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  • Stiltsville - The Bikini Club

    Dec 3, 2015

    Stiltsville - The Bikini Club As a kid growing up and living on the water in Miami in the 1960's, one of the outstanding things I remember was the yacht ‘Jeff’ sitting hard aground on the flats around Stiltsville. At the time I was only eight or nine years old and the sight of the 150' motor yacht looming in front of the Stiltsville houses as I looked from west to east was beautiful, mysterious and larger than life - from a kids perspective..Back then, as best as I know, there were only three cruise ships sailing out the Port of Miami; the Bahama Star, The Yarmouth Castle and The Ariadne. We had recently taken a family cruise to Nassau on the ‘Star;’ the ship was less than 500 ft. and by far the biggest ship I had ever seen but the yacht Jeff didn’t seem much smaller. We frequently cruised by 'Jeff' in the family boat on the weekends, heading to the fishing grounds around Fowey Rocks. At the time my dad didn’t mention to me that the Yacht was home to the notorious Bikini Club! Later in the 1970's, my parents bought one of the homes in Stiltsville but by then ‘Jeff’ had burned to the water..The Bikini Club in 1962..The Bikini Club was a 150-foot yacht named Jeff that was grounded on the flats and turned into[…]

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  • Outfitted Camping and Fishing Trips in the Everglades..

    Dec 3, 2015

    Outfitted Camping and Fishing Trips in the Everglades.. Outback Ventures and 'Fishabout.."In October of 1996, Geoff Colmes began making plans to offer a service that he had wanted to provide for his customers for quite some time. During winter months, weather conditions in the backcountry of the Florida Keys often make fishing difficult. However this unique, sheltered estuarine area of the Everglades boasts some of the finest fishing anywhere. This fishing takes place in one of the most beautiful yet inaccessible regions of the country – The Everglades National Park; Whitewater Bay to Lostmans River, home to tarpon, snook, redfish, largemouth bass and literally hundreds of species of birds. American Crocodiles, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes and River Otters also populate the area. Rich with local history, places with foreboding names like Hells Bay, Graveyard Creek, The Nightmare and Shark River were once home or visited by legendary individuals such as Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Edgar Watson, Guy Bradley and 'the man of the Glades' Herman Lucerne. Legends and phenomena such as the Ghost Ship, the Skunk Ape and the seldom seen Water Devil still exist..The 'Fishabout' Partnership..The difficulty with visiting this region was always the ease of access. There was not enough time in one day to reach some of the remote areas and get in a full day of fishing. Returning to the dock at Flamingo after nightfall was never and remains a bad[…]

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  • Hells Bay - The Novel

    Nov 21, 2015

    Hells Bay - The Novel James W. Hall - New mystery novel 'Hells Bay' dedicated to fishing guide Geoff Colmes to premier at Miami International Boat Show..Hell's Bay Boatworks is celebrating its 10th year with a new boat. Coincidentally, Hell's Bay - the just released book in James W. Hall's popular Thorn murder mystery collection of novels - is the 10th in the series. The two will meet at the Miami International Boat Show as Hell's Bay introduces its newest 18' skiff the Boca Grande and Hall signs his newest novel in the show booth #3390 on Sunday..Both the book and boat line are named for the legendary area in the middle of Florida's Everglades that old time Floridians said was "hell to get into and hell to get out of." Best selling and Edgar Award winning author James W. Hall will be at the Hell's Bay booth on Sunday, Feb. 17th from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. signing the novel that Publisher's Weekly calls "another compulsive page-turner from a master of suspense," and the NY Times Book Review declared "if violence can be poetic, Hall has the lyric voice for it.."A Key Largo resident and former owner of a Hell's Bay, Hall has fished countless times with Capt. Geoff Colmes, a Hell's Bay guide to whom Hall has dedicated the book. "The idea for the book came from Geoff[…]

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