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Fishing the Courtney Campbell Causeway in the fifties


Courtney Campbell Causeway was commissioned by the owner of a local dredging company, Ben T. Davis, in the late 1920s to provide a more direct link between Tampa and Clearwater.
Costing $900,000 in total, the Davis Causeway was opened on January 28, 1934 with a 25¢ toll per car. In 1944, the federal government seized the Davis Causeway as part of America's war effort, paying its previous owners $1.1 million and transferring ownership to the state of Florida.

In 1948, the Davis Causeway was renamed for Courtney W. Campbell, a Clearwater Beach resident, U.S. Representative, and member of the Florida Road Board who spearheaded efforts to ensure needed repairs and beautification of the Causeway were completed.



When I first fished the Courtney Campbell Causeway it was still called Davis Causeway.

As we approach 'Davis Causeway' from the Tampa side...



The oyster were plentiful:





We harvested them by the bushel and knew what to do with them:







As the sun came up we began to think about fishing:



The miles of grass flats were teaming with hungry Trout and Red Fish just waiting to be caught:



And catching them was just the beginning.

A true southern tradition... Fried fish & grits:



Talk about Heaven on Earth:





As the sun dove into Tampa Bay the Tarpon were ready for a fight:



And the Blue Crabs came out to play:

 

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Crabbing along the Causeway with a powerful lantern and net was most rewarding:



We would stop only when our basket was full.

It did not take long:



And we knew what to do with them:









In our basket would be a few soft shell crabs. As the crab grows the hard shell is shed to make way for a bigger shell. In order to shed is shell the crab forms an inner soft shell underneath, swells is body with water to break its current shell, crawls out, and begins the process of forming a new shell. This is when even the shell can be eaten.

For the crab lover the Blue Soft Shell Crab is as good as it gets:

 

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As the weather cools we begin to think about Sheepshead fishing around the bride pilings:







Our bait of choice the ever so plentiful fiddler crab:





In the fifties inshore fishing was very good; it till is.

Recent inshore catches:

The hard fighting Jack Crevalle:



Although a thrill to catch the Jack Crevalle is often considered a junk fish not to be eaten. However, when properly prepared and cooked correctly they can be delicious.

And yes! Our Sheepshead are still around:



While Sheepshead will never jump, Snook will often leap for the stars. What a thrill to catch these beautiful fish:









They may not be as tasty as soft shell crabs, but blackened Red Fish comes close:











Like your fish bursting with flavor?

You will love the Speckled Trout:



Fishing the Courtney Campbell Causeway in the fifties

Today the Causeway looks a lot different from the fifties:



This scenic Causeway is one of the longest over-water Causeways in the country. Today over 50,000 cars per day travel on this scenic route which also has a separate trail for walkers, bicyclist, runners, birdwatchers and anyone looking to admire Tampa Bay's wildlife and waterfront.

Have not fished there in decades. Can't help but wonder what fishing the Courtney Campbell Parkway is like today. Anyone know?



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this was the best thread you have produced, bob. finally, a thread that doesn't have that nasty name in it.
thank you, sir.
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this was the best thread you have produced, bob. finally, a thread that doesn't have that nasty name in it.
thank you, sir.
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You miss the credits? Got the Hubbard in there.

So much of "his work" is so close to cut and paste steals it's ridiculous.

His work posted here and other forums:
"In order to shed is shell the crab forms an inner soft shell underneath, swells is body with water to break its current shell, crawls out, and begins the process of forming a new shell. This is when even the shell can be eaten. "

From a fakebook user:
The crab forms an inner soft shell underneath, swells its body with water to break its current shell, slowly crawls out and then begins the process of forming a new shell. It takes a couple of days for a new shell to fully harden. That’s when we want to catch them.

I'm sure it's total coincidence it's so close to word for word including the placement of those comma's.

That context can be found so many places on the internet who knows who copied who. It sure isn't original work to some.

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You miss the credits? Got the Hubbard in there.

So much of "his work" is so close to cut and paste steals it's ridiculous.

His work posted here and other forums:
"In order to shed is shell the crab forms an inner soft shell underneath, swells is body with water to break its current shell, crawls out, and begins the process of forming a new shell. This is when even the shell can be eaten. "

From a fakebook user:
The crab forms an inner soft shell underneath, swells its body with water to break its current shell, slowly crawls out and then begins the process of forming a new shell. It takes a couple of days for a new shell to fully harden. That’s when we want to catch them.

I'm sure it's total coincidence it's so close to word for word including the placement of those comma's.

That context can be found so many places on the internet who knows who copied who. It sure isn't original work to some.

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It’s not an ad for a charter, I’ll take it, thanks for throwing us north Florida amateurs a bone Bob
 

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I just don’t have it in me to bash old timers. I took this photo from one of my hunting mags. In my opinion old timers aren’t replaceable. Lost my grandfather this month and miss bringing him ice cream and talking shit about Democrats, boobs, guns, and the outdoors. Ol Bob means well, and Ive even thought about taking my kids on one of those full moon trips.
 

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I just don’t have it in me to bash old timers. I took this photo from one of my hunting mags. In my opinion old timers aren’t replaceable. Lost my grandfather this month and miss bringing him ice cream and talking shit about Democrats, boobs, guns, and the outdoors. Ol Bob means well, and Ive even thought about taking my kids on one of those full moon trips.
It has more to do with the subject matter than Bob. I actually like Ole Bob.
 

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bashing old timers? where the hell did that come from. LOL some people still don't get it.
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Made me realize my age. I have several wood duck calls and an old PS Olt that I regularly use. My hunting coat is at least 30 years old, and I have no intention of replacing it. I remember when spinning wing decoys first came out and we SLAYED the ducks. I wish they would outlaw them every other year or so. Yes we still use a jerk cord.
 

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thought about taking my kids on one of those full moon trips.
You will not be sorry. Hubbard's Florida Fisherman ll does this on virtually every 4 hour trip:
At night we target Mangrove Snapper. Middle Grounds Mangos run BIG and the possession limit is 20 per person:

Gag Grouper run even BIGGER and, once again, a 2 day possession limit.


Bring a camera and BIG ice chest; will need both.

"Fine looking food in this thread Bob. Got me wanting fried oysters and fish for breakfast."
Me too!
"Good Read" Thanks!

"Something besides Hubbards adverts!
Don't like it... DON'T READ IT! You will see plenty more.
 

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well, ain't that something. you paint a turd real purtty, and the paint washes off. what a shame.
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Bob I’m afraid we may have to ban you.
We have given you several warnings.
 
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