By Gilbert L. Voss,Robert S. Voss
Long ahead of tourism ruled Florida’s beach, the country used to be domestic to dozens of business fisheries and ethnically diversified groups of rugged people who made their residing 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 throughout the nice melancholy and international warfare II. listed below are vanished scenes from outdated Florida, nearly unbelievable to trendy citizens of the nation: gill-netting for mackerel off Jupiter, the early days of charterboat fishing for sailfish out of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 function Crackers, rum runners, murderers, Conchs, prosperous industrialists, now-legendary charterboatmen, Greek spongers, and Cuban vivero captains. those tales aren't simply lively photos of fishermen from a bygone period, also they are awesome stories of the youth within the lifetime of a scientist and conservationist who later labored tirelessly to maintain our dwindling marine resources.
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A Pioneer Son at Sea: Fishing Tales of Old Florida by Gilbert L. Voss,Robert S. Voss