The Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation
is pleased to announce that it has received photos and other historical items from the family of fishing guide legend George Hommell, Jr.
to be scanned, preserved and displayed.Hommell Bush
Foundation President Richard Russell said, "George Hommell was a much beloved member of our community.
Foundation Curator Brad Bertelli said, "Hommell was great because he recognized that there was more to being a fishing guide than landing fish, George proved instrumental in establishing the practices and standards recognized by the sport fishing community today.
"A champion of the environment, Hommell was a founding member of the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust whose mission is to conserve and enhance global bonefish, tarpon and permit fisheries and their environment.
Along with local legend Jimmie Albright, Hommell
worked more than most fishing guides because many of his
clients were referred to him by the Miami Beach Rod and Reel Club
, a prestigious fishing club established on Hibiscus Island in the early 1930s.
"While certainly remembered for his
client list, George Hommell
is perhaps more importantly remembered for his
role in redefining fishing techniques.
also set the bar for the decorum and professionalism displayed by Islamorada fishing guides.
Ted Williams used to say that George
had the biggest heart in the business, but might have been better known for his
Even in a group of guides, George
was the first to spot a bonefish.
was not satisfied with just leaving the dock to accommodate a client.
In fact, he
was one of the first guides to trailer his
skiff in order to find the best possible locale to find a good bite.
An innovator, Hommell
also was one of the first to design a fly with an eye, a bead eye, and called it the Hommell Evil Eye.