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We may be seeing a season but I remember keeping the smaller ones as a kid and the meat was rubbery. No thanks. I d be in favor of allowing us to fish for Gag Grouper in the cooler months when they re in but it doesn t look like the state will be returning that one to us any time soon. Most of my time has been off the water. I m not a big fan of our summer heat. I ve been happily consumed with volunteering in two high school entrepreneur classes and I m looking into a local college class. I started a book this summer about the philosophy of entrepreneurism and the difference between an entrepreneur and a business owner. I see the world wanting to be more independent but I also see that they don t know how or where to start. Kids are as creative as ever but most adults I know couldn t fight their way out of a wet bag and I see the digital revolution making things worse. We as a nation are losing our ingenuity and creative thinking and I credit people being so busy with so many distractions in their life as the culprit. If people don t learn to put down their phone and figure out how to solve problems they ll be a slave to the ones that can. I m being sued for a car accident from two years ago. I didn t even remember it till I was reminded me of the details. We barely bumped and there was no damage but apparently the stress of the accident caused marital problems to a point of needing a long-term therapist they somehow found over 3 000 damage to their vehicle even though mind doesn t have a scratch on it and the driver miraculously tore a rotator cuff as a result of the bump . I ve been unresponsive and demanding a trial. I want to hear them justify their claims in a court room and watch them go to jail for fraud. If these people would have worked for the last 2 years as opposed to conjuring up fake injuries they would have made a lot more money. Last month we brought back the folding paper format to create more room and we re already running out of space. It s nice to have almost a hundred clients when our only competitor left is trying to survive on four or five but that comes with its own challenges. Growing and bringing in new clients is tough with limited space. Most would say that it s time to raise rates but I tend to do the opposite of what the professionals advise. During the recession that thinking made us the last one standing. We did start a relationship with three new businesses last month. One was the Key West Express which is a staple here in SW Florida. We are also working with a new water-access restaurant in Matlacha called Hooked Island Grill plus we re now working with Pottery Express in Punta Gorda. I ve seen the signs for years and finally stopped in and it was like going to a theme park. It s on Burnt Store just north of the county line. 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My project would literally not be possible without contributions from museums and the public. This summer was very exciting for scientists studying the DNA of endangered sawfish. Kelcee Smith of Louisiana State University (LSU) and Annmarie Fearing and Nicole Phillips of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) collected tissue samples from hundreds of old sawfish rostra (saws) held in public and private collections across the United States. During SawSearch2017 (funded by Save Our Seas Foundation and Haven Worth Consulting) samples were collected from 222 sawfish rostra in museums and homes along the eastern seaboard. The team traveled 2 405 miles visited 10 states to collect genetic samples from sawfish rostra which were originally collected during three centuries (1700s-1900s) and from several countries (USA Mexico Guatemala Columbia Nicaragua Panama Argentina Brazil Ecuador Guyana Suriname French Guiana Iran Yemen Madagascar Java Philippines China Papua New Guinea Australia India Bangladesh and New Guinea). Most people don t realize that natural history museums were originally established to aid Sawfish are critically endangered having suffered global declines in both range and abundance. Animal populations which undergo drastic declines in abundance are typically at risk of having reduced levels of genetic diversity and may be less fit more susceptible to disease and have a compromised ability to adapt to a changing environment. Very small populations also have an increased risk of inbreeding which can lead to birth defects and unhealthy populations. The most direct way of quantifying any change in genetic diversity in sawfishes is to compare the levels of genetic diversity in contemporary populations to those from the past explains Phillips. Thankfully old dried saws from sawfishes housed in public and private collections around the world contain the DNA of historic populations. The long-term recovery of sawfishes is dependent upon populations being large and genetically diverse enough to adapt to changes in the environment resist disease and avoid inbreeding. 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MYERS populations then the survival outlook for these animals may be good and recovery plans can focus on habitat restoration and protection. However if the levels of genetic diversity in contemporary sawfish populations are substantially lower when compared to historic populations then protecting the remaining genetic diversity should be a high priority for conservation and management plans. Because we don t have a complete understanding of the genetic diversity of the historic population the team embarked on this road trip to collect samples from antique sawfish saws. To recreate and understand the historic population it is important to collect samples from as many saws as possible. In order to gain the best understanding of the genetic past of these sawfish species we need really old samples with really accurate location information. The more samples we get the more accurate we can be with our estimates explains Smith. To find sawfish rostra the researchers scour online databases follow leads about sawfish rostra owned by the public and contact curators at museums educational centers aquariums universities and other public institutions. Sawfish rostra are considered unique SALES - PARTS SERVICE - HITCHES RENTALS - CONTAINERS trophies so many have been retained in both public and private collections. (Note These antique rostra were collected prior to sawfish being listed under the Endangered Species Act. Now all sawfish species are protected in the US and the removal or sale of sawfish rostra is illegal.) Sawfish saws are often preserved dry meaning that viable DNA is still present in a 200 year old saw This is pretty unique and we re trying to take advantage of the opportunity says Smith. email to N.Phillips This gets the public directly involved with our research and many become advocates for sawfish actively looking for other sawfish saws to send us leads says Phillips. 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Where do you fit in the time to sit think write re-write investigate interview and all the other things that is needed when working on a project of this size I found the best time for me was in the early morning. I scheduled myself three days a week to go to my office and type on the computer for an hour or so the story about my mother s life. Three years later I was finished with the story. I then sent it off to my editor and for the following year we worked on edits and re-writes. The project took a total of four years before it was published. I had a date that I was shooting for to get it in print and I accomplished my goal. It was not always easy. There were many days I would just stare at the computer screen wondering what to do next. Often the alarm clock would go off and I would have to force myself to get up to work on the book. But I kept at it and I would recommend that if you want to do anything that your first priority. Keep at it and find the discipline and commitment. Once you do that you can find your way Mobile mechanic and more SERVICE 464-0753 Service - Repairs - Electrical A ND R R OM As some of you know I have just written my first book. Since the day it was published I have had many people tell me they would like to write a book. Some have said they want to write a book but don t know where to start. They never pursue it by sitting down and putting pencil to paper or like me typing like a mad woman in my tiny office. They don t have the persistence to dig deep inside themselves to commit to the project or have the discipline to give it the time and effort it takes. Over my lifetime I have been known to have discipline when needed. Once I make up my mind I will then follow through with whatever it is that I want to accomplish. The book I have published was one of those projects. It all started with journaling to work out some emotions during the last few months of my mother s life. I soon began to realize that I was writing more than my feelings and then the light bulb went off and I decided her life story needed to be told. So how do you start writing a fullblown novel about another person First you put together an outline to follow. It s easy to get mixed up on time and when certain things happened. What you believed to have happen in one decade may be out of whack when relying on memory. Next you should to do a little research whether it history to the end of the journey and accomplish your dream. You can accomplish many things in life but you must get out of your comfort zone and push yourself. I encourage you to look within and see what is driving you and how you can turn that into something you want to do. Take the steps to dig deep and begin your journey to what may feel uncomfortable at first but can bring great accomplishments later. 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Single phase motors use capacitors to help get them started and for energy saving. A (start capacitor) is used to give a motor an extra electrical push to start it turning. A start capacitor is only used in the motor circuit for a second or two when it first starts to turn. Once the motor is up to speed the start capacitor disconnects and is not used again until the next time the motor starts. If the start capacitor fails the motor will not be able to begin turning. A (run capacitor) is an energy saving device that is in the motor circuit at all times. If a run capacitor fails the motor can display a variety of problems including not starting overheating and vibrating. A bad run capacitor deprives the motor of the full voltage it needs to operate correctly. Both start and run capacitors are made the same way but run capacitors are much more heavy duty than start capacitors since a run capacitor is always used when the motor is running. For this reason you cannot use a start capacitor to replace a run capacitor. Motors can use one or both types of capacitors depending on what they are designed to do. When you suspect you have a bad capacitor check for the following. If a capacitor fails the motor will at least do something buzz or start slowly. If the motor is just dead (does not move does not make any noise at all) the problem is more than a capacitor. The unit of capacitance is microfarad. Capacitors are labeled with what microfarad value (abbreviated mfd or uf) that they should be. Capacitors can be tested with most better quality electrical meters. Be sure to short across the terminals with an insulated handle screwdriver before testing a capacitor to remove any stored power. The capacitor value needs to be within the labeled range for it to be any good. Capacitors do not have any polarity so it does not make any difference which side the wires go on. 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Yes I should have had the sense to change that line but having an extra outfit with me would have saved my butt that day. I have been very fortunate in never having to deal with seasickness. However if you are one of those who does or might have a problem with mal de mer be advised to take the medicine the night before heading out on the water. I still have more tips but I am sure you are tired of them by now. Let me give you one more. If you should happen to charter a fishing guide or go out on some type of head boat be sure to tip the mate. If you go with a guide who does not have a mate then give that guide a tip. He or she puts a lot of work and time into giving you a good experience so show your appreciation. Jim Hutchinson Sr. In the last month s edition of the Nautical Mile I began a list of fishing tips that I have accumulated over the years. I only got part of the way into the list when my space ran out and I said that perhaps I might finish up my list this month. The history to this story is that I was asked to give a presentation earlier in the summer to a group of veterans. Most of those heroes there were fishermen but there was a sizable number who for one reason or another do not fish. Because of this I figured that trying to give a detailed talk on how to catch a particular fish would fall flat with them. As a solution I developed a list of ideas involved with fishing and boating that I felt would appeal to a wider group. Also since I would be constantly switching topics it would help to make it more intriguing to non-fishermen. This talk was given up in New Jersey so some of the topics were specific to fish in that area. I have added a couple of tips that I have learned in my time in southwest Florida and have adapted some of the northern ideas to our fishing down here. As with last month s list they are presented in no particular order. My first tip has to do with positioning your boat when drifting for fish. A boat that is drifting is affected by both the wind and the tidal currents. If there is more than one angler in the boat you will want to have your fishing area as large as possible in order to accommodate everyone. You certainly do not want to be on the side of the boat in the direction of the drift as your line will be going under the boat. Proper adjustment of the outboard motor can solve the problem. In addition it is not a good idea to have your lines going off the stern of the boat where the lower unit of the motor as well as transducers can foul things up. Once you are able to determine the direction of the drift you can turn your outboard engine one way or another to help keep the boat broadside to the drift. Even though the propeller is not turning just turning the engine will help direct the boat. Another tip when drifting concerns controlling the speed of the drift. If the drift is too fast your baits are not getting down to the depth you want and are not being presented properly. This is where a sea anchor can come in handy. I do not own a true sea anchor but I do always keep a couple of 5-gallon buckets on board. If I need something to help slow the boat down I tie a line to the handle of the bucket and put it in the water. The drag of a bucket or two will usually do the trick. A second tip I have absorbed is to always have some different choices of baits and rigs when I go fishing. There are times that a particular bait or color will not work but something else might. If I am fishing with others I try to see that we try different offerings until we find what the fish prefer that particular day. Sometimes fish can be finicky and finding the In the same vein I always have a selection of Gulp artificial baits on board or in my necessity bag. If something should happen to my bait source I will always have an alternative. I hate to say this but I have been known to forget my bait at the dock once or twice. If I have some of those scented Gulp baits on hand I can always make do. I try to have a bit of an assortment of types and colors so that I can adapt to different fish and their moods. There are a couple of other things that I always make sure are with me when I travel on the water. I always have some type of bug spray with me. If I should be in the mangroves and getting a good fish bite I don t want to be chased off the fish because the bugs are too bad. I always make sure I have a compass with me. Over the years I have gotten very dependent on my GPS. However there can always be a time when that machine like all machines can let you down. If I have a compass it will be like the old days. I managed to navigate for many years with just a compass and I want to have one with me just in case. There is a second reason that I like to have a compass on hand. 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(941) 697-7595 Rio Villa Bait & Tackle 113 Rio Villa Dr. (941) 639-7166 Welcome to the neighborhood The Choice of Serious Fishermen 450HP 450hp from 5200rpm to 6200rpm Installation in under 4 hours Fits under cowl with supplied riser Packaged for complete Plug n Play No additional parts or fabrication Where 1 outboard is better than 2 Ft. Mye rs Marin e Assisting Boaters Since 1983 Your Road Se rvic e at Se a Ft. Myers Lee County (239) 945-4820 Port Charlotte (941) 625-5454 450s SUPERCHARGE SYSTEM 2137 FOWLER ST. (239) 334-7871 Serving all of SW Florida 1- Bayronto 26.45.830 82.50.860 This 400 Ft. Freighter survived being torpedoed by a German U-Boat in July 1918. A year later the Bayronto ran into a hurricane and sank in 100 ft. of water. 13 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source Shipwrecks Charlotte Harbor 1 2 Local a nd 2- Roatan Express 26.20.358 83.22.027 This 180 ft. Steel hulled offshore supply ship made numerous trips between Tampa and Honduras before sinking in rough seas appx. 80 miles west of Ft. Myers on Sept. 31 1992. The captain and one passenger lost their life. Boating Fishing Fishing Clubs Get your Fishing License over the phone in 3 minutes 3- J. Marine Sulphur Queen was never found Wreck On the morning of Feb. 4 1963 this 524 ft. tanker disappeared off the west coast of Florida en route to Norfolk Va. Debris was recovered two weeks later off Key West but no trace of its 39 man crew was ever found. 4- Fantastico 26.17.775 82.50.082 The No-Name storm of 1993 claimed more ships than Hurricane Andrew. The Honduran freighter Fantastico slipped beneath the waves on March 13 as it carried a load of fertilizer from Miami to Tampa. Of the 10 crew members aboard only three survived. The 205 ft. Freighter sits in 115 feet of water about 50 miles out of Ft. Myers. Sanibel 5&8 4 RECORD SETTERS Available at your favorite bait shop the (888) 347-4356 Tarpon Hunters Cape Coral Ft. Myers - Reel Angler s Fishing Club SW Florida Marine Industries Assc. Punta Gorda Isles Naples 5- Pegasus Wreck 26.33.130 82.43.415 This 110 foot steel Tug-Boat and eventual gambling casino office was sunk as an artificial reef in 1999. 6 Fly Fishing Meetings joe 6- Paddlewheeler Wreck 82.17.510 25.53.320 The wreck of a stern paddlewheel steamer known locally as the Paddlewheeler rests upside down in 80 feet of water off Naples. The only clue to its identity is a pressure gauge that was manufactured in 1898. Fishing Regulations 7 7- Baja California 25.21.522 82.31.901 This 265 foot freighter was en route to Guatemala in July 1942 when a German U-Boat put two torpedoes through her hull just before midnight. In 10 minutes the ship turned on its side and sank in 115 feet of water between Ft. Myers and the Keys. 8- USCGC Mohawk 26.33.146 82.43.423 The 165-foot World War II Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk was the last remaining ship of the Battle of the Atlantic. The Mohawk was laid to rest in 90 feet of water on July 2 2012 at 12 36 PM roughly 28 nautical miles off of Sanibel Island on Florida s southwest coast creating the first Veterans Memorial Reef dedicated to all U.S. veterans. The reef will be the new home to untold numbers of fish and other invertebrates living in the Gulf of Mexico. Key West 36 Red while kayak fishing with Josh Harvel Rods Rods Rods Braggin Board Reels Reels Reels Another great day of Grouper fishing with JC Bill Luten enjoying retirement Lines Lines Lines Plus Send fish pictures to theNauticalMile Sophia with a nice Trout 995-2280 (239) 14 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source Bokeelia Boat Ramp 283-2244 Join our Pier Club fish or launch your boat 9 times get the 10th time free Jug Creek Access - No Slow Zones Drive to the end of Bokeelia Located behind Captain Con s Seafood Restaurant 10 Launch Paramaribo Suriname in the Atlantic Ocean. The Joseph Napier crew interdicted the 70-foot fishing vessel Lady Michelle detained the four suspected smugglers and seized numerous bales of contraband which tested positive for cocaine. Following the interdiction a Trinidad and Tobago SPA class Coast Guard cutter based out of Staubles Bay Trinidad which was on a joint patrol with the Joseph Napier provided safety and escort assistance on scene. The crew of the Joseph Napier seized the contraband apprehended the detainees and towed the fishing vessel until relieved by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant. Vigilant then towed the fishing vessel to the island of St. Vincent where the Lady Michelle is registered and transferred the seized vessel to the custody of the St. Vincent Coast Guard. Public Access Boat Ramp 1 mile past the post office North end of Bokeelia Acres of Parking Comments Off on Coast Guard offloads 125 million worth of seized cocaine in Puerto Rico Four Guyanese men apprehended in this case were transferred Saturday to federal law enforcement authorities in Saint Croix U.S. Virgin Islands where they face potential prosecution by the U.S. Attorney s Office District of the U.S. Virgin Islands. This interdiction is the largest maritime seizure in the Atlantic since 1999 and was the result of ongoing multi-agency and international law enforcement efforts led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Saint Croix and assisted by DEA Barbados Office and the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force in support of Operation Unified Resolve Operation Caribbean Guard and international cooperation including the British National Crime Agency (NCA). During night of Feb. 16 the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier detected and interdicted a suspicious fishing vessel in international waters north of February 2017 The contraband was transported to Puerto Rico where it was disembarked and placed in the custody of DEA Caribbean Division special agents for processing and disposition. The excellent coordination between the U.S. Coast Guard and international law enforcement agencies prevented this major drug shipment from reaching our communities said Capt. Robert W. Warren Coast Guard Sector San Juan commander. We appreciate our continued partnerships with the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard and St. Vincent Coast Guard. Our collective efforts are working to secure our region s maritime borders and protect our citizens from this threat. As the cocaine flow from South America continues to increase law enforcement partners in the Eastern Caribbean Region have to increase our collaborative efforts in order to effectively respond to the threat said James Doby Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) DEA Caribbean Division. Such collaborative efforts are currently underway in the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force where law enforcement partners are collocated every day. The Coast Guard s efforts under Operation Unified Resolve contribute to the interagency results being achieved locally each and every day under Operation Caribbean Guard which coordinates efforts between the Coast Guard DHS and the Commonwealth and Territorial law enforcement partners who are working diligently to deter detect and disrupt illicit maritime trafficking to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier is a 154-foot Fast Response Cutter homeported in San Juan. 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The Human Body is a treasure trove of mysteries one that still confounds doctors and scientists about the details of its working. It s not an overstatement to say that every part of your body is a miracle. Here are fifty facts about your body some of which will leave you stunned... or... 1. It s possible for your body to survive without a surprisingly large fraction of its internal organs. Even if you lose your stomach your spleen 75% of your liver 80% of your intestines one kidney one lung and virtually every organ from your pelvic and groin area you wouldn t be very healthy but you would live. 2. During your lifetime you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools. Actually Saliva is more important than you realize. If your saliva cannot dissolve something you cannot taste it. 3. The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm. The egg is actually the only cell in the body that is visible by the naked eye. 4. The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue and the hardest bone is the jawbone. 5. Human feet have 52 bones accounting for one quarter of all the human body s bones. 6. Feet have 500 000 sweat glands and can produce more than a pint of sweat a day. 7. The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades. The reason it doesn t eat away at your stomach is that the cells of your stomach wall renew themselves so frequently that you get a new stomach lining every three to four days. 8. The human lungs contain approximately 2 400 kilometers (1 500 mi) of airways and 300 to 500 million hollow cavities having a total surface area of about 70 square meters roughly the same area as one side of a tennis court. Furthermore if all of the capillaries that surround the lung cavities were unwound and laid end to end they would extend for about 992 kilometers. Also your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart. 9. Sneezes regularly exceed 100 mph while coughs clock in at about 60 mph. 10. Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil. 11. Your body has enough iron in it to make a nail 3 inches long. 12. Earwax production is necessary for good ear health It protects the delicate inner ear from bacteria fungus dirt and even insects. It also cleans and lubricates the ear canal. 13. Everyone has a unique smell except for identical twins who smell the same. WE ll PRINT ANYTHING 14. Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born. This is why one out of every 2 000 newborn infants has a tooth when they are born 15. A baby s head is one-quarter of its total length but by the age of 25 will only be one-eighth of its total length. This is because people s heads grow at a much slower rate than the rest of their bodies. 16. Babies are born with 300 bones but by adulthood the number is reduced to 206. Some of the bones like skull bones get fused into each other bringing down the total number. 17. It s not possible to tickle yourself. This is because when you attempt to tickle yourself you are totally aware of the exact time and manner in which the tickling will occur unlike when someone else tickles you. 18. Less than one third of the human race has 20-20 vision. This means that two out of three people cannot see perfectly. 19. Your nose can remember 50 000 different scents. But if you are a woman you are a better smeller than men and will remain a better smeller throughout your life. 20. The human body is estimated to have 60 000 miles of blood vessels. 21. The three things pregnant women dream most of during their first trimester are frogs worms and potted plants. Scientists have no idea why this is so but attribute it to the growing imbalance of hormones in the body during pregnancy. 22. The life span of a human hair is 3 to 7 years on average. Every day the average person loses 60-100 strands of hair. But don t worry you must lose over 50% of your scalp hairs before it is apparent to anyone. 23. The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as an encyclopedia. Your brain uses 20% of the oxygen that enters your bloodstream and is itself made up of 80% water. Though it interprets pain signals from the rest of the body the brain itself cannot feel pain. 24. The tooth is the only part of the human body that can t repair itself. 25. Your eyes are always the same size from birth but your nose and ears never stop growing. 26. By 60 years of age 60% of men and 40% of women will snore. 27. We are about 1 cm taller in the morning than in the evening because during normal activities during the day the cartilage in our knees and other areas slowly compress. 28. The brain operates on the same amount of power as 10-watt light bulb even while you are sleeping. In fact the brain is much more active at night than during the day. 29. Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour. Neurons continue to grow throughout human life. Information travels at different speeds within different types of neurons. 30. It is a fact that people who dream more often and more vividly on an average have a higher Intelligence Quotient. 31. The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger. 32. Facial hair grows faster than any other hair on the body. This is true for men as well as women. 33. There are as many hairs per square inch on your body as a chimpanzee. 34. A human fetus acquires fingerprints at the age of three months. 35. By the age of 60 most people will have lost about half their taste buds. 36. About 32 million bacteria call every inch of your skin home. But don t worry a majority of these are harmless or even helpful bacteria. 37. The colder the room you sleep in the higher the chances are that you ll have a bad dream. 38. Human lips have a reddish color because of the great concentration of tiny capillaries just below the skin. 39. Three hundred million cells die in the human body every minute. 40. Like fingerprints every individual has an unique tongue print that can be used for identification. 41. A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it has been decapitated. 42. It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown. 43. Humans can make do longer without food than sleep . Provided there is water the average human could survive a month to two months without food depending on their body fat and other factors. Sleep deprived people however start experiencing radical personality and psychological changes after only a few sleepless days. The longest recorded time anyone has ever gone without sleep is 11 days at the end of which the experimenter was awake but stumbled over words hallucinated and frequently forgot what he was doing. 44. The most common blood type in the world is Type O. The rarest blood type A-H or Bombay blood due to the location of its discovery has been found in less than hundred people since it was discovered 45. Every human spent about half an hour after being conceived as a single cell. Shortly afterward the cells begin rapidly dividing and begin forming the components of a tiny embryo. 46. Right-handed people live on average nine years longer than lefthanded people do. This is largely due to the fact that a majority of the machines and tools we use on a daily basis are designed for those who are right handed making them somewhat dangerous for lefties to use and resulting in thousands of accidents and deaths each year. 47. Your ears secrete more earwax when you are afraid than when you aren t. 48. Koalas and primates are the only animals with unique fingerprints. 49. Humans are the only animals to produce emotional tears. 50. The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet in the air. 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Everything you could possibly want to catch in the shallow water will be here in abundance and should stick around well into the fall. Tarpon season is still in full swing as long as you re looking for the smaller ones. The huge migratory fish have moved along and won t be back until next spring but a few big stragglers can still be picked off in Charlotte Harbor and off the Gulf beaches. The real action is happening in the dark waters of Matlacha Pass where hundreds of resident juveniles pop up at sunrise every calm morning. These ten to twenty pounders are my favorite fish and the perfect fly rod species. They spend the entire fight in the air and can be boated quickly without a lot of stress to both the tarpon and the angler. A 7 or 8weight with floating line will be all you need to handle these fish. Redfish are already pouring onto the flats in big schools as they get ready to spawn. While there aren t any negative low tides this month which are always the best tailing conditions you ll still have several periods of skinny water over last two weeks of September where feeding reds are easy to spot. Pine Island Sound has dozens of excellent flats but the huge stretch of water just north of Pineland Marina is often Ground Zero for schooling redfish. I ve seen them so thick out there that they look like a solid blob of orange coming towards my skiff. These big schools aren t an everyday sight but when it happens they re easy to spot and even easier to catch. Throw almost anything that moves in front of them and you ll get a strike. Sea trout made a nice return in the middle of August and the cooler mornings of September give us even better conditions for this easy to catch gamefish. Just about every angler in Southwest Florida knows that a Cajun Cork with a live shrimp or Gulp under it is magic on trout and effortless to use. They also love to eat flies and are a great species to target for beginners. An inexpensive 8-weight and a handful of Clouser Minnows will nail trout all day long. The Two Pines area is a great place to find them just inside the Burnt Store sandbar. Two to four feet over the grass and sandy potholes is perfect especially on rising tides during the morning hours. Finally snook season is once again open here on the west coast of Florida. For those of you who are new to the area keep in mind that you ll need an additional 10 stamp on your saltwater license if you want to keep one of these fish. Snook are some of the more heavily regulated species in Florida and rightly so. Just taste one that s been properly grilled and you ll know why. You have to work harder than ever to land a slot sized snook which are between 28 to 33 inches and you re only allowed one per day. Even if you re not interesting in keeping any most of our shorelines will hold them. I love working a topwater lure like a Zara Spook or Flats Walker along the mangroves to get that explosive strike especially at high tide but a baitwell full of live pilchards is more effective than anything. So that s September in a nutshell lots of fish and cooler weather. And that s not even the best part. This is also one of the slowest months of the year for tourism and the majority of our snowbird residents are still up north. If you re out on the flats during most weekdays you ll often have the water all to yourself. Enjoy it while it lasts. (239) 565-2960 gmckee1 Serving all of SW Florida Dredging Pile Setting Floating Docks New Dock Construction Seawall Construction Boat Lift Construction Rip Rap Erosion Control Dock Repair Boat Lift Repairs Free Estimates (239) 259-8696 Lic CGC1511928 Last month was a tough month for me. I had to put my Beavertail flats skiff away for a month so my wife and I could travel north to take care of some family business. This meant lots of work and little time for fishing. I think my wife put it best when she said she would be kicking and screaming when we crossed the Florida Georgia line and she would not be happy until she saw the Florida welcome sign. Well after the 1200 mile trek north and taking care of some things up there we decided to try a new adventure coming back. We made reservations on Amtrak s Auto Train. We picked the train up in Lorton Virginia around 4 00 PM and settled in to sleep through the night. By 8 20 am we were in Sanford Florida just north of Orlando and 4 hours later we pulled into our driveway in the Cape. Not driving that extra 900 miles makes a difference. You cannot take pets on the train so many trips we will not be able to sleep those 900 miles away If you haven t tried it yet we think it is worth it. After a month it was time to get back out on the water with good friend Randy Bublik and chase some Reds and Snook in Matlacha Pass and Pine Island Sound. The water had its normal summer tea color and a good healthy amount of floating grass. Although the fishing was not great and air temperatures soared into the triple digits it sure was good to be back home and out on the water again. I found that after a month of not fishing my casting accuracy was not at its normal level and it would take a few trips to get the rhythm back. Although I love top water fishing it was close to impossible so I switched over to weedless hooks light jigs and soft plastics. The next week I had a friend that I met a few years back at the first Beavertail Owners Tournament contact me about bring her family down to do some flats Fishing. This would be a new experience for them. The weather forecast was for rain on the day we were 24 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source check out the Florida Fishing Report on your TV. The shows only run through the summer months but have a wealth of information. If you are looking for some good fun reading on those days you just can t get out on the water or your significant other does not have a honey do list for you stop in C.W. Fudge in Matlacha. Grab some sweets and pick up the whole series of books by local author Mitch Grant. He makes Saint James City and Pine Island come to life. Mitch Grant has a way of taking you to a tropical paradise where danger lurks back in the mangroves. Grant is a seventh generation Floridian retired banker field artilleryman race driver and aspiring buccaneer. Both my wife and I have really enjoyed his mysteries and tales of life on Pine Island. If you enjoy pirates and the local Gulf Coast you should also check out the Wilson Hawthorne series starting with The Last Pirate. Wilson Hawthorne is another Florida storyteller whose books are worth their weight in gold Arrrrrr . Both series would be great winter reading for our snowbird friends who will feel like they are back home in Florida. Once again it is good to be back home and fishing with good friends. I know it is hot and you have to watch those summer storms so be careful - but get out early and enjoy these beautiful waters. If you have any questions feel free to contact me . Until next time tight lines and great fishing. Walkin the Dog with Captain Chuck Downes scheduled to fish but we just kept to our plan because as you know the weather here in South Western Florida can change in a heartbeat. They arrived the night before and stayed at the Anglers Inn with Janette and Karl in Matlacha. It was good we stuck to the plan because that Saturday was absolutely gorgeous. Sunny slight west breeze and an outgoing tide. Randy and I loaded and launched the boats Page Bryn and Beckam were fishing by 7 30. We first tried using live bait under a popping cork but did not get the bite we were looking for so switched to artificial top water and small jigs with soft plastics. As I mentioned before it was good we stuck with the plan to fish that day because Page ended up with an inshore grand slam which is a Snook a Redfish and Trout. Beckam caught several nice Snook on top water before switching to a jig and some Gulp Rootbeer Shrimp which produced several nice trout. Bryn worked hard all day long trying to keep the puffer fish from eating her Gulp Shrimp. Her persistence paid off late in the day with several nice trout. This was a great pleasure for Randy and I to catch up with some old friends and have them on board as we fished our beautiful water ways. At the end of the day Randy and I headed home to clean up the boats from a day of great fishing Page Beckam and Bryn headed to the Blue Dog to get a great late Walk the Dog Charters lunch. After lunch they returned to the Anglers Inn where Page decided to make a few casts into the canal with something called a Lake Lizard. To her surprise the Rod doubled over and after a few minutes of a good fight she landed a nice Redfish. Way to go Page can t write a better ending to a great day of fishing in Matlacha We have found that early in the morning or as the sun starts to go down are the best times to try for some Red Fish or Snook. Look in tight to the mangroves or in some deep holes to find some nice Snook. Remember the water temperatures are in the high 80 s so if you are looking for Snook they will be in the shade or in deeper cooler waters. With the weed problem I have found that small jigs and weedless hooks work best with jerk baits or paddle tails. Gulp Shrimp in rootbeer or new penny or Neon Pepper jerk baits work well but got to keep them moving or surely you will loose them to the pinfish or puffers. I also like to use fluorocarbon leaders with my jigs top water lures and under popping corks 18 to 36 inche. If I am using a popping cork 18 to 24 inches is sufficient jigs and top water I like 24 to 36 inches. Check fluorocarbon often for frays nicks or milky looking if any of these appear frayed replace it immediately or you may lose that big one. For those of you always looking for updated fishing information (609) 412-7328 starfisher2 Monroe Canal Marina Marine Supplies - Boat Rentals Dock Rentals - Live Bait Tackle Shop - Beer - Soda - Ice Boat & Kayak Rentals Daily - Weekly - Monthly open 7 days (239) 282-8600 Because every day is a gift Boat Ramp with parking for 40 trailers in St. James City BOAT REPAIRS - FISHING CHARTERS STORAGE - FUEL 3105 Stringfellow Rd. St. James City 25 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source K.I.S.S...... Many times when I m fishing with clients they ask about the knots I use. I ve never really been much for all the different names and types of knots that there are. I use a simple loopknot for my line to hook connection. I like a loop knot because it allows the bait just a slight bit more wiggle and freedom of movement for a more natural presentation. Most of the time I use a surgeons knot for my line to leader connection. I like the surgeons knot because its easier to just tie one knot as opposed to using a swivel all the time that must be tied twice once on each end. Once in a while usually when I m grouper fishing I ll use a swivel to keep the weight from sliding all the way down to the hook. Other times I ll use a knocker rig that does allow the weight to slide down to the hook it just depends on what your fishing for and where. I find that the simplest way is the best as with most things. Fishing is the same way simpler is better. I ll try to pattern fish that I know were in one place lately and try to figure where and why they move and what they are looking for. Wild animals fish included only have a few jobs to do in their lifetime. First there s procreation. We all know the hows and whys of it and thank goodness that it takes place regularly so we have fish to chase after. The next thing is eating and again thank goodness that fish like need to do it as well that s what keeps us coming back. The place to look for is where these two things take place close to each other. Fish that are busy spawning need lots of energy like tasty whitebaits or pinfish so they ll be inclined to eat often and a lot. Once you figure out what is motivating fish its easier to get on em. Sometimes it doesn t happen so naturally and can be downright frustrating. Just remember K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid). All that being said it s still mother nature and there is still capt. c h a r l e s e p r a n i a n SW Florida Boat Ramps 1- Burnt Store 2- Yacht Club 3- Everest Horton Park 3a- Rosen Park 4- 3rd. Span 4a-Tarpon Bay Explorers 5- Punta Rassa 6- Centennial Park 7- Franklin Locks 7a- Alva Community Park 8- Ft. Myers Shores 9- Judd Park 10- Marina 31 11- D&D Bait 12- Matlacha Park 13- Ole Fish House 14- Bokeelia Fishing Pier 15- Monroe Canal Marina 15a- Pineland Marina 16- Lovers Key 17- Mullock Creek 18- Weeks Fish Camp some randomness to the natural environment that can t be accounted for. It is such a great gift to be able to see what we get to see regularly. The other day I was pulling up to a shoreline and three dolphins were swimming in just as I was. I figured they might mess up my fishing but instead they kept swimming on by and gave me a chance to get a cast or two. Suddenly from out in open water I hear one of them chasing down a fish. He came screaming in and blasted the mangroves right next to the boat. One of the dolphin came up with a nice redfish still wriggling in its mouth. I knew my fishing was done right then and there. I did manage to catch one redfish before the melee and I felt pretty lucky for it. 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Some of it is downright scary other name choices make me laugh and there are some that We are most grateful for the just make you wonder wonderful people who began as especially when you meet the customers of our business and captain and crew. we now consider friends. Along the way we have had Just think about Bow many highs and a few lows but Movement and Helmroid. Both when asked what causes us to of those offer a lot more smile the most and sometimes information than any of us care shake our heads it s a pretty to know. How about the simple thing that I have talked message the captain of Eat about before in The View Drink and Re-marry sends. If and that s the names people he s single or about to be I give their boats. would think prospective female first mates would take a pass Our friends at Boat U.S. keep on a chance to cruise with him. track of names and annually publish a list of the most A few years ago Mojo made the popular names the prior 12 list and I thought that was months. That s pretty pretty clever when you interesting with a number of consider it suggests magic repeats over the past few years power. No argument from me anytime on board and at sea gives us all some magic that we need to recharge and recoup from time on land. There are some that I would call practical. Lackamoolah A-Loan Again and What College Fund Can t and won t argue with any of those there s probably good reason why they were chosen. I don t know if there s a right or wrong way to go about coming up with a name for your boat. My suggestion is pretty simple and straightforward. Develop a list of possibilities share it with friends and family and see what they all have to say. If you can t reach consensus consider what your mother would say. If your choice would pass muster with her it should with anyone. barb hansen I like creativity but I also have an appreciation for reality. The name of the boat type of boat and captain all ought to mesh. You don t name a cockapoo puppy Duke or Brutus even if they behave that way. I guess at the end of the day the name you pick will be the name you have chosen. Just remember it s almost like the web whatever you post will be there forever that is unless you sell the boat and buy another or change the name but that s kind of cheesy. I m pleased to note that the vast majority of names I have seen since beginning our voyage in 1984 have brought a smile to my face. I hope that continues as we cruise on. Barb Hansen manages Southwest Florida Yachts yacht charters and Florida Sailing & Cruising School a liveaboard yacht school. 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They have sharp poisonous spines in front of each dorsal fin. Their body is usually a slate gray with a white underside. White spots form on each side of their body as the fish ages and mature. The dogfish s skin is very uniquely textured. They are covered in denticles (tooth like scales) which belong to all sharks to make the skin rougher. Sea Scope Even though the spiny dogfish are small in size they are very aggressive. Their name dogfish stems from their feeding habits. They will gather in packs of hundreds or thousands and will do a complete sweep through eating anything they run into. Newborn dogfish have been seen going after fish that is two or three times the size of themselves. The spiny dogfish consumes squid little fish crabs shrimp etc. They have very strong teeth which allows them to easily eat mostly anything. Alyssa s Alyssa Grabner Conservation The supply for dogfish increased in 1998 causing overfishing to occur quickly. 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Myers Power Squadron Bob s World is on the road again this summer and this year my wife Cathy and I steered the Mazda a few degrees to port before docking in Massachusetts. The detour on our summer road trip took me to central New York State to visit my old friend Jim Stoddard. The years have been a little hard on Jim of late-when I hugged a hello to him he was seated in his electric wheelchair fighting his latest medical battles with the same positive and optimistic personality that has always drawn me to him. He was fresh out of the hospital but aches and pains were simply not on his play list. Jim lives on the southern shore of beautiful Oneida Lake northeast of Syracuse and I struggled to keep up as he motored around his huge lakefront estate pointing out his gardens his gun collection his garages and his impressive photography collection. Soon we were at his long dock jutting far out into NY s largest lake (not counting the Great Lakes that border the Empire State). Oneida is named for the Iroquois Nation Oneida Tribe who called their lake Tsioqui or white water because of the notorious wave action that can turn deadly on windy days. A quick check of boating accidents (yeah I do that wherever I go) listed over 40 fatalities on the 22mile-long lake which is 5 miles wide in some points. I wondered how many deaths were caused by the sudden swells that Tsioqui was noted for. I thought of the boating challenges that summer thunderstorms can bring to us here in Florida. But on this day the weather at the lake was beautifully calm and clear. So was the water thanks in large part to the Zebra mussels which began their invasion into Oneida from the great lakes around 1991. The little buggers had hitched a ride in the ballast of freighters arriving from Eastern Europe and the Caspian Sea and they ve wreaked havoc on wildlife vegetation and locks and dams throughout the region ever since. But there were some unexpected benefits too. 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Got an old floor or table radio you want brought back to life You can call him at 315-699-7341. But don t look for him on the Internet-old Lou has no use for computers. Jim and his wife Mary have a great life on Oneida Lake. I hope I get to have many more reunions with my old friend. Here s a quick plug for an upcoming partnership between the United States Power Squadrons and the Southwest Florida Yacht Club From October to March we ll be providing short presentations on boating safety and education as part of SWFLYC s popular Boating in Local Waters presentations. They are free and open to the general public and are held at the SWFL Yacht Club s home in the Pincher s building abutting the Edison Ford Estates. If you re new to our waters or if you just want to learn more about the waterways around here and the nautical attractions and opportunities they provide area boaters it s a must see event. Watch this space for more information in next month s issue. Jim told me that there was widespread fear that their ruinous habits would eliminate the prized walleye that draws anglers to Oneida from around the world. (Among other things the Zebras eat tiny food particles the walleyes love. That filters the water and increases aquatic vegetation by letting the sun s rays reach deeper into the lake because of the increased water clarity.) Well Jim chuckled there s still plenty of walleye and the clearer waters created a haven for bass so now we have great walleye and great bass fishing here. The lake is pretty shallow at the shore so Caloosahatchee-length docks prevail. Jim gains another 15 feet or so with a long piece of bamboo tied with a simple string and bobber to snag bass off his dock. But Jim told me Oneida s greatest gift to him is goose hunting. He s lived on the lake for 50 years and for that same period he and his father before him have rented about a hundred acres of farmland on Oneida s shores next to the Montezuma National Wildlife refuge for their goose hunts. They ve paid up to 2000 a year for 50 years. Goose meat isn t cheap I guess. He tells me they re all around the lake and the surrounding farmlands. As if on cue a flock of geese drifted by overhead. Back in his kitchen he shows me a film he produced glorifying the hide-and-shoot tactics of his fellow wild goose chasers starring well Jim Stoddard. Jim received an award recently from Ducks Unlimited for his work raising money to preserve ducks and geese and their natural habitats. (Take note anti-hunters ) The video was great Dozens of images of grown men blowing quacks of seduction from their oversized kazoos for hours on end then blasting the birds who answered their calls. And there was a soundtrack My favorite was the song We re off to the country to murder the ducks. I m a guy I wanted in. Later I followed Jim and his scooter across the quiet street that runs along the southern shore where neighbor Louie Aqualino was hard at work in his cluttered workshop. His driveway was lined with steam-punk contraptions like his wood-stove-hot-water-shower competing for space with disemboweled lawn mowers and other metal yard art. Inside were various milling machines tools woodcrafts inventions and an Ft. Myers Power Squadron Bobmoro25 DOCKS - BOATLIFTS - CANOPIES The difference is Quality. 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This little heat wave we re having could last well into the end of next month and fall fishing can begin in earnest. Fall provides pleasant mornings plenty of water and plenty of fish with a little less heat. Fall is one of the best times to fish just like the spring months. Fish are on the move and feeding during these times and fishing in our waters are some of the best. Although we have had a lot of rain lately the water has stayed relatively clear. That could all go away overnight if they open the flood gates on the Caloosahatchee and Peace rivers. Time will tell. I noticed the repair work going on at the levee. Seems like pouring dirt into a mud slew isn t going to hold. If you can drive dump trucks full of dirt and concrete on top of the levee you can drive sheet pilling all the way around it and quit throwing away money on dirt and concrete Just sayin .... In the mean time there is plenty of bait and plenty of fish to be caught and for now the waters are all ours. Snook Red s Snapper and believe it or not Barracuda in the backwaters around Four Winds Marina. You never know what you re going to catch. We have such a variety of places and ways to fish that it never gets mundane. As soon as the weather cools off I m going to dust off the kayak and really put a lot of time and effort into my fishing this Fall. I ve been doing my fair share of fishing but not enough in my book. When you live on an island you almost feel obligated to go fishing or go for a walk or just sit on your porch and listen to the modified diesel pickups running up and down the main strip. Kidding..... it s a Pine Island thing and we love it I don t have a lot to talk about this month as it s been so hot that I ve been hiding indoors since July. I want to take a moment and say we don t need a fishing club resort in the middle of Pine Island Sound directly in front of the Tarpon Lodge on East Part Island. That Island was built by the Calusa tribe and was noted in Frank Cushing s manuscripts of the island and the Calusa Indians in 1895. These papers were found at the Smithsonian in 1995. A Chinese family was denied building a home on it because of it being a historical island no less important than Pineland or Mound House. Who got greased Where is the University of Florida on all of this The Commissioners If we don t stop them here it s going to look like Biscayne Bay in ten years with bridges...... 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Plus life often gets in the way and we can only fish when our schedule allows not when the weather is ideal. No I am not recommending you head out into the Gulf of Mexico under a tropical storm watch. A little common sense has to prevail on when and where you fish. Generally this means taking advantage of the great inshore fishing that often accompanies a changing weather pattern. Change in the barometric pressure caused by a tropical system or disturbance often fires up the fish and puts them on a good feed or bite especially when the pressure is dropping. This combined with the onshore winds that generally push water 35 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source With today s technology it s easy to stay in touch with current weather forecast and conditions. If lightning is popping or is forecasted that s a stay at home warning for me no matter how good I think fishing might be. Same with the wind if small craft warnings are issued that s a good reason to stay at home. It s easy to get cold on a rainy or windy overcast day even during the warm season a good set of foul weather gear can go a long way to keep you comfortable and enjoy the day. Just because the weather isn t perfect does not mean you have to cancel your fishing plans. If you properly prepare and keep safety foremost you can turn some of the lousiest weather into a day of great fishing that will leave you hooked. These are some of my favorite days to fish and if you give it a try they may become yours too. BAD WEATHER Captain Bill Russell GOOD FISHING in from the gulf will make for very strong tides that can create the perfect storm for fishing. It doesn t always take a big weather change to get the fish going often a day or two of overcast rainy skies can make the difference. In the middle of August last month the water temperature was getting extremely high inshore and the mid-day fishing was slow. Along came a couple rainy days that dropped the water temperature and the bite was back on. Just like us the fish also need a little relief from the Florida heat occasionally. If you have been fishing on days when a boat is parked on every spot you want to fish then you well appreciate the fact that when the weather isn t the best you have the waters just about all to yourself. A little unsettled weather generally separates the fair weather from those serious about catching fish. Although you can fish anywhere you want with the lack of competition I often find that running far isn t necessary. Plus if conditions deteriorate it s a good idea to stay close to home or the ramp. Comfortable temperatures instead of intense heat are another positive this time of year overcast skies. A stiff breeze or a little rain is often a good trade off. Shore bound anglers can also take advantage of good fishing often more so than those from boats. It s possible to fish from a dock bridge shoreline or pier with diminishing weather conditions knowing the safety and comfort of a car or shelter is only a few steps away I cannot stress enough to be smart and attempt to fish only if conditions safely allow. You need to closely monitor the weather often it can deteriorate very quickly leaving you in danger. Guide Service (239) 283-7960 gcl2fish 36 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source Reflections on the Water captain rob modys Sightseeing - Shelling Lunch Dinner Cruises Private Taxi Dolphin Watching 24 HOUR SERVICE I believe that I m a bit of an unusual angler in that I actually participate in almost every type of recreational fishing. I grew up in Florida and my mentors loved the sport but each one of them specialized in something more than the others. Of my two grandfathers one fished with bait while the other was almost exclusively a fly anger. My father didn t mess with flies but in turn used both bait and artificials as needed. That s what molded me in my early years and forced me to adapt to many angling styles. I moved to Kentucky with my family while I was in high school. Needless to say that move was a radical fishing change for me. I couldn t find any saltwater. As a matter of fact I pretty much dropped out of the sport altogether because of a total lack of understanding. As the years went by I fortunately met another avid fisherman who took the time to introduce me to the world of freshwater. Garry and I spent many many weekends on small ponds and lakes fishing for largemouth bass crappie and bluegill. We also hiked the woods of the Blue Grass State searching small streams for smallmouth bass one of the best of the freshwater fighters. I quickly learned that bait artificials and fly all worked in freshwater. I eventually made it back to the west coast of Florida where I am now officially a retired fishing guide. I have been able to once again pursue the sport of fishing in a way that pleases me and not the customer. It s a new found freedom and it has led me directly back to fly fishing. I ve always loved throwing the fly. I find it very relaxing and almost Zen like. I guess it s going through the casting motion and being able to place the fly in the perfect spot. I know I know. Many anglers look at fly fishing as an elitist sport. Nothing could be further from the truth. I guess that started with the perceived notion that fly fishing gear is expensive. It can be so can spinning gear. But buying a basic fly fishing setup only cost about the same as an equivalent spinning rod and reel. To get started you ll need the following. A saltwater fly rod and reel fly line backing line leaders and flies. I d recommend going low dollar at first in order to make sure you re going to like this new hobby before investing more money. We have great access to both salt and freshwater in our area so it s only prudent to pick up a rod and reel that will handle both. Saltwater gear can be used in freshwater but not the other way around. Be sure to ask what the gear is made for before buying. Rods are mostly nine feet long. They come in weights which also helps in selecting reels and the fly line. They usually run from 2-weight to 12-weight. It s really pretty simple. Small numbers small fish. Large numbers large fish. Of course you can use a small number on big fish just as you can use a small spinning rod and line on tarpon. It may be fun for a minute or two but it won t end well for the angler. The most popular fly rod weight in our area is an 8-weight. It s big enough to handle large snook but sensitive enough to let you play seatrout ladyfish and jacks. A good starting price would be around 100. The fly reel should match the rod in number and most reels will cover two different rod weights. Examples would be 6 7 7 8 8 9 and so on. Note - The 8 9 reel will hold slightly more backing (we ll get to that in a minute) than the 7 8 because it s physically larger. Don t worry about getting fancy here. Make sure it has a decent drag system and that it s capable of being set to righthand or lefthand reeling. Go with SW Florida s PREMIER Water-Taxi Service (239) 633-8142 North Captiva - Captiva - Cabbage Key Boca Grande - Pine Island - Useppa Departs from Pineland Marina something that will match the rod and cost somewhere around 50. Next is the backing line. Backing is nothing more that the reserve line found under the fly line on the reel. It s very similar to braided line but not as expensive. If you manage to hook a fish that takes off with all 100-feet plus of the fly line the backing line is your saving grace. Most reels can hold about 175-yards of 20-pound backing line. The cost is about 15. The fly line is attached to the backing and is actually what you are casting. In other words the line is the weight and also what delivers the fly to the target zone. The fly line weight should be matched to the rod weight. There are several types of fly lines based on their structure. The two we use most in saltwater fishing are the Weight Forward Floating and Weight Forward Intermediate. With floating the entire fly line will float on the surface of the water. Intermediate will slowly sink but only the first 20-feet or so of the fly line. The weight forward simply means that the overall fly line is fatter at the leading end. This helps with casting especially in the wind. You can purchase a good fly line for under 50. Just like spin fishing in saltwater you ll need a leader. They are sold separately and are seven or nine feet long and attach to the end of fly line. Most are tapered from butt to tip with the butt end larger than the tip. I usually go with 12pound test for most of my fishing. Finally add a bite tippet to the end of the leader and then the fly. I use about 18-inches of 20-pound fluorocarbon for the tippet and I d recommend starting with a 37 SW Florida s Coastal Information Source Be o n t he Water NOW and Wet-Slips and Dry Storage for rent now Clouser Minnow as your first saltwater fly. It s the old standby and still works. Lastly fly casting can seem a bit daunting but it s really not that difficult with some practice. I had a good teacher as a youth and I d recommend finding one that can help you in that department. It s best to not develop bad habits right off the bat. Online videos are pretty good but there s nothing better than one-on-one. 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