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               THE FISH FLORIDA NEWSCASTER 
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  September 26th, 1997                                             
  Issue Four
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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. MFC MEETING IN OCTOBER TO PLAN SNOOK RULES
B. CHICKEN GUTS CLOG TRAFFIC
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. MFC MEETING IN OCTOBER TO PLAN SNOOK RULES
We recieved a letter from the Florida Marine Fisheries Commission,
telling us that they are planning to have a Forum on Florida 
Snook in Sebring on Monday, October 13th and Tuesday, October 14th.

This forum is based on the results of the MFC meeting in
Punta Gorda earier this month, where lots of recreational
anglers, captains, and guides voiced the opinion that the 
rules needed changing based on their observations of a reduced
population of trophy Snook on the West coast.

While this observation is a bit at odds with the scientific presentation
at the same meeting, the MFC nevertheless feels there is 
room for improvement in managing Snook populations.

Knowledgable anglers, guides, and scientists will meet in a 
coordinated effort to to exchange information and suggestions
for improving management of the valued Snook resource. The fishing 
public will get the chance to hear the scientific assessment 
in a clear and concise manner, and and the scientists will 
hear from the anglers and guides about their observations.

There will be a series of question and answer sessions, and 
discussion groups to explore management options.

The invitation we received stated; "Because of your experience
and dedication to the conservation of all of Florida's marine
resources - snook in particular - we are inviting you to attend
and share your ideas with us in Sebring."

Of course, we will be attending the meeting.

Any reader wishing to submit a CONSTRUCTIVE argument for 
snook management can feel free to submit them to us and we 
will pass them on to the MFC.

Mike Lott
 
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B. CHICKEN GUTS CLOG TRAFFIC 
by Tater McDuff
Yes, that was an actual newspaper headline this weekend.
Not around these parts, mind you, but on my vacations
I do stay on top of the media. That article was a welcome
switch from the Princess Diana story (cooling off) and the Marv
the sex-starved sports announcer-TV guy (heating up).

The article had a reference to "globs of greasy guts", (a phrase 
which I love almost as much as "Nattering Nabobs of Negativisim" 
from a speech by former Vice President Spiro Agnew). Seems a truck 
had to make a quick stop, resulting in 800 lbs of stinky catfish
bait quality chicken entrails blocking a major highway  in North 
Alabama for 3 hours until it was cleaned up by the local POLICE!
I heard an officer some years back say that P.I.G. stood for
Pride, Integrity, and GUTS!! :-) Sorry, couldn't help it.

Also on my vacation, as I was driving along Highway 84 near
Brundage, Alabama, (you know, near Forrest Gump's house), I saw 
a Giant Black Steel sculpture of a Catfish in the front of an
unusual building. I had to stop and check it out. It's the 
Art Wurks Gallery belonging to Larry, Mike and Ronald Godwin.
Cool place, has really nice sculptures and paintings, also pottery.
This has absolutely nothing to do with fishing.

I stopped in and had a nice chat with the proprieter of "Red and Sam's" 
fish camp in Tallahassee, on Lake Jackson. The camp is located 
as it has been for the past 30 years, on US27 North of I-10, and offers
a nice set of facilities and accomodations, as well as boat rentals, bait,
guides, boat ramp, licenses and more.

The current owner is the Daughter of Red Smith, who in the 60's and 70's
ran the camp and directed me and an army of friends and bass fishermen
in catching those old "Lunker Bass".

I drove down to the ramp and the lake looks just the same, and as I was
snapping a couple of pictures I saw a fat bass feeding 50 feet away
on the top. They are still there. In the 70's and 80's we saw some bass 
in there that were over 16 lbs. Red's biggest fish that he ever 
weighed was over 18lbs. Crystal clear water still, and the State of 
Florida has certified the fish in Lake Jackson to be Mercury free, and 
listed the lake for "unrestricted consumption of fish". 
for details call (904) 562-3083

On another note in that neck of the woods, Lake Talquin is 
scheduled for a 10 foot drawdown this fall to try and stimulate
the spawning period next spring. Might be kinda' interesting to 
see what happens there in about 5 years. Some local bass anglers
I talked to were anxious to get a look at the bottom of the lake
minus the water. Might be a good time to make some maps, as well as
go look for a big bass in the smaller pool.

Right before I headed back home to Florida, one of my old fishin'
buddies told me "they fixin' to build two new factories up here.
Campbell's Soup and Boing."

Now, Campbell's Soup I understand. 'mater Soup is one of my favorites.
(ya'll know I got cousins named Mater and Gator. if they got a job there, 
Campbells could start making Possum Chowder.)

Boing, I didn't get. "Boing?" I said. "Yup. Boing. You know, they make airplanes."

Tater McDuff.
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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 catches of nice Snook
up to 20 lbs today, and Reds on both tides, Spanish Mackerel and Permit
on North Jetty, and Pomano in the surf.

2. Glades
Snook doing well, but not many keepers around.
Reds all over.
3. Upper Tampa Bay
Reports of Reds continue to come in, as do Tarpon and Snook.
Big Black Drum around the bridges at night on crabs.
4. Offshore in the Pinellas Gulf
Grouper and Snapper still doing good.
5. Lower Tampa Bay-Skyway
Tarpon all over the place, Grouper being caught near Skyway,
schools of reds here and there.
Freshwater Central Florida
1. Camp Mack-Kissimmee Chain
Camp Mack has been Gator headquarters this month, with dozens of
big Gators coming in. Gator season ends Tuesday, next week.

Bass are being caught on both artificials and shiners,
but the "big girls" are still hiding in the heavy cover.
Still hearing reports of bluegills and shellcrackers 
around the lake and in the river, and some folks are 
catching specks on jigs.

2. South Florida Report

READER REPORT
A YANKEE'S FIRST TASTE OF SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY AND BASS FISHING

by Michael L. Delaney

Having been recently transplanted to Southern Florida I 
didn't quite know what to expect, not only from the fishing 
but of the people.  I soon learned why Florida is considered 
the bass capital and the true meaning of southern hospitality.  
What I've experienced is hard to describe and can only be 
considered by myself as extraordinary.  The people, the 
hospitality, not to mention some of the best bass fishing 
I've seen in years.  They keep telling me that this is the 
slowest time of year due to the heat of summer.  Having bass 
fished in Delaware for the last five years let me tell you, 
the slow days here beat the best days up there.

  For the rest of the story see;
http://www.fishflorida.com/reports/yankee.html

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

Two morons, Tom and Jack, were sitting in a bar one day, 
when two fishermen walked in with 2 huge trout, one of 
the morons asked where the guys got the fish, and the 
fishermen told the morons that they go down to the bridge,
one guy would hold the other by the ankles until a fish was caught. 

The morons figured that they could to that. 

After holding Tom for about 20 minutes, Jack asked 
Tom if he had anything, and the reply was "no." 
About 20 more minutes passes, so Jack asked again, 
and again the reply was "no." Finally, Tom yelled 
"Pull me up!! Pull me up!!" Jack exclaimed "Ya got one?" 
Tom said, "No! a train is coming!!" 


The Boat 

Two friends rented a boat and fished in a lake 
every day. One day they caught 30 fish. 

One said to his friend, "mark this spot so 
that we can come here tomorrow." 

The next day when they were driving to rent 
the boat, the same one said, "did you mark that 
spot?" His friend replied, "Yeah, I put a big 
'X' on the bottom of the 
boat." The first one said, "You fool! What 
if we don't get that same boat today!?!?" 

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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. Your kids are named "Snookie", "Catfish", and "Berkley".

2. You use a fishing license as a form of I.D. 

3. You can entertain yourself for more than an hour with a topographical map.

4. You dream about taking a fishing rod into Sea World. 

5. There are more fish on your walls than pictures.

6. You've ever eaten out of a minnow bucket. 

7. Your last 5 birthday gifts came from the bait shop.

8. You have a freezer just for fish filets. 

9. You have more than one valid out-of-state fishing license.

10. Your Taxidermy bill is more than your mortgage.

*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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 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: CRISPY BAKED FISH & HERBS
Categories: Seafood, Main dish, Low-cal
Yield: 4 servings
 
4 ea Fillets white fish, 1 lb            
1 ea Egg white
1 T  Water                             
1/2 c  Cornflake crumbs
1/8 t  Lemon pepper                        
2 t  Chopped fresh parsley
1 t  Low fat margarine, melted      
 
Preheat oven 400F.  Lightly spray a medium size shallow baking pan with
vegetable spray. Rinse fish and pat dry. In small bowl, beat egg white with
a little water.  Dip fish in egg white, then roll in crumbs. Arrange fish
in baking pan. Sprinkle with lemon pepper and parsley, then drizzle
margarine over all. Bake uncovered 20 min or until fish flakes easily. Cal:
135; Fat: 2 g.
 


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