These are some old photos of me listed in chronological order starting with the first carp I ever caught. This photo gallery maps my journey from a ten year old boy with his first carp - the biggest fish I'd ever caught up until that point - through my fishing adventures, including fishing for Sailfish, Blue Marlin, Tuna, and Swordfish, to when I first started getting established in Islamorada as a Florida Keys Flats Guide.
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|My first big fish. This was in Maryland where I grew up.||Other than carp, there wasn't much else besides panfish. In the summer the daily activities revolved around crabbing.||Some kind of catfish, probably a channel catfish, but I never bothered to find out. They weren't that common. I cut them up for crab bait.||A Carport Carp.|
|At this point I really have that "Huck Finn" thing going.||On the Chesapeake they're called "Rockfish," everywhere else they're called Striped Bass.||Bluefish. Now it's time to start exploring the Atlantic Ocean.||More bluefish. They were pretty nice size. Check out the bushel basket. Now it would be something made of plastic.|
|Back in Islamorada exploring Florida Bay.||Me and my Boston Whaler. I had brought it down to Islamorada so I could start exploring Florida Bay. This is probably 1974.||Summer 1974 and starting to work on charter boats out of Ocean City Md. This is a nice wahoo.||This is the first Blue Marlin I was involved with. Most billfish were released. The only ones that were brought in were the ones the angler wished to have mounted.|
|From perch to blue marlin. Savoring the moment.||White Marlin, Wahoo, and a Longfin Albacore. I don't remember when I started wearing hats. This was still prior to that point. Check out the bell-bottoms.||This was my first blue marlin as an angler. It's on my living room wall to this day.||Another blue one. I remember we had four White Marlin that day as well.|
|Back in Islamorada for the winter. This was another fun-fishing day.||Dolphin on the Rocks. This was in Costa Rica in 1976. A group of us went there to run the boats out of a new billfish camp called Bahia Pez Vela.||1976 and back in Islamorada working on the charter boat, Comin Home.||Cast netting bait.|
|1977 and Guiding. The pictures from this era always involve dead fish which may create the illusion that everything we caught got slaughtered.||Another on-the-dock shot from the same period. That day was very fishy. There were at least two other tarpon brought in plus there's a blue marlin under my foot.||From 1977 to 1981, in addition to guiding in Islamorada, I spent the months of July through September in St. Thomas working on a private boat fishing for blue marlin.||September 2nd. 1977. I'm standing on the right. The guy in the white shirt kneeling on the left and I were working on a boat called the Halter 60.|
|The Elbo Seven, a Monterey Marine boat built in Stuart, Florida in 1978. I was on this boat from 1979 to 1981.||Here's a pretty good St. Thomas blue marlin. You can tell he's still pretty fresh by the way he's lit up, i.e., by the purple to sky-blue colors he's displaying.||Fishing the North Drop for Blue Marlin in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.||This one's aired out nicely. You can see the wire going up and over the middle of his back and then to his mouth where the hook and the green and yellow skirt is.|
|What we have here is a photo of me and an associate, a mako shark, and a c-note. I think this was about me winning a wager over something.||From the late seventies to mid eighties you never really knew what you might come across when out on the water. This was in Florida Bay.||From 1982 to '86 I guided Billy Pate in the Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament. He needed an ox to pole that boat he had. That thing belongs in a museum.||This is circa early eighties. Back then sight fishing for mutton snapper on the flats was a very viable fishery.|
|In the mid eighties my friend, who ran the private boats for the people who fished for billfish and with whom I had fished until about 1981, purchased a longliner and got in the business of longlining for swordfish and tuna.||Here's another whopper swordfish. This fish probably weighed around 750lbs.||In 1990 I had the pleasure of spending a week in Quebec on the Grand Cascapedia at the Middle Camp. This is an Atlantic Salmon.||A Rasta Runs Through It. Here I am in Montana the same year that movie about trout fishing came out.|
|Yellowfin Tuna, Allison Tuna, or Ahi. Call it what you like. This is off Key West circa mid-1990's.||Here I am trying my best to imitate inimitable Warren Zevon (with whom I'm standing). He had just angled this lunker permit to the boat. If you can't close your fingers around the base of the tail then it's a big permit.||Excitable Boys. Me and Zevon.||It's the mid '90's and this is an Asian Grass Carp my son had just caught. They like bread balls on the surface at dusk.|