By Gilbert L. Voss,Robert S. Voss
Long earlier than tourism ruled Florida’s beach, the kingdom was once domestic to dozens of business fisheries and ethnically diversified groups of rugged people who made their dwelling from the sea.
In A Pioneer Son at Sea, Gilbert Voss, a celebrated marine biologist, recounts his early days of fishing on either coasts of the peninsula in the course of the nice melancholy and international struggle II. listed below are vanished scenes from outdated Florida, virtually incredible to fashionable citizens of the kingdom: gill-netting for mackerel off Jupiter, the early days of charterboat fishing for sailfish out of Stuart and Boynton, the snapper fleet at Carrabelle, sponge-diving at Tarpon Springs, the oyster fishery at Crystal River, and mullet fishing from airboats at Flamingo.
Oversized personalities inhabit those pages, together with Voss's brothers, who have been themselves seminal figures within the early days of Florida big-game fishing. Voss's anecdotes characteristic Crackers, rum runners, murderers, Conchs, prosperous industrialists, now-legendary charterboatmen, Greek spongers, and Cuban vivero captains. those tales usually are not simply lively photos of fishermen from a bygone period, also they are awesome stories of the early life within the lifetime of a scientist and conservationist who later labored tirelessly to maintain our dwindling marine resources.
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