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               THE FISH FLORIDA NEWSCASTER 
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  September 5th, 1997                                              Issue Two
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AUTUMN ISSUE OF FISH FLORIDA MAGAZINE WITH
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CONTENTS:
A. REPORT ON THE SNOOK HEARINGS AT MFC-PUNTA GORDA
B. SEA-SICK TIPS FROM GARY-BOB-GARY
C. FISHING REPORTS FROM AROUND FLORIDA
D. FUNNY FISH TALES
E. CURRENT WEATHER REPORTS
F. TOP TEN WAYS YOU KNOW YOU HAVE HOOKED A BIG FISH.
G. SOLUNAR/LUNAR TABLES FOR THIS WEEK
H. FISH RECIPES
I. SUBSCRIBE/UNSUSCRIBE INFORMATION
J. STAFF
K. LEGAL STUFF
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A. REPORT ON THE SNOOK HEARINGS AT MFC-PUNTA GORDA 
Will There Be A Next Snook Season?

Yesterday, my answer to that question would have 
been "of course". Today, after attending the
MFC meeting at Burnt Store Marina in Punta Gorda,
my reply would be, "probably, but probably not 
like there is now". It seems evident from the 
concerns of scientists and leaders in 
the recreational fishing industry,
that some changes are going to be coming in the 
Snook regulations.

According to Tom Frazier, former Chairman of 
the MFC, the data the scientists are using is 
out of date, and the fishery is in a rapid 
decline in selected areas, such as Charlotte 
Harbor. This is due to the efforts to pass on 
the word that the fishery is healthy, 
and the effort having worked too well.

For details and the full story see:
 http://www.fishflorida.com/cover/cover.html
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B. HAVE A SEA- SICK DAY!
Never again! This weekend I took my wife, daughter and 
3 guests out of Boynton Beach. Within ten minutes 
one of my guests was violently sea sick. This after I
forked out about $45.00 for their fishing licenses, $70.00 for 
bait, prepared a ton of food and drinks, got the boat in the 
water and spent $90.00 for gas.

So here I was with 6 people, enough food for a banquet with
royalty, $5000.00 worth of tackle, and having invested a whole
morning in getting on the water, and this is just a mess.

I just knew this was going to be a great day! I told everyone
to hang on as we headed out, and sure enough, after a short time 
I started hearing my Penn Internationals scream, 
with 2 fish on 2 rods at once. My daughter grabbed one, 
and I grabbed the other one.

Then, my guest starts throwing up everywhere. 
We weren't out of sight of land, and the water was 
flat and smooth. To make matters worse, I find out she has a 
history of being seasick, and didn't bother to tell me.
She took no precautions, even though Dramamine was
available. So now, with 6 persons aboard, I had to go
back to the dock.

As soon as we got back in the inlet, she was fine.
"Can't we just troll in the Intercoastal?" she said.
Right. I'm going to troll with a $58,000.00 boat on
Labor Day weekend in the intercoastal. Not only would 
I prefer not to look that stupid, but there had
to be 100 boats and jet skis in there anyhow.

So, I went to the dock, let everbody get out, 
gave them the car keys, and went fishing alone.
5 people were very disappointed.

From now on, I plan to ask anyone going on my boat
if they have a history of being seasick. If they say
"no" and then get sick, that's ok. If they say "yes",
then I plan to have this article ready to show them.

If you are one of the rare individuals who gets 
seasick every time you go out in a boat, then 
please don't subject others to the experience.

Fish from shore, take Dramamine, or take up Golf.

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C. FISHING REPORTS FROM AROUND FLORIDA
Whether you decide to use artificial bait or 
shiners, the schooling Bass in the Kissimmee 
chain of lakes are providing some great
fishing. Those who get up and hit the lake 
early find some bigger fish, and the schoolies 
get going not long after sunrise, when the
bait gets moving.


The approaching cold front may well have a positive
effect on Bass if the water temperature drops a few
degrees.

Also had reports of nice numbers of channel catfish
this week and some specks coming in again.
READERS REPORT: 
To:               Mike Lott 
Subject:          You won't believe this!!!


Tuesday night Scott ask my Bill and I if we wanted 
to go out with the alligator hunt of the night.  
They had a trapper by the name of Ray Gillis 
and his friend, Gary Peeler that they were 
taking out to fill his 5 tags....I have the 
number of Gary Peeler, who also caught an 
11 pound bass on this same trip so you can
call and get his thoughts on everything...

Scott & Bill caught the biggest gator that 
they have ever caught on this
hunt....the gator was actually pulling 
both air boats around in the
water, they caught it by the leg, and 
then seen the tail of this gator
before they seen the head....comment 
of the hour, "oh my God, look at
the size of this tail, what in the 
world do we have on here?"...that
gator was 13'1"...other gators included, 
8'3"-7'8"-7'1"-and 6'on the
nose...this was a very successful night....



Ladies stuff comming up soon....thanks again!
Janet

Editors note: I talked to Capt. Scott and he
confirmed that the gator weighed 600 pounds,
and had been around the south end of Lake
Hatchineha for several years, but always 
disappeared during gator season. Big Gators like
this one are a hazard to humans.

SEND YOUR REPORTS TO BIG MIKE at stardot@cyberspy.com
or see the Newscaster info below.
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D. FUNNY FISH TALES

While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He
could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned
craft. Spotting and old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist
shouted,"Are there any gators around here?!"

"Naw," the man hollered back, "they ain't been around for years!"

"Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore.

About halfway there he asked the guy,"How'd you get rid of the gators?"

"We didn't do nothin'," the beachcomber said.

"The sharks got 'em."


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 E. 
 CENTRAL FLORIDA WEATHER
 NEXT 2 DAYS FOR UPDATES SEE:

   http://www.fishflorida.com/reports/weather.html
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 F. 
TOP TEN WAYS YOU KNOW YOU HAVE HOOKED A BIG FISH. by Tater McDuff

1. Every time the fish jumped, the water level went down 1 inch.
2. Your reel is now making "clank-clank" sounds when you reel it.
3. Your partner keeps mumbling "we're gonna' need a bigger boat".
4. Both your shoulders are dislocated.
5. The photo of the fish weighed two pounds.
6. The fish had so many broken hooks in his mouth, he's worth $1.58 for scrap metal.
7. The fish missed your topwater bait, and swallowed a tree stump.
8. The fish got a ticket for violating the "no wake zone" rules.
9. Pieces of your new fishing rod are imbedded in the outboard motor.
10. There are two skid marks across the deck of the boat, and your shoes are smoking.

*Contribute your "TOP TEN WAYS YOU KNOW YOU HAVE HOOKED A BIG FISH"
by sending email to Big Mike. (stardot@fishflorida.com)
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G.
 THIS WEEKS LUNAR/SOLUNAR TABLES FOR CENTRAL FLORIDA
 can be seen at 
   http://www.fishflorida.com/~stardot/campmack/septab.html

Looks like there's a major feed each morning from Saturday at around 9:00 am,
and each day through the week it's 1 hour later.
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H.
FISH RECIPES by Mighali Pasch
See 4 more delicious international fish recipes each week at:
 http://www.fishflorida.com/recipes/index.html
Title: Grilled swordfish with barbecue sauce
Categories: Seafood, Main dish
Yield: 6 servings
 
2 lb Swordfish fillets...................1 c  Catsup
1/3 c  Lemon juice.......................1/4 c  Oil
2 t  Worcestershire sauce................1 x  Clove garlic, minced
1/2 c  Chopped onion.....................1/4 c  Water
1 t  Sugar...............................1/4 t  Hot pepper sauce
1 x  Small bay leaf                 
 
Place fish in single layer in shallow baking dish.  Combine 1/2 cup catsup,
lemon juice, oil, Worcestershire and garlic.  Pour sauce over fish. Cover
and refrigerate about 1 hour, turning fish once.  Remove fish, reserving
sauce.  Use half of reserved sauce for brushing fish while grilling.
Combine remaining half of sauce with remaining catsup, onion, water, sugar,
hot pepper sauce and bay leaf.  Simmer about 20 minutes to blend flavors
and thicken.  Meanwhile, place fish on well-greased, hinged wire grills.
(If barbecuing fish on standard grill, brush fish with oil before cooking.)
Cook about 5 inches from moderately hot coals 8 minutes. Baste with
reserved sauce.  Turn and cook 7 to 8 minutes longer, or until fish flakes
easily when tested with fork. Brush fish with more sauce as needed during
cooking.  To serve, spoon hot barbecue sauce over fish.
 

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