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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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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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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 two days I had repeat client Bill Dinkle from Indiana . Day one we headed to The big “O” , Lake Okeechobee. The first bass came on a wild shiners in only 20 seconds, before I could throw the second shiner.    The action continued for the next 6 hours , Bill caught over 35 bass up to 4.5 Lb. all on wild shiners, except 1 on a Gambler Ace.   The day turn out beautiful the sunn came out so Bill decided to get some sun. On day two bill had a repeat of day one , but only this time catching 27 peacock Bass and 4 Largemouth in the Canals of Miami.   This was Bill’s first time ever catching Peacock Bass and won’t be his last.   If you haven’t tried it you all need to , I’m only a phone call away. Then you see what all the talk is about with these scrappy fighters from “The Amazon”.   Capt. Frank also offers Trip to The Amazon, for the over 20 LB. Monsters. Call today for available spots remaining for the winter months. Also the upcoming 2013-2014 season My  next Hosted  trip is Sept. 20,2013. Book early for a discounted price.

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Well here is your answer to that Question. I started out with two Okie Boys Lance Jolly & Chris Kinard. The boys had a great time catching peacock Bass up to about 4 lb.Not only did the catch peacock Bass but the started out with two Oscars. four Midas chidlets, and 6 Largwemouth Bass. All in All the fishing buddies caught over 30 Fish, needless to say a great day on the water with Capt. Frank.A DOUBLEBook your dates early for the prime spawaning season from the end of  FEB- May. 954-325-1115 Corporate Groups Welcomed. 

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  Today I had clients Bob & Todd De Martino from Syracuse , NY and Todd is from Wellington , Fl. The brothers want to catch some Big Bass and so they did.       Bob got this 6 LB1 Oz. Lake  Okeechobee “HAWG” .    On a 3/4 day trip the boys boated over 30 Bass . The action was steady as the ENE winds started to pick up. So we moved to the inside and found a cut that the water was running through.   The boys had a great time and looking forward to coming back in March for some Peacock Bass fishing and some top water action on the Lake.   All the Bass today were caught on Wild Shiners and released for the Angler to Catch , “YOU”.   Our busy season is approaching , so come on out of the cold and let “The Original Hawghunter”  Capt. Frank Carbone take you out for a good time on the water. You can visit our site or phone 954-325-1115      

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Frank,Thank you for putting me onto the greatest fishing adventure of mylife! At first when I was corresponding with you I was cautious toensure that what you were offering was, in fact, real. Sorry but Ijust didn’t know you and unfortunately there are too many scams outthere. As it turned out this trip was even BETTER than what you hadpromised!!!!!! You were extremely reliable and responsive at alltimes. The trip with Cptn Peacock was really top notch! Theaccomodations were luxurious and extremely comfortable. The staff wereincredible attentive and welcoming at all times. The daily laundryservice was an absolute treat! The food was fabulous. Mostimportantly.. the fishing was INCREDIBLE! I have fished in many‘exotic’ spots but this trip ‘took the cake!’. If any of yourprospective guests would like a reference please feel free to havethem contact me anytime. Thanks again for yours and Captain Peacocksfabulous service and trip!!!!!20 LB.  Garson  Garsonhoffman@gmail.com

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Today I had taken out Repeat Client Chuck Howorth from Chicago. I was on some Crank bait fish also using the new Gambler Fat Ace. Even though it was a cold brisk morning the bass were hungry and they were hitting like a fright train.    In the first hour and a half we had boated over 40 bass up to 4 .5 lb.    We had gotten a bite almost on every cast, it didn’t matter what we threw. On the very first cast I hit one on a crank bait and Chuck caught his on a Ace, what a way to start out with a double. Here’s an example of how hungry they were and why I say it was a Feeding Frenzy      All the bass today were caught on my new sponsors gear, Danali Rods and Abu Garcia Revo Reels. Now all my clients will have the privilage to fish with either Baitcasters or Spinning Tackle.   Also what helps is a good quality line both Floracarbon and Braid by Vicious , and aStrong  X-Point 4/0 hook.   Not to wear out the spot we moved around finding fish . We stopped in  Pelican Bay , Grassy Is. ,Buzzard’s Roost to mention a few spots on the Big “O”.   Last winter was fantastic and I had my best year ever . this year we are predicting the “Lake” to even better. So book your date’s now for the prime SPAWNING SEASON. DEC- March.   Capt. Frank Carbone and his staff of Guides are ready 7 days a week. Good Fishin’  954-325-1115

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For the past 4 days I had the pleasure of guiding my client K Ote his lovely new bride Miku and Father Hidefumi from Tokyo  Japan    They have fished with me in the past , and had even gone with me to The Amazon. This trip had a different mission . K wanted to catch Snakeheads more then the other species.   K accomplished what he came here for by catching this 33 ” 6.5 lb. Shakehead on a spinner bait.       His dad also added another species to the list, poor Miku just kept on missing them.   Miku had her revenge when we went Peacock bass fishing catching not only the biggest but the most and the smallest or should I say the cutest.       After a very successful morning we headed for Lunch at my favorite Watering Hole Sonia’s for some excellent Cuban food, a must when fishing near the airport.       This is a Great family that I truly enjoyed fishing with and will always look forward to their return. The talk was K and his Dad will go back to the Amazon , but only if They took Miku back to Florida so she could enjoy the beach and fishing of course. Our busiest and peak season is nearing so book your dates early . Capt Frank enjoys  Guiding 7 Days a week  

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Our flight from Miami to Manaus was great. We were met at the airport by a driver and a English speaking guide set up by Jorge. after checking into the Tropical Manaus (which by the way was a very nice place) we went and had a great seafood lunch. After lunch went for a drive through town to the fish market,  what a very interesting place. Went back to hotel hang around the pool. That evening went to a Brazilian steakhouse for dinner.   We were taken to the airport and boarded a  plane to Barcelos. After a short 45 minute flight arrived at the Barcelos airport. A van took us to the mother ship (TUCUNA AMAZON). A very nice boat, large deck up top, nice dining room and comfortable sleeping quarters, bunk beds with A/C.  Jorge and the crew were great very nice and helpful.       The first day my son Brandon and I caught 18 fish from 4-13 lbs. Steve our other friend caught 8 fish from 3-9 lbs. Val told us it would get better in a day or two. Told us we would catch some big fish and he was right. I did hook a solid 20 pounder on a white body red headed woodchopper. What a thrill.       I caught a 22 pounder on a jig very exciting I actually saw the fish come and grab the jig. Later that day Brandon hooked a 20 pounder on a white body chartreuse head high roller lure. , I was fishing with a jig and a big 22 pounder could not resist it. What a beautiful fish.       About 30 minutes after I caught that fish, I threw my lure in a tree my guide was headed over to get it out, as he was reaching to unhook from tree we heard a huge explosion behind us. while we were getting lure from tree Brandon was fishing off the back he just hooked a big fish, guide kept yelling big fish big fish. This fish was strong trying to get in the trees...

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These past two day I had a wonderful time with repeat clients Marvin Ross and his Daughter Melissa from Chicago. the duo had fished with me in The Amazon and holds the record for the most Peacock Bass caught in a single day , 147.    Now back to Florida , First we headed to Miami for the smaller Butterfly Peacock Bass. They had a ball catching over 35 fish including Mylan Cichlids, Largemouth Bass and of course several Peacock Bass up to 4 lb.                                                                                                                 The next day they headed to the famed “Lake Okeechobee” , for some explosive action. Once again Melissa out fished dear old Dad. Marv had his chance but lost a possible 10 lb. Bass as we watched it jump and spit the hook.   Together they caught between 35- 40 largemouth with 2 Gar and one big Bofin.        The fishing has been great and this year I feel” The Lake” will do exceptionally well, with the way the water conditions are. Our peak season is coming so if your thinking about getting out of the cold this winter , I suggest you book your dates early.   Capt. Frank Carbone , “The Hawghunter”, and Guides work 7 days a week and waiting to take you Fishing.

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