“Fisherman’s Paradise”

BCW on 20' Commodore, 1960 (2)

My father, Berry C. Williams (1915-1976), was something of a legend as a fisherman in the waters off Ft. Myers, FL, in the 1950s and early 1960s. Reproduced for you here are chapters from his unfinished Fisherman’s Paradise, an account of his fishing adventures that are often hilarious and always instructional. Through these stories you will have the southwest Florida fishing experience of sixty years ago, before causeways and condominiums, before fishing licenses and regulations.

In 1952, at the age of 37, Daddy decided to move from his birthplace, a beautiful little town in middle Tennessee, to Ft. Myers, Florida, where he had lived briefly as a child. He was an attorney-turned-house-builder and he believed that Ft. Myers, “a pretty little town of about 12, 000,” had the potential for illimitable growth. Not only that, it was only about a half hour’s drive from the Gulf of Mexico, a vast seaquarium which he longed to plunder. “The fishing,” Daddy would later write in Fisherman’s Paradise, “was what definitely decided me to move there.”

I hope you will enjoy his adventures, chapter by chapter, as I post them here.

Cynthia

Fishing for Reds but Catching Trout (10/23/2016) - FISHERMAN’S PARADISE by Berry C. Williams (Chapter IV) One Saturday afternoon in September, one of my best fishing buddies and …

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Fishing with Two Tennessee Plowboys (10/9/2016) - FISHERMAN’S PARADISE by Berry C. Williams (Chapter III) One January, a friend from my hometown in Tennessee asked me if …

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The Cavorting Cobia (9/25/2016) - FISHERMAN’S PARADISE by Berry C. Williams (Chapter II) Most fishermen in this area will tell you that tarpon and snook …

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Hooked for Life by Lummis (9/18/2016) - FISHERMAN’S PARADISE by Berry C. Williams (Chapter I) One day, soon after moving to Ft. Myers, I drove out to …

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Granny and the Monsters (9/6/2016) - FISHERMAN’S PARADISE by Berry C. Williams (Chapter VI) My mother lives in Tennessee, but visits us each year in Florida. …

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The Mighty Mullet (9/6/2016) - FISHERMAN’S PARADISE by Berry C. Williams (Chapter X) THE MIGHTY MULLET Lee County fishermen often refer to the mullet as …

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