Tales from a Florida Fish Camp: And Other Tidbits of Swamp Rat Philosophy

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Pineapple Press Inc, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 194 pages
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Join Jack Montrose, a fish camp regular since 1965, as he reminisces about the good old days fishing on the St. Johns River. Tales from a Florida Fish Camp captures the atmosphere and humor of fish camps, where fishermen gathered to tell tall tales of their fishing exploits, play practical jokes, and relax over a cold beer. Here you'll find tales of more than just fish (though the ones caught were THIS BIG). you'll encounter snakes, gators, cats (ordinary house ones as well as a panther), turtles, manatees, a skunk, and lots and lots of bugs, as well as a few celebrities--including a baseball manager, a general, and an astronaut. The stars are more often than not the boats, and if the tale's about an airboat, well, don't expect the teller to have dry shoes. You're in for huge belly laughs as you read about fish camp contests, tourists, Yankees, and Flash, the hard-drinking, snake-chasing, spitz/bull-dog mix who was everyone's best friend. Practical jokes abound at fish camps: the author even got to be sheriff for a day when one of his buddies played a joke on him and some unwitting tourists.
 

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Contents

Fish Camps
1
Camps and Shacks
3
Nicknames and Explanations
9
Fishing
12
The Sheriff
18
Blow Boats
21
Airboaters
26
Marsh Fires
30
Bird Tales
95
Screwy Winds
104
More About Airboats
109
Doggone Airboats
112
Artifacts and Indians
117
Sleepless Nights
120
Contests
122
Hogs
127

That Tree is About 150 Yards
35
Cats
39
Catch and Release
42
Celebrities
45
Land Snakes Alive
48
Mafia Fishing Trip
52
He Caught the Little One
57
Texs First Ride
60
The Search
64
Bugs
68
Pool
73
Tall Turkeys
77
The Little Red Airboat
79
Supermouse
85
Boat Ramp Comedy
88
Gator Tales
91
UhOh
131
Buckyboar
135
Good Eatin Fish
137
Ladies Handbags
142
Autopilots and SelfStarters
145
Pop the Hunter
147
Bites
151
Thats a Lot of Bull
157
Yankees
161
Wannabe Rednecks
164
Flash
167
Airboating is Fun
172
The Last Resort
175
The Upper St Johns River
179
Concluding Remarks
193
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