Steven Becker

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Key Largo Key Largo (which means Long Key, named by the Spaniards) is one of the closest of the islands to the Florida mainland. Drive south from Miami for about an hour or so, and you will come to the drawbridge at Jewfish Creek. When you cross this bridge, you will find yourself in Key Largo, the first island of the Florida Keys. Key Largo is the home to the world’s largest… Read More

When it comes to myths and legends, the Keys have a set of their own. Many of them are sea-based, but the creepiest is the tale of Robert the Doll. It all happened in the late 1800s. Thomas Otto and his family moved in to a mansion at the corner of Eaton and Simonton streets in Key West, Florida, now known as the Artist House. The Ottos were known to be stern… Read More

The Wreck of the Ten Sail (Book 2) – OUT NOW

Florida Keys Wild Bird Center Free to enter and hard to leave—the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Keys. You can learn all about the rare native bird population and see how the center takes care of injured, orphaned and sick birds. Donations are encouraged—but your trip to the Bird Center will be free. Rain Barrel Artisans Village Looking for somewhere beautiful, peaceful… Read More

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.

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… 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.

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… Read More

Looking 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… Read More

Tuna Tango comes from by background as a contractor. I took this job in 1993. With a reputation for taking on difficult projects, I was never one to turn down jobs that people said “couldn’t be done.”