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An all Florida week to remember

An all Florida week to remember
For many outdoor enthusiast Florida offers a two sport year round unsurpassed playground to enjoy the great outdoors. Many who enjoy fishing in the 'Fishing Capital of the World' also take to the woods in search of some of the best hunting imaginable. There is no closed season on what is recognized as one of the smartest, most cunning, and sometimes even dangerous animals to ever roam the forest of this tropical wonderland we call Florida, the wild boar hog.
In our 'all Florida week to remember' my daughter, Dee, joins me at Tracy & Crichton Allen's Tiger Island Outfitters. After searching for hours we came across this opportunity:
We took full advantage of the situation. Check out the full report & video, 'Hunting Camp' section FS forum.
Next up, the challenge of the Florida Middle Grounds. There is so much to see and do around John's Pass famous boardwalk. Mister Richard Sipple, a 'regular' on Hubbard's Florida Fisherman ll, catches live pins while watching an authentic pirate ship leave the boardwalk. Only at Madeira Beach, Florida!
As we board the Florida we see the dolphin watch boat coming back from a real adventure. Those people look so excited.
OK! It's off to the fabulous Florida Middle Grounds. We will be fishing deep into the very heart of the Grounds, out where the big boys play. First things first, after a very special Chef Jersey Girl Tammy meat ball sub, let's hit the bunks. The battles ahead will be long and hard fought. We must be at our best.
Two A.M., Saturday morning, Madeira Beach is a distant memory. We are over one hundred miles away from home. Let the battles begin. Mister Leo Smith, a marine, leads us into battle. Leo is fishing spot number 30, starboard side of the Florida. Leo is using forty pound test equipment for snapper. Oh no! That's no snapper. Our marine is equal to the task. That huge gag picked on the wrong person:
Mister Clifton Odenhall is fishing spot number 50. What the heck have I hooked into? This thing is a monster. Clifton, job well done, well done indeed. This is one happy camper. Look at that smile. The mighty AJ is quickly released to fight again. See you next month:
The fishing is slower that we would like, but the Florida's number one box is looking good:
Sun-up over the Florida Middle Grounds. Priceless!
Tammy time:
When Jersey Girl Tammy is not cooking:
Everyone at Hubbard's Marine loves fishing. Ms. Gabby Schmitz, when not working the office, joins us on the Florida Fisherman. Gabby and I have a common bond, we both graduated from the University of Tampa. Only one little difference. I graduated years before Gabby decided it was time for her to join the human race:
Rich, that's a snapper to be proud of:
The great snapper battle continues:
Mister Larry Miller, a Florida 'regular' is winning the great snapper battle. Wonder how Larry would be on larger, much larger, fish? Only time will tell:
Mister Craig Scott, another 'regular' fishes spot number 1. Now that's impressive:
Mister Eddy Summerol, spot number 3, is still another Florida 'regular.' This is family:
Will, gaff that beautiful gag:
Mister Slyder, we are really glad you are a member of our team:
Larry is putting a good old Southern 'hurting' on the elusive mangrove snapper:
Oh no! That's no mangrove snapper. And remember, Larry is using forty pound test snapper equipment:
On and on goes the great battle, man against beast! Finally, one hour later, we see color, the color of a huge sandbar shark:
It's a win, win situation for both fish and fisherman. That monster gave Larry the fight of a life time. Partner, you have earned your freedom. Thanks for the memories that will last forever. (Be sure to see the great fight captured on video at the end of this report):
Mister Scott, we are so proud to have you on our team:
Joe, let's see that very impressive lane snapper:
Not to be left out, the very tasty vermilion snapper are running big and plentiful:
Ms. Dixie Miller, West Palm Beach, Florida, we are so proud to have you on our team. What a smile:
Hold on Dixie, that's no vermilion snapper. There is no give up in this lady. Dixie follows the monster fish from the port side to the stern of the Florida. I can do it; I am woman!
The mighty AJ is absolutely no match for this real woman. We are all so proud of Ms. Dixie Miller: (Check out Dixie in action in the video at the end of this report).
Once again we welcome the hard working, dedicated, biologist of our Florida FWC. Jon is constantly working both sides and the stern of the Florida Fisherman. This is real on the water data. The better the data, the better our fishery. Jon measures, studies, tags, vents, and releases many American reds on this trip. See you in October:
Well! Our 'All Florida week to remember' has finally come to an end. We are still a very long ways away from home. Once again our Florida has proven to be, 'A two sport year round unsurpassed playground to enjoy the great outdoors!' Love to hunt and fish year round, join us in our tropical wonderland.
And the in the money jack pot winners are:

See Larry & Dixie in action. (Click on the following link)

Bob, Florida Outdoor Writers Association, and daughter Dee Harbison


  • TennesseeDaveTennesseeDave Posts: 312 Deckhand
    Thanks Bob! Can't wait to get out there and catch a BIG AJ this weekend! The biggest ones have always been in August so I'll guess I'll give it a shot. Hope to see you then.
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 4,041 Captain
    Dave, looking forward to it. It's always a pleasure to have you on the Florida Fisherman. Bob
  • Navy_FishingNavy_Fishing Posts: 817 Officer
    Where's the pictures of the hogs around the feeder? Those are the best.
  • TennesseeDaveTennesseeDave Posts: 312 Deckhand
    Kind of like chumming for fish!
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 4,041 Captain
    Here is one I took many years ago at Buck & Boar Hunting Club. The use of feeders is kina like chumming for fish, hogs. Often we would go for weeks on end with seeing, catching, nothing if we did not 'chum' them. Bob
  • dredale7dredale7 Posts: 30 Deckhand
    It was great to see you there Bob! Did you get a picture of that goliath that was caught?
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 4,041 Captain
    This was the last goliath I remember seeing. Please do not be a stranger. It's an honor to have you on the Florida. Bob
  • LastMangoLastMango Posts: 4,574 Officer
    Harbison, you post some great reports... I've never done a party boat, but you make it look very worth while... Hats off to you guys over there... I grew up there, but now live in Jupiter...
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 4,041 Captain
    Thank you sir. Party boats, as anything else, have good and bad points. It's really nice to have someone else do all the work, not have to worry about storms, great food, and you own bunk. In addition, the Florida has two huge AC units. Even during July & August be sure to bring a blanke; you will need it.
    The # one bad point is the tangles.
    Take care sir, how is the fishing in Jupiter? Bob
  • LastMangoLastMango Posts: 4,574 Officer
    You know, there's a lot to be liked about fishing over here, 2-3nm offshore the Snapper bite can be pretty strong, in the winters the Mahi and Sailfish can be pretty thick only about 5-6nm offshore, but there's also a lot I miss about the long runs and crazy *** bottom fishing over there... That's why I read all your MG posts... I feel like trailering my Contender 33 over and doing a run out to the elbow.....

    Keep the great post coming man....
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 4,041 Captain
    Looks to me like we who live anywhere in Florida have a great deal to be thankful for. The MG is indeed 'crazy'. Some kind of fishing. I will be headed to the Grounds this weekend for a 39 hour trip. Hope to have a good report. I also love fishing the elbow, talk about big fish.
    Bet that Contender is really something. I go fishing with a friend who has one.

    Talk about fast!
    Best to you & yours. Bob & Dee
  • LastMangoLastMango Posts: 4,574 Officer
    Ouch! Triples..... LOL..... Keep posting man........ Hell, I may drive over one time and join you guys, looks like a LOT of fun.........
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 4,041 Captain
    Between hog hunting & fishing we are ahving a blast! If ever down this way it would be a real honor to have you on the Florida Fisherman.
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