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Last week I had a great guy by the name of Marc Carlette from Switzerland. Marc and I spent a nice out on the water catching over 30 Bass up to 5.5 lb.  Most of Marc’s fish were caught on Shiners until he ran out . The rest of the Bass were caught on Frogs, jerk baits, Zara Spooks,10 – 12″ worms down deep and of course Gambler Ace.    The best time has been first thing in the morning , not that we weren’t catching in the heat of the day, but it’s hot out there. By 1:00 PM you are ready for the swimming pool.      5.5lb. caught on a shiner The action is good so come on down to South Florida for some top water action in The Florida Everglade’s with Capt. Frank Carbone, “The Hawghunter

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    The Amazon Hawghunter is introducing for the First time at an unbelievable price 8 days / 6.5 Days of fishing. All – inclusive (except international Air)  ONLY $3950.00   Premier Class in Amazon Peacock Bass Fishing and Adventure The New Yacht assure our clients the very best in Comfort, Security, Finest facilities, 5 star services, Best of Fishing guides with the best fishing boats in the Amazon, and the opportunity to bring home that ‘World Record’ or simply the best Adventure memories of a lifetime ! I assure you can do this ‘here’ at the best price in the Amazon, including WiFi Internet,FREE phone service, minimal charge Monday night football, and the best seat anywhere for the Orange Bow l !  50″ Flat Screen Satellite TV and much more The Yacht is a newly built 96 ft yacht designed to host up to 18 anglers in first class accommodations and services along with new extra wide Pro-Type Tracker fishing boats with new 60 HP Yamaha motors. .        You need only to show up with a small carry-on bag, two clothes changes, & utilize our ‘rental tackle package’, then enjoy ! We strive to make it like week-ender travel, simple, light, and one lot of fun with photos to prove it. New State Rooms with 7 Ft. Beds not like others these are built for Americans.      Our 5 star Chef will serve you both American & Amazonian dishes in the Dining room. Open BarThe men who will guide you and put you into big fish for six days are the hand picked ‘cream of the Amazon’, none second seat             Every person must ‘live the Amazon’, once..or twice…then probably every year thereafter…!For more details Call Capt. Frank Carbone at  954-325-1115

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The Bedznar’s from Chicago have been fishing with “The Hawghunter” for the past 12 years. Today was special because this was the first time 7 year Old Mathew came fishing with us. His older brother Mike who was 7 the first time he fished with me and is now 18, started things off with the first fish of the day. Then Matt got his first Florida Bass from the Everglade’s.  Matt needed a little help from Dad, Chuck holding up his Bass. Within an hour young Matt set the hook on his trophy a nice 21-1/4 ” by 14 -1/2 ” Bass. This will earn him a certificate from the State of Florida for catching one over 5 LB. By 11:00 AM it was so hot, so we called it a day around noon, and headed to the swimming pool. The real Family Angler, Amy  was left behind taking care of the youngest, 4 year old Grace. All the bass today were caught on Shiner’s and released for the Next Angler to catch.

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Well, it took 7 years for 5 year old Rhett Harmon from Las Vegas to bring his Dad Dave back to Florida to go fishing again . The boys enjoyed 2 fine days of fishing together , while Mom shopped.    On day one we headed to Miami for some peacock bass, once there the action started out with Rhett catching the first few before Dad got on the board. At the end of the Day Rhett out fished dad with the biggest Peacock.    look at that smile The next day we were out to the Everglade’s for some largemouth action. The action was a little slow until the afternoon. On this day dad took the bragging right with catching the most & the Biggest, eventhough Dad let him hold it.   The competition is always great , but the true Greatness is a Father & Son sharing quality time  together Fishing  and always having the fond memories to fall back on, the fish is just the bonus.                                                                                      Dave & Rhett are both looking forward to Joining me in the Amazon   hopefully  this winter. Capt. Frank Carbone. “The Hawghunter”, is always waiting to be apart of those memories and welcome all anglers 7 Days a Week.    

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In the past 5 years I have noticed more and more couples while on their Honeymoon have been booking trip with me. I think that’s great when a couple share time together on the water, like this couple Brent & Paige Urbaniak from Kansas City, Missouri. We started out in Blue Lagoon, after about 10 mins. I spotted a large school of Fish, so we started to chase them down. When we got in range Brent through a Zara Spook in the middle of the school and hooked into a nice Jack Cavalla to start thinks off. Paige, then answered it with a 3 lb. Peacock Bass that nearly pulled the rod out of her hands. The real action started as we headed back into the canal system, which I always refer to as “The Venice of Miami”. By 11:00 AM Paige was a little over heated, and  a bit of too much celebration the night before , so we head for some cold drinks and shade at Sonia’s Hide a way, a great little Cuban Cafe. After lunch it back out for more action, as the couple ended up with about a dozen Peacock Bass up to 4 lb. and 1 Jack to end a great day and some nice picture’s for the Honeymoon Album. Of course Paige caught the big one. Good luck to the both of you and stay happy. Good Fishin’ from , “The Hawghunter”, Capt. Frank Carbone

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Recently I had taken out Wallace Bias, he is the author of the book “Fishing with your Father”. This is a good book because for me it brought back memories that I could relate to also.   The day started out with a surprise and a bonus, as Wallace hooked and battled a nice largemouth 6-7 lb. So,. this answers the question most of you ask can you catch Peacock & Largemouth Bass at the same time. The rest of the day it was all Peacock Bass. Wallace an avid Fly- fisherman had fun catching them on a fly, he had also used some small shiners to complete his day on the Water.   Wallace, next desire is to join me in the Amazon for the monster Peacock Bass up to 25 lb. You can find more on that trip on my Amazon site :www.amazonpeacockbasstrip.com   Hawghunter Guide Service offers more then just fishing in South Florida for Peacock & Largemouth Bass. We also pride ourselves on Worldwide Fishing & Hunting Trip. 

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World Record PeacockNow Official! – On June 1, 2010 the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) officially certified the 28 pound Peacock Bass caught by Bill Gassmann on February 9, 2010 as the new All-Tackle World Record, according to Captain Peacock Yachts & Expeditions owners Leonardo Leao and Nasser Fraxe. Gassmann ,of Des Moines Iowa,  caught the 37 -inch long with 25-inch girth, monster peacock bass aboard the Captain Peacock yacht operation while fishing in a backwater slough off the Rio Negro. The huge peacock hit his clown patterned Woodchopper and after a furious 12 minute battle, Bill and his guide Elvis were able to land the huge fish. “We are very happy to show the fishing world our exclusive concept combining mobility, safety and first-class service and accommodations in order to create unique moments like this,” says Leonardo and Nasser. “The opportunity is for every angler, from the first-time peacock bass fisherman up to the most knowledgeable ones. Since receiving the IGFA Certificate, Gassmann has traveled to Manaus for an awards presentation from the Capt. Peacock operators and Dallas taxidermist Ron Kelly also went down to cast a mold of the world record fish. Shown in the images are (L to R) Gassmann, Kelly and Leao holding fish, Gassmann holding IGFA Certificate and Kelly holding the Record Mold after returning to the U.S.   You can be the next record Holder join The Hawghunter onboard Capt. Peacock Luxury Yacht

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  The South Florida action has been steady, in the hotter weather. My peacock Bass trip have been averaging between 12- 25. On the other hand the Largemouth Bass in the Everglades has been higher in numbers. Your average day on the water is around 50 with an occasional larger one in the 5-7 LB. range.    First from New Jersey was Paul Zara and his fishing buddy. On there day of fishing for Peacock Bass they totaled at 23 the biggest being 3- 3/4 LB.   Then I was very impressed to have Jim Mc Connell Florida and his two lovely daughters . The girls left their Husbands & Children home as they went with dear old Dad on their traditional Fishing Trip. The Trio have been Hunting  Fishing together ever since they were young, “I think this is great”. They had spent 3 days on the water , first they peacock bass fished and then hit the Largemouth on the next two days.  The Bass have been hitting real good on Gambler Ace and Large 10- 12″ worms on the bottom. Then finishing up the week was Harry Beerridge and his Son from Virginia having a great day catching up to 25 peacock Bass. The thing about South Florida fishing it is good all year round.      

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The Everglades action continues to be successful especially on Artificial Baits , such as Gambler Ace wacky style. Also we have been catching them deep on big worms. Needless to say Shiners are always a good choice as Master Angler Matt Pressman from Pembroke Pines Fl. found out last Saturday. Matt on his first two shiners caught this beautiful 7 lb. and on the very next shiner caught a 5 lb.                                      As always he out shined his Dad, Steve owner of The Pillbox Pharmacy , and this was Steve’s Birthday Present Trip. Matt did feel bad, and let Dad hold his fish for the picture, “Yea Right”.                                                                                                                               At the end of the day the father & son caught over 40 bass mostly on shiners and when they ran out plastic worms.   Next I had another Father & Son from Georgia Robert and & Robert JR. Kidd. These boys used only Artificial plastics. Again wacky style Gambler ace and the bigger Bass came on 12″ worms deep. On Jr. last cast of the day he caught this nice Bass to end a great day on the water.   As the water is dropping the bass are filtering into the canals and making the action fantastic. So if you thinking of coming down for a good day of fishing this is the time. Give us a call or emails us . Capt. Frank Carbone  saids come on down and join the Fun.

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Attention all you Families out there if your looking for a nice healthy day out with “The Family” Bass fishing is the way to go.This past week I had 2 Families join me for some Bass Catchin’ . First I had repeat Family from Adventura , Florida Alejandra Cohn & Solomon 7 & Stephie 5. As you can see Mom went a little crazy with the sun block. In a 1/2 Day the kids caught 20 as Solo counted everyone this is a great family and I always look forward to see them again. they have also fished with me for Peacock Bass.Next there was the Castellanos family from Pembroke Pines Florida, Andres & Michelle with there Children Miguel & Anaika.This family joined me for the first and never caught so many Bass before. Young 6 year old Anaika was Top Angler with catching the first Most & Biggest 3 lb. All together they caught 30 – 40 Bass and 4 Bofin’s & 3 Brim. What a Great day. So give Capt. Frank Carbone a call the next time you want to spend some time with the “Family”. visit www.hawghunterguideservice.com for more information.

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Well, the Peacock Bass are back and getting stronger every day. Hawghunter Guide Service is now catching as many a 40 + per day. The largest recently has been 5.5 LB.most of the peacock Bass are being caught on small shiners free lining them in to the deeper water. Also a few on jigs, and small tubes top water and Jerk baits.Capt. Frank Carbone has one of the longest running Florida Peacock Bass Service in Florida. I started fishing for these scrappy fighters since 1991 and have been Guiding for Peacock Bass since 1995 and I am one of the original pioneers since their introduction to the State in 1984.I have also been the Mother Land 10 times to study their habitat and learn more about their nature. The Amazon is truly a fantastic experience and if you have the opportunity you should join me on my next adventure on Sept. 24 th you can see more details on my site. www.amazonpeacockbasstrip.comOnce you come to Florida and get a taste of these 2- 7 lb. Florida Peacock’s you will want to experience the Power and fight of a 20 lber.So Let Capt. Frank Carbone , “The Hawghunter”, show the thrill of Florida & Amazon Peacock Bass.

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Today I was one on one with young angler Jacob Knapp from Texas. What a day he had catching 15 – 20 Top water Bass all on skinny Dippers. The day started out with his first “Okee” Bass being a nice 3 Lb. , his next was a 4 lb.The next was one over 6 lb. , I think one of his most exciting moments, was when he had this Huge wake come on his bait and didn’t take it, he’s still talking about it.Today the color didn’t matter anything we threw the Bass ate.After having such a good time the gang is going to do it again tomorrow. The boys ended up with 2 over 5 and one over 6 with some 3-4 lbs. and the rest were 2 lb.Right now the Big “O” is hot and we are catching fish all over, so come on down and Let Capt. Frank Carbone “The Hawghunter ” show you a good time.

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I was honored today to take 1st LT. Evan Czajka out for some R & R as we fishedfor Largemouth Bass in the Florida Everglade’s . Next week Evan will be deploying to Iraq so we can fish in freedom. I was very happy to send Evan off with a nice memory of his largest Bass ever, this 8.4 LB. “HAWG”.This beauty was caught on a Watermelon / Red Gambler ace , wacky style no weight. The rest of the day consisted of 1 – 4, 2- 3 lb. and about 70 more between 1- 2.5 lb. all on artificial bait.Also I had Dave Syring from OK. holding a couple of nice 5 & 6 lb. bass.Next was Max Bahr from WI. , him and his Dad Dave had a ball for three day’s catching both Largemouth & Peacock Bass. pictured is Max hold a nice 6 lb. Male Peacock Bass.The Everglade’s are fire right now and this is the time to get in on the action. Give Capt. Frank Carbone, “The Hawghunter” a call and book your next fishing Adventure to the Everglade’s.

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If you are looking to catch a lot of Bass , now is the time to fish The Florida Everglade’s. Clients have been catching as much as 200 bass in a single day. Even though most of these bass are small you do get an occasional couple of good one like John Harman form Massachusetts or Mark Clemetz from Michigan did.All of John’s bass were caught on Gambler Ace. On Day one he had caught about 100 bass biggest being close to 3 lb. . NOW, on day two things were different I decided to try another location. At the fishing hole we caught around 50 , but the size was much better.Next I had Dave elder from Florida with his friend Larry Dennis from Michigan, now larry hadn’t fished in 40 years and you know it , he caught the biggest Bass that day.Then today I had Harry Blaire from New York with his Grandson harry III. this duo put some nice bass in the boat on shiners & of course Gambler Ace., the biggest bass was caught on an Ace by the little guy.Now is the Prime season for bass as they are on their beds, and the water levels are dropping , which causes the bite to be “on”. So come on down and join the fun with Capt. Frank Carbone, “The Hawghunter”. All the bass caught were released for the Next Angler to Catch, “YOU”.

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With the cold weather upon us the fishing has been very good. It’s not often that Florida sees 40 degree weather for a week straight. This took it’s toll on several species, but did not effect the Largemouth. Right now you can come on down and expect to catch 100 + largemouth in a single day. Most of these Bass are being caught on plastics. Bill Guzman from NY came down for 2 Days of fishing and on the first day catching 17 Peacock Bass and on Day Two Catching over 70 Bass in 6 hrs. in the Everglade’s most of the Bass being in the 1.5 – 2 lb. range with an occasional bigger one.As far as the Peacock Bass are concerned , it has been a bit slower due to the water dropping lower then 60. Although Russ Giannetti from NY a return client did manage to catch a nice large Male Peacock Bass.Then yesterday Bill App with his Sister Judy and their friend Kathy hammered over 150 Bass using mostly Gambler Ace and trick worms while Judy used some healthy shiners from BJ’s Bait & Tackle located in Plantation.So if your looking to bend the Rod and catch a lot of Largemouth then come on down and the “The Hawghunter”, Capt. Frank Carbone show you how it’s done.Limited date’s are still available for February & March so book early. Good Fishin’

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