A man in his environment.

A man in his environment.


(See Doc on video for a local business commercial:


Doc Fabiano, who renders salt water fish as wooden fish carvings,   coastal home decor, and gifts for fishermen and women, has been a Jacksonville resident since 1978 and an artist, writer, cook, fisherman, and sailor most of his life.  Growing up in a maritime community and settling in the lower latitudes, Doc has caught, consumed, or released most of his subjects.  The present work is a progression of creative expression that started when Doc taught Gyotaku (Japanese fish printing) to autistic students as a tactile experience.

Fishing Experience

Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor  (Better drive carefully, my brother is the Chief of Police)


                     Sag Harbor—spent a lot of time fishing anything blue in this picture

Doc started out bouncing sinkers in the bays around Sag Harbor for flounder, bottle fish (puffer), and sea trout.  If the bucket, pole, and tackle box were by the kitchen door at breakfast, it was his Mother’s way of saying “Come back with something in the bucket or it’s pancakes and bacon for dinner.”  Since then he has fished a couple of oceans, the eastern and western Caribbean, American and British Virgin Islands, and a lot of water in Bahamas.  He has dragged baits for mackerel, tuna, mahi, wahoo, sailfish, and blue and black marlin in the Atlantic Gulf Stream and Pacific Island waters.

A Life of Adventure
Doc has seen the grunion run in Southern California, the start of the Iditarod dog sled race from a VIP loft above the line, a family of Killer Whales feed in Resurrection Bay off Seward, Alaska, and the green sunset flash from Moorea.   He has dined on barracuda in Montserrat, sea urchin at Poipo Bay, mesquite grilled halibut steaks in Anchorage, and literally minutes fresh from the ocean tuna at Bloody Mary’s on Bora Bora.  He has watched Moana Kea erupt from a tiny Piper Cub, and seen the sunrise at the top of Haleakala on Maui.   He has ridden elephants and some pretty rank horses, sailed off alone several times and reeled in bill fish from the stern of his sailboat.  He has seen right whales, sperm whales, and humpbacks breach and spout in different oceans and watched the Monterrey Bay dolphin pod (estimated then at 30,000 animals) in a feeding frenzy.  In French Polynesia he and his native friend were shot at by a planter for liberating some coconuts from the man’s private grove on a “motu” off Moorea; he has swam with and lassoed sharks in Bora Bora, and lounged on a hammock on a black sand beach in Tahiti while sucking on a local beer and watching the local girls rehearse a native dance wearing just wrap around skirts and frangipani lei brassieres.  Doc considers himself one lucky SOB and “America’s Guest”.  Living his life like a song day by day in paradise, he would rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints and know that he has stomped on the terra by the time his time is through.  Milton wrote:  “They also serve who but stand and wait.”  That just isn’t Doc’s style; “Buy the ticket, take the ride.” (Dr. Hunter S. Thompson)

“I pursue my work, my creations, so all fishermen and women can appreciate and afford them.  Fishing is the best level playing field I know of when it comes to skill, thrill, and just plain enjoyment.  And there is nothing more satisfying than being on the water, be it power or sail.”


Doc at the helm, Gardener’s Bay, New York.

Doc is also a free-lance writer, focusing on cooking, cuisine, and curmudgeon-y opinions. sort of a melange of Julia Child, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, and Dave Barry.  Read some of his work at: http://jacksonville.com/authors/john-doc-fabiano



jfabiano27@bellsouth.net  (904) 502-2857