‘No one can fill those shoes:’ Pensacola fishermen mourn loss of ‘Tony the bait man’

It’s been routine for fishermen setting sail on the Gulf of Mexico over the past 15 years to stop beside the unmistakable blue boat — always parked in the same spot about a mile east of Pensacola Pass — for a live bait transaction. Until his last day on earth, you could buzz Tony Barfield on VHF radio channel 11 or pull right up to the beloved bait salesman’s trademark spot on the pass to pick up your cigar minnows or threadfins for the day. Barfield died July 19 of natural causes at the age of 61. >click to read< 11:41

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