I’m simply hoping to point out the economic impact of unnecessary fishing closures forced upon us all by misinformed officials who may have someone else’s special interests in mind.
The recent cold snap appears to have damaged fish stocks throughout the sunshine state. Massive fish kills from Jacksonville all the way to the Florida Keys are being reported.
We battled three sharks at a time in some instances, causing mayhem and lots of tangled lines and lost tackle.
August fishing off Amelia Island was nothing less than spectacular. King fish were reported being caught right off the beach along with excellent action at all the inshore reefs
Referring to a fishing rod as a ”POLE” draws a swift rebuke and a lesson on how poles are for flags or NASCAR starting positions.
Stalking and catching fish alone provides a certain stimulation I liken to finding an arrowhead in the woods or getting an unexpected check in the mail.
Summer fishing is still hot all around Amelia Island.
Shocked by the blackness of the pre-dawn, I unloaded the beach chairs from the back of my Honda Pilot and stowed away the cooler for our daytrip on the ‚ÄúMayport Princess‚Äù, which was reported to be the perfect fishing boat for a woman with a child.
Depending on the tide and salinity of the water, bream, black crappie, and a variety of catfish also inhabit the stained water of Lofton Creek.
Tackle shops, restaurants, charter businesses, sources of lodging, seafood houses and more may become just a memory if amendment 17 comes to pass.
Kingfish fever, although satisfied somewhat by the recent king mackerel tournaments held locally, should still be in full swing for all of us who get giddy over the sound of a screaming reel drag or the sight of a skyrocketing king.
We kept fishing while I laid on the front deck. My head was over the side rail as I was bringing up everything that I had put in my system for at least the last year.
Next week is Tournament Week. July 20-25, 2009 is the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament sponsored by AT&T. Held each year at Sisters Creek Park off of Heckscher Drive, this is the largest Kingfish Tournament in the country.
Anyone fishing from Amelia Island’s shores or Fernandina Beaches, including structures, must have a Saltwater Shoreline Fishing License or a regular resident Saltwater fishing license.