Sebastion Inlet Silent Majority
Fishing has been good at SI lately as it almost always is this time of year. BUt good fishing also draws lots of people, which is fine, but not all of them good people, which is bad. My friend and I launched our kayaks early in the dark yesterday and paddled around the point to try our luck. As we rounded the point we saw three persons, headlights, baits buckets, staked rods. aerators, you name it on the point of the rocks clearly and entirely way beyond the fence and marker prohibiting entry. We had seen it before. But this time I called out and said, "Hey I don't know if you know it or not but you are not supposed to be there." I heard one of them call out in the dark "what? and I repeated just what I had said, nothing inflammatory or colorful, and went on my way. Turned out to be a mistake. Later in the morning I buried a small treble in my hand trying to gently release a trout so we came in. I needed urgent care. What did I find?? Two, not one of my tires totally flat with a knife slash in both sidewalls. The rest of the day was a bit of a challenge. THese guys intended to teach me a lesson. Keep your mouth shut. So now I know why no one out there ever says anything to people who haul up oversized snook at the north jetty using a pier net, flip them on the concrete and then heave them back almost contemptuously because they are too big. That is the fish's crime. Punishment?? possible death. That is the environment you get when no one enforces rules and everyone is afraid to speak up. One of the truly beautiful and productive areas in Florida becomes dark and even dangerous. I do not have the answer to this, but it is something we all need to think about and talk about. My fishing companion is a woman and is still very upset about this and all the other similar stuff that happens out there. THe bad guys want to take it from the rest of us and they could and do succeed. There is a lot of insecurity and even fear out there. Comments Please.