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This big one got away… honest

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm

J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber Odds and Ends from trolling around the lake…. The Big One That Got Away I know every fisherman has a similar story about the one that got away and like most of you, I take them with a grain a salt. Still, recently, I wanted to cry.  I have lived on Fish Lake (Emerald Lake on some maps) for more than 20 years and

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  • Snook are thrilling to catch

    Posted on September 26, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Under the Bobber J. Daniel Pearson For the Gazette Legendary outdoors writer Frank Sargeant once said, “There is nothing common about the common snook.  The snook is a backstreet fighter, without match. The linesider hits harder than any inshore gamefish, pulls like a bonito and jumps like a tarpon.” I share Sargeant’s admiration for the common snook.  Taking deep sea fishing out of the equation, you would be hard-pressed to

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  • Finding bass in hot water

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber It’s been hot lately. Guess that’s not exactly a news flash to you. And when it gets hot, a lot bass fisherman take a pass on pursuing Florida’s most famous freshwater game fish. For those who decide it’s just too uncomfortable this time of year, I get it.  But for those who say they don’t like fishing in the heat of the summer because

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  • This and that about fishing

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber I have a hodgepodge of topics this week, so let’s take a quick spin around the lakes…. Invasive species: Reader Gerry Fawley sent me a note after the column on invasive species recently and made some great points. Gerry noted that it is a much bigger problem then I mentioned and I tend to agree with him. Fawley said he thought he actually caught

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  • Lobster hunting is a thrill

    Posted on August 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber When it comes to chasing Florida spiny lobster, former Osceola County resident Sean Cobb says it’s all about fun. Cobb has been hunting Florida lobster since he’s been a kid – a pursuit he thoroughly enjoys. “I have a long-time friend who lives in Islamorada, so it’s always been a relative easy trip for us,” Cobb said.  “It’s a unique sport that’s a lot

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  • A little of this and a little of that

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber This week, we’ll take a look at a little of this and a little of that from the outdoors world: Weeds The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a public meeting Thursday for the purpose of discussing the management of invasive plants on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 6

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  • Birds offer good fishing lessons

    Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber Like golfers, there are all kinds of fishermen and women.  You have your recreational fisherman, who might get out a couple of times a year.  Then you have the diehards, the ones who spend every available moment on the water.  And then you have the elite of the elite, the professionals – those who make their living on the water as either professional guides

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  • Alcohol and boats not a good mix

    Posted on July 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm

     J. Daniel Pearson Under the  Bobber It happened more than 20 years ago, but the memory still burns fresh in my mind. Back in 1993, when I working with the Kansas City Royals at spring training at Baseball City,  I was shocked to hear that Cleveland Indians pitchers Tim Crews and Steve Olin had died and teammate Bobby Ojeda was severely injured when the boat Crews was driving slammed into

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  • Beware of the nesting sea turtles

    Posted on June 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber A few years back we were trolling for dolphin off of Cape Canaveral when we had a strike.  Line ripped off the reel and we assumed we were hooked up with a monster.  Holding the rod, I knew two things.  First whatever was on the line was really big. Second, whatever was on the other end was fighting like no fish I had ever

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