Key Largo Adventures

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A lifelong fisherman, author Harry Mick Grigsby and his wife, Betty, had dreamed of running a fishing resort. That dream became a reality when they purchased the Flamingo Fishing Lodge in Key Largo, Florida, moving from Ohio in 1962. During the next forty-plus years, he guided fishing customers on the Atlantic Ocean and in the backwaters of the Everglades National Park before sections became off limits. In this memoir, Grigsby narrates an array of adventures as he helped customers from all over the world snag their elusive catches. Key Largo Adventures details his favorite fishing haunts, humorous anecdotes involving his friends and family, the ravages of the weather, and escapades at the local Caribbean Bar. With photos included, Key Largo Adventures provides a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a fishing charter operator who dedicated more than forty years of his life sharing his passion for angling with others.
 

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Contents

Gilberts Resort
222
Herb
226
The Ogdens
229
Blue Claws
231
Little Warren
235
The Doers
239
Tarpon
247
Joe
251

Having Fun
44
Bully Netting
48
My Brother
51
Landry
56
Local Creeks
59
Leon
63
Mayos Marina
68
The Commissioner
73
Everglades National Park
84
Proud Boy
88
Cross Key Waterway
91
Gilberts
93
Backcountry
97
Taylor River
102
Big Madeira Bay
107
Birdy
110
Key Largo Village
114
Homestead
116
Barnes Sound
117
Courtney
122
Sterling
127
Kloucheck
132
Big Dad
141
Len
146
Marvin
157
Marie
160
Cotton Pickers
167
Astral Projection
170
Big Red
173
The Statue
177
Hurricane Betsy
180
The Aftermath
185
Mysterious Ways
188
Our New House
191
Yearning
193
Blessing in Disguise
196
Neighbors
201
Getting Settled
204
The Flying Fishermen
206
Trapping
208
The Ebsarys
210
Ocean Reef
215
The Boss
219
Thank You
253
Boom Town
259
Florida Keys Fishing
262
The Environmentalists
267
Crocodiles
269
The Crisis
271
Butch
275
Progress
278
Missiles
282
Paranormal
284
Steven Foster Inn
286
Rick
290
The Outrigger
292
Killborn
294
Alan
300
The Weavers
308
Paul
313
The Moellers
315
Lewis
321
Steve
330
Claire
334
Howard
337
Armand
342
Misunderstanding
347
Robert
355
Tucker
357
The Chamber
364
Rex
366
Cohan
368
Noah
372
The AULTS
382
Frank
388
George
391
Jon
396
John
400
Johnny
404
Snyder
408
Donald
410
Jerry
421
The Roast
426
Finale
433
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About the author (2011)

Harry “Mick” Grigsby operated the Flamingo Fishing Lodge in Key Largo and guided customers on the Atlantic Ocean and the Everglades National Park’s wilderness for more than forty years. Now retired, he lives in Homestead, Florida. This is his second book.

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