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Fishing the Fishing Capital of the World

harbisonharbison Posts: 4,393 Captain
Fishing the Fishing Capital of the World
Our state has so much to offer so many. Not too long ago Florida was the least populated of all the Southern states. By contrast, in 2018 Florida is the third most populous, and the eighth most densely populated state in the entire United States, and, for good reason. Our tropical weather is what most can only dream of. And, for the avid outdoors sportsmen/women, the Sunshine State offers not only superb fishing, but outstanding hunting opportunities. Many who fish, also hunt. In Florida 190,526 paid hunting licenses were purchased in 2017. The number one target, the Florida deer:

Followed closely by the Florida willd boar. I celebrated wedding anniversary # 46, and birthday # 76, by harvesting this trophy:

In addition, Florida offers outstanding turkey hunting opportunities. First up the ever so hard to hunt Osceola wild turkey:

And the grand-daddy of them all, the Eastern trophy:

Thanks to responsible FWC management, and strict enforcement of regulations, our woods & waters are safe and productive. The FWC is everywhere:


  • harbisonharbison Posts: 4,393 Captain
    Great hunting and outstanding fishing... This is Our Florida!
    Think Florida hunting is great? Wait until you try fishing in the Sunshine State!
    Florida is widely recognized as the...
    and for good reason. With 2,279 miles of tidal shoreline, 11,000 miles of waterways, countless lakes and streams, and offshore fishing second to none, the Sunshine State is a twelve month wonderland. In addition, Florida leads the nation in total angler expenditures. State income tax? Not Florida! Per the National Marine Fisheries Service 2017 report, $8.0 billion dollars, supporting 114,898 jobs, can be attributed to Florida fishing. Florida is so important to the sports fishing industry that the International Game and Fish Association (IGFA) headquarters has been located in Florida since 1950. Ever wonder why Florida is the 'Fishing Capital of the World'? Per the IGFA Florida is # 1 in the number of Game Fish records: Total all time Florida Game Fish records, 4,557, Florida's current 979 records completely overshadows the next highest, California, 323, Alaska, 320. Whether lakes, ponds or stream, bridge fishing, flats fishing, fishing from a kayak, or spearfishing, there is always fish ready to be caught. And, not to be left out, is the granddaddy of them all... offshore fishing. Exactly how good is Florida offshore fishing? Come along with us, witness first hand, from the deck of Hubbard's Marina Florida Fisherman ll exactly how good Florida Fishing can be. Outstanding catches are common week in, week out, twelve months out of the year. Prepare to be amazed at the versatility and numbers of fishes caught. Madeira Beach, Florida, we are out of here:

    Madeira Beach, Florida, with its tropical, crystal clear, warm water, and sun-bleached white, sandy, beach, is hard to leave. But leave we must. We are on a mission, a mission to catch fish, a lot of fish:

  • harbisonharbison Posts: 4,393 Captain
    This is serious fishing for serious fishermen/women. Long time first mate, Will, shows us exactly how to:

    We will be fishing deep, very deep, into the very heart of the Fabulous Florida Middle Grounds and beyond. On the long ride out our very comfortable bunks are our best friends:

    The early Wednesday morning action is on-going:

  • harbisonharbison Posts: 4,393 Captain
    This is turning into a major catch.  'Fishing the Fishing Capital of the world' is where to be:


  • harbisonharbison Posts: 4,393 Captain
    The fish are ready for a fight, but so are we:

  • harbisonharbison Posts: 4,393 Captain
    It's been a long, hard fought, night, day. We are fished-out tired, and ever so hungry. Before we hit our bunks for the long ride home, it's 'Jersey Girl' Tammy time:

    Let's get ready to hit our bunks. We are stuffed and ever so tired. We are completely 'fished out'!  
    Talk about a quick night. Thursday morning... It can't be!

    This has been a trip, an adventure, never to be forgotten. Next up, May 17, is the big one, a 63 hour deep drop trip. We will be fishing waters well over 600 feet deep for snowy grouper, tile fish, and, many seldom seen fishes. Ever see a longtail bass? You will:

    For this very special 63 hour trip Captains Mark Hubbard and Captain Bryon Holland, along with long-time first mate Will McClure will be guiding us.

    Any doubts about, 'Fishing the Fishing Capital of the World'? Doubt no more!

    The 'in-the-money' jackpot winning Amberjack hit the scales at 51.0 pounds, mangrove snapper was a real winner at 7.3 pounds. 

    Check out the short, action packed, live on-the-water video of our trip: (click on the YouTube link)


    This just in. Thanks to Mr. Cliff Vandenbosch for supplying the following pictures. Those African pompano are monsters:

    Bob Harbison
    Florida Outdoor Writers Association

  • harbisonharbison Posts: 4,393 Captain
    edited May 2018 #7
    This just in...  As the Florida leaves on the Friday 39 hour trip Will misses the great rope toss!

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