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Fort Myers 1156 N. Tamiami Tr. Fort Myers Beach 15600 San Carlos Blvd. Naples 989 S. Airport Pulling Road Port Charlotte 4694 Tamiami Trail 239-997-5777 239-437-7475 239-793-5800 941-766-1044 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 04 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com from the publisher of the Nautical Mile I watched a 6-part Red Snapper story that reported federal numbers to be way off and how only select commercial fishermen were permitted to harvest the majority of the species. This first is one-sided like most media but it also showed how far off the numbers are. Separate state and federal fish counts were off almost 2 000% The whole thing is quite a mess and it s a shame that media doesn t allow both sides of the story. I so miss Walter Cronkite. Here in Lee County two plain-cloths FWC officers witnessed 2 guys stepping off a boat with buckets they loaded into a truck then returned to clean the boat. Police ID d themselves and asked to see the buckets which contained 87 fish filets. Two guys fished one day and came home with 40 Red Snapper. I later asked if the two fishermen will be prosecuted Police said it went Federal which means likely jail-time and possible loss of the boat. The differences between commercial and recreational are far from fair but law breakers aren t helping the situation. Last month we hosted an annual event called the Coastal Information Day . It was an event with a high-risk of complete failure which I like and it went over well. People didn t quite understand its theme but they were glad they came. We did it in June to work out the kinks next year it will be in March. We invited 16 marine-based groups for an 8-minute window to explain what their organization represented in the coastal community. It started at 9am with fishing seminars Scooter s Coffee & snacks and the speakers started at noon. We had quite a lunch spread a 6 000 prize raffle then another set of speakers that closed with the Captain s for Clean Water. People got educated and collected more coastal information than they knew existed. Next year it will be in March and will be the largest one-day event in Lee County s coastal community. For those that remember the Fish36 we ll be wrapping that around this event except you can fish all week instead of 36 hours. Events are done for a while. My focus now is on a project I m developing for the school system where kids can learn to combine life skills with a business class. This one is a long road but I m getting a lot of support from the entire educational system. This year s rainy season came in early and heavy We usually don t get rains on the coast till later in the year but this year our yards in Bokeelia were flooded in the beginning of June. The ground is soaked which I prefer to a fire hazard but we have no room for storm rain. Hurricane season is here. As I write it s June 19th and I m watching two disturbances in the Gulf with a 90% chance of formation. That s a bit early we may be having a busy season. Nothing can replace life. Play it safe. The Tarpon will be gone soon. This year the southern waters (Causeway Sanibel) started off slow while Boca Grande was plentiful. The fish ended up gathering south which helps the Tarpon Hunter Clubs. I saw Contact Chuck Downes 609-412-7328 Garmin echo Map 50s includes Blue Chart g2 Maps Chartplotter Fishfinder 200.00 Minn Kota Riptide 80 saltwater bow-mount trolling motor 52 shaft 80 lbs thrust manual 2 years old 250.00 a lot more pictures of bigger fish caught this year too. Snook at least the bigger ones are headed to the beaches to spawn and I ve been seeing Redfish catches consistently all year long. The fresh water damage has affected us but I really thought things would be worse so go fishing On the right Jason Knight (Coastal Decks & Docks) Publisher Nautical Mile with a nice Red Snapper www.NauticalMileMagazine.com thenauticalmile gmail.com SW Florida s LOCAL marine resource guide 05 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com Nautical Mile Monthly Contributing Writers 16 19 20 26 27 29 34 36 38 41 43 50 52 54 56 58 TM Local nd a Capt. Charles Epranian Capt. Gregg McKee 2017 Moons Barb Hansen Capt. Rob Modys Full moon July 8 Last quarter July 16 Kathy Thousand New moon July 23 First quarter July 30 Dockside Dennis Full moon August 7 Jim Hutchinson Sr. 100 page 2017 Annual Capt. Bill Russell Lee County Boater s Guide Alyssa Grabner Robin Griffiths George Baliotis Tanya Wiley Capt. Chuck Downes Dave Sully Bob Moro Snook Cowboy Boating Fishing Check out our new Printables feature. Page 27 P U B L I C A T I O N S Inc. 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For some its a social thing... a chance to spend time together. For others its a solitary activity giving you a chance to be in with nature. Some fish just for meat some fish just for fun. Others fish for money ie tournaments. The hardiest amongst us fisherman are the ones who do it for a living . I m not talking about fishing guides or boat captains (although we work quite hard too). I m talking about commercial fisherman. The guys who go every day and catch whatever they can how ever they legally can to make a living. These folks have been the backbone of Florida since its earliest days. They are some of the hardest working folks you ll ever meet. Most are multi-generational at it too. Keeping traditions and practices alive taught to them by the previous generation they manage to make a living sometimes a very good living and other times not so much even in this day of farm raised fish and shrimp. Anybody who really stops and thinks about it must realize the superior quality of wild caught anything when compared to farm raised. Commercial fisherman are often somehow villainized by recreational fisherman and I ve never understood why. I get that when you see a huge factory ship pillaging the oceans on a mass scale its disheartening but that is far from how local level commercial fisherman operate. These hardworking folks realize that if you catch it all today there ll be none for tomorrow. I dare say some recreational folks don t seem to realize this. The industry has been in decline for many years and the net ban of 1994 did little to help. Many folded up shop and moved on to different ways of making a living. Some continued on using the gear the new law allowed. I have heard from many that continue to use legal gear that it is much more harmful than gill nets were since its a smaller mesh that can and does catch much smaller fish and does not allow the smaller weaker more vulnerable fish to swim through like gill nets do. SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 17 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com The next time you re out fishing and you see one of these guys out working hard to make a living and support his family give them a nod and a wave and be thankful that some persevered to continue traditions started years ago. I have found many local commercial fisherman indispensable for helpful hints on where they see game-fish and bait. The fishing has been pretty typical summer pattern... Lots of out of season snook most running under slot size but extremely fun to catch . Redfish are here and there in ones and twos with occasional groupings of more fish. Tarpon are almost everywhere but getting them to eat can be a trick and trout are mostly undersized but if you find the right depth bait combination you can still find some bigger fish. The rains have arrived and with it is usually lightning which can be very bad for your health. Don t mess around with the safety of everyone on board. If you see a storm approaching head in the opposite direction anyway. The rain is often welcome when you ve been sweltering out in the hot sun all morning and as long as there s no lightning sit back and enjoy the cooling shower but if its thundering and lightning get a move on and find safe harbor... no fish is worth dying for. If you d like charter information of just want to talk fishing give me a call. Capt. Charles Epranian frshfsh5 aol.com (239) 410-2515 www.FishPineIslandSound.com SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 18 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com Three women caught in 24 hours off the Florida coast Marathon Lionfish hunter Rachel Bowman has bragging rights for being honored as one of the state s top harvesters. She earned more bragging rights over the weekend in Pensacola taking first place on a team with two other women in the third annual Lionfish World Championship. The tournament was part of Pensacola s Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Festival. The invasive species has no natural predators largely due to their array of venomous spines. Lionfish eat voraciously and breed constantly threatening local fish species and the reef at large. Team Hang On composed of Bowman St. Petersburg resident Meaghan Faletti and Nikkie Cox of Apalachicola caught 926 Lionfish while diving 37 miles off Pensacola led by Capt. Grayson Shepard also of Apalachicola. Together the team hauled in nearly a quarter of the total 3 868 Lionfish caught from 5 30 a.m. to 5 30 p.m. Friday and Saturday said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Amanda Nalley. There were five other teams in the tournament and it was hosted by the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition with prizes for largest Lionfish and most caught. Bowman Faletti and Cox each used a Zookeeper a capturing device which can net up to 80 pounds of fish in one dive. On two separate dives my Zookeeper was completely full Bowman told the Keynoter adding the group dove in miserable 2- to 4-foot seas at a depth of 140 feet. It was so shallow. I m used to being in thousands of feet of water she said. There was a cash prize for catching the most Lionfish but Bowman was more excited about the first-place title and the right to brag for an entire year. Nikkie Cox Meaghan Faletti and Rachel Bowman Faletti is a former biological scientist with the FWC and Cox is an environmental specialist with the state Department of Environmental Protection. Bowman makes her living selling her Lionfish catches to restaurants and others. She said some of the tournament fish were sold to Whole Foods to which she has been selling since May 2016. From now through September there are numerous derbies throughout Florida where divers and snorkelers compete to bring in the most Lionfish for cash prizes. The next one in the Keys is June 9 to 11 in Key West. To find out more go to www.myfwc.com fishing. SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 19 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com July has always been one of my favorite months to fish on Pine Island. For starters every worthwhile species to chase on the flats are here in good numbers. Tarpon season is still in full swing big sharks are all over the shallows redfish will tail on the flat calm mornings and spawning snook are cruising the beaches. And best of all the boat traffic out there at least on the weekdays is at a minimum with the snowbirds all back up north. The only drawback to July is the fact that we re in the middle of summer and the heat and humidity are off the charts. But that s not exactly a bad thing especially for fly fishermen looking for smaller tarpon on light tackle. Every saltwater fly angler lives for the thought of cruising into a sheltered bay and spotting a school of several dozen slow rolling tarpon. This is the time of year when that can happen on any given morning around here. When the waters get greasy calm that s the time to break out the light to mid-size fly rods and toss 1 0 patterns at 5 to 10 pound fish. Baby tarpon school up by the dozens since there is safety in numbers. They can be almost anywhere but the man-made canals all over Pine Island and Cape Coral are holding them right now and the live bait guys have been catching them with ease with free lined pinfish. Getting one to hit a fly is a much more difficult chore and that Capt. Gregg McKee Wild Fly Charters mostly has to do with the water depth. All my fly rods were strung up with weight forward floating lines which are perfect for the flats or clear waters less than 6 feet deep. They ve never worked well in the canals which are very dark and usually around 10 feet deep or more. I recently started casting a clear tip intermediate fly line from Royal Wulff on my 9-weight rod and the results were immediate. Once this line started dragging my flies down and extra couple of feet the canal tarpon started eating. get your light flies in front of the deeper swimming tarpon in the canals can be equally effective along the passes off the Gulf islands. Keep and intermediate line on a spare reel and you ll be surprised how useful it can be this time of year. (239) 565-2960 gmckee1 hotmail.com www.wildflycharters.com Casting an intermediate fly line is a bit of a chore for beginners but once you ve done it a few times it becomes a lot of fun. You can actually shoot these lines for a very long distance compared to the more common floating lines. They ll definitely SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 20 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com SUMMER is here Residential Commercial LIC CAC1814975 (239) 573-2473 We know you hear a lot of talk about service that s why we do more than just talk. Our climate control experts provide industry-leading customer support every day on every job. We will happily lengthen the life of your existing AC equipment or recommend a new energy efficient air conditioning system that will save you money while keeping you cool. View from the Marina Curing what ails us I m sure most of you have seen this people waving hello to one another. It happens on land and at sea. You see folks on motorcycles doing it the same with people driving Corvettes. Most often they are strangers but share a common interest or affection be it cruising at sea cycling along our highways and bi-ways or driving the same type of vehicle. But that s just the tip of the iceberg so to speak. Those friendly gestures reflect groups of people who care about one another. They don t just wave they ll stop to help if something s wrong. These community-minded people trade ideas and figure things out doing whatever it may take to help make things right. I like that and I am especially glad that that type of conduct is well reflected among boaters. I see it all of the time and it doesn t matter the type of boat or boaters on board. It could be just a wave or more. Whatever it is I think that s the basis for what is needed these days on land sea and in the air. Geez I don t know about you but I am really tired of all of the discord and divisive language that we experience every day on the web on the air in print and in person. It s like an illness that has spread all over the place. I don t think physicians can prescribe anything to cure this malady but I would like to see that sense of community and friendliness that s reflected by certain groups spread and cure that annoying and totally nonproductive divisiveness that seems to be the norm these days. Maybe you don t want to buy a motorcycle or a Corvette so give boating a try. My husband Vic and I have been boaters for a long time and we ve operated our nautical businesses for more barb hansen than three decades. Based on our first-hand experience with this segment of the community I have no problems making that suggestion. Believe me it won t be long before you experience the cure and remove that perpetual burr that seems to be under most everyone s saddle these days. That s my prescription and I ll leave the dosage up to you. If you see me give me a wave and I ll do the same. Barb Hansen manages Southwest Florida Yachts yacht charters and Florida Sailing & Cruising School a liveaboard yacht school. Contact her at info swfyachts.com phone 239 257-2788. Get your captain s license Serving mariners since 1977 Offices across the US & Caribbean www.SeaSchool.com Online and classroom SeaSchool has over 52 USCG approved courses and almost 40 years experience dealing with US Coast Guard licensing regulations and maritime education. SeaSchool is considered to be the premier maritime training school in the country. Classes are regularly held in Punta Gorda Cape Coral Naples Bradenton and Venice. 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I was article I covered fishing on foot The longer the kayak the better it heading in that direction but specifically fishing in small lakes tracks and in most cases the decided the paddle was easier to canals and creeks. This time easier it is to steer. The drawback maintain and getting into skinny around it s all about kayaks. is the ability to turn around in water would also be easier. Some That s right I decided to pursue small waterways. If you paddle pedal systems can draw as much this mode of water transportation into something narrow you may as 12-inches of water. Finally I with the hopes of getting to more have to paddle backwards to get never really considered power. I fish and less boat traffic. out. Typically a long kayak is also need the exercise. going to have a smaller width. My research started with the web After much reading talks and and the many many informational Width is all about stability. If you tryouts I finally landed in what sites on kayaks. It was have balance problems then the works for me. It s 16-feet long overwhelming so I shortened the wider the better. That also applies runs on paddle-power and is search to fishing kayaks. That to stand up fishing. There are equipped to fish. I m very much turned out to also be somewhat several manufactures that offer looking forward to exploring those daunting but I pressed on. After special seating and support bars hard-to-get-to areas in the back of reading quite a bit about the good to let anglers stand while on a our bays and find new fishing the bad and the ugly I contacted kayak. That can be especially opportunities. friends and fellow kayak anglers good for fly fisherman. Fly casting to get tips and the scoop on what is much easier from a standing Please take a kid fishing to look for. I quickly discovered position vs. sitting. the decision making process on this mode of transportation is Power can generally be suppled easily as complicated as buying a three ways. Paddling pedaling power boat if not more so. and with a trolling motor. Each has it s own advanta ges and in all cases comes down to how much you want to spend and how much exercise you re willing to exert. Reflections on the Water Yak Attack captrobmodys gmail.com By far paddling is the least (239) 851-1242 www.ReelTalkRadio.net SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 27 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com s aul P Mobile mechanic and more Service - Repairs - Electrical Mobile Marine SERVICE (239) 464-0753 Kathy Thousand Concierge care (also called concierge medicine retainerbased Medicare boutique medicine platinum practice or direct care). Now that you know what Medicare DOESN T cover perhaps it s time to talk to an agent and see how you can get these things covered. That s us your local independent Medicare agents. We ll help you wade through the muddy waters and find plans that cover the things you need. 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This works when the engine is running but when the engine is off it is not all right. Starting batteries are not built for deep discharging. Their life is greatly shortened when used this way. Starting batteries are designed to put out a large amount of power in a short period of time then to be recharged immediately. Deep cycle batteries are designed to be discharged deeply and then recharged without being damaged. Golf carts are a perfect example of deep discharge battery usage. This type of battery is perfect for pumps electronics and trolling motors. I recently finished a 24 volt trolling motor installation. I recommended using two 12 volt deep cycle batteries that are connected to a troll bridge combiner. The combiner will put both 12 volt batteries in series for 24 volts when the trolling motor is turned on but will put both 12 volt deep cycle batteries in parallel making them ideal for the pumps and the electronics on board. The troll bridge will recharge both trolling batteries and the starting batteries at the same time from your engine when you relocate to your next fishing hole. You would still use your battery selector switch (BSS) to start your engine even though your charging system is now independent and automatic for all your boat s batteries. Get in the habit of using (BSS) to start your engine on battery 1 then the next time on battery 2. This will test each battery s condition and capacity to start the engine by themselves. The only time to use the position Both on the (BSS) is when neither battery will start the engine by its self maybe both engine starting batteries put together in parallel the combined power might get your engine started. This situation would be unlikely to happen because all your power drain such as bait well wash down bilge live well and electronics would be on the Trolling Battery System not your Starting Battery System. My beer is cold my wife is happy life is good. 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Over my many years as a high school teacher and coach the summers once again meant time off to enjoy some of the good fishing that summer has to offer in New Jersey. My summer job those many years was again harvesting clams for sale. This was a job that had me out on the water five days a week so it seemed I was on the water more than I was on land. Once I married and began a family that social scene of my teenage years became only a distant memory. Some of the summer days at the Ocean County shore in New Jersey are similar weather-wise to those found in Southwest Florida. There will be stretches of days with temperatures in the 90 s. Unless the wind is coming from the west the humidity levels will be high. Maybe not those humidity levels of Pine Island but still high enough to be unpleasant. There are always fish to be caught in July in New Jersey. The waters of Barnegat Bay similar in design to Pine Island Sound will hold summer flounder weakfish (like sea trout) and bluefish. Surf fishing from the shores of Long Beach Island give anglers a chance at flounder bluefish brown sharks and kingfish (similar to sand trout). The inshore ocean waters hold black sea bass flounder and porgies for bottom fishermen and bluefish and bonito for trolling. Boats traveling far offshore to the Hudson and Wilmington Canyons among others will catch their share of tuna marlin swordfish mahi and sharks. Now that I am retired July holds different thoughts for me. My oldest son turning 50 this year was born in July. This has made July a special month for me over the years as every year when his birthday approaches I take time to think back over the CRUNCH DOWN www.JetsPizza.com PI Road 458-1940 CC Pkwy 257-3270 N. Ft. Myers 731-5500 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 35 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com years and run the memories through my mind. He has had many successes over the years and a few setbacks too but he is a person that I am very proud of. I have to be honest that I cannot remember the first fish that he caught. We have had so many fishing trips over the years and caught so many fish together that at times many blend together. I am sure that my memory is not what it once was either. We have caught 6-inch spots together flounder and weakfish in the bay striped bass on the beaches of Long Beach Island and traveled many miles offshore for tuna. I even got him down to Pine Island for a varied catch including a hookup with a jumping tarpon. I remember that July day in 1967 when he was born. After I was kicked out of the hospital to give my wife some rest I hit the water to catch a couple thousand clams. I wasn t handing out cigars there in the bay but every other clammer quickly heard about my new son. There is also another birthday in July that of the United States of America. On July 4 we as Americans celebrate the birth of our nation many years ago. There are parades family barbecues fireworks and all types of activities as we share in the pride of our country. This should be a day when we set aside our own differences especially political ones and join together as one nation. I remember when we first starting coming to Southwest Florida over 25 years ago. Because of my work schedule my wife and I came mostly in the summer. We used to go fishing with Captain Dick Hamp of Bokeelia. I remember Dick telling us then that fishing in July was some of the best of the year yet there were very few tourists around to appreciate it. Another draw for July in Florida is that with so few visitors around the traffic is less and there are few lines at our favorite restaurants. July is a good month. jamesghutch1 aol.com SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 36 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com JULY With summer heating up fishing either inshore or offshore can be good just prepare for hot days and keep an eye on the weather. A majority of anglers prefer to get an early start and be off the water ahead of the mid-day heat or afternoon storms. Inshore the mangrove snapper bite will continue to heat up as fish to fifteen inches are common throughout the inshore waters and estuaries. A variety of baits including shrimp pilchards herring small pinfish and cut bait will entice fish around docks piers bridges under deeper mangrove shorelines oyster bars sand potholes and rock ledges in and near the Passes. Mangrove snapper are one of our tastier fish and fight really hard for their size they make a great summer target. They are often leader and hook shy if the water is clear it s necessary to lighten Captain Bill Russell come while placing baits under the shade of mangrove overhangs on the higher stages of the tide. Cut and live bait work best its hard to beat a small live pinfish with its tail clipped off or a chunk of mullet ladyfish or sardine. Calm summer mornings will give good opportunities to run offshore and target grouper and other species. Gag grouper season is open expect the larger fish to be in deeper water seventy feet is generally a good starting point. The deeper the water the bigger fish is generally how it goes. To get updated grouper and fishing regulations go to www.myfwc.com. the tackle. Inshore I generally go with a couple feet 12 to 20lb fluorocarbon leader and a 1 0 circle hook. Snook are a good bet along the beaches either walking the surf or fishing from a boat. On the light wind days the fish are easily visible just a few feet off the beach. Snook from little guys to big females well over forty inches can be caught along the beaches and gulf inlets. Walking the surf and sight fishing with a fly rod is a great way to spend a morning. 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Watch for birds and surface commotion to locate the fish. Sharks are another summertime favorite. Varieties of species both large and small are common catches both inshore and off. While they are a nuisance for some many anglers target them for their fighting ability. Sharks play an important role in our ecosystem please make every effort to quickly release them unharmed. Every kid loves to catch a shark of any size with school out for the summer now is a good time. 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Male nopoli s display bright blue and red colors during the breeding season but has their colors change depending on the mood of the fish. As these fish mature from a juvenile to an adult fish the anatomy of their mouth changes which makes eating plankton impossible. Younger species migrate from saltwater to freshwater streams before this change occurs. Noploli Rockclimbing Goby that are fully matured are found in higher parts of mountain streams that have clean rocks and pebbles with no sand or soil in the area. climb waterfalls up to 30 meters tall. In general the families of gobioids are extremely sensitive to habitat disturbance of any kind. If the fish is caught in a disturbance it will climb its way back to its starting point upstream. Diet For the Noploli Rockclimbing Goby s diet the behavior depends on the algal cycles in the islands streams. The fish s mouth alternate from being positioned as forwardfacing to under their body. 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Another group just doesn t have enough faith to act upon their vision. Finally a handful don t want to move forward on their idea because they lack support be it financially or otherwise. Here are some guidelines to think about when you are ready to act upon your dream. Is your goal realistic Are you just thinking about the results and not the journey Have you put thought into the details And what do you expect will happen when you achieve your dream It could change your world. Don t let these questions derail your intentions. Many dreams are very simple while others are quite complicated. If your dream is to give back to the community then it may be as easy as volunteering at the local nonprofit of your choice. On the flip side if you are looking to manufacture a product you will have some homework to do to prepare. Whatever your dream act believe in yourself and expect some bumps and turns along the way. It is possible to make your dreams a reality but it takes effort to plan be consistent and overcome the obstacles along the way. Remember dreams are the essence of creativity and we have the power to decide how we choose to use them. Everyday someone has a dream that has the potential to take them to a new place in life. Dreams come in all sizes. Some are big some small but all are very important. Think where our world would be without the pursuit of individual dreams. Our dreams have lead the world to new and exciting advancements. Dreams of exploration has lead us from the deepest parts of the ocean to the farthest places in the galaxy. Specific dreams have changed the way we view our world how we travel care for our health and develop as nations. We hold so much power with our dreams The world is truly directed from our imagination and vision. Isn t it fascinating and exciting So why don t we use our dreams more to help us with our goals passion and daily living People that are true visionaries have a drive to continue working toward a purpose in life. And while they are working on those dreams they are finding fulfilment in the process. Passion can fire up a dream and propel it to a life of its own. You may have dreams that have been sitting on a shelf and for some reason you have not acted upon them. Some of you may fear that you will fail. 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Inverters are used in solar and wind power applications in boats campers and backup power supplies for electronic equipment. An inverter is required anytime batteries are used to produce household power. An inverter system requires an inverter batteries and a way to charge the batteries. In a solar or wind application the batteries are charged by the solar panels or wind turbines. In a marine application they would be charged by the engine. The capacity of the batteries determines how long an inverter can supply power. Inverters are rated by how much AC power they can continuously supply. A 1000-watt inverter can supply 1000 watts of AC power for as long as the batteries hold out (a few minutes or a few hours). Inverters unlike generators are capable of withstanding short duration high demand situations. A 1000-watt inverter can supply 2000 watts for a couple of minutes and even 4000 watts for 10 or 15 seconds. This makes them ideal for use Power Inverters with electric motors and other devices that have short term high current demand. An inverter battery system can consist of as many batteries as needed and you can power multiple inverters from the same batteries but you cannot connect the output (AC power) of two inverters together. AC power sources can never be connected to obtain more power without special synchronizing equipment. If you connect two AC sources together they will become a short circuit and ruin your equipment and potentially cause serious injury. A pure sine wave inverter is the best type of unit to purchase for the normal user. It most closely reproduces line power and does not have any negative effects on electrical equipment. Some inverters do not produce pure sine wave power and can cause problems with some types of equipment. It is very important to remember that even though inverters are powered by batteries the output is household power. 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Myers Beach 18 (239) 283-3593 33- Whidden s Marina on the 17- Salty Sam s Marina 19 (941) 964-2878 (239) 463-7333 34- Inn Marina Caloosahatchee 15 18- Snook Bight Marina (941) 964-4600 Bonita Beach (239) 765-4371 35- Palm Island Marina 24 19- Fish Tale Marina (941) 697-4356 (239) 463-3600 36- Cape Haze Marina 38 20- Jug Creek Marina Wiggins Pass (941) 698-1110 (239) 283-3331 37- Nav-A-Gator (941) 625-4407 Water-Access Fuel Appeti Hot & C zers - Salads oo Beer To-G Baskets ld Sandwich es - Favorite and a lo ORE - ICE t more EAT I SHIPS ST N N BAIT TAKE OUT OZE LIVE & FR 0 Octane Diesel and 9 Gas Non-Ethanol aily Open 7am D k f as t F r om B r e a l to Last Cal The Boathouse Tiki Bar & Grill at the Cape Coral Yacht Club 5819 Driftwood Parkway Cape Coral Marker R78 on the Caloosahatchee River (239) 945-BOAT (2628) www.TheBoatHouseUSA.com SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 47 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com 450 Horses spotted in Lee County Where 1 outboard is better than 2 See page 9 Dredging Pile Setting Floating Docks New Dock Construction Seawall Construction Boat Lift Construction Rip Rap Erosion Control Dock Repair Boat Lift Repairs Free Serving all of SW Florida Estimates (239) 259-8696 www.DSIMARINE.com Lic CGC1511928 SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 48 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com SW Florida s Power Squadrons get more exciting every day The Power Squadron is the world s largest recreational boating organization with more than 35 000 members. For more than 100 years they have worked to make the water a safer place through boating education civic service and fellowship. Scheduled Classes Sarasota July 10 America s Boating Course Cape Coral Sept 11 America s Boating Course Sept 12 Weather Peace River July 8 America s Boating Course Become a member Improve your boating skills and knowledge online in the classroom with certified instructors or outdoors with hands-on training. Become a Vessel Safety Examiner and or help maintain the integrity of the charts for our area. Take advantage of benefits offered members. Learn local knowledge in the waters Spend time with people that have a common interest the water and are concerned with safety on the water. Come for the Boating Education and Stay for the Friends SM Sarasota (941) 953-7565 www.sarasota-boating.org Sanibel-Captiva (239) 233-7380 www.usps.org localusps sancap Manatee (941) 761-9444 www.manatee-squadron.org Cape Coral (239) 549-9754 www.ccsaps.org Peace River (941) 637-0766 www.puntagorda-boating.org San Carlos Bay (239) 466-4040 www.scbps.com Venice (941) 244-8331 www.BoatVeniceFL.com Fort Myers (239) 945-6612 www.fortmyersboating.org Welcome to the neighborhood SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 49 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com Island P aradise Captiva Pass ISLAND RESTAURANT North Captiva Florida Cayo Costa North Captiva Redfish Pass Island Wear - Local Artists Jewelry & Unique Island Gifts Island Restaurant - 40 Boat Slips Kayak Tours - Beaches - Fishing Queenie s Ice Cream - Pet Friendly od ning Seafo Award Win Blind Pass Island Bazaar 40 Boat Slips Captiva Island Ba zaar St. James City Pet Friendly Sanibel N26.36.000 W082.12.875 (239) 472-1200 www.BarnaclesIslandResort.com SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 50 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com SAWFISH NEWS by Tonya Wiley I often get asked what agency is responsible for sawfish regulations and management. So I asked Adam Brame Sawfish Recovery Coordinator for NOAA Fisheries to write a guest article about the role of NOAA Fisheries (NOAA) in managing endangered smalltooth sawfish. The answer is complex as NOAA participates in a variety of management activities. Here we will take a look at how the agency protects endangered smalltooth sawfish while working towards its recovery. NOAA listed the smalltooth sawfish as an endangered species in April 2003 after scientists determined that the species was at risk of extinction. The main reasons for the decline of this species were bycatch mortality and habitat loss. The listing triggered several required actions for NOAA under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) including designating critical habitat and developing a recovery plan. A recovery plan was published in January 2009 after years of development and input from the public. It was then followed by a final rule to designate critical habitat in September of that same year. The combination of these three documents (listing rule critical habitat rule and recovery plan) provides the groundwork for the conservation of this species. NOAA has a two-pronged approach to conservation under the ESA (1) stop further declines in abundance (protect) and (2) increase abundance to historical numbers (recover). The first objective (protection) is largely conducted under Section 7 of the ESA. This section tells federal agencies to use their authorities to promote conservation and to find out whether any action they authorize fund or carry out has the potential to affect protected species. This includes federal activities like issuing in-water construction permits for docks or marinas (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) setting water quality criteria (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) and developing management plans for public lands (National Park Service). If any federal action has the potential to affect smalltooth sawfish (or any other ESA-listed species) or its critical habitat that agency is required to consult with NOAA before any action moves forward. These consultation periods can last from several weeks to several months depending on the complexity of the action. Through this process NOAA is able to work with federal agencies to minimize and avoid negative effects to protected species. If impacts are unavoidable the process provides a way for the agency to monitor any critical habitat loss or mortality associated with individual projects. An example of the Section 7 process can be observed in the waters you might enjoy in Everglades National Park. In this case the National Park Service drafted a management plan to care for the park and its resources including the chickees. Because in-water construction activities associated with building or repairing chickees could affect smalltooth sawfish the National Park Service entered into consultation with NOAA. During the assessment NOAA agreed SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 51 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com with the park s decision that although the actions associated with the management plan could affect smalltooth sawfish that they were not likely to adversely affect the species. With consultation complete the National Park Service put their management plan into action and can now repair chickees without further NOAA approval. NOAA is involved in a number of other activities associated with recovering smalltooth sawfish. This started with forming a multi-agency team that developed the recovery plan. The plan has served as a roadmap for sawfish recovery by identifying three main objectives for recovery (1) minimize injury and mortality from human interaction (2) protect and or restore sawfish habitat and (3) increase abundance. NOAA and its partners are engaged in ongoing efforts to minimize injury and mortality from human interaction. These efforts include working with the commercial fishing industry and raising awareness in the recreational fishing community. NOAA has started a variety of outreach programs aimed at reducing injury and mortality including an assortment of outreach products to encourage safe handling safe release if caught and reporting of any sawfish catches. The reports of any encounter (capture or sighting) are crucial for NOAA to track the status of the population and its recovery. To track progress in achieving recovery objectives 2 and 3 NOAA supports and participates in a number of research projects. These projects provide information on habitat needs population abundance and the response of sawfish to recovery actions. Some research projects are conducted by NOAA personnel while others are led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or universities. All agencies conducting research on sawfish must go through a rigorous application process to secure the necessary permits to sample and handle a protected species. The information collected from these projects is used in monitoring the status of the population as well as making management and recovery decisions. For further information about the biology of sawfish safe release guidance and reporting please see NOAA s website at http sero.nmfs.noaa.gov prot ected_resources sawfish index. html Tonya HavenWorthConsulting.com (941) 201-2685 www.HavenWorthConsulting.com C A R S Cars - Boats - Trucks Foreign & Domestic Maintenance - Oil Changes Transmission - Tire Rotation RESTORATION SPECIALIST HUCK S Professional On-Site Detailing Cars and Boats UTO (239) 283-2916 Doug Taylor EPAIR 5575St. James CityCircle ERVICE SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 52 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com Walkin the Dog with Captain Chuck Downes There are many species of fish that southwest Florida anglers target but I am only going to discuss Redfish Snook and Speckled Trout. Trout habitats include marsh grass oyster bars sea grass beds mangroves inlets jetties sandy beaches and any structures. They are also found in shallow vegetative brackish areas as well as water depths up to 32 feet. Incoming high tide pushes trout up into the flats while outgoing to low tide pushes trout into deeper water. There are several things that trigger trout feeding habits. One of the most significant seems to be moving water. Trout feed both day and night and more vigorously in low light or even in the dark. Redfish are mainly bottom feeders and this diet supports their rapid growth. They also eat a variety of bait such as grass shrimp large shrimp and crabs. As they mature reds prefer mud crabs swimming crabs and fiddler crabs. Adult redfish prefer Menhaden Mullet Croaker and Spot. Redfish habitats include coastal rivers marshlands grass flats mangroves bay areas beaches shoals and offshore. Snook can be found in inlets creek mouths deep river channels mangroves shorelines grass flats and oyster bars. They also like structures such as pilings docks sea walls bridges and spillways. Snook thrive in low salinity low wave action warm fresh water and abundant food sources. Snook are unique in that their eyes are located on the top of their head which allows them to see their prey as it passes in the water above them. A few of their predators are sharks and porpoises. I actually observed a pair of porpoises hanging around my boat one afternoon when all of a sudden they disappeared. After a few minutes about 30 yards away one porpoise surfaced with what had to be a snook of 36 inches or better. The snook was struggling to free himself from the jaws of the porpoise when the second porpoise reappeared and darted at the porpoise holding the snook. At high speed he cut the snook in half. This was a well planned attack that seemed to have been practiced before. As you can see many of these fish seem to inhabit some of the same areas but feed on different types of bait. That is why when targeting these fish you must employ a variety of tactics to be successful. One method that is popular is a popping cork with live bait placed on a hook about 24 inches below the cork. I recently read something that brought a smile to my face. It went something like - popping cork anglers pop the cork so much that it creates so much noise the fish can t stand it and they bite the bait and hook just to quiet things down. Although this can be a very effective method for loading up on fish there are other methods that are effective and very rewarding for the angler. Some of these methods are using plugs weedless hooks with artificial baits and jig heads with soft plastics. SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 53 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com Have you ever thrown a top water plug and seen a large hole open in the water - and a large head explode out of that hole Or seen a vee-shaped wake pushing toward your lure and a large redfish surfaces and inhales your lure Or see a redfish or snook swimming near the shore line and you cast over the fish to one side and drag the lure across its path. Any of these actions will make your heart skip a beat and the rush of adrenaline kicks in. My personal favorite is top water fishing artificial plugs. I have found several lures to be effective the MirrOlure Poppa Dog which is a popping lure that creates a lot of splash and commotion on the surface and is also good for long casts. You can identify these lures by their cupped face. Another lure I like to throw is the MirrOlure Catch 2000 in purple and white. This lure walks nicely and best colors seem to be red and white or chartreuse with a black top. I also like this lure because of its large eyes. A couple of other effective top water lures are the Haddon Zara Spook and Rapala s Skitter walker. Top water plugs are highly effective lures when targeting Snook and Redfish. Floater Diver lures look like injured bait fish headed for the bottom of the water column. The size of their lip indicates how deep you can fish them. You can make this lure swim with a wobble on the surface or with a steady slow retrieve you can swim it below the surface. This lure allows you to work a larger amount of the water column. Twitch or suspending lures is a good choice for fishing subsurface around shallows and structures. Some Examples are the MirrOlure MirrOdine or YoZuri Crystal Minnow and Paul Brown s Soft Dine. These are good to try along drop offs shallow water pot holes sand spots and shallow flats. When you twitch the lure then pause the lure will float to the surface. When top water plugs are unsuccessful try one of these lures to invite a snook to strike. It is very important if you take up casting lures to become an avid caster so you can place your lure in tight to the mangroves in front of a fish on edges of sand spots and attack points. Some techniques to learn are skip casting side arm or underhanded casting. Remember one lure does not cover every presentation. Practice getting the lure you choose to work the way you want it to. There are lots of books videos and online demonstrations. Lure fishing can be very exciting and rewarding it can also be very exhausting and frustrating. Get out there and try some new lures and remember to enjoy yourself. If you are looking for a charter or just want to talk fishing give me a call. (609) 412-7328 starfisher2 aol.com Walk the Dog Charters www.CaptainChuckDownes.com SW Florida s LOCAL marine resource guide 54 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com by Meet the MARINE UNIT Corrections Officer because I had heard that was what you had to do to get your foot in the door. That was in 1989. The Lee County Sheriff s Marine Unit took on a new look when it was decided to add a full time detective to make fighting maritime crime infinitely more efficient the background of which was described in an in depth article in these pages in April. The rank of Marine CID 1 was conferred on the eminently qualified Tim Galloway the subject of this month s profile who was hired by the Lee County Sheriff in August of 1999 after serving in the Coast Guard though he was still technically still in the Coast Guard while he went to the Police Academy. The 45 year-old Galloway was born in Jasper Alabama but was only there for six months before his parents moved to Tampa where he grew up. His interest in law enforcement followed a familiar pattern for many in the profession a family law enforcement background. He explained My step-dad was a special agent for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement when I was about 18. I went to work with him one day and I got real interested in it. I said This is what I want to do. I was living in Tampa at the time and went to the Pinellas County Sheriff s Office and applied for a position as a I went through the hiring process where I was in contact with a close family friend who was in charge of hiring and he told me You want to become a cop When I said yes he responded You re too young. You need to grow up a little more. Join the military. Shortly thereafter I went to an Air Show at McGill Air Base. I spoke to some Coasties who were part of a helicopter crew. They were talking about law enforcement and what the Coast Guard did. Hearing that he could get both military and law enforcement training in the Coast Guard he went to talk to a recruiter and two weeks later he was off to boot camp. While in the Coast Guard he served with current Marine Unit Lt Chris Nyce during which the two gained invaluable experience in the areas of alien interdiction and theft recoveries in the Keys along with over 700 search and rescue operations. Eventually he wanted to move from search and rescue to focus more on law enforcement. He noted When I was on the cutter Marlin I was one of the primary boarding officers doing 99% of the boardings. Commenting on his transition from the Coast Guard to the police academy he noted I was on my way out of the Coast Guard. All the papers had been signed. During the academy I decided to stay on the Reserves. I stayed in the Reserves until 2001. I was actually activated on 9 11. After my activation period in the Reserves I took and passed the Sheriff s Department detective test. I was number two on the detective s list but because I was fluent in Spanish I was put into the Robbery Division. I spent two years there and then went to the Fugitive Warrants Unit. In 2003 I tried out for SWAT and made the team. I ve been on SWAT for 14 years and four years ago I made SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 55 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com While Detective Galloway has had a wealth of experiences one of which he is most proud was the now well-chronicled story of the fast boat called the Invincible which was stolen in the Ft Myers Beach area and its ultimate recovery off of Cuba which also involved several other members of the Marine Unit. He offered When I got the word that the boat had been stopped and three were in custody and I called the victim he was so ecstatic. It turned out be one of the most paper-work oriented cases I ve done. It was very rewarding. Early in his career he and Lt. Nyce were called to a backyard pool. He allowed Chris and I responded to a lady who was drowned. We jumped into the pool brought her up performed CPR and saved her life. That was very memorable and gratifying for us. On his varied and obviously busy career Detective Galloway stated emphatically I ve loved every day on this job. Every investigation that I ve done that resulted in an arrest or resulted in the recovery of property or some kind of closure for the victims has been a highlight of my career. the Sniper Team so I m the certified SWAT Sniper. I was also on the Waterborne team for about a year the initial group. Though I had to drop out of the Waterborne team because the training began to interfere with my family life I still do Waterborne intelligence. If they have an upcoming operation I ll gather as much intel as I can. As described in the previous article much of Galloway s time as the marine detective is spent preparing cases generated by other marine unit members or deputies assigned to crimes that become marine related. His efficiency in this area allows the marine unit to concentrate on its law enforcement obligations. Perhaps even more significant is the accrual and dissemination of intelligence on major enforcement issues like organized crime in the areas of drug trafficking human trafficking and illegal immigration. Sharing and receiving information from numerous law enforcement agencies is the linchpin in the fight against the criminal element. With the schedule he keeps it s hard to believe Detective Galloway has any time for sleep much less a life away from the job. However that is decidedly not the case He explained I stay busy with family. I have a son three daughters and two grandchildren. I also play ice hockey. I m a goalie and I play three three or four games a week. We also do charity work for a group called For the Children which helps kids with cancer. Each year the police and firefighters play a game at Germain Arena to raise money. All the proceeds go to that organization. Also the Florida Everblades wear specially designed jerseys. They auction them off at the end of their game and those proceeds also go the foundation. I do several charity hockey games throughout the year to benefit children or fallen officers. For a getaway he added My wife who is also a police officer and I travel in the summer. We have property and family in Idaho. We try to spend a month there every summer. It gives us a chance to recharge the batteries so to speak. Detective Tim Galloway has been a welcome addition to the ranks of the Lee County Sheriff s Marine Unit. With his active participation in various other roles in the department as well his dedication is obvious. At the relatively young age of 45 Lee County can count on his services for years to come. Dave Sully dlsully99 aol.com SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide Dying for a Bob s World 56 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com Bob Moro Boat Ride The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the United States Coast Guard just released their 2016 reports on boating accidents and fatalities and the news wasn t good. FWC held a press conference at Centennial Park during National Safe Boating Week (5 20-5 26) to announce their findings and to promote safe boating behaviors and I had the honor of speaking at the event. I spoke of the close partnership between The United States Power Squadrons and FWC in promoting boating safety and boating education. I said that the vast majority of accidents and deaths they investigated occurred on a boat where the operator had no formal boating education and I added that no one does a better job teaching boater education than the USPS . Florida law requires that all persons born on or after 1 1 88 complete a safe boating class to receive a Boater s ID Card and legally operate a vessel of 10HP or more and last year 47 307 new cards were issued statewide-1600 in Lee Countyby FWC the lead marine law enforcement agency in Florida. Sadly it wasn t enough Florida boating fatalities increased 22% in 2016 over the 2015 count (55 vs 67). Nationally the increase in fatalities over the same period was just 12% (625 vs 701). Looks like we re in a little worse shape than the rest of the country in terms of safe boating. We do have 12 months of boating opportunity down here but here s some more bad news about Florida boaters While we lead the nation in boats we seem to crash them way more than anyone else. Here s proof we only have 15% more boats than the next largest state California (889 350 vs.772 542) but we managed to kill ourselves 49% more often and we caused 85% more accidents (714 vs 386). SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 57 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com Statewide Lee county ranks 3rd in the number of registered vessels and 5th in the number of accidents but second in deaths which increased to 6 from 2015 s total of just one fatality in our state. This is not a good trend and 2017 looks like it might get worse One death and 7 injuries in 2 accidents in Lee County Memorial Day weekend. Another 7 injured in Miami boat accidents the same weekend. You get the idea. Here s something to think about 82% of all who died in Florida in 2016 were not wearing a PFD yet over half were reported to be able to swim. So why did they die Because when you are involved in an accident your entry into the water is typically unintended sudden and violent. There s usually no time to put on your PFD after the accident. Unplanned entry into the water is the leading type of fatal accident for Florida boaters. The United State Power Squadrons and FWC both strongly promote the Wear It Florida program designed to educate boaters on the importance of wearing a PFD. New styles and technologies provide boaters with the ability to wear a comfortable life jacket without compromising their enjoyment of being on the water. Inflatable life jackets can be worn as suspenders and there s even a fanny pack style that inflates by simply pulling a cord. Sea Tow s Senior Dispatcher Kristina Palumbo demonstrated its use at the Centennial Park event. Really cool. You might think that the problem behind most of the maritime mayhem was alcohol use-the usual demon when man and machine get together and you d be partly rightalcohol played a role in 15% of fatalities nationally and 24% of Florida s boating deaths ( bottoms up ) but here s the main cause by far for boating accidents and deaths in Florida and across the country Not paying attention. 204 of the 714 Florida accidents in 2016 were due to improper lookout inattention compared to just 25 directly attributed to alcohol use. The next closest cause was listed as operator inexperience -often a function of having no boating education. The national statistics from the USCG had similar numbers People aren t paying attention on the water. In his press conference remarks at Centennial Park FWC Public Information Officer Brian Norris addressed this single biggest factor in boating accidents and fatalities head on (pun intended) urging boaters to maintain a constant 360-degree lookout as they pilot their boats. That sure resonated with me. In past columns I ve often remarked about the tendency of boaters to get mesmerized in a dead-ahead stare as they pilot their boat. My Boat Wakes and Bad Tempers column stirred a lot of responses from readers sharing tales of how oblivious boaters were to the effects of their wakes as they barreled past them with just a few feet to spare when they had the whole ocean as their highway. A couple of months ago I noticed a damaged Slow Speed sign tied to the Yacht Basin dock. Both pilings it was attached to had been sheared off at the waterline. The piling stumps poked through the water just before the 41 Bridge-in the middle of a slow speed zone. How does someone miss that sign How did they miss the slow speed zone signs a quarter mile before it Brian s remarks were timely and telling but they were unable to help the grandfather who crashed into a Caloosahatchee Bridge a week later ejecting and killing his 12-year-old grandson. The investigating officer Brian Norris. We ve still got work to do to educate boaters in Lee County and across the country. The United States Power Squadrons have four squadrons in Lee County and a number of others from Marco Island to Tampa. Go to USPS.org to find a squadron near you and sign up for a boating class. Lives may depend on it. Ft. Myers Power Squadron Bobmoro25 gmail.com SW Florida s LOCAL Marine Resource Guide 58 www.NauticalMileMagazine.com Snook Cowboy Hello from wet and soggy Florida Boy did it rain last month and we desperately needed it Things were getting a little dry The temperatures are hovering in and out of the nineties with the Gulf waters warm as a bathtub and if you can stand the heat and humidity the Snook are on fire right now. I ve been throwing my Yozuri black and chrome colored Crystal Minnow shallow running crank bait as this time of year the water is deep enough just about anywhere I fish for Snook or Reds. I utilize quick sharp snaps of the rod tip and really rip the lure through the water. Yes X Raps are great lures and I have four of them but I use them in the cooler Spring months as you can t retrieve them as fast as the Yozuri and maintain it s action. The yozuris can be ripped through the water very energetically and really get a stubborn snook to strike. I have different rods for different fish and I have different lures for different times of the year. Keeping that in mind I throw a total of four artificial lures while fishing inshore D.O.A Shad Tails in the root beer chart with a 1 4 oz jig head red . The Yozuri Crystal Minnow black and chrome prism Zara Spook top water and Rapala X-Raps in black and silver and green and white color schemes. With this simple combination I can easily fish any type of water that holds fish inshore and never worry about keeping my bait alive. Chumming I don t do it It s like hunting in a baited field. To each his own. I made every one of my clients in the past throw artificial baits and as long as they could throw it where I suggested they would catch fish on their own while navigating a kayak no less Believe it or not 99% of them learned how to cast and retrieve and still catch fish. I see more guides hustling bait when they should be fishing instead. Using an artificial lure just simply allows you to cover more water in less time and you don t get bored because if you re like me and your head is racing twenty four seven it s nice to concentrate on that perfect cast deep under the mangrove overhang give your lure a manic twitch out from under the shadows and a forty inch Snook inhales five gallons of water and your lure as he displaces another ten with another lifelong story of a magnificent fish gets seared into your memory. I think too hard when I m staring at a Flat Line or an orange and white float gently bobbing at the mangroves edge. Maybe when my elbows give out or my wrists get too arthritic I ll become a part of the group of aged Gen-X er s that refused to believe he would ever get old. In the mean time it s full throttle forward with fishing and dodging rain. This month July 15th and 16th I will be Emcee of the 22nd annual MangoMania Festival held at the German American Club on Pine Island Rd. I have been involved in the festival since 2004 and it doesn t seem like its been thirteen years. This is S.W. Florida s largest celebration of Mangoes for the season. The Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce is hosting this fantastic event and is considered the Signature event of the Summer. There will be food live entertainment things for kids to do and of course Mangoes of every variety grown on Pine Island. Pine Island isn t only known for it s great fishing. It s known for Mangoes keeping the Hometown Americana alive and well with great festivals and celebrations of community with great food great drink and a sense of home that is quickly dwindling across the country. Check it out on the web pineislandchamber.org In closing I would say fishing should be pretty good right now. We re starting the month off with some nice high tides in the mornings so get out there and fish before it gets too hot. Food for thought .Venus 13 orbits Earth 9 orbits 11 year Sol Min Max. 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The previous century had a working system where most were dependant on government and jobs which lead to a lack of personal independence that the nation was founded upon. This lack was temporary. Society desperately needed the industrial age and everything that came with it in order to get to the next step. Though it came with its flaws and challenges but it was actually a blessing. A disruption on Wall Street around 2005 lead to a recession that the country pulled out of with an amazing rebound and an educational message that flooded the streets of America the message was The information or digital age was not an age it was actually a doorway to the Age of the Entrepreneur . The American society had merged from gun slinging cowboys to harnessing the power of iron and created railroads industry roads and bridges had connected our coasts and what we remember as the industrial revolution. One day around 1970 an advanced computer chip was created. 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