Stories of Commercial Fishin’, huntin’, workin’ and people along the North Florida Gulf Coast
Written by Leo Lovel
Illustrated by Clay Lovel Edited by Ben Lovel
Read these stories & you will have struck thousands of pounds of mullet with a gill net, hunted turkeys & deer, been stone crabbin’ from before daylight till dark, hauled grouper two-at-a-time in a rally offshore, caught redfish, trout, sharks, pompano & amberjack. You’ll have had confrontations with snakes, alligators, other fishermen & the law.
Read these stories & get a small inside view of a people, a culture & a lifestyle that’s goin’ out like a full moon tide, an era known as the “Old Florida”, as those of us born & raised here have known it.
About the author…
Leo Lovel was born and raised in Tallahassee, Fl. In 1977, he and his family opened Spring Creek Restaurant and made a living catching seafood to supply it. After mullet fishing was virtually banned in the nineties, Leo was compelled to start writing down a collection of short stories that would be a record of a time and place that was fading into history. His older son, Ben, edited the book and his younger son, Clay, illustrated 24 of the 67 stories.
Following the success and positive response of “Spring Creek Chronicles”, published in 2000, the author released a second collection of stories, “ Spring Creek Chronicles II”, in 2004. The author has sold thousands of copies of each book, which seem to be accessible to people of all ages. The responses have been wonderful, whether from college professors or from folks that have hardly read a book in their entire lives. Mr. Lovel has also worked with various schools to inspire young people to write their own stories and developing a love of reading. Mr. Lovel continues to work at Spring Creek, as well as fish, crab, hunt, and write.