By Gilbert L. Voss,Robert S. Voss
Long ahead of tourism ruled Florida’s beach, the nation was once domestic to dozens of industrial fisheries and ethnically diversified groups of rugged people who made their dwelling from the sea.
In A Pioneer Son at Sea, Gilbert Voss, a celebrated marine biologist, recounts his early days of fishing on either coasts of the peninsula through the nice melancholy and global struggle II. listed below are vanished scenes from outdated Florida, nearly unbelievable to trendy citizens of the kingdom: gill-netting for mackerel off Jupiter, the early days of charterboat fishing for sailfish out of Stuart and Boynton, the snapper fleet at Carrabelle, sponge-diving at Tarpon Springs, the oyster fishery at Crystal River, and mullet fishing from airboats at Flamingo.
Oversized personalities inhabit those pages, together with Voss's brothers, who have been themselves seminal figures within the early days of Florida big-game fishing. Voss's anecdotes characteristic Crackers, rum runners, murderers, Conchs, filthy rich industrialists, now-legendary charterboatmen, Greek spongers, and Cuban vivero captains. those tales are usually not simply lively images of fishermen from a bygone period, also they are amazing stories of the early life within the lifetime of a scientist and conservationist who later labored tirelessly to maintain our dwindling marine resources.
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A Pioneer Son at Sea: Fishing Tales of Old Florida by Gilbert L. Voss,Robert S. Voss