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Mike Garrett and his 15 year old Son Jace from Georgia had one of their most exciting fishing trip ever as they caught almost everything South Florida has to offer. On day 1 we headed to Lake Ida for some Peacock Bass. The day started out with a double,”Wow”.           After catching 4 peacock ‘s , 3 Largemouth and 4 Mylan Cichlids , I decided to move the boys to one of my spots that has been producing a good number of fish ,and also where I filmed a show with The Bass Dr. Within the first 10 mins. they had boated 4 peacock bass and the excitement didn’t stop there. As you can see Florida it the only place you can catch both Peacock & Largemouth Bass at the same time.   Young Jace hooked into what we thought was a Trophy Peacock Bass., and to everyone’s surprise it was a Clown razor tail fish. This fish was not only a “HAWG”, but we believe was a World Record. This fish was over 40″ and we estimated 15 LB. Mike looked it up and the record was 40 ” 13.8 LB. At the end of day 1 the duo landed 19 fish total.11 Peacock Bass, 3 largemouth 4 Mylan’s and 1 Record Clown Razor tail fish. On Day 2 we headed to “The Everglades” for Largemouth Bass combined we caught well over 100 Bass up to 5lb. all on artificial baits. We started out with some top water. then switching over to Gambler’s EZ swimmer and Ace. On this day the bait of choice was the Ace working it with no weight.   Needless to say these Georgia boys will be back in the fall for more Florida fishing with , “The Hawghunter”.

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Today we had a great day filming a show for Fox Sports North & South  called Trophy Fish Hunters with host Rick Quade The fish were caught on jerk baits mostly . I was using a Danali Kolvert 7′ Med action rod  and a Abu Garcia Reel with Vicious line, the winning combination. Most all the Peacock’s were caught in the morning “What a Day! ”  11 in all the biggest being 5.8 LB.       On Day 2 it was even a Better day of filming With Jason & Rick   What a great day filming with Bass Dr. and the opportunity to fish With host  and Pro Angler  Jason Lambert the 2014 FLW Rookie of the year. This show will air on WFN  in the first quarter of 2016 and here just some of what was caught This was Jason’s first Big Peacock Bass of the Day.  Below is Rick Holding “the” Big Peacock of the Day There were 16 Peacock’s caught 2 Largemouth and a catfish  Here is the Release of the Trophy 6 LB. Peacock Bass. The Star of the Show. For the Next angler to catch , “YOU”.   All the Peacock Bass today will be seen on Natioanal TV just in time for our Peak Peacock Bass season which is from FEB – May. The Florida Peacock bass bed all year round and can be caught any month . So come on down to South Florida and see what all the excitement is about or call anytime Capt. Frank Carbone 954-325-1115

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 From Switzerland to Miami for Peacock Bass Today I had this Great couple from across the ocean to catch peacock bass, Reto Zimmermann and Sabina Krawczyk. Other then Reto catching a heron that dove for his shiner on his first cast. Sabina on her first cast caught this trophy peacock bass of 5 lb. As the day progressed on,) the weather got hotter and the bite got better. Sabina took control of the morning bite catching some quality Peacock Bass with some Largemouth Cichlids (Mylan, Mides, Oscar) and a small snook. Then at 1 pm Reto took charge with 4 straight fish and on the 4th one Sabina doubled up then realizing Reto had a monster on his line which draw all the attention. It took him at least 5-6 mins. to land his True Florida Trophy Peacock bass. Weighting in at 6 LB. 1 OZ with a length . 21.5 “ All in all the couple caught over 30 peacocks with 5 other species. The weather, the company, and the fishing was all good. This was a Banner day for sure for this couple from Switzerland.   Call now while the action is still hot. Or if your planning a vacation in South Florida this summer put aside a day for fishing with “The Hawghunter”, Capt. Frank Carbone –954-325-1115

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In the past few weeks the water levels in The Everglades have come down and the Largemouth Bass bite is on. Most every trip clients are catching well over 50 Bass including some good quality. All the bass are being caught on artificial baits, top water (zara spooks) jerk and swim baits, and of course plastics. Here are just a few to show you.   Bob Deel and fishing buddy a couple of Chicago boys that just tore up the Glades.    Lynne & Duane from Navada catching 60 + Bass  with some exceptional Top water action by Duane Me & Jersey John over 50 Bass caught on this Day Even in this warm weather we have been getting the action has been just Great. “Only in Florida”  

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  What a month for Peacock Bass several large ones including this 7 LB’er 26.5″ X 18″ caught by Mark Thorton from Australia    Mark thought his luck ended with a 5 LB’er   Then very next Peacock Bass was his Trophy the largest of the year so far. Check out the Girth on This “HAWG” The Families fist up Oran and his Family from Canada Oren has been a long time client for the past 8 years. The day started out with Mom catching the biggest of the day a beautiful 6 LB. Male Butterfly Peacock Bass The Family together caught over 30 fish to end their great day of fishing. Day 2 we went to the Airport Lakes , where the action was excellant as asher landed a nice Jack and broke off a Snook on the last cast of the day Next from Texas was 12 year client Charlie with 5 friends catching peacock bass and other species in Miami Day 2 we were off to Lake Okeechobee for Largemouth Bass. The fishing buddies caught over 30 Bass that day Last was Bob Palmer with his Son and maybe future Son-in – law where they experienced two great days of fishig for Peacock bass. This is what it’s all about spending quality time with the ones that mean the most to you the fish are just the added bonus. If you can make it down we are in Peak Season now for the Florida Peacock Bass. Call Capt. Frank now 954-325-1115

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Another 3 great days of fishing for return client Bob Olivia and Dwane from Chicago.      The fishing buddies fished the famed Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades . They caught well over 100 bass in the 3 days and mostly on artificial baits up to 6 lb. They spent two days fishing the flats in “The Glades and then an “explosive” day on Lake Okeechobee. The baits we were throwing was Gambler Big EZ, EZ swimmers, and Ace color really didn’t matter as long as it swam over the bass’s head they killed it. Then at the end of the day they went through 3 Dz. wild shiners. Ya ! just can’t beat Okeechobee when the bite is on, “It ain’t Just Fishing” When your out with Captian Frank Carbone

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This past cold and windy week proved that the bass will still bite. Starting the week off week was Paul Ritchie and his friend from NY. With a 40 degree day with a wind chill of 33 that’s right 33 in Florida. Paul would not take no for an answer as the NY boys slammed 30 Bass up to 5 lb.     Next was Danny Albinder with his brother & Dad. This trio also caught 25 Bass in cold windy conditions. Even the Little ones need love On the same day return client Don Garvina from Pa. where he left behind 21 degrees to catch this nice 5.10 LB .bass on a Gambler Ace. Then finally today Dave Mathis and his daughter Emma caught over 50 Bass to have a great Father /Daughter day on the Water with Capt. Frank Carbone, and staff of Guides are ready 7 Days a week. So come on out of the cold and join in on the action.

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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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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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