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Historical Hillsboro Inlet Fishing
The Hillsboro Boys
In March 2009 Marlin Magazine wrote a piece about the Hillsboro Inlet boys who became “Brothers on the Water” Here is an excerpt: “Halfway between Miami and Palm Beach Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach produced some the best known crews in the business. Unlike the spit and polish Palm Beach captains of yesterday in their starched white shirts and navy pants, or the khaki-clad Miami fishers, Hillsboro boys dressed for dirty work. Known for “filling the boat”, they wore sleeveless T-shirts and navy pants during the years Pompano was better known for its green beans than beaches. Charlie “Split-Tail” Hayden experienced the climate firsthand, working for pioneering captains like Red Stuart and Bill Fagen in Miami and Bill and George Staros in Ft. Lauderdale.

“When I went to work at Hillsboro Inlet in the ‘60s, I saw the difference right away,” he says. “Any one of them would have given anything they had to help the other if he was in trouble. That was the difference. They acted like Family.” If they weren’t related by blood they became brothers on the water, according to Marvin “Sonny” Griffin Jr., whose father, the late Marvin “Griff” Griffin Sr., served as a founding member of the Hillsboro fraternity. “Once you got in, it was like going to a fishing academy.” says Capt. Peter B. Wright, who spent his first 10 years in the business working for Hillsboro captains like Griffin, John Whitmer and Freddie Voss.

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