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Outside of the beach towns and the tourist destinations Florida is widely known for, is a place with a slower pace, rich history and bountiful land. ‘Old Florida’ is alive and thriving, you just have to know where to look for it.
To many, there is a clearly defined separation between living an urban lifestyle or living in nature. Living in a city can expose one to many different cultures and experiences.
Few fish can match a tarpon’s acrobatics, strength and stamina. With skills that have evolved over millions of years while surviving a range of drastic climate changes, the mighty silver king can stem the strongest tides, elude fearless predators and overtake hapless prey with ease.
As brothers, Eric and Evan Geiselman grew up doing pretty much everything together. Having parents that fostered a life on the water from a very young age, a father who shapes surf boards and a mother who also surfs, it almost seems pre-ordained that these guys would end up accomplished watermen.
Imagine traveling twelve hundred miles to fish a place most seasoned saltwater anglers would generally pass over, only to have mother nature thumb her nose in your face and leave you nearly empty handed on the way out the door. Sounds dreamy, right?
Magda spent the majority of her teen and college years in a pool trying to become the best distance swimmer possible. She knows when to put her head down, focus, and just go. Although she fell short of her Olympic dreams, the lessons from the pool have permeated thru the course of her life, from being fitness-focused and family-centered.
The best-laid plans are usually started by sketching on a napkin. When Jeff Spiegel and Corey Cooper sat down on a balmy Belizean night to discuss world peace, this was what they came up with ... the BOTE House Belize. Now, the double occupancy cabana won't solve the issue of world peace, but it is certainly a place where peace can be found. Bonefish, permit and tarpon too!
The chatter I hear most about Harry is "Dang, Harry is crushing the redfish on Crab Island again," or "Did you hear about the tarpon Harry just caught from his paddle board in the Gulf?" The easy angle to take on Harry Madison would have been to shoot him catching fish.
Venice Louisiana... Yeah, I know... until a few years ago I had never heard of it either. A friend of mine told me stories of visiting there and seeing redfish schools as big as football fields, giant pelicans and people who didn't much like "outsiders." Ever since then it has been just out of reach. Until now...