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               THE FISH FLORIDA NEWSCASTER 
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  September 12th, 1997                                             
  Issue Three
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AUTUMN ISSUE OF FISH FLORIDA MAGAZINE WITH
ALL NEW GRAPHICS/COLORS/MUSIC IS NOW ONLINE
AT:
 http://www.fishflorida.com
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CONTENTS:
A. INTERNET FISHING RESOURCES GROWING
B. GET READY FOR GOOD FISHING AND ROUGH WATER
C. FISHING REPORTS FROM AROUND FLORIDA
D. FUNNY FISH TALES
E. CURRENT WEATHER REPORTS
F. TOP TEN WAYS YOU KNOW YOU MAY HAVE BEEN FISHING TOO MUCH
G. SOLUNAR/LUNAR TABLES FOR THIS WEEK
H. FISH RECIPES
I. SUBSCRIBE/UNSUSCRIBE INFORMATION
J. STAFF
K. LEGAL STUFF
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A. INTERNET FISHING RESOURCES GROWING
The growth of online fishing resources is making
the planning of fishing outings easier, with the
use of real-time weather and tide charts, up
to date fishing reports, and the ability to 
send email to your bait shop or charter Captain.

Capt. Larry L. Fowler, an East Coast Snook 
fishing specialist, says "I feel like I am a salesman for
Netscape these days. We went to the trouble and expense
to create a state-of-the-art web site with music
and animated slide shows for our client Snook and Redfish
photos, and only time will tell if our clients will
make real use of this resource.

I wish more people would look at the web site and
send me an email if they like it, and if it works 
correctly on their browser."

Capt. Larry's web site is at:
 http://www.fishflorida.com/mrsnook

We recently took note that the International 
Fishing Ring on GeoCities has now grown to over
400 member sites, with fishing sites located all
over the globe. Many of those web sites are 
less than 12 months old.

Still, most search engines do not have a 
category for fishing per se, with search entries
dumped into "Sports, Outdoors, Travel" and so on.

A purely unscientific survey of local fishing guides
indicates that most of them are either on the web,
are interested in getting on the web, or are at
least aware of the web as a means of communicating
with clients.

A lot of information currently available on the
web would have formerly been unavailable to potential 
customers. Guides such as Capt. Larry
would not have been able to send a complete set
of photos to each interested client, and a client
on the phone likely wouldn't get the inside information
he can get for free from a web site.

Most fishermen would  agree that a certain amount
of familiarity with a fishing location increases the 
chance of success on a fishing trip. Using the web can 
help with fishing by assisting the angler in a 
"where to go" decision.

For an example of a "Where to go" web page, 
check out:
  http://www.fishflorida.com/articles/fallbass.html
which has a listing and description of some of
Florida's best fall bass fishing areas.
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B. GET READY FOR GOOD FISHING AND ROUGH WATER by Gary-Bob-Gary
September is the time when we know the big fish
are heading in towards the shallow side of the 
Gulf Stream.

September is also the time when we know rough 
water is coming, and an excellant
time to get gear prepared for big fish and 
rough water.

As the water cools a few degrees, the Kingfish,
Dolphin, Marlin, and Sailfish will be easier to find
nearer the beaches, but the water gets rougher 
and the weather can turn nasty. 

Optimum performance can be required at a 
moment's notice, so the extra time you put into
preparing your boat and gear can be a life saver,
or at least a trip saver.

A lot of qualified marine technicians have a check list
that they use to prepare a boat for a season. In South
Florida, the fall season is just about to start.

What do you need to check? Everything. Anything 
that doesn't work needs to be repaired, and the 
things that require maintenance should not be ignored.
Doing proper maintenance will save a lot in repair 
costs, and prevent accidents. Make sure you have all
your Coast Guard required safety equipment, and 
that it all works.

This week, we aren't going fishing at all. We are
going down to the marina to make sure the boat
is ship-shape for later this month when the fishing
gets really good.

Your tackle too, should be at maximum readiness,
as if you are going out next trip and hook your
biggest ever fish. Chances are, you may be.

Keep one end wet!
Gary-Bob-Gary
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C. FISHING REPORTS FROM AROUND FLORIDA
Saltwater Spots
1. Sebastian Inlet.
Whitey's Bait and Tackle
Fred at Whitey's reports lots of big
redfish being caught on the low slack tides,
with the only problem being catching one small 
enough to keep. Sizes to 42" are common.

Snook have slowed down just a bit due to the crowds
at Sebastian inlet, but are still being caught. Be
prepared for lots of company if you are going Snook 
fishing at Sebastian Inlet.

A reader reported that even though they caught a 
limit at Sebastian this weekend, it was not much fun
since they were competing with more than 50 
other boats for fishing space.

Tarpon are being caught in model large at Sebastian 
Inlet, along with nice numbers of Pompano in the nearby 
surf. Sounds like fun to me!


2. Glades
We're still hearing about lots of redfish and Tarpon,
and a lot of smaller snook being caught, but not many
keeper Snook.

3. Upper Tampa Bay
Reds and Tarpon doing great.

4. Offshore in the Pinellas Gulf
Grouper and snapper doing fine on bottom fishing.

5. Lower Tampa Bay-Skyway
Smaller schools of reds on the flats, Tarpon
finding plenty of mullet to feed on.
September tides helping tha action near the Skyway.

Freshwater Central Florida
1. Camp Mack-Kissimmee Chain
Pate Snively reports lots of artificial action 
this week with the Bass picking up nicely, 
Specks doing well this week on the northern end of 
Hatchineha, big catfish in Cypress 
canal, and shellcrackers near Lemon Point, 
Philadelphia Point and marker 8.



READER REPORT
Date sent:        Sat, 06 Sep 1997 04:42:45 -0400
From:             Bill Hohn 
Send reply to:    HawgWild@worldnet.att.net
To:               Mike Lott 
Subject:          Well Mike, they done it again!!!

Janet here....wait until you hear this....I was lucky enough to have
been drawn for the Florida Gator Hunt and on Thursday night Scott and
Bill Snively,  were the hunters for my limit of 5 gators on Lake
Istokpoga....and they sure did show me an unbelievable time....we got
all of our stuff, boats, gas, extra gas, safety equiptment, hunting
equiptment, food & sodas, rain gear, everything we would need to stay
out on the water all night hunting....

We got on the lake shortly after dark, we took two boats, one was the
hunt boat and they always take a second boat for safety reasons...good
idea wouldn't you say? Anyway as I was saying, we got on the water and
started riding around looking for respectable size gators.  Scott says
that the larger older ones are usually harder to catch, but that also
they are more dangerous to humans..and those are the ones you want to
hunt for....

It wasn't long before Scott signaled brother Bill, with a light attached
to his cap, that he sees a gator right in front of us. Then Bill focuses
his dimmed light right on the alligator that Scott has just showed
him....lights go down, motor gets louder as the speed of the boat rushes
over to the red eyes looking right back at them...Scott turns his bright
light back on just as Bill harpoons the gator. Bill, is the harpoonist
of this great working team, and is standing on the bow of the boat
attached with a safety straps and a rope, ready to harpoon the gator
when Scott gets the boat and Bill positioned right over the top of the
gator....boom!...faster that you can see, they have just started the
first kill.  Once they have harpooned the gator, they go pick up the jug
and rope attached to the harpoon and start pulling it closer to the
boat...this is were the fun begins the first thing that the gator does
is head for the weeds & brushes.....they pull the rope, the gator pulls
back.  This goes one back and forth until the gator is too tired to pull
any more...the first one took the boys 10-15 minutes to get him out of
there.....then he is then pulled to the side of the boat....they say
that this is the most dangerous time during the hunt....the gator is
close to you and the boat and can do some serious harn.....that ole
gator usually gets a second wind now and fights even harder not to be
pulled in the boat...he thrashes, he twist, he rolls, hisses, snaps,
bites any thing he can do to stop Bill and Scott from winning this
battle. But when the Snively brothers want a gator, the gator, it don't
much matter what the gator wants.....

I have never been so impressed by two guys working together.  They both
know what they are the best at and they know what the other one is going
to do without a word being said.....and when the roles change because of
what ever reason, they can step into the other brothers place and take
over his part until things level out again....If I am ever so lucky as
to get drawn for the gator hunt again, there's no doubt in my mind that
I had the two best hunters on these lakes to take me.....and I will be
asking them again to be my guides....I had a wonderful time.....by the
way Mike, Scott and Bill filled my 5 tags with gators measuring, 11'10",
11'7", 11'2", 7'4" & 7'2".....not a bad nights work.....When we got back
to Camp Mack, there was hot coffee waiting for us and there sure was a
lot of pictures taken...when you get over that way again, drop by to see
them!!!

See ya!
Janet

READER REPORT
Date sent:        Wed, 10 Sep 1997 13:10:52 -0400
From:             Larry Fowler 
Send reply to:    mrsnook@mail.mco.bellsouth.net
Organization:     A native florida snook experience!
To:               stardot@cyberspy.com
Subject:          potential tournament winner

We went snook fishing with Janell last night 
for her finals fishoff.
We could not start until 12:01 am Wed. morning. 
Got started on time with
Janell having one eye open and running on about 
a half tank of gas. She
had to go to school all day and then come to 
the Secret Fishing Spot with little or no
sleep. I had about 100 prime live baits,
brand new secret toys etc..
We drifted our first live bait about 
12:15 am, a nice medium pinfish
very willing to commit hari-kari for
her cause. After about 100 feet he
did just that,a nice 11 pounder to 
start about 27 inches. Not quite what
we were after but great execution, 
1 bait 1 fish. Being the ever
observant Captain I am I figured 
that there might be other snook
brothers and sisters where that one 
came from and reached in to the ole
bait well for bait #2, drift # 2. 
However I thought maybe if searched a
little harder in that vast live 
well for an even bigger pinfish the
result would be the same as before, 
just bigger. Oh, how we Captains
think. Well I thrashed around in 
that well until I convinced a very
large double handsize pinfish to 
join our cause. He agreed and grabbed
hold of Janells hook for our second 
drift through snook alley. It was
now about 12:20 am and we still had 
23 hours and 40 minutes left in our
24 hour allotted time to catch a 
potential tournament winner in the
Junior Division of the CCA statewide 
tournament. Well, we eased up to the
beginning of my proposed drift line 
taking into careful consideration
wind, tide , current etc. and let 
that jumbo pinfish fly. The pinfish
quickly went down to the desired 
depth that we spoke of when he
volunteered for this mission. Once 
again about 100 feet into the drift
line the pinfish found his mark, a 
heavy thunk!!!. Fish on!!! Set the
hook. The 40# line began to peel off 
the reel. I quickly realized that
with the drag on the reel set very 
tight and the fish continuing to pull
line out that this great jumbo 
pinfish had held up his end of the
bargain and  enticed our previous 
fish's bigggg brother. We continued to
drift in the current, Janell struggling 
to hold the rod as it doubled
over and the fish continuing to test our
tackle and desire. I was
beginning to feel the pressure of a 
potential winner here and was
coaching Janell vigorously. Rod tip 
up, rod tip down, reel faster, slow
down, take it easy , quick around the
bow. By now both the angler and
the fish were closed to giving up.
Finally after 10 minutes several
tense moments and a near cardiac or 
two the fish came close enough to
the boat to see and he was everything 
we wanted, a potential tournament
winner. Now all we had to do was land 
him. About this time the fish had
different plans and with one more 
gallant effort turned and peeled off
another 10 yards of line while mother,
daughter and the Captain almost
had cardiac # 2. With even more 
vigourous coaching and a wonderful
effort by a young 15 year old, I 
finally reached down and grabbed this
trophy bare handed and flopped him 
in the boat. What an effort. What a
fish in tournament conditions. The 
fish weighed 20# and was 39 1/2
inches long. After taking the necessary 
photos etc, we hi-fived, hooted,
grinned and basically felt real good 
about what had just happened. With
now only 45 minutes gone of our 24 
hour tournament window we had more
than exceded our expectations. After 
qualifying for 8 weeks with a 35
inch snook and two previous night 
trips that were very long nights, with
excellent planning involving moon 
phases, tides, tackle, arriving early
to hand catch great baits we succeded 
in producing a great fish in near
record time with maximun efficency.
My kind of fishing to be sure. P. S.
We continued to fish for about another 
hour or so not really expecting
to top our effort but keep trying anyway. 
At about 2:00 am, 2 hours into
our 24 hour window six snook later, 
a 15 pounder and a 14 pounder in
cluded we released the other 90 
great baits or so to help us another day
and loaded up the boat and headed 
home feeling good about what we all
had just accomplished and hoping 
this SNOOK EXPERIENCE becomes a
tournament winner for Janell. We 
won't know for about 2 weeks until the
other 9 contestants fish their day 
and submit their results as we will
tomorrow. Hope this makes good reading for you.
   The Secret Captain!
NOTE***FROM BIG MIKE***
(Capt. Larry has been filling me in on Janell's
progress. On her first few trips she has showed some
great ability at catching Snook and Redfish, and is the
ONLY person in the Junior Division statewide, 
who is in the top ten in both Snook and Redfish entries.
At the end of the tournament, we'll be doing a complete 
story on Janell and the outcome of the tournament.
 
Hey guys! She is only 15 and already catching 20 lb 
Snook and 30 lb redfish.)

SEND YOUR REPORTS TO BIG MIKE at stardot@cyberspy.com
or see the Newscaster info below.
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D. FUNNY FISH TALES
A middle aged woman asked her doctor about getting pregnant.
He said, "At your age if you got pregnant it would be a
miracle."

Later that day when her husband came in from fishing,
she slapped him as he walked in the door.

"What was that for?" he demanded.

"You always-gone-fishing S.O.B.! The doctor said if
I got pregnant it would be a Mackerel!"


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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 MAY HAVE BEEN FISHING TOO MUCH. by Tater McDuff

1. You suddenly find out that George Bush is no longer President.

2. Your wife has moved out, and you didn't notice.

3. Your dog bites you because he doesn't recognize you.

4. Shimano Reels sends you a Christmas Card.

5. The local Bait Shop owner lists you as a primary income source
on his IRS forms.

6. You can tie a double-improved clinch knot with your toes.

7. Mowing your lawn requires the use of heavy equipment and 
union scale operators.

8. You recognize every fish you catch.

9. Your fishing equipment is worn out from use, and it's all
still under warranty.

10. Conservation agencies list your name as "Cause for decline
in fishing quality".

*Contribute your "TOP TEN WAYS YOU KNOW YOU MAY HAVE BEEN FISHING TOO MUCH." 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

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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: Foil Envelope Fish
Categories: Seafood, Main dish
Yield: 1 servings
 
1/2 x  Green pepper, sliced              
1/2 x  Tomato, sliced
1 x  Green onion, sliced               
1/2 T  Basil
1 ea Salt                                
1 ea White pepper
1 x  Filet firm white fish               
3 x  Slices lemon
 
Cut tin foil into 12X16 inch rectangle.  
Place green pepper, tomato and
green onion on lower half of foil sheet.  
Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon basil,
salt and pepper.  Place fish on vegetables.  
Sprinkle with remaining basil,
salt and pepper.  Top with lemon slices.  
Fold upper half of foil over fish
and vegetables.  Double fold edges of 
foil to make a tight 1/2 inch seal.
Place foil envelope on baking sheet and 
bake at 450F for 15 minutes or
until envelope puffs.  To serve, Cut an 
"X" in top of envelope and fold
foil back.


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