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Everglades Bass Fishing
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During the summer and spring seasons, Everglades bass fishing is an exciting time for anglers and fishermen alike, sports and recreational. Southeast Florida is home to various type of bass, including peacock, angel, and other beautiful subtropical varieties. There are various venues that offer gear and boats to persons who are interested in Everglades bass fishing, including several esteemed fishermen who have decades of experience who can show any tourist or local ways to navigate the waters and identify bass hot-spots. The best times to fish in the Everglades for bass fishing is during the day at high noon and early afternoon hours when they are most active. Everglades bass fishing is mostly about timing and being able to be in the middle of the thousand-numbered swarm that usually accompanies these moments in the day. If one decides to go in groups, it is best to remain firm on the boat or craft one decides to use because too much above-water motion will likely scare the bass away and result in a poor net catch. Everglades bass fishing is a very popular sport among fishermen in Florida; people hail from the northern counties all the way from Monroe in the Keys because bass are very situated regionally and will not traverse bodies of water in long distances. Although they do prefer warmer waters and the rule is often, “the warmer, the better”, bass are comfortable in the temperate zone that Miami-Dade and Broward counties offer. For this reason, thousands of people come to the Everglades each year to participate in mostly “catch and release” fishing. This is true because of bass’s beautiful color variety and shimmering appeal for photography purposes. Just make sure the bass does not tail the fancy camera equipment out of the boat. That would be a total, and complete loss. Overall, Everglades bass fishing is a potentially family-friendly activity, but like all outdoor activities, there are some risks involved. It is important to always be protected against the sun’s harsh rays because bass love to be active during peak sun hours. Long-sleeved clothing is imperative,...

Fishing in the Everglades
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Peacock Bass were not always present in Florida. They were introduced in the early 1980s as part of a government-sponsored study to observe the relationship between non-native and native species. It was also designed to provide fishermen, anglers, and others with new opportunities to fishing tourism, providing a necessary boon to the state’s economy. Since then, the peacock bass has flourished in the southeastern regions of Florida, including Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. Since the peacock bass does not like low-temperature waters, peacock bass fishing is optimal in areas close to the warm southeast, although they are not as numerous because of they still prefer tropical regions to flourish in abundance. While the peacock bass in the Amazon grows up to 25 pounds, the biggest record of peacock bass in Florida is close to 10 pounds. They are usually restricted in deep freshwater canals by lakes in Miami-Dade and Fort Lauderdale, preferring to stick close to grassy and rocky openings at the end of canals, usually by residential and commercial areas. Specific areas for peacock bass fishing include Everglades National Park in both Broward and Miami-Dade counties, as well as the Miami Canal along Alligator Alley, and the C2 and C8 canals along Ft. Pierce. Book your next trip with the HawgHunter to catch these magnificent fish!

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Amazon River Peacock Bass Manaus, Brazil In the heart of the Amazon Rain Forest in South America, lies the largest river system in all the world. The Mighty Amazon River and its tributaries collectively known as the Amazon Basin. At the heart of the main river where two of the Amazon’s major tibutaries meet is Manaus, Brazil.

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   Today repeat client Ike Wyant from Iowa had a great day in the Florida Everglades. The day started out real slow and not looking to good . After all the rain they were pushing a lot of water through the canals. So after a few hour and only …3 small fish , I decided to put the boat back on the trailer and head to another canal system . Then in the last hour all hell broke loose and we started catching fish in one stretch on Gambler Ace baits. Don’t leave home without them. Here are two more that Ike caught at the end of the day to remember with “The Hawghunter” We won’t talk about the “HAWG” that got off at the boat., I think Ike is still crying about it. When the bite is tough you have to go find them and that’s just we did . We are getting into out spawning season soon so book your prime dates early. Capt. Frank Carbone , The “Hawghunter” is ready with his team of licensed guides.

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Long time client and friend LT. Chessley Atchison from Maryland spent some R&R on the water fishing for Peacock & Largemouth Bass today. On day one he had a fantastic day catching near 30 Peacock Bass and only one Mylan. Now day 2 wasn’t so productive, with the Hot weather sunny blue bird shies, and no wind made fishing kind of tough. Even though we only caught 9 fish we did manage to put these two nice bass in the boat. If you are thinking of coming down this winter plan your choice dates, now why they are still available. Thanks for another great season to all my clients this year that I fished with. Have a Great Lobor Day weekend Capt. Frank Carbone

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In the past week we have been hitting the Glades in search for some big Bass, “well we found some”. Even with this hot weather blue bird skies, sunny and no wind days, we can still catch bass in Florida. First I went out with a friend of mine Steve and in 4 hours caught over 30 bass on Top water and large snakes as you can see. Once the sun came up we had to go deep in the center of the canal to catch them. Next I spent two day with a 14 year old Jersey boy, John Hayes. I’ll tell you he could out fish several adults I’ve been out with through the years. John listened to everything I had to say and was excellent in his casting. The first day was a bit slow , but managed to put a few in the boat including this “HAWG” Now day two same weather conditions , but much better John caught over 20 bass himself including these bigger ones , and we won’t talk about the one that got away. Then I finished the week off with Steven Bromley from Texas, also catching around 20 bass with a couple of nice 4 lb.  Bass. Florida is a year round fishery for both largemouth & Peacock Bass. Our peak season is from Dec- May , especially Jan – March when most everyone wants to get out of the cold. So if your thinking about coming down this winter book your peak date’s now to assure a spot with “The Hawghunter”. Capt. Frank Carbone and Guides 954-325-1115

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Mike Hawkins from Orlando for the longest time want to go Peacock Bass after seeing one of my show on TV. This was on his bucket list, and today he fulfilled it by catching the Largest Male Butterfly Peacock Bass this year. Mike with his fishing buddy Ron started the day out as usual each taking turns catch Peacock Bass Mylan & Midas Cichlids and also a Largemouth. In the morning we had spotted a large male peacock bass but couldn’t get him to bite, after several tries we moved on and would try again on the return towards the end of the day. With 19 fish in the boat and signs of rain we head back to where we last spotted the trophy fish. I had both Anglers make long casts to the areas where we last seen him. The Peacock was in a frenzy and finally hit Mike’s bait and the fight was on. This monster took 60 feet of line and the spool of the reel was singing. We had to run chase this Trophy down the canal until he wore himself out after 10 mins. victory was Mike’s. Mike caught this trophy 7.1 LB. 24.5″ X 17″ Male Peacock Bass on a 7′ MH Denali Rosewood Rod, with a Daiichi # 1 bleeding hook, with 10 lb.. vicious mono line. This is the winning combination that works for catching peacock bass. Also this were other successful client’s I had Robert Sitterson and his two sons Cody and Joel. Cody started the day off with a nice 3.13 Lb. peacock The boys had a great time catching 18 in a 1/2 trip. Then there was repeat clients Kevin and his Dad Larry Batsch as this team boated 37 Fish. So as you can see Peacock Bass fishing is a year round sport in South Florida, give us a call on your next visit , you won’t regret it. Capt. Frank Carbone , The Original “Hawghunter”

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This past week I had the pleasure of taking out Dave Myrick and his Grandson Jon from Florida fishing in the Glades for some great action ans sights. This duo managed to put over 25 Bass in the Boat including these two beauties. Most of the Bass were caught on shiners but the big one came on a large worm. Next was repeat client Hugh and Huey Jr. Stewart from Jersey caught over 40 bass in The Everglades Including theses two “Hawg” Most of the bass were caught on shiners, but The bigger ones were caught on Gambler Large worms and EZ swimmers. The action has been good both there and also the peacock bass in Miami. Call today at 954-325-1115     for your next fishing trip to South Florida. Good fishin’ from “The Hawghunter”  Capt. Frank Carbone,

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This past week has been excellent as far as the Florida Peacock Bass fishing goes. Starting off was Rick Chmar and his 6 year old so Luke from Maryland. Together this Father & Son team managed 35 Peacock Bass mixed with a few Largemouth and Mylan’s. Including a Double   Brian Crow and his Brother  was next as he stroked several nice fish also. Here the Brother’s are hold up the two biggest of the day as they caught thier Double Then all the way from Australia came Tony Crow by himself put 29 in the boat ending a fantastic day on the water. Finishing off the week was return clients Nick Kides from Jersey and his daughter Nicole. If you have never caught a Peacock Bass you don’t know what you are missing out on. If you don’t want to go to The Amazon the next best thing is Florida. Call now for the summer months. Capt. Frank Carbone – 954-325-1115

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After getting back from vacation in Hawaii , I got back into the swing of things and guided cousins, Eric Mcdine and Adam Purdy both from Florida. Well this was a “Banner Day” for the cousins as they caught over 60- 70 fish today . All Peacock bass with the exception of 4 Midas & 3 Largemouth Bass. Adam caught the biggest 21″ X 17″ 6.1 LB. and Eric with one weighing 5.5.LB. Anything better then this you have to join me in The Amazon” 24 LB. caught on Top water by Joe Rossi from PA. Join Capt. Frank Carbone either in Florida or The Amazon for Peacock Bass over 20 years experiance

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           Harry Gualco brought another group down for yet another “Great” 4 days of fishing as he’s done in the past. His group caught several species of fish. The boys were successful on Lake Okeechobee catching bass up to 8 lb. on a wild shiner and also artificial baits. The next day we headed for Miami where several nice peacock bass were caught in the 4-5 Lb. range. Also they caught a variety of other species. with Harry successfully hitting a inshore grand slam by catching a Peacock & Largemouth bass along with a snook.   On their last Day it was all artificial baits with Gambler’s Ace being the bait of choice, plus the EZ swimmer,and some 12″ snakes. The boys are already looking forward to next year. South Florida has it all like no other State in the US. Join Capt. Frank Carbone and staff of guides on your next trip to Florida.

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This past week I enjoyed repeat client Chessley Atchison and his Son Jesse from MD. Dad decided to take his oldest son fishing for a last escape of freedom, before he gets married at the end of this month. On day one Dad took the bragging rights with the biggest bass a nice trophy 8 LB. Largemouth. Chessley caught this big gal on a shiner as were most of the fish caught today. After the boys ran out of shiners the went to artificial bait mostly Gambler ace. to finish of the day with over 60 Bass several Chain Pickerel ,Oscar, Bofin, Gar and even a catfish. The next two they fish for Peacock bass in Miami. they started out the first day with a double , a peacock bass and a largemouth. They had a ball with Dad and Jesse both catching some nice 4 lb. peacock bass , and one that , are ready for this one? I thought they had their third double , which turned out they both caught the same peacock bass. These fish are so aggressive the bass hit Jesse bait first then went to the front and nailed Dad’s. They also caught Mylan and Mides chidlets, oscars , and Largemouth on the same day. This was a great way for Jesse to spend his last few days a single free man. Good Luck Jesse. Join in on the fun as this Father & Son did you won’t regret it.

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Larry Yanek from Ohio with his Dad Larry Sr. & girlfriend Beth had three Great day’s of fishing. In the three days the trio totaled well over 150 fish Including Peacock Bass Largemouth Chidlets all verities, oscars & a gar. Jr. caught the biggest peacock bass but Beth A.K.A “Brunhilda” caught a 6.10 oz. largemouth while peacock bass fishing which was the Biggest catch of the three days. Here are Just a few picture’s to look at. The great thing about fishing in south florida is , it is the only Place you can catch both Peacock and largemouth at the same time. we have been avaraging around 30-60 fish per day. Capt. frank and guides are ready 7 dayds a week.  

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Fishing today in The Everglades with long time client George D’ Ambrosia with his girlfriend Nonna from Jersey . Was their good friend Jackie Cahill from Wellington Fl. The day Started out with George catching the first nice 5 Lb bass then Nonna landing one of her own    Then Jackie catching one about 4 lb   It wasn’t until the end of the day that George thought he had  bragging right, not . On Jackie’s last cast her rod bent over as she battled her 6.5lb”Hawg ” As she strikes a Pose holding up her Trophy.  6.5 LB. “HAWG”                                            The Pose To end this wonderful day on the water. The trio caught over 40 bass 6 oscars & 4 chain prickle. Come on down while the topwater action is good in “The Glades” with Capt, Frank Carbone , “The Orginal Hawghunter” Call- 954-325-1115  

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As you can see there has been nothing less then satisfied client as Hawghunter Guide Service, continues to put them on fish. Most recent is Drew Pfeiffer and his girlfriend Kelsey from Texas, as they had a fun catching these scrappy fighters. Once again the woman out  fish the men.     Along were a few other that week Will & David also both from Georgia You can expect to catch in a full day of fishing between 20 -40 fish right now. The average size is 2-4 Lb. , but they fight like a 5-6 lb. largemouth. Our biggest so far was 6.12 Lb. caught by Jason Schilling from Louisiana. So come on down and get on in on the action, with Capt. Frank Carbone.

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