Catch of the Week
Jason Richardson caught and released this giant redfish Sunday. He was using greenbacks and targeting sandy holes in the middle of grassflats.
FWC Provides Update on Anchoring/Mooring Pilot Program
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Thursday in Key Largo approved St. Augustine’s proposed boating ordinance for the anchoring and mooring pilot program coordinated by the FWC. However, the approval was contingent upon the city changing the length of stay for anchoring to 30 consecutive days in any 45-day period.
- Local governments for the five communities participating in the pilot program are responsible for soliciting public input for their ordinance-development process. Since the June Commission meeting, when the final participant was selected for the program, FWC staff has been attending the sites’ public-input meetings to provide information on the pilot program.
- The city of St. Augustine held its public input meetings to gather suggestions and information on local problems related to anchoring and mooring in the area. In compliance with state statute, FWC staff coordinated review of the ordinance developed from that information.
- “The ordinance addresses boundaries for vessels related to navigational channels, mooring fields and harvest areas; time restrictions for anchoring outside of mooring fields; and a usage requirement to prevent improperly stored, abandoned or derelict vessels,” said Maj. Jack Daugherty, leader of the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section.
- The ordinance also specifies penalties for violating these regulations.
Public Input Sought on Proposed Manatee Protection Zones in Flagler Co.
- A proposal for manatee protection zones on portions of the Intracoastal Waterway in Flagler County is ready for public input, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced Thursday.
- Under the proposed FWC rule, there would be 2.7 miles of new slow-speed zones on the 18.6 miles of Intracoastal Waterway channel within the county. This would be for only four months of the year. Manatee protection zones are proposed for three areas: near Hammock Bridge in Palm Coast; near Flagler Beach from the Highway 100 bridge north to the Lehigh Canal area; and in the vicinity of Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area. The public can view the proposed rule at MyFWC.com/Manatee (click on “Rulemaking”).
- “Flagler County is a good example of all stakeholders and all parties coming on board trying to get a good outcome with good protections for manatees,” said Commission Vice Chairman Kenneth Wright.
- At least one public hearing on the manatee rule will be held in Flagler County, and notice of the proposed rule will be published.
- All proposed manatee protection zones would be in effect only from May 1 through Labor Day, reflecting the times when manatees are most likely to frequent the area and the risks to manatees increase due to higher levels of boat traffic.
Weekly Fishing Report by Captain Chad Gamble
From what I can tell, the kings are still north of us and are slowly migrating south. Each cold front should ease them closer to our area. When they arrive I will be sure to post it here on the Bradenton Times to let you know the when’s and where’s. Wind, Gales, and Small Craft Advisories seem to have been the norm lately. Calm days have been tough to come by and the shame of it is the fact that the fishing has been great when you can actually get your boat to the areas they are hanging out. These past few weeks we have been focusing on the near shore rock piles for grouper and mackerel. Banner catches of mackerel are still happening if you have live bait which is still plentiful on the flats and piers.
This past week’s mackerel fishing got dangerous when we were catching so many macks that a couple barracuda took up residence under our boats and proceeded to trim off the Spanish mackerel’s backsides. The barracuda in the picture actually hooked himself on one of our mackerel hooks and then went immediately airborne, which would have been really cool to watch if his landing zone put him directly into my bow seating. As a Hook and Ladder Charters safety bulletin I would advise anyone who hooks a cuda, to be ready to duck and cover at all times. Over the years you hear stories of barracuda attacks on the news. I personally believe that this just a matter of the fish freaking out and jumping to shake the hook. If you happen to be in the flight path of a 4 foot slimy rocket with razors on the front end you are going to at least “look” like you were attacked. Until barracudas grow airbrakes that is!!
USCG Captain Chad Gamble
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High pressure will hold over the Gulf waters tonight and into early Monday with continued light easterly flow. This will allow for onshore flow to develop Monday and Tuesday afternoon near the coast due to an afternoon sea breeze. Increasing winds and seas expected Wednesday and Thursday as a cold front approaches the area with high pressure building back over the waters late in the week.
Northeast winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. Monday night will bring southeast winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth.
Southeast winds around 5 knots becoming southwest around 5 knots late in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters smooth. Tuesday night will bring west winds around 5 knots becoming south in the late evening and overnight. Bay and inland waters smooth.
2011/11/22Tue 04:44 a.m. -0.09L
2011/11/22Tue 11:01 a.m. 1.58H
2011/11/22Tue 03:54 p.m. 1.03L
2011/11/22Tue 09:28 p.m. 2.43H
West winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. There will be a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Wednesday night will bring northeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. There will be a slight chance of showers.
2011/11/23Wed 05:36 a.m. -0.38L
2011/11/23Wed 12:10 p.m. 1.55H
2011/11/23Wed 04:27 p.m. 1.17L
2011/11/23Wed 10:04 p.m. 2.59H
Northeast winds around 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop. Thursday night will bring east winds around 15 knots. Bay and inland waters a moderate chop.
2011/11/24Thu 06:26 a.m. -0.58L
2011/11/24Thu 01:14 p.m. 1.49H
2011/11/24Thu 04:57 p.m. 1.25L
2011/11/24Thu 10:43 p.m. 2.7H