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Volume 13, Issue 10

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7/9 – JC Park –Paul Daly 2 trout, Donn 3 trout

7/10 – Walk the inlet – Paul 2 snook. Donn 2 snook to 30”


We talked to Rufus Wakeman at breakfast after the Inlet and I talked to Marcia Foosaner for 2 hours yesterday.  It is not our imagination or skill level that has contributed to our inability to catch fish in both numbers and quality similar to past years.  They both think that although the usual reasons for it being hard to catch fish (not enough cold water driving pompano into river, up-wellings in the ocean, water temps very hot in river stalling the bite, the freeze last year, etc.), that the main reason is that the river is doomed to die from pollution.  There is practically no grass or very little in the areas there used to be or any other areas for that matter.  So, the fish have no place to hide for ambush or to hide if you’re a little guy trying to grow up. The constant release of poisons through the canals and from big sugar in Lake O will insure the eventual death of the river, noticeable by lack of fish now and the steady decrease over the years as population has grown and/or nothing done to control the pollution.  They both see how bad it is every time they go out.  In addition, Marcia notes that new rules allow commercial fishermen to catch 150 trout each day.  Marcia sees all these out of work people camped on her normal holes and flats for hours at a time catching up all these trout.  She says her average size now is about a pound.  She hasn’t seen one over 5 pounds since the beginning of May. 


I could go on.  But Paul Daly and I were thinking we just turned into shitty fishermen overnight and we’re assured that is not the case.  Yet nothing is being done, although Marcia indicated it might be coming to a head.  FWC, I guess, has been getting a lot of complaints.


Donn Bearman

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To the right is a picture of Evelyn's catch of the day from our previous trip to Glacier Bay Alaska several years ago. The Halibut weighed 185.5 lbs. and was a woman's world record on 40 # line but the captain didn't know anything about records. We are going to Alaska again on 7/13th.  Stay tuned for more pictures


John Griffin