Larry "Huffy" Hoffman, a veteran kingfish tournament fisherman and charter boat captain, died last night at his home in Treasure Island. He was 61.
Hoffman, a former Green Beret, served two terms in Vietnam and also in Operation Desert Storm. Hoffman, who was also an avid hunter, got his nickname from former President George H.W. Bush, who once remarked at a press conference that Col. L.A. Hoffman got a little "huffy" when things did not go his way.
After the First Gulf War, Hoffman was stationed at MacDill Air Force base. A blue water angler who had fished for marlin all over the world, Hoffman quickly adapted to the Gulf Coast fishing scene.
He started a charter boat business and then took over Treasure Island Charities, a local not-for-profit that staged dozens of kingfish tournaments over the years. Hoffman was also a regular columnist for the St. Petersburg Times' Captain's Corner.
His wife Cathy said that her husband went to bed Monday night and was unresponsive Tuesday morning. The cause of death was not available.