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Everglades Beauty Lures Fishing Guide Into New Career


his month in our Blog we would like to share a story Miss Susan Cocking, an outdoor writer for Miami Herald wrote about our company. As we continue to develop our website this article will give you a good idea what lies ahead in our ‘In the Sights” venue.

By Sue Cocking – Miami Herald

Ozzie Gonzalez was hunting one morning in the Big Cypress National Preserve when he heard the unmistakable growl of a Florida panther in the brush behind his swamp buggy.

As he sat atop the vehicle scanning the wet prairie in front of him, the cat emerged from the thicket carrying a large bird in its jaws. Gonzalez was transfixed.

“There is no place in the world like this,” the 45-year-old Miami native said.

It was a watershed moment for an avid sportsman who grew up hunting and fishing in South Florida’s wild lands and waters. Not long after that, Gonzalez ditched his longtime career skippering sport fishing charter and private boats and formed Everglades Nature Tours with longtime companion Merijo Attong and colleague Erik Lorentzen. The company offers airboat, swamp buggy, canoe, kayak, pole boat and walking tours, and guided hunting and fishing excursions in the Everglades and Big Cypress.

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