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31-year-old Terry Gibson
is a third-generation native Floridian, from West Palm Beach.Both his
parents are avid fly anglers and bird hunters.They brought up Terry
sister, Anne to know, love and protect the wild places remaining in Florida.As youths, they spent lots happy hours casting flies and lures on waters such as Fisheating Creek
, the Loxahatchee River
and the Everglades backcountry.He
learned bluewater techniques fishing in the "Ocean River," which flows against his
home beach, in Lake Worth.Terry
and Anne also grew up chest-deep in Lake Okeechobee shooting ducks, clucking at turkeys in oak hammocks, and chasing English pointers across pine flats.The pair still jokes about having, "bird dogs for siblings." Terry
high school summers working at Wilderness Experience fish camp, on Alaska's Aniak River.There, wild salmon, trout, char and grayling schooled him in coldwater fly fishing.He discovered more coldwater adventures while attending the University of the South, Sewanee, in Tennessee, where he majored in English.
There, smallmouth bass provided the action.
After college, Terry
came back to his
roots to teach high school English at Glades Day School
, in Belle Glade, Florida.That was for him a profound but infinitely fun experience.He
especially enjoyed all the time he
got to spend on the Lake fishing and hunting with his
students and their parents. While teaching at Glades Day, Terry, a lifelong surfer, began writing for Surfer magazine, accepting summertime assignments throughout Central America.He
lifelong goal was to write for Surfer and Florida Sportsman
.And two years later, after a stint in South Dakota as a bird-hunting guide, Terry
first FS assignment—a conservation piece about development scheme on a spoil island that would have opened hundreds of other spoil islands to development around the state had it not been defeated. As a freelance photojournalist, Terry got to fish/hunt/surf in 14 countries and 21 states.
In October of 2004 Terry
came onboard as Managing Editor of Shallow Water Angler and Assistant Editor of Florida Sportsman
. In his free time, Terry is an active member of the Surfrider Foundation and Delta Waterfowl.He
reads a lot, but prefers to fish, hunt and surf.Maybe that seems myopic, but he
can't get enough of the outdoors.