Cuban Fishing, Ernest Hemingway and Fidel Castro, Fishing Contest, Before Bay of Pigs – -IMG by Bruce Tuten, Via Creative Commons.

College Of Fishing

Lead Photo: Ernest Hemingway and Fidel Castro In Their Respective Caps, Fishing Contest, Before Bay of Pigs – IMG by Bruce Tuten, Via Creative Commons.

Fishing, finding meaning and happiness in the world, and baseball caps have a long and storied tradition.

“Where did you learn about life …?”

“Well, I guess I went to the College Of Fishing.”

Ernest Hemingway, circa 1954.
Ernest Hemingway, circa 1954.

“There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a gentleness of spirit and a pure sincerity of mind.”  Washington Irving

“One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and one’s fishing experience increases, and that is the paramount importance of one’s fishing companions.”  John Ashley-Cooper  

“To him, all good things—trout as well as eternal salvation—come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.”  Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It

“He can’t have gone, he said “Christ knows he can’t have gone. He’s making a turn. Maybe he has been hooked before and he remembers something of it.” Then he felt the gentle touch on the line and he was happy.”  Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

“There are two great American contributions to world fashion: blue jeans and baseball caps. Of these, baseball caps are more important …

I love that wherever you go in this world, you see people wearing baseball caps. It’s very reassuring. Walk down the Champs Elysee. Ride a ferry past the Sydney Opera House. Wander through the Ginza. Feel the spray at Victoria Falls in Zambia. Doesn’t matter where you go, where you are. People will be wearing baseball caps. The caps may not have a baseball logo — in fact, they often don’t — but they are baseball caps nonetheless.  

There is no more egalitarian item of clothing. George W. Bush wears them. So does Michael Moore. Whenever politicians want to show they’re in touch with the common people, they put on a baseball cap …”  Jim Caple,

Florida University College Of Fishing 1513 Cap ©, $16.50
Florida University College Of Fishing 1513 Cap ©, $16.50

My name is Charlie Landon and I agree with these sentiments on fishing, understanding the world and an affinity for baseball caps or hats.

I work as a part time first mate with fishing guides, go to high school and run the CaptivaSanibelFort Myers, and Florida Fishing Report fishing sites and some other sites.

We’re starting the the College Of Fishing merchandise site because, well, we wear a lot baseball caps, think there is a lot of knowledge of people and life to be gained through fishing, and thought it would be fun to play around with this College Of Fishing concept.  We’ll start out with some hats and maybe we’ll add some more hats and other items over time.

Captiva Island College Of Fishing 1888 Cap ©, $16.50
Captiva Island College Of Fishing 1888 Cap ©, $16.50

I have been interested in fishing for a long time!  And I also like building things on the internet.

Some background … my father first helped me start a site devoted to Florida fishing in 2007, when I was 8, but I was too young and lost interest.

We started the current Captiva Fishing site in early 2011, when I was 12, and I stuck with it!  Since then, I have taken over its operation, along with expanding it to other sites.

I’ve got a lot to learn, but I’m starting to understand a great deal about site design, search engine optimization (SEO), building mobile responsive sites, managing Google Analytics, social media integration, and lot’s of other internet-related things.

Fishing When I Was A Lot Younger – About 8 Or 9.
Fishing When I Was A Lot Younger – About 8 Or 9.

All the sites are doing very well and we have the beginnings of what my dad would call a network.

We’re just going to continue to experiment, try to learn a lot, maybe sell some hats and have some fun!

We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Use our Contact Us page to tell us what we’re doing right or what we can improve on.

See you on the water!


At the dock, Castaways Marina, Sanibel Island, March, 2016.
At the dock, Castaways Marina, Sanibel Island, March 2016.