Sharing Our Florida

Sharing Our Florida
As a proud Florida native, and a people person, there is nothing I like better than 'Sharing Our Florida.' The Sunshine state has so much to 'share,' offer, the sportsmen/women of this great land. I have fished the great king fish schools of fifties & sixties. I have hunted on the grounds that are now the University of South Florida. We can no longer hunt the vast USF campus; in addition, the huge king fish schools now exist only in memory; memories long gone, but never forgotten.
Even today, today with Florida's huge population explosion, the Sunshine state has so much to offer. Our deer, turkey, and hog hunting opportunities remains outstanding. And then there is fishing. To say that Florida fishing is good would be a huge understatement. I have been fishing Florida's Middle Grounds and vicinity, on first the Florida Fisherman l, and now ll, for over forty years. Then, as now, the fish boxes are often full. Sharing the stories, adventures, of stuffed fish boxes has become a dream come true for me; payback for the honor of living a lifetime in Paradise. Last week my 'dream' was cut short due to medical reasons. A consequent CAT scan revealed fluid in my lungs, as well as a hernia next to my kidney on the right side. My doctor prescribed a very strong antibiotic therapy that appears to be working. Hopefully I will very soon once again be able to share Our Florida with you. I was forced to miss last weeks overnight Florida Fisherman ll adventure. Regardless, thanks to fellow Florida natives, Captain Dylan Hubbard, and the Florida's fishing Coach, Mr. John Martin, for providing the following pictures of yet another outstanding trip.
Captain Dylan Hubbard:
M. John Martin is an expert's expert. He has been fishing Florida waters, both commercially & recreationally, for decades. John is always more than willing to share his vast knowledge. Mr. John Martin can make a good fisherman a great fisherman:

Mr. John Martin leads by example:
The gags are hot, and, as the weather cools, gag fishing will explode:
The red grouper fishing remains hot:
Want to learn how to limit-out on mangrove snapper? See John:
Want to learn more about trolling? Watch Ed. This expert of experts will catch more fish trolling than the rest of the boat combined:
Hopefully, if health and mother nature permits, I will soon have a first hand report and video to share. As of now the health continues to improve, and the long range weather forecast looks fantastic.
Please follow along, or, better yet, join us in sharing what the Sunshine state has to offer.
Bob Harbison Florida Outdoor Writers Association


  • SaltygatorvetSaltygatorvet TallahasseePosts: 3,427 Captain
    Hope you heal up quickly so you can get back to it.. good luck
    You should have been here yesterday
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 3,401 Captain
    :crossed Thanks! I intend to do everything my doctors suggest. Want to "get back to it" ASAP.
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 3,401 Captain
    Guy/girls, as much as I want to once again get back to sharing what our great state has to offer, my doctors say differently. Just found out I have pneumonia. It's responding well to medication. As of now we do not know of any other problems. I have another CAT scan scheduled for 10/31. This time will be with contrast.
    Hope to be back soon. Please say a little prayer for me.
    Thanks! and best to one & all Bob H.
  • skyway andeskyway ande Posts: 3,693 Captain
    God, Bless Bob Harbison. Amen!
    God, save the South!
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 3,401 Captain
    :USA Thank you so much. My doctor just scheduled another cat scan; one for 10/31, and one for 11/3. I have no idea why. Sharing with my F/S friends will help me to get over whatever is going wrong. I feel like we are family!
  • TarponatorTarponator Under a BridgePosts: 12,712 AG
    Bob, I hope you are feeling better and get well soon....Mike
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 3,401 Captain
    :) Mile, thank you so much.
    I have lost most of my family to cancer, am 1/2 crippled, and sickly. But I am determined to carry on. I am thankful for what I have left, to be a native Floridian, and to have such wonderful, caring, friends. I feel like I am on top of the world. Thank you!
    Best to all my F/S friends. Bob H.
  • Reel-LuckyReel-Lucky Oldsmar, FLPosts: 3,097 Moderator
    Hi Bob,
    Thoughts, prayers and healing vibes sent your way. If you ever need anything...errands run, ride to doctor, grass cut, anything, PM me and I'll make it happen. Hang in there, my friend.
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 3,401 Captain
    :wink John, you will never know how much that means to me. Thankfully my daughter Dee is there to help take care of daddy. Without her I sometimes feel like I would have nothing. Then I stop to think...Hold On! I have my F/S family praying & sending healing vibes my way.
  • MF32YFMF32YF Palm Harbor, FLPosts: 22 Greenhorn
    Praying for you this morning Bob. Thank you for all you do for the FS community and Gulf Coast Anglers.
  • drgibbydrgibby Posts: 1,326 Officer
    Thoughts and prayers.
    It is hard to keep a good man down...............
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 3,401 Captain
    :dance Thanks so much. I feel really great; ready to get back on the water & in the field. But my doctors say No, too soon. Will keep my F/S Family informed. Thanks again!
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