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Triggerfish and Amberjack Reopen to Recreational Harvest in Gulf Waters Jan.1st

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The old days! Amberjack didn’t fit into the largest fish boxes!

APtravelnews-News Release from NOAA-December 24th, -When I fished in the Keys in the late 70’s and early 80’s 100-pound and even larger Amberjacks were somewhat common. Trigger fish were all over the place. Both fish “eat well” Triggers definitely better than wormy Amberjacks. So with fast fish places demanding more and more fish sandwich fodder the jacks began a major decline. Begin news release: “Amberjack, triggerfish reopen to recreational harvest in Gulf waters Jan. 1; amberjack size limit changes Jan. 4″

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish will reopen to harvest in Gulf state and federal waters Jan. 1 and the greater amberjack size limit will change from 30 inches to 34 inches fork length in Gulf state and federal waters Jan. 4.

Recent stock assessments have indicated that greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in the Gulf of Mexico are overfished, which means there are not enough fish for these populations to remain sustainable.

Greater amberjack are also undergoing overfishing, which means more fish are being removed from the population than is sustainable. Greater amberjack closed early on Sept. 28 in Gulf federal waters and Nov. 21 in Gulf state waters. These closures were intended to help prevent exceeding the annual federal recreational quota. A quota is the poundage of fish that can be caught each year while maintaining a sustainable fishery.

Changing the greater amberjack minimum size limit will help ensure more female greater amberjack are left in the water and have a chance to reproduce before being harvested. Fork length is measured from the tip of the lower jaw to the center of the fork in the tail.

Gray triggerfish closed early on Feb. 7 in Gulf state and federal waters after NOAA Fisheries determined that the recreational quota was exceeded in both 2013 and 2014, and the 2015 recreational quota was projected to be met. The 2015 early state waters closure was intended to help limit future early season closures and rebuild the stock.”

To learn more about greater amberjack regulations, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Amberjack.”

To learn more about gray triggerfish, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Triggerfish.”

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The Florida Keys Infested With “Fins.”

 

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Captain Bob Lewis in the 1950’s. Note the tuna, very rare species to be found in the Keys!

APtravelnews-Sept. 4th, Tavernier, The Florida Keys–From all corners of the earth, tourist- visitors make pilgrimages to the Florida Keys to fish, and it’s no wonder, with hundreds of fish varieties in Florida waters, most of which are caught in the waters between Miami and the 150-miles down to Key West. According to the writings of Zane Grey, a fabulous outdoor writer, and world famous angler, the waters between Indian Key and Bahia Honda Harbor were the very best in the world (as he wrote in the 1920’s). So, along with locals, international visitors and  Americans from all over the U.S.A. who come to duel with offshore fish such as swordfish, marlin, sailfish, mackerel, tuna, wahoo, dolphin fish (Mahi Mahi), and a large assortment of other deep -sea fishes the Keys is most noted for, it stands to reason that the real magnet, drawing all to these “boney” islands, are these underwater finned residents of the Keys! Ask anyone about the Florida Keys, most responses would be about fishing, Key Lime pie-sort of the “apple pie & mom” of South Florida’s special nature, is what is thought of first.

Inshore, there is an entire hierarchy of fish-royalty, from the mach-speed bonefish, tarpon, permit, the triage of the perfecta, to the snook, seatrout, red drum, and mangrove snapper, that today, as in the past hundred years attract anglers to both shore, and even kayak-fish, as well as being able to hire fishing guides and their skiffs, in pursuit of these fish for picture-trophy, and the plate as well. Today, with 43-bridges that connect each of the Keys Islands bridge fishing is also a great draw for anglers without boats, to bring their families and friends to go out to sea without ever getting their sneakers wet and still catch fish too!

There are legendary guides who were favorites of the rich, famous and anyone who can plunk down some dollars. One such truly amazing individual now gone: Captain Bob Lewis, Captain of the sportfishing boat the Chief, that belonged to Knight of Knight Ridder of Miami Herald, and worldwide newspaper fame. Captain Lewis is also credited with bringing the fishing kite, that he made into a popular offshore fishing tool.. And as Florida Keys Fishing Editor for that same paper, I kept up with Ted Williams and George Bush in their Keys angling exploits-these were people who could go anywhere in the world to fish, but chose to spend most of their time, as did Writer Zane Grey (as did President Harry Truman and other presidents down through history) fishing in the Florida Keys. Ted Williams told me personally and he is quoted in past publications that his very favorite saltwater fish to tangle with was the “Silver King”-the Tarpon. This is nothing new, as the tarpon was the quarry in the 1800’s that brought French Counts, business magnates, and erstwhile anglers from all over the world to attempt to catch this powerful fish on rod and reel. In the past, reels were bereft of great drags, more often than not lines parted company with these boney mouthed, extremely powerful fish just due to breaking lines, lines sliced due to barnacles, and pulled hooks due mainly to the fact that this big fish was just too fast, and too strong to be held and brought to the boat, or shore due to anglers not able to control their reels and line fast enough and deftly enough to assist in subduing this great beast of the inshore waters. The main reason this fish was easily fished for as they swim in relatively shallow waters, and are, and were accessible, compared to having to go well offshore for the truly big girls and boys: the marlin and swordfish.

So, If there was one fish that sparked the imagination of anglers eager to fish the Florida Keys, it is the tarpon. Anyone before, modern times and since, that tangles with a 100-pounder and up sized fish, is often heard saying, “ I don’t know if I can hang on any more” maybe you should take the rod.” So head over to a Keys marina, inquire of who is the best guide, and try out some strenuous exercise of the “raging-fun-kind.”

 

POST FLY MEANS WHAT IT SAYS: GET YOUR FLIES BY MAIL EACH MONTH  

 

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Fish beware, your fly is coming in the mail to your nemesis a serious fly fishing angler!

APtravelnews-August 3rd,-Goose Holler Farm, TN.—Month to month nothing stays the same in the life of a trout and other game fish. In the spring there are emerging insects from winters grasp; waterborne insects come up from their hiding and growing places.  There are flying insects that reproduce over water. As spring morphs into summer, terrestrials such as beetles, all manner of caterpillars, moths and butterflies, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, ants come onto the natural scene. Trout work midges, often smaller than the size of a pin head stuffing themselves, they slap at Mayflies, slurp any insect that flows or drops into their realm.

Along came Brian Runnels, Founder and President of PostFly! The idea is to constantly match the hatch for fly anglers who just do not have the time, or where-withal to know which flies match the hatch of the times they are going on vacation, or planning a local trip to the stream, river or lake.

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Whatever the hatch is for the month, PostFly has got you covered!
Whatever the hatch is for the month, PostFly has got you covered!