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This past week has been excellent for a few clients I had out, even with the wind. First I had George Whitman and his Nephew Mike from IN. These guys managed to catch over 30 Bass up to 6 lb. all on wild Shiners. What a Day     Then there was a great couple from Naples FL. Guy & Michelle Dupuy. This husband and wife team boated 40+ bass and had their of misses.     They caught three really nice Bass up to 7 lb. With Michelle ending the day on her biggest. This was a great day and the best bass fishing they had ever done.   Right now Okeechobee is hot and only going to get better, as we are now in our pre-spawn season. So if you want to join in on the Action I suggest you book your dates from now in time for the peak season from Dec- March. OH! and bring a camera.   Capt Frank Carbone and Guides are ready 7 days a week. call 954-325-1115    I will be in the Amazon until Nov. 24th , so don’t TEXT Capt. Joe will be taking all call until I get back  

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For this Father & Son team, Ed & Josh Jacobson from CT. this was 2 days to remember. The first day started out slow due to the fact we had no wind and blue bird skies. Once the wind picked up, as I predicted , the action was non stop. Ed was having a great day with catching a nice 6 lb. largemouth. Most of the bass were caught on wild shiners, the others on gambler ace.   With such a successful day the boys opted to go back again. The big difference on this day was the action was from the first cast,and the size of the bass that was caught. They had landed 8 bass over 5 lb. With Josh taken  most glory with a “Okee Hawg”over 8 lb. also catching a 7 a pair of 6’s & 5’s. Ed landed the 7 lb.   Josh stated”I had one of the best fishing trips of my life with you, can’t thank you enough”.        Ed was quoted by saying”You made this an extraordinary vacation”.   This is what’s it all about a Father & Son sharing quality time on the water, the bass just add to the memories. “The Hawghunter and his staff of licensed Guides are ready to show you the best of what Florida has to offer.

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This past week I had the pleasure of Guiding Frankie & Joey Toth , This father & Son team boated well over 100 fish. This catch included Peacock Bass up to 5.13 oz. caught by Joey. While Dad hammered a nice 8 lb. Bass on Lake Okeechobee. At the end of the trip the competition was won by Joey by “ONLY” 4 fish. The other species were Bofin, Oscars Mylan & Midas Chidlets, Gar , a warmouth and even a Catfish.   There best day was the last with catching over 60 Fish mostly Largemouth and 10 Peacock Bass. I had taken them to six different locations , which all were very successful. Frankie at the end, stated , ” I couldn’t have asked for anything more, thanks.”   So fascinated by the power of the Peacock Bass they  are planning a trip next year with me to The Amazon for the 20 lber. Join “The Hawghunter”, Capt. Frank Carbone and staff of fully licensed & insured Guide for the upcoming 2014 season, you won’t regrete it. Good Fishin’, Call now 954-325-1115

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This past week I enjoyed the company of K Ota and his lovely wife Miku. The first day we tried our luck with snakeheads . The fishing was a bit tough with catching only one Snakehead 1 peacock and a few largemouth.        Now day two was a much differant story as the couple caught over 40 Bass on Lake Okeechobee. We started out the day chasing schooling bass ,which turned out to very successful. We caught the bass on Rattle Traps , spinner baits and gambler Studs, up to 4lb. We then headed over to another spot and catching a few more worming in the open water. At one point the couple had three doubles.   Next Miku took charge catching these nice bass, as K took the pictures. She was also excited when she caught an 8 lb. Bofin. These are the biggest fish she as ever caught. On our third Miku went shopping while K and I switched gears and went Saltwater fishing with my Friend and guide Martin to Port of the Islands.We had a great day catching redfish, snook, Jacks, lady fish and spotting dolphin , sharks and sting rays.     The final day was Peacock Bass in Miami, this was an only atitfical lure trip. Surprisingly enough they caught Jacks, Peacock and Largemouth Bass and Cichlids. Mid day we headed over to my favorite watering hole, Sonia’s Cafe for a great cuban lunch.   The couple and a full fun filled week with “The Hawghunter” , Capt. Frank Carbone Book you dates now for the upcoming season and get out of the cold.

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After a great day on Lake Okeechobee Steve and Anita decided to try their luck with peacock bass. The couple enjoyed another successful day on the water . Around 11:30 Steve scored his Florida trophy peacock bass 5Lb 9 oz that was 21X16 after that we took a break and went over to Sonia’s for a Delicious  lunch of Cuban cuisine . The day ended with anita hooking into a Tarpon. “It ain’t just fishing ” when your out with The  Hawghunter.  

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Yesterday was a nice day on the water with a great couple from Colorado , Steve & Anita Wenrich . The day started out good with catching fish and missing a few more. After the couple got the hang of things and the proper hook sets, the cameras came out and the fun began. As the day went on we would catch a few fish at every spot some on shiners and others on gambler studs and rattle traps.   Steve started out the day with a nice 4 lb.         Then landed a nicer one on the trap   As the day went on and the wind picked up slightly so I headed to a spot of mine to finish up the remaining shiners. Then Steve got what he came for,as he setup on a “HAWG”. The line started to strip the rod was bent ,as he shouted This is a big one. This bass surfaced and only his head came shaking out of the water .   His trophy was 8.75 LB. and measuring   26″ X 18″   Then the day end on a good note and the couple had a double making for an excellent day on the water with “The Hawghunter” , Capt. Frank Carbone   As we near the spawning season you should book your dates and get out of the cold to catch what Lake Okeechobee is known for Big Bass.     Call 954-325-1115      

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In the past month the fishing has been very good on The Big “O”. We have been catching them on both Live Wild shiners and artificial baits. First thing in the morning we have been hitting schooling fish on traps, spinner baits. crank baits and Gambler large Ace (sanko type). We have been also throwing swim baits and later in the morning plastics across the heavy cover and producing a top water bite. Here are some results.    Catch the action now or reserve your dates for the upcoming season and get out of the cold anytime on come on down to Florida, between NOV- May .Ultimately from mid -DEC ,JAN  FEB is peak spawning season and the fishing remains excellent up until May While you are hear don’t pass up the opportunity to fish for our Mighty hard fighting Peacock Bass which can be caught on the same trip.    Both Peacock Bass and Largemouth are a year round fish, I hope to hear from you soon,  

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The peacock bass fishing has continued to be nothing less then good. On a full day you can expect 20 peacock bass and as much as 40 . Last week I had two clients on a 1/2 day and they caught 18. The good thing about fishing for the Peacock Bass in Miami and have an opportunity to catch other species. Laregemouth Bass, Snook Tarpon, Jacks, Carp and other tropical species. Here is a picture of around a 30 – 40 LB. Carp caught by 11 year old Matt Pressman of Pembroke Pines Fl.   Even though he out fished his Dad Steve, owner of Pill Box Pharmacy’s Dad still caught the biggest Peacock Bass .   Here are some other such a Luke & Mike from Virginia , these Bikers were on a ride down to Florida and wanted to try their luck with catching some peacock bass, and so they did.   Join Capt. Frank Carbone  for an exciting day on the water , you won’t regret it.

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The Peacock Bass fishing has been excellent all year and has been continuing through the summer months. In an average days you can expect to catch 20-30 mostly on small shiners also some top water jerk baits and Fly fishing. Most recent I had return clients Whip and Tristen Tripplet from Georgia. They estimated a 2 days total of 45 or so Peacock Bass. Tristen try his luck with his fly rod with some success as shown in the picture.   On day three they boys went for some snakeheads , and also caught Largemouth and peacock bass in the same place . South Florida is the only place you can catch all species on the same day .   So take a few days off and come on down and take on shot at the most aggressive freshwater fishing fish pound for pound. Myself and trained guides are available 7 days a week and ready.

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The Peacock Bass fishing has been still going strong. An average day is between 20- 30 with other species added on. Here is another Repeat client  Jon and Dave Sherman from NY. Here are two great guys that enjoy the sport of fishing and The NY Mets.   Next I had another repeat client a Georgia Peach Jen Greene and her friend Adam Wylie. Jan has a great passion for fishing and it shows as you can see below . Next was the Beck Family from Texas together they boated near 40 fish and some quality Males what a day they had.   This Miami father and son team Carlos Espinoza and his 8 year old son Isaiah enjoyed a Sunday morning catching 14 peacock & largemouth bass.    Finishing off the week was Jim and Jimmy Vance from NJ. Their catch was around 20 including largemouth Midas breaking off a 40 LB. carp and while Jimmy was reeling in a Midas a large snook ate his catch on the retrieve , but never landed it.   Florida is probably the best all a round fishery in “The World” , but the main attraction is the Peacock bass which was introduced in 1984. So give us a call and come on down,    Capt. Frank Carbone -954-325-1115  

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With the hotter days coming up the Peacock bass continue to be more aggressive, especially with top water lures. Still the best choice are small shiners, using a sharp #1 Diachii Bleeding hook. These red hooks, I feel have made such a difference in client my success.    Here again Zoo with his wife Karen showing off their 5 & 6  LB. Butterfly peacock Bass .   Paul Messick from Florida also had a great day on the water   The Everglades Fishing in the last month has improved a lot , with most of the bass being caught on artificial baits. The Gambler 13″ worm has been working the best right now, but can’t forget your Ace ( Sanko style ) and Zara spooks. Greg Silva enjoyed a day catching a good handful of Bass upto 4 lb. in only 1/2 day.   So if your coming down to Florida for your summer vacation give us a call and join in on the action. Give us a call won’t won’t be sorry  

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Repeat client Bob “ZOO” Wasileski and friend Brad from PA, had two great days on the water. Zoo is features on my home page video when he caught his 7.2 LB. peacock bass. This was Brad’s first time and won’t be last, as the boys are hoping to join me next year in the Amazon. www.amazonpeacockbasstrip.com After 4 days of heavy rain I decided to take them to Okeechobee on the first day allowing the water to settle and clear up before taking them for the Peacock Bass. The boys had gone through 7 doz. Wild shiners catching 46 Largemouth up to 7 lb. 2 blue cats 1 gar and of course 2 Bofins. After they ran out of bait the boys caught another 5 bass on spinner baits and gambler ace. This totaled their day with 51 Bass , Not a bad day on the water.   The next day we were off to Miami to Blue Lagoon for some Peacock Bass . Once their Brad struck immediately on his first shiner. Not only was this his first peacock bass but was his biggest of the day. After several other peacock’s in the boat Zoo answered back with his biggest of the day. The duo ended up with 31 peacock Bass 2 mylan’s and 1 jaguar . Peacock bass fishing in Florida is year round, they also are on beds 12 months a year.  Join Capt. Frank anytime and find out yourself why The peacock bass is pound for pound the hardest fighting fresh water fish. 954-325-1115

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These past two days I had long time clients and friends Cindy “Cakes” & Charlie Freeman from Texas. These Texas Anglers know how to fish , just look how professional Cindy looks.   We started out catching several Peacock Bass in Miami the couple caught exactly 46  Peacock’s  & 4 Largemouth Bass plus other species including two doubles., What a day. “Charlie Took this day”   Then the big action came on Okeechobee where Cindy took Charlie to school when it came to catching our Florida Bass . They handled over 40 bass with the biggest being 6.10 lb. each had caught some quality Bass. The fishing action has been just Fantastic and hasn’t stopped since Christmas. So give me a call and join in on the fun catching both Peacock & Largemouth Bass at the same time, “ONLY in Florida”

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  The  Peacock Bass action has been  “Great” to say the least ,with an average of 20-25 per Day. The biggest this year has been 7.2 LB. Below are just some of the happy clients from last month that fished with “The Hawghunter , Capt. Frank Carbone. April is one of  my favorite month ,eventhough you can catch Peacock Bass all year round in South Florida. I have had the privilege of taking out clients as young a 4 years old up to as old as  94 , Peacock Bass Fishing is a relaxing sport weather you are a novice or pro angler. Join Hawghunter Guide Service on your next visit to South Florida The only place in the US that you can both Peacock Bass and Largemouth at the same time. Capt. Frank Carbone

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 I received a call back in Jan from Nici Haerter from Florida. Nici is an Avid Angler, Freelance Sports Writer & Professional Musician. Nici wanted to do a story on the Peacock Bass, a bucket list fish, so she called on yours truly. Nici writes for Coastal Angler & Adventure Sports Outdoor magazines & others. So I decided to take them to one of my favorite locations , “The Blue Lagoon”. Joining her was her husband Skip and mother Joann. The day started out with a few missed strikes, but once she got the hand of things the connection was made. All three anglers were successful in putting the peacock Bass in the boat and making for some great shots. Nici stated that if she caught a Trophy Peacock Bass that not only will it make the magazine , but also the Cover story. Well caught around 11:30 she tossed her shiner at a point , then her spool started singing , thinking it was a Tarpon or a Snook, and here’s what she caught , a 6 .5 LB.  Butterfly Peacock Bass.   So, The Hawghunter , Capt. Frank Carbone is going to be in the April edition of Coastal Angler Magazine . The peacock bass fishing has been excellent since JAN. and April is one of the prime months to score a “Trophy”. Enjoy the article and give us a call and see for yourself why everyone feels these scrappy fighters pound for pound are the hardest fighting freshwater species.

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