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e Dimocks first experienced tarpon fishing while on the Homosassa River (on the Gulf coast about 165 miles north of Fort Myers) at least several years prior to 1904. A. W. took to the sport like a duck to water. e Book of the Tarpon, which he published in 1911 with ninety- three of Julian’s photographs, is a classic on the subject and is still in print today. Julian, in his own book, Out- door Photography, and in a 1907 article, “Photograph- ing Tarpon,” explains how one photographs leaping tarpon (the answer is: it’s not easy). In all, Julian took almost five hundred photographs of tarpon fishing. To- gether father and son provided the standard references for catching and photographing Florida tarpon. is tar- pon was caught with a fly rod from a canoe on Barron River (then called Allen’s River) in the Ten ousand Is- lands. September 5, 1908, 47394. owned by William D. “Bill” Collier, that was located in the small settlement on the north- ern end of the island (known today as Old Marco Village). e Dimocks, however, nowhere provide information about their ac- commodations or what the village was like, and Julian did not take a single photograph in the village. Julian’s earliest photographs of southwest Florida are from late May 1904. at summer, he and his father apparently stayed on the island for two and a half months before returning north, a pattern that modern snowbirds, who prefer winters in Florida, might find perverse. During 54 PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE that time, they traveled around Marco Island and its nearby waters, probably in rented boats or with local residents, exploring, learning, and pho- tographing. Returning to Marco in November and staying into February 1905, they traveled to the mainland, first to the small Henderson Creek settlement and then to Deep Lake Plantation in the Big Cypress Swamp. Julian, perhaps with his father, also traveled north to the St. Johns River Valley to photograph orange groves. Julian may have been on assignment for Country Calendar magazine, whose first issue would be published in 1905. It was about this time, late 1904, that the Dimocks decided to buy a boat so they could travel farther afield on their own. e Irene, as they named their 37-foot houseboat, was well suited to the shallow wa- ters of the coast. After hiring a captain who knew the local waters and one or two crew members (the latter called “boys” by the Di- mocks), Julian and his father spent a month in April and May 1905 on a shakedown cruise through the Ten ousand Islands and on down the coast past Cape Sable to Florida Bay. It was on that initial cruise that they first met Seminole Indians at Storter’s store in Ever- glades City. From late May into June, they traveled north to Pine Island Sound and Char-