Clearwater Author Spotlight: Doug Kelly

“Florida’s Fishing Legends and Pioneers” systematically chronicles the exploits of the most influential men and women of the sport from the Keys to Jacksonville to Pensacola and back, and everywhere in between. throughout the state.

The “Hall of Fame” legends and pioneers have helped preserve the Sunshine State as a top fishing destination that draws millions of anglers to its shores every year.

Ted Williams

Each chapter captures the exciting life experiences and personality of current and past luminaries of the sport with over 100 images, some never before seen from family archives.

Jesse Lindsay

Some of the legends and pioneers contributed to fishing lore by demonstrating fantastic angling skills.

Stu Apte

Others made the list due to their artful journalistic abilities or promotional prowess.

Dr. Guy Harvey

The common threat is that each put the spotlight on the sport in a remarkable way and helped to popularize it.

Doug Kelly with Al Pflueger, during Al’s induction in the Fishing Hall of Fame

This video is a brief presentation of some of the notable fishermen (and women!) in Florida at the Clearwater Historical Society on March 19, 2022.

“Florida Fishing Legends and Pioneers” is for everyone, from novice to master, who loves fishing. (Published by the University Press of Florida, 2011).

It’s available in Clearwater’s Barnes & Noble, online at and most other online book retailers.

Doug is the author of three published books and co-hosts the popular The Kelly Kelly Show radio show in Clearwater on the TanTalk Radio Network that’s in its fourth year on the air. He’s the former editor of Sport Fishing magazine and managing editor of Florida Sportsman magazine and served as executive director of non-profit organizations.

Video credit: Alex Casano for the Clearwater Historical Society

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