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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:14AM

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Capt. Van Hubbard

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As I’m writing this column, the temperatures are dropping and the snow is falling — literally. I’m up north in Wisconsin doing a little hunting. I came up here to spend some time thinking about what’s important in life, and what’s next. Don’t worry; I’m not gone for good. In fact, I’m coming back in a week. I’m just at a point in my life where I’m realizing that life is short and won’t last forever. Change is constantly happening.

This past week, I’ve done some soul searching, and I’ve discovered that I’m troubled by the perceptions that many of today’s “Floridians” have about our Florida fishing heritage. When you think about it, our fisherfolk were the pioneers that settled in Florida. I’m very disappointed that so many of our newer residents lack knowledge of our Florida heritage. Fishing was the way folks fed their families, earned income and bartered for necessities.

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