three months. There was nothing indicating this in my records. Waited a couple of days, called again. Was told it clearly stated in my records that I was to have Showtime free for three months. Guess we will go to war again next month. Conclusions: Service is terrible. Am told something different every time I call. Question. Thinking about switching to Spectrum. Anyone out there familiar with Spectrum? Would you recommend Spectrum? Thanks! Any help greatly appreciated.
  13. Native Floridian

    Winter in Florida

    Our Florida is a twelve months out of the year fisherman/hunter/gourmet's Paradise. Yes! We love to catch fish, hunt our forests, and enjoy the best of foods. On the water often the January & February catches are something most can only dream about: [URL=https://app.photobucket.com/u/harbisonphoto/p/520eb0a2-2c03-4e28-bbe0-2aed96d1c0ab][/URL] [URL=https://app.photobucket.com/u/harbisonphoto/p/0a9cc846-0ed5-429c-a856-23bad0b571b8][/URL] [URL=https://app.photobucket.com/u/harbisonphoto/p/2f31776d-074a-4a5c-ab7d-39c1c5e29e40][/URL] Unfortunately the winter weather this year has been very 'rough' on our fishing: [URL=https://app.photobucket.com/u/harbisonphoto/p/3db0958f-ed68-4207-bb86-3efca79e3e5b][/URL] But we can still enjoy outstanding hunting: [URL=https://app.photobucket.com/u/harbisonphoto/p/24d0160a-ea33-4228-9cbc-e573473bbe00][/URL] [URL=https://app.photobucket.com/u/harbisonphoto/p/a126d964-1cc6-4093-b00e-c8dd3ad6ce9a][/URL]Like to eat?L Like to eat? Now here is one for you... A sausage/scrambled egg breakfast pizza cooked to perfection in our hot air fryer: Talk about delicious: [URL=https://app.photobucket.com/u/harbisonphoto/p/9d98da51-ab1a-4e1f-b661-aab06b0e87af][/URL] Even better with melted mozzarella cheese, and sprinkled with grated Parmesan. [URL=https://app.photobucket.com/u/harbisonphoto/p/96deff86-237d-4ea9-bc6a-cb7640ace164][/URL] On the Florida Fisherman ll Tammy serves 'the best of foods!' Jersey Girl's chicken & yellow rice is as good as it gets: [URL=https://app.photobucket.com/u/harbisonphoto/p/4a5b58ea-25b1-4c22-baa3-f74414291f39][/URL] This is our Florida, our 'gourmet's Paradise.' Let's put our hot air fryer to work: Wow! Fried to perfection with absolutely no grease: [URL=https://app.photobucket.com/u/harbisonphoto/p/c1f206ed-6266-4307-ae5d-fd7dbf86a0a5][/URL] Tammy, this home version is also 'the best of foods!' [URL=https://app.photobucket.com/u/harbisonphoto/p/384132e8-8f91-4927-a023-f2f96e34c892][/URL] That yellow rice calls for two cups of water. Try it with one cup water, one cup chicken broth, and an ounce of olive oil. Our Florida is a twelve months out of the year fisherman/hunter/gourmet's Paradise. Yes! We love to catch fish, hunt our forests, and enjoy the best of foods. Bob Harbison Florida Outdoor Writers Association
  14. After Salty Sol & Captain Wilson Hubbard As a Florida native who has been fishing the waters of the Sunshine State ever since the late forties one of the most important things I have learned about fishing is you can never know too much. The key to being constantly successful is being willing to learn, and then learn some more. Keep yours eyes open, listen to the experts. In days, years, long ago we had two of the best to learn from, Salty Sol Fleischman, and Captain Wilson Hubbard. Today, 'After Salty Sol & Captain Wilson Hubbard,' we have, following in their footsteps, Captain Wilson's Grandson, Captain Dylan Hubbard. Captain Dylan's live 8:30 P.M. Sunday TV show is not only extremely interesting, but very informative: Want to know what the bottom we fish actually looks like? Captain Dylan will show us: This time of year the Hogfish bite is on fire. I must admit the only 'HOGS' I have ever targeted are equipped with four legs: Let's take a look at hogs that swim: Let's 'learn' some more. Let's take a closer look. The Hogfish is a species of the wrasse (not snapper) family. This best of the best eating fish is native to the Western Atlantic Ocean, living in ranges from Nova Scotia, Canada, to northern South America, including our Gulf of Mexico. This species is currently the only known member of its genus. Think Mangrove Snapper are hard to fool? Hogfish are much harder. Here, per Captain Dylan's TV show, we see a Hogfish cautiously approaching a bait: Will he strike? No Way! Here he goes: Most Hogfish are shot with a speargun. Can they be caught on hook-and-line? Absolutely! Not hard, if you know how. Think those pretty beads are just for looks? Think again! Listen, learn, from the fourth generation Florida Fisherman, Captain Dylan Hubbard. This happy angler did just that: Talk about a happy angler. A nice Hogfish will put a smile on anyone lucky enough, good enough, to catch one: They are getting bigger: Now, let's take a closer look at another gourmet delight the Tripletail: The Tripletail's body appears to have three tails. Actually this is just the long rounded dorsal and anal fins, extending almost to the tail. They have a sloping head with small eyes. Color can vary from black, grey, brown and yellow depending on habitat. As they mature and grow, some retain a mottled appearance, but the majority change to dark grey, black or a deep bronze color. The Florida Tripletail record stands at 19.5 pounds caught 04/28/62 by Robert E. Batson, Daytona Beach, Florida. The largest on record, 40.8 #'s, was caught by Mr. Thomas D. Lewis, 03/04/98, Ft. Pierce. Personally I have never targeted Tripletail. But I remember seeing many 'float' by as I was night tarpon fishing under the Howard Franklin Bridge. As a means of protective camouflage young Tripletail often turn sideways in the water and float listlessly mimicking floating leaves. Take a look at the fourth largest Tripletail ever recorded. It was caught by Mr. Joshua Jorgensen and hit the scales at 39.5 pounds. Want to 'learn' how-to catch Hogfish, Tripleail, or any other fish that swims in our waters: Learn from, 'After Salty Sol & Captain Wilson Hubbard,' Captain Dylan Hubbard.
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    The Florida I grew up in

    Don't think we had that in Tampa.