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               THE FISH FLORIDA NEWSCASTER 
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  October 3rd, 1997                                             
  Issue Five
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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. EDUCATION THE ANSWER IN SNOOK MANAGEMENT.
B. THE WORLD RECORD BASS by Tater McDuff
C. FISHING REPORTS FROM AROUND FLORIDA
D. FUNNY FISH TALES
E. CURRENT WEATHER REPORTS
F. TOP TEN WAYS YOU KNOW YOU ARE GETTING TOO FAT FOR YOUR BOAT.
G. SOLUNAR/LUNAR TABLES FOR THIS WEEK
H. FISH RECIPES
I. SUBSCRIBE/UNSUSCRIBE INFORMATION
J. STAFF
K. LEGAL STUFF
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A. EDUCATION THE ANSWER IN SNOOK MANAGEMENT.
Most of us "experts" will agree that a major
factor in dwindling snook stocks, is the number
and consistency of snook fishermen. A whole generation
of fishermen in Florida have learned how to
catch snook using the "secret methods" practiced
in the past by just a few guides and their clients.

The word has been spread by those anglers, their friends,
relatives and the press, that big snook aren't that hard to
catch, how and where to catch them, and the angling public 
has accepted that advice willingly.

So, education has been a big factor in the threat to 
adult snook. We have educated the public to the ways of 
catching snook.

Our mission now, must be to educate the public in the need
to manage those resources, to release those snook, and to
show some restraint in their use of their snook catching knowledge.

I believe that MOST fishermen who love fishing for
the fun of it, will gladly help extend the fishing 
experience for future years, as long as they believe the
effort is fair to all, honest, sincere, and needed.

Whatever regulations come out of the Snook Forum
the MFC is having this month in Sebring, a critical
factor is always going to be the public perception
of Snook stocks, the need for improvement, and the 
public's willingness to comply with or exceed the 
recommendations and rules of the MFC. 

Educating the angling public about the Snook stocks
may not be as much fun as telling them how and where 
to catch Snook, but it must be done for management programs
to succeed. Voluntary release of Snook can be an 
effective method of conservation, regardless of 
rules and regulations.

The public needs more education about Snook stocks,
and the MFC, media, and Captains all need to 
spread the same message; "Stop Killing the Snook."

I predict the eventual bag limit on Snook will be one
per day, but this will still mean the loss of many thousands 
of adult Snook every season. We need to get the public to
realize that Snook are trophies, not groceries.

Voluntary release of all Snook, exceeding the state
rules, would be a good habit for the media, anglers, and 
the professional guides and Captains to practice and 
recommend.

Big Mike
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B. THE WORLD RECORD BASS by Tater McDuff
Recently a reader asked us for a picture of the 
world record bass. He wasn't aware of the story 
of the world record bass, and maybe some other folks 
aren't either.

The current recognized world record bass, standing
for 65 years, was caught on June 2, 1932. The bass
was caught in an oxbow of the Altamaha river, near
Lumber City, in south Georgia. That stretch of water no
longer exists. The fish weighed 22 pounds and 4 ounces,
on a supposedly accurate scale.

There were no photographs taken of the fish. 

Then, they ate it. 

In the words of the late George W. Perry, the angler who 
caught the fish, "it was in the height of the depression, 
and that's what a fish was for. Food."

I hope it was delicious. I imagine each fillet weighed
about 9 pounds. DANG!

The bass was taken on a Creek Chub Wiggle Fish lure,
fished as a topwater bait.

Most experts agree that the next world record bass 
will probably come from California, due to their
Florida Bass stocking program some years ago,
and their feeding...oops! I mean trout STOCKING 
program. Each year zillions of dinner sized trout are
released into the waters inhabited by big Florida 
strain largemouth bass. Consequently, bass there have
a high growth rate. DUH! And, a lot of big bass are taken
on the Castaic Trout lures. No big surprise there.

Other states who have a shot at the record are;
Alabama, Georgia, Mississipi, Loiusiana, Texas,
and of course Florida. So why did I pick Florida for my
record bass fishing efforts?

Fewer crazy people, no earthquakes, and somebody told me
that C.A.L.I.F. meant "come and live in Florida."
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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 Redfish great on both tides in the 34 to 36 inch range,
and lots of them. Mackerel moving in the surf, as well
as permit on the jetty and the surf.

2. Glades- no report available 

3. Upper Tampa Bay
Buddies Bait and Tackle-Courtney Campbell Causeway reports;
Trout while wading behing Whisky Joe's on shrimp,
Lots of Reds at flood gates, 
The little bridge on the Pinellas side has been producing big time,
big snook at big bridge on northeast side, and occasional cobia,
but reds the main story there.
Canals have too many sail cats at this time, and the bait isn't there.

4. Offshore in the Pinellas Gulf
Grouper still biting.

5. Lower Tampa Bay-Skyway
 Shell Point Marina reports
Snook, Reds, and Tarpon being caught despite
the heavy rains in the area. Not a lot of fishermen 
going out, but the ones that have done well.

Freshwater Central Florida
1. Camp Mack-Kissimmee Chain
Specks tearing it up, bass picked up a lot this week,
with lots of people catching 12 to 15 keepers a day.
The rain this week was 1 1/4 inches and it helped a lot.
Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce open tournament on Saturday.
Lakeland Tournament on 11th and 12th.


SEND YOUR REPORTS TO BIG MIKE at stardot@cyberspy.com
or see the Newscaster info below.
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D. FUNNY FISH TALES
The Local Bass Club members were getting ready for their 
annual 3 day-long campout at a Florida Lake. The committee 
appointed Gator to get the supplies. Gator went into 
the store in Lake Wales and bought 10 cases of whiskey, 
eight kegs of beer and a package of pork chops. When he 
returned to the camp the committee looked in his truck 
and the chairman asked," Gator, what the hell are we 
gonna do with all them pork chops?"


A drunk decides to go ice fishing, so he gathers his gear and goes 
walking around until he finds a big patch of ice. He heads into the 
center of the ice and begins to saw a hole. 

All of sudden, a loud booming voice comes out of the sky. "You will find no
fish under that ice." 

The drunk looks around, but sees no one. He starts sawing again. Once more,
the voice speaks, "As I said before, there are no fish under the ice." 

The drunk looks all around, high and low, but can't see a single soul. He
picks up the saw and tries one more time to finish. 

Before he can even start cutting, the huge voice interrupts. "I have warned
you three times now. There are no fish!" 

The drunk is now flustered and somewhat scared, so he asks the voice, "How do
you know there are no fish? Are you God trying to warn me?" 

"No", the voice replied. "I am the manager of this hockey rink." 
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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 ARE GETTING TOO FAT FOR YOUR BOAT.
by Tater McDuff

1. When you walk down the dock you hear bolts creaking.

2. When you step into the boat, the lake level goes up an inch.

3. Your lunch cooler exceeds the coast guard weight rating of your boat.

4. If you sat on the outboard you couldn't hear it running.

5. When Ranger Boats saw you they said "We COULD build them 2 at a time!"

6. It takes 1/2 bottle of sunscreen for 1 application.

7. Fish look up at you and say "Wow! That's a big one!"

8. Your back pants pockets have compass readings that are 180 degrees apart.

9. You can't wear a green or red jacket, because from a distance 
boaters mistake you for a channel marker.

10. Greenpeace keeps coming near your boat and yelling "release that whale!"

*Contribute your "TOP TEN WAYS YOU KNOW YOU ARE GETTING TOO FAT FOR YOUR BOAT." 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/octtab.html
Look for some great fishing this month!
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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: Lemon-Basil Swordfish
Yield: 2 servings
 
2    (4 Oz) Swordfish Steaks       1 sm Carrot Cut in Julienne Strips
About 3/4 Inch Thick)              1 cl Garlic Minced                 
3/4 c  Sliced Radishes             1 tb Lemon Juice Divided           
2 oz Fresh Snow Peas               1/2 ts Vegetable Oil  
Dash Of Pepper                     1/4 ts Basil                          
 
Place Fish On Rack Coated With Cooking Spray; Place Rack in A Shallow
Roasting Pan. Combine Garlic, 1 1/2 t. Lemon Juice & Oil. Brush Fish With
Half Of Mixture. Sprinkle With 1/8 t. Basil.  Broil 6 Inches From Heat 4
Min. Turn Fish; Brush With Remaining Lemon Juice Mixture & Sprinkle With
Remaining 1/8 t. Basil.  Broil An Additonal 3 Min. OR Until Fish Flakes
Easily When Tested With A Fork. Set Aside & Keep Warm. Arrange Carrot
Strips in A Vegetable Steamer Over Boiling Water. Cover & Steam 3 Min. Add
Radishes; Steam An Additional 2 Min.Add Snow Peas, Stean An Additional 30
Sec. Place Vebetables in A Bowl. Add 1 1/2 t. Lemon Juice & Pepper, Tossing
Gently. Serve With Fish.  About 186 Cal. Per 3 Oz. Fish & 1 C. Vegetables.
(Fat 6.4, Chol. 44.)

 


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