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This past month Lake Okeechobee has been nothing less then Fantastic .   Hawghunter, Capt. Frank Carbone and staff of Guides have been catching several Bass over 6 lb. including 2 over 10 . LB. and 4 over 9 LB.    Most of the Bigger Bass have been caught on Live Wild Shiners, so if you are looking for a good shot on catching your Trophy Bass , now is the time to get on down to South Florida and Fish “The Big O” Pictured above is Chip from WI. holding up a 9.75 LB.”HAWG” and Keith from KY. has one over 8 LB.   Choice dates still available for April Give us a call 954-325-1115 Capt. Frank Carbone ,”The Hawghunter”

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Last week I had three generations onboard , longtime client Harry Blair from NY with his Son Joe and Grandson Sawyer from Chicago . What a gorgeous  day to be on the “Lake”. The day started out catching mostly 2-3 lb. bass. then 7 year old Sawyer by himself set the hook and landed this Trophy 6 lb. largemouth.  After that catch he was telling Dad how to fish., LOL. Then the glory was passed over to Joe when his rod bent way over as he battled his Trophy Okeechobee “HAWG” and the third 10 Lb. of the year. Wow, what a fish 27-3/4 ” x 18 ” Girth. The best part of this trip was three generations’s of Blair’s fishing together,and that is what is really all about, catching the fish is second. I always say a family that fishes together stays together. Next month I will again enjoy harry and his other two grandson’s. We are in our peak season now so book a date with “The Original Hawghunter”, Capt. Frank Carbone 954-325-1115

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These fishing buddies Dave armour & Ryan Kauzcaric decided to get out of the cold of WI. and come on down to Sunny Florida for some Fishing. Well they had three fantastic’s day’s of fishing , starting off with Peacock Bass catching over 20 peacock’s up to 5.5 lb.   Then we headed to Lake Okeechobee for some great Largemouth action. They boys caught over 45 Bass up to 6.5 LB> all on wild shiners. What a day, considering the weather..   Day three was back to Miami where the action continued with the boys catching over 30 with 4 over 4 lb. and two 5 LB. including this big male caught by Dave. See Florida is the only place where you can catch both Largemouth and Peacock Bass in the same place. We are in our Peak Season  so book your spot now. Capt. Frank Carbone , “The Original Hawghunter”

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The Peacock Bass action has been excellent these past two weeks..Both the numbers and quality of bass have been good. An average day is 20-30 Peacock Bass with a few other species thrown in. Below are all Hawghunter’s repeat clients posing with their Butterfly Peacock bass First there is Dave Bahr from Minn. this duo caught 14 total and missed about the same that day the bass were striking very fast and stealing the bait.   Next Zack Fleischman from Georgia .having another fantastic day with his friend Catching 35 peacock bass including this monster 6 lb.   Then good client of 12 years Mike James from Mobile Alabama Mike being a polished angler had no problem catching these scrappy fighters which included this 5.6 LB. male   Peacock Bass fishing is year round in Florida , but the peak season is coming up . This is from March – June, so book your dates now. Capt. Frank and staff of Professional Guides are ready to service and show you Florida has to offer with both peacock and Largemouth Bass fishing at it’s best.

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The bite on Lake Okeechobee has continued to be successful , even with the windy conditions and drop in water Temp. On every trip this past week “The Hawghunter”, Capt. Frank Carbone and licensed guides have caught Bass over 5 Lb with the largest being 10.5 caught by a MN. Angler. Most of the bigger Bass are coming on Wild Shiners by pitching them up to the floating mats and cuts with running water. Also while using artificial baits the new Gambler Fat Ace (sanko style) or EZ swimmers using a Strong X-point hook. on braided line has been working the best. The reason for this is that they are in the heavy cover. When the sun comes up that’s where they are.The Next day I had long time client russ Giananotti, from NY as he hold up his biggest of 34 a nice 8.5 Lb. Okeechobee Lunker.Then there were a couple of good Old Jersey Boys, Izzy May and his cousin Bob, They had a fantastic day catching 47 bass up to 7 lb. with a few 6 ‘s 5 and several between 3-4 LB. If you go to our site you will see many of the bass are full of eggs, so now is the time to catch your Trophy “HAWG” while we are in the spawning season. Call Capt. Frank now and get out of the cold and come on down to sunny Florida. 954-325-1115 all the Bass caught were released for the next Angler to catch “YOU”.

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This past week I had repeat client Professional Photographer Mark Rebilas from AZ. Mark has worked for ESPN, Sports Illustrated , and Presswire just to mentions a few along also with many car companies. The first of fishing he brought along another photographer Guy , where we fished Lake Okeechobee the boys managed to put 31 Bass into the boat up to 5.3 LB.   All the bass were caught on wild shiners except the last one of the day was caught on a spinner bait.   On Thurs. Was another successful day but this day was a day with a c “Champion”. Mark brought along Matt Hogan, The 2011 Funny Car Champion with a winning time of 3.995 sec. Wow that fast.   The boys also caught some quality bass   On Saturday we tried our skills in Miami for some Peacock Bass ,Well I guess it was a Trifecta with another successful day. Here is mark holds up two nice peacock ‘s to end his three days of fishing with The Original Hawghunter Capt. Frank Carbone. The fish are biting so give a call. 9543-325-1115

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The Tito Classic It was Tito’s 40 th birthday today , so his fishing buddies decided to take him on a 2 days Fish & Fun Weekend. The Group leader was Warren Eadus from NC.     The boys had a combined two day weight tournament with Trophies included. The First day total was a tie with both boats weighting in at 12.5 LB. with the Big Peacock being 4.12 LB. which held on to being the Big bass of the tournament.   Warren was in the lead going into day two, with the most and Bigger Peacock Bass.     Choosing a different location for the second day was an excellent choice, the boys caught more bigger bass and more peacock per boat.       The Winning Bag and Team was 14.11 LB. to take home the Trophies with Warren ,Tito & Brian       This was the 1st Tito classic and won’t be the last Hawghunter ‘s Capt Frank Carbone can handle large corporate groups  also, we are expecting an excellant season this Year and as you can see from previous reports The 2013 Season has started off with a Bang Make your reservation NOW we are  in our Peak Season call 954-325-1115

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The Peacock Bass Start thing off with a bang also . On JAN 3, I had one of my best young anglers , repeat client 17 year Old Lyle Dershowits from NY , NY. Lyle single handed caught 18 Peacock Bass.  The next two days I had a bunch of Alabama fans down for the Orange Bowl Game in Miami. On the 4th Scott Comis and his Son Michael with his friend Matt Watterson had another fantastic day catching near 30 peacock Bass and Midas chidlets.As Scoot and Mike was working on two peacock’s in the front of the boat, 14 year Old Matt was in the back working on his own. Well to my surprise Matt screamed I got him, turning and seeing his rod bent all the over touching the water. Then when the monster surfaced I saw he had a Great Fish on the end of his rod. Matt and I work over 6 mins. to land his 7.1 LB. Trophy Peacock Bass on only 10 lb. test line. Matt did everything right to deserve this victory. “Nice Job Matt”. On the next day more Bama Fans Dot & Earl Bean , well I had a lot of fun with this guy. This couple were great to be with, I was very impressed with Dotties’s abliity to fish. This Gal out fished her Husband 3 to 1 . Dot stsarted the day off with a 4 LB. Largemouth Bass.   Well, let see as the duo hooked into a double.  Then the Skills of Dot paid off again as the duo started to boat one peacock after the other. With dottie catching this 5.12 LB. Male Peacock Bass.This Gal could do nothing wrong on this day and has a true love for fishing.You don’t want to miss out on the fun come on down and join “The Hawghunter” Capt. Frank Carbone. 

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Well on Jan 2, 2013, “The Hawghunter” started off the year with a bang as 14 year Old Kiran Sharma from Toronto , CANADA caught not only 1 but 2 Okeechobee Bass over 10 lb. Her Dad got a 6 lb. her Sister got a 5 lb. along with several other This was Truely a Banner Day on The Lake .The Day started out slow with Blue bird sky’s and no wind , so I decide to take my clients where I was fishing some heavy floating mats. Sure enough that’s where they were. First Nav caught his 6 lb. then as we were going to another spot Kiran hit her First “HAWG” a 10 .1 Within a 1/2 hour she hit her second a 10 .5 lb. Then Alicia her sister caught her Big Bass of the day. The family had a Fantastic day on the water. More Picture’s All The Bass today were released for the next angler yo catch “YOU” The Lake is on fire right so call and book your dates “NOW”. Call CAPT.Frank Carbone “The Original Hawghunter” 954-325-1115    

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Everglades, Lake Ocheechobee, Miami Peacock Bass & Largemouth Bass Fishing Miami Canal System, Peacock Bass The exotic peacock bass has been in the Miami Florida canal system for decades. At one time this amazing sport fish could only be found in South America, but now is common in the canal systems of Miami. Read More

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Avid Fisherman, Columnist , & Outfitter Tom Stephson of Texas enjoyed catching some nice Peacock Bass in Miami.          Tom is a Columist for Texas Sporting Journal and Owner of Blast & Cast, Inc. Tom hooked into several fish today and will be writing a nice story about “The Original Hawghunter” of South Florida. inviting his readers to come on down and join in on the fun.   We are into our prime season so book your dates now before they are booked up.   Have a great Holiday and a Happy New Year, FromCapt. Frank Carbone and his Staff of Professional guides.

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Panama Deep Sea Fishing The famous Isla Montuosa, Hannibal Bank, Isla Ladrones and the 1000 fathom drop are all very near by. Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Giant Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, Rooster, and Dorado are all abundant in the pacific waters off Panama. The main lodge is 3000 sqaure feet and consists of the restaurant, bar and game room with pool and card tables. There is a large covered lanai so you can choose between out door or indoor dining. Read More

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Fly Fishing Trips in Salta, Argentina Argentina Fly Fishing Experience world-class Fly fishing in the Salta Province in North West Argentina on the Rio Tucanes, a tributary of the Parana River Basin. The new Dorado Lodge is located on a 20K acre private ranch with exclusive access to the premier section of Rio Tucanes, adjacent to the border of Parque Nacional del Rey in Salta (National Park), a great sanctuary for wildlife, including the fabled Golden Dorado. Read More

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Melvin Ward and his fishing buddy and long time friend Pat Brogdan from California Always wanted to Fish The Famed Lake Okeechobee, where the fishing has been excellent. The boys fished with wild Shiners, the entire day catching again over 30 Bass . Most of these were caught in the morning. due to the fact a cold front came through, after it had past the bite picked up again.Then it happened to Pat, he hooked into a 7.5 LB Okeechobee “HAWG” , never expecting it to be the size that it was because the Bass charged the boat and the fight wasn’t on until she was near the boat.The Next day I had Mathew Nicolo from Florida with his Step Dad Woody from Maine. It was a Foggy day but never the less the fishing was unbeliveable. The first Big bass came on a wild Shiner as Woody Landed his nice 5lb Largemouth.After they went through 3 doz. shiner Mathew caught a 6 lb. At this point the boys had over 20 Bass in the boat. We ran back got another Doz. shiner and what a good choice this was. On the third catch Mathew Battled a True Okeechobee “HAWG” and 8.5 LB. bucketmouth.The day totaled around 30 Bass mostly all over 3 LB. We are now into our spawning season , which is is our busy time of the year. So booked your dates early and get out of the cold and come on down to Sunny Florida where the “Big Bass” are.Also plan on an extra day of fishing and catch some of Florida’s might Peacock BassJoin Capt Frank ,”The Orginal Hawghunter” and his Staff of Professionals Guides this winter and experiance a fishing Trip to rememberCall 954-325-1115

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The past three days I had the opportunity to guide Melvin Ward and his fishing buddy and long time friend Pat Brogdan from California .   On day one I took the boys down south into Miami for some Peacock Bass the friends caught over 30 fish with some really nice size.     In the late morning I had spotted a nice large male , but couldn’t get him to take the bait. So we continued down the canal catching peacock bass and other species. A Double   As it was getting near the end of the day we went back to try our luck with that Trophy Peacock Bass, after a good ten minutes, Mel’s rod bent over, the spool starting singing and the fight was on.  Melvin got what he came hear for a 6.lb. 3oz. 26 ” L X 17 ” Girth a Florida Trophy Butterfly Peacock Bass. Day 1 went to Mel. Now on day two we went north to The Famed Lake Okeechobee, where the fishing has been excellent. The boys fished with wild Shiners, the entire day catching again over 30 Bass . Most of these were caught in the morning. due to the fact a cold front came through, after it had past the bite picked up again.   Then it happened to Pat, he hooked into a Okeechobee “HAWG” , never expecting it to be the size that it was because the Bass charged the boat and the fight wasn’t on until she was near the boat. Also on this day the boys had 3 doubles. to top off a second great day, This day was all Pat’s. catching the most and biggest. Now day three was back for some more Peacock Bass action. They caught everything from Peacock Bass to Midas Chidlets, including Largemouth . That the good thing about fishing South Florida, you can catch both species on the same Trip. Mid-day we headed over to my favorite Water Front Cafe , Sonia’s for a fantastic lunch . This was and well rounded Trip for both Mel & Pat and may be joining me...

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