Don't just go for a "ride on the river"......... go for a learning experience!
If you're going to spend your valuable time on Our St. Johns River why not do it with someone who knows the river? Why not have someone at the helm with decades of hands on experience? When you ask the questions, the questions that invariable come to mind as you soak up Our River, what sorts of answers do you want? What insight, what level of historical perspective, what amount of demonstrated commitment to the PRESERVATION OF OUR RIVER do you want informing those answers?
If you want more than a ride with a tour guide. If you want to really know what it's like to catch 800 pound gators. If you are truly interested in the how and the what of those who work and recreate on the river. If you want to know something of the seasonal ebb and flow of life, something of the shrimp, crabs, fish, manatees and yes, humans that call Our River home. If those are the sorts of things you want to know, then we are for you.
More importantly though, if you see this river as a asset, as a right for the next generation, as something worthy of protecting, we ARE who you need to see Our River with. As one of the founding members of St. Johns Riverkeeper (http://www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org/ ) and a board member for 12 years your guide has participated in the struggle to save it.
At the right is one of the benefits of protecting not just the St. Johns River but our environment. While not everyone will approve of it, the gators we catch stand as testimony to what we as a society can do towards not just bringing back a species such that that species can perform its necessary function in a ecosystem but also making that species a important economic asset to rural Florida. Proving once again that sound environmental policy can be good economic policy. He was a big one, 13 feet 7 inches and well on towards 800#.......and yes, just us two catch a lot of them.......her and I.