220px-Junko-Kitahama_Apnea-Monofin_croppedFor many centuries, people have practiced breath-hold diving. Evidence of this comes from many thousands of years’ old undersea artifacts that have been found on dry land. In Ancient Greece, breath-hold divers are well-known to have hunted and engaged in military activities under the sea.

It took the invention of apparatus to help humans breathe underwater before many people could see the world underneath the ocean—before the apparatus, each dive was short, frantic and dangerous. Read More

“A gripping tale of pirate adventure off the coast of 19th Century Florida!”

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Francis_Sartorius_-_Four_frigates_capturing_Spanish_treasure_ships,_5_October_1804Florida in the 18th century remained a lonely outpost of the declining Spanish Empire. Its most important mission was to secure the homeward route of the Spanish New World Treasure Fleets. These fleets had long funded Spain’s now-receding role in European and world affairs. The loss of the 1715 Fleet was another blow to the newly established Bourbon dynasties of Spain. Gold and silver in great quantities was homeward bound to King Philip V when a freak hurricane destroyed his fleet along the coast of Florida. Read More

The Origins Of Scuba Diving

Tritonia_Lusitania_1935It is unknown to many that the equipment used for Scuba Diving was actually originally designed for firefighting. Inspired by a fire accident two brothers saw, Charles and John Deane designed a “smoke helmet” that was to be used by firemen fighting fires in smoke filled areas. This early design was made up of a helmet made of copper with a flexible collar and garment attached to it. A leather hose was attached to the back of the helmet as the air supply. Another short pipe was attached to allow used air to escape, and the whole garment was made from leather, airtight cloth and held in place by straps. Read More

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Wood's HarborThere’s still time to enter the Goodreads Giveaway to win one of five signed paperback copies of the fifth book in the Mac Travis Adventure series – Wood’s Harbor. It’s FREE to enter.

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Scuba Diving Wrecks

Over the last 400 years, many ships have used Florida’s coastal waters. From settlers to explorers, many have left their trace on the blue waters that surround the Sunshine State. We have put together three of the greatest wrecks that you can still dive and see. Read More

The Art of Fishing

Fishermen are Fishermen. The keys to success are the same. I don’t care if you’re fishing for bass in a local pond, fly fishing a world class river or trolling the gulf stream for marlin. Your still fishing – your tactics are different. A rigged ballyhoo used for ocean trolling is often as large as a quality trout from a small stream. It’s just a matter of scale. Most books, articles, radio and TV shows about fishing key in on tactics. Of course, you need to know the appropriate tackle and baits, flies or lures for your environment. That is what tactics is all about. I’m talking big picture stuff here – Strategy. Strategy wins wars; Tactics win battles. Good fishing strategies will often catch fish – regardless of tactics. Read More

I fished the South Yuba river from a drift boat with a friend last week. We caught some small trout on nymphs using 5 weight fly line, indicators and lead weight. I started calling the indicator a bobber and the boat got really small. Read More

I recently reread The Old Man and the Sea. My daughter, a junior in High School, recently was given the book as an assignment. I love this book and was excited when she came to me with questions. They started with “Why did he think the sea was like a woman.” OK, this could be fun. And yes, she laughed when I told her it was because the sea has moods. The questions quickly moved to the religious symbolism. Read More

IMG_2125-300x225Looking at a chart is one thing. Flying over it in a helicopter is another. In October my daughter, girlfriend and I took a 45 minute flight from Marathon airport over the backcountry. It’s a great way to see things that are invisible from the water or on paper. There were several trenches that were visible, similar to where Mac found the nuke in Wood’s Reef. We saw bullsharks and large rays cruising the flats and it was really interesting how the islands, or Keys were all different. The yellow helicopter appears in the scene where the captain that takes Cayenne to the coral farm is spooked and leaver her stranded. Read More