Terry L. Howard
Terry Howard interviews longtime Florida fisherman Charles Bowen and his son, Mason Bowen. Born in Fortescue, New Jersey, in 1929, Charles has been fishing and working on boats since he was 12. He worked on party boats in the Delaware Bay; harvested oysters, crabs, and tuna in New Jersey; and even served in the US Navy before finally moving to Fort Pierce, Florida, in 1963. Like other Fort Pierce fishermen, Charles has primarily made his living by catching kingfish. Throughout the interview, Charles discusses popular Florida fishing locations, practices, species, and tools, providing insight into how these trends have evolved over the decades. Charles also describes the changes he has witnessed in fish populations, fishing regulations, and the greater commercial fishing industry. Finally, Charles shares a number of anecdotes from his many decades as a hook-and-line fisherman.
Fishing, Anecdotes, Bottom fishing, Equipment and supplies
01:30:37; 58 page transcript
Bowen, Charles Wood Jr. and Bowen, Mason George, "Charles Wood Bowen, Jr. Oral History Interview" (2019). Florida Fishing Captains Oral History Project. 9.