If you're not from North Florida, you may not "get" it but if you're here for any length of time, you will. We love our Forgotten Coast, our piney woods full of palmettos and tucked away ponds. Give us a spinning reel or a cane pole and we will have dinner before the sun sets. Florida (pronounced FLA RA DA) is not just how we pronounce it but it's how we live it, laid back and chill except during college football season.
Spending the summers on St. Teresa Beach where we would fish and spend the day baiting crab traps that we took to the "honey hole" at Turkey Point is what fed my love of our Forgotten Coast. You don't know what a fresh oyster is until you've shucked it straight from the bed in between pulling up the crab traps you set the day before. Have you ever drug a net for mullet? I can still see my Great Aunt Mary walking the beach barking orders to all of us kids dragging the net, "Get that net up! Are you dragging your feet?" The bounty of fish on the beach was a sight to behold. Great Uncle Skinny would have them on the smoker before we had the net rolled up. Reds, Grouper, Snapper you name it we caught it. These are the simple pleasures of our Forgotten Coast.
From the Keys to Jacksonville; Clearwater to Cedar Key; Panacea to Pensacola we have more fishing than you could ever dream of in our state. I want to share our little gems.
2015 I purchased FLARDAFISH with the goal to make it a household name and quite frankly to give my youngest son the opportunity to see how someone can take a concept and turn it into a culture. Little did I know it would become my passion.