Popular Outdoorsman Dies

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Al Hubbard died Saturday from congestive heart failure.

A native of Lubbock Texas, Al came to Northwest Florida in 1983. Originally settling in Niceville, he and his family then moved to Panama City Beach in 1988. Retired from the Air Force, he worked with a military contractor until he retired about a decade ago to pursue his dream job. That dream was the outdoors.

Al was an outdoors writer for several state magazines. He was also the outdoors writer for the Panama City News Herald. Al joined the Newschannel 7 family as our outdoors reporter in 1999 reporting on hunting and fishing.

Talk to anyone who made a living fishing in area waters, and they know Al Hubbard. They'll be quick to tell you what he meant to the sport fishing industry here and what a personable and friendly man he was.

Al is survived by his wife Sandy, three daughters and six grandchildren. Al Hubbard was 59 years old.