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The Lure of the Treasure Coast

     From the day I was born, there was no doubt I was destined to be a Fisherman. When I was old enough to understand its meaning, my Mother once told me that my Father was upset that he was expected to be there at the hospital on the day I was born., the trout were biting and he wanted to be on the stream. Most of my earliest memories are those times spent on a trout stream, or in a canoe at a local lake, or on the annual vacation to fish the Atlantic off the coast of Delaware.  Looking back over the decades that have passed since those early years, I still can't tell you whether the addiction of the pursuit of anything that swims was a Blessing or a Curse. I feel at home on waters. Be it on a small stream in the mountains of  Central Pennsylvania where I was born and raised, or on the deck of a Sportfish hundreds of miles from land, it makes no difference. 
    I can recall watching my childhood heroes fishing those exotic places on the Saturday morning fishing shows and day dreaming that one day I would be one of the fortunate anglers to make that a reality. I watched Flip Pallot fly fish the Everglades on one episode, on the next stand on the deck of the "Dutchess" with the Legendary Captain Billy Black in the water's off Walker's Cay the next. Florida was Mecca for many young men from the North, especially if your passion was sport fishing. 
      One can only imagine the excitement when the opportunity arouse for my wife and I to make a life changing move., and it was only natural that I chose Florida. We wanted somewhere that the winter season was mild, we had experienced enough cold and snow by this time in our lives. We also wanted a place that had a small town feeling, but was close enough to major attractions and we could experience the many different cultures that abound here. We decided that Jensen Beach / Stuart was perfect for us (not to mention that Billy Black and the "Dutchess" call Stuart home. I have since met this man, he is not only a great Captain and Fisherman, he is a very genuine and kind human being) . The Fisherman in me couldn't agree more. We have Lake Okeechobee a short drive to the West, and the Florida Keys just a few hours to the South., and the Indian River Lagoon is our new  back yard. 
       The Treasure Coast has some wonderful Offshore Fishing where Mahi and Sailfish are much sought after. The annual Glass Minnow Run has anglers roaming the beaches in search of Tarpon and Snook, and most days it does not disappoint. If you turn on the television during "Shark Week", you'll undoubtably see mention of the Shark Migration through South Florida that boggles the mind just how many sharks cruise the waters here. But, the Granddaddy of them all is the "Mullet Run". There are very few anglers that don't await this time of the year like a youngster on the night before Christmas. The Lagoon comes alive at this time, everything from Pelicans to the Bottlenose Dolphins eagerly devour this bountiful baitfish. This area certainly has a wide variety of quality fishing, something for everyone to enjoy regardless of target species.
        But, the main attraction here for most anglers is the Lagoon. The Indian River Lagoon needs no introduction. This World Class fishery has a long and storied reputation and is on the Bucket List of any person dreaming of Saltwater Fishing for Snook, Trout and Redfish. The IRL is facing some serious water quality issues at this time, but it's still an amazing fishery. When the topic of the "Mosquito Lagoon" comes up, visions of monster Redfish and Goliath Trout come to mind. The IRL produced one of the most impressive catches in recent history when in 1995 angler Craig Carson of Orlando caught what turned out to be the heaviest Spotted Seatrout ever recorded. The 17pound 7 ounce beast was pulled from an backwater cove in Fort Pierce, it eclipsed the old record by nearly 2 pounds. 
        Several years have passed since this country boy made the move to follow his dreams of fishing what seemed in those days to be far away exotic places, and what a ride it has been. The Treasure Coast has certainly lived up to its name. I cherish each and every outing in this beautiful and diverse environment. And, even after all the years, after all the places I have been fortunate to have visited, I still have some species left on my Bucket List. I can think of no better place to pursuit those fish than here in South Florida. Your Adventure Awaits, get out there and Catch It !

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