Howler Dispatch: 2016 Privateers Sunshine State of Mind

Posted on July 20, 2016


Florida has been something else! We first crossed into the sunshine state just in time to celebrate Independence day on the Choctawhatchee Bay. Being Garrett’s first time on the Florida Gulf Coast we were stoked to show him the infamous white sand beaches and the emerald waters that accompany Destin. Old Florida Outfitters was actually our first introduction to the Howler Brothers brand a couple of years ago, so we had to go show them some love! 

From there, we barreled down to The Keys and the turquoise lane divider quickly came into view as we cruised along A1A. We teamed up with Captain John Reed in Key West headed to Duval for cocktails. The next morning Captain Reed put us on the poon quicker than a jackrabbit. After a couple unsuccessful follows, Ryan landed the first tarpon of his life. Exhilarating and exhausting, the whole situation seemed surreal.

From The Keys, we headed back to Miami to fish with Howler Ambassador, Honson Lau before continuing on up to meet the Howler team at IFTD / ICAST. After a few days at a trade show, we were eager to get back on the road.

Being Florida, there is no shortage of great fishing thanks to long-time Howler fanatic and newfound friend, Mike Blattner out in Mosquito Lagoon. We were wiped out, but a message from Captain Lacey to come check out the Florida Outdoor Experience got us back on the road. Without hesitation we scooted over to Chiefland to check it out. 

FOE’s home base was amazing! After Captain Gray gave us the lowdown, the activities turned to cocktails, darts, and some bass fishing. The next day we set out in search of tarpon. The fish were gone but time spent on the water was priceless. We were extremely fortunate to have spent another day out on the water with such great people.

The sunshine state has so much to offer, and the people that visit and reside there are some lucky, lucky dogs. If you haven't heard by now though, Florida and its waters are in big big trouble. If you have the time watch this video and help save our waters.