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Southbound Blog

What’s biting and the random ramblings of a local boat Captain.

February 18, 2019

February 18, 2019

Sometimes it's not about what you catch. Sometimes just being out there is worth the "price of admission" I realize, people book me to go out and catch fish and I am always trying to give my customers what they want, But yesterday, We hooked the first Blue Marlin I've...

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Feburary 16, 2019

Feburary 16, 2019

The only thing that has been consistant with the fishing lately is that it is changing every day! One day we have warm SE wind and we catch some Dolphin, (mahi-mahi). The next day the wind is out of the north and cold. Seems like we don't get more than a day or two of...

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No fishing for a couple days

No fishing for a couple days

January 8th-10th, 2019 No fishing for a couple days Took a quick trip to my hunting camp up in Glades County. Saw a lot of hogs and hit 2, but lost the trail and did not recover either. Hate to shoot something and not use it, but fortunately, a dead hog is good for...

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December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018   While much of coastal Florida had to deal with a severe Red Tide earlier this year. Key West got lucky and never saw any sign of it. We’ve had Red Tide scares before, but in my 30+ years on the water, it has never gotten this far South....

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Remembering a Friend

Remembering a Friend

December 2018 This has been a tough year in many ways. Hurricane Irma scared the hell out of me but left me unscathed for the most part. The worst "losses" I had this past year was the loss of friends. Just after Hurricane Irma, I received a call informing me another...

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Hunting Adventure

Hunting Adventure

November 7, 2018 I've been in and out of town a lot the last few weeks. Just got back from a father-son weekend at the hunting camp with some of the kids my wife and I have been sitting for the last few years. They're growing fast and it was time to take them on an...

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Zombie Bike Ride

Zombie Bike Ride

Ema and I got a bit "Zombied up" for the Zombie bike ride (In case you can't tell, that's me on the right) My lovely bride, Emalyn

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In the Boatyard

October 12, 2018 It's been a long couple of months in the boatyard and it's almost over. Started putting in a new deck in late August. We did more than originally planned and it took longer than expected, (always does). But it's starting to look like a boat again and...

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First Big Catch

First Big Catch in 1958 Going through some old photos and, at my wonderful wife's suggestion, I thought it would be fun to put up this picture taken in July of 1958, that's 60 years ago this month. Can't say I remember the picture, the fish or the trip to the Catskill...

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Fish Still Biting!

While there haven't been enough big fish to make me happy, (then again there never are or will be), the dolphin fishing has been good enough that nobody has had to anchor up to catch Snappers. I have nothing against bottom fishing for snapper and grouper this time of...

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Key West Recovers after Hurricane Irma

June 24th, 2018 Key West has fully recovered from Hurricane Irma and then some. We've been very busy since the beginning of the year. I think this is in part to the lack of rooms and services in the middle Keys that were hurt so badly by the storm. Unfortunately, the...

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Keep Life in Perspective

September 20, 2017 Keep Life in Perspective I watched the Giants game Monday from a motel in Sebring FL while on my way back to Key West. I evacuated a week ago Saturday, (9/9) at 1 am. Originally I intended to ride the storm out in a big hotel but after seeing Irma...

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