A flats fishing pioneer, George F. Hommell Jr. was a much-sought-after guide based in Islamorada, Florida. An early champion of fishing conservation and ethics, he was a founding member of several organizations, including the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, and chaired the president’s committee on protecting the nation’s marine resources. He cofounded World Wide Sportsman, one of the first great destination fishing travel agencies. In 2015, George was inducted posthumously into the International Game Fish Association’s Hall of Fame.
Back in the 40’s and 50’s, there was a small lodge in Islamorada, which catered specifically to anglers call the Barothy Lodge. The owner, Vic Barothy, also had several others including the Turneffe Island Lodge in Belize, and a second Barothy Lodge on an island south of Cuba, known then as the Isle of Pines. This island was later renamed the Isle...