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FOWEY REPORT 9/29

Had a short half day. Seas started out 3 - 4 ft and built up to 4 - 5 ft by 1 PM departure. Loaded up with livees from Capt Jimmy, KiteHunter, at Stiltsville. No current but fast onshore drift. Got no action top or bottom on the drift. Offshore chatter was that those that found a board hit dolphin..those that didn’t got nada. Trolled live gogs on surface and deep from 120 out to 400 ft  and back.  Got an 8# king on the deep trolled gog as we got shallow. Went back to the RJ site again to drift and got an undersize mutton and a decent single 9# dolphin and jumped a sail. Wound up with a few fish on a choppy half day.

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  • xeniaxenia Posts: 1,116 Officer
    9/29/83 off Key Biscayne, not far from where you fished today.  What a difference 36 years make.


    3 days later same area.  Hard for me to get excited about going fishing these days.  I think there's only one remaining commercial hook-and-line boat fishing out of Miami.  Not surprised.

  • LurchyLurchy Posts: 444 Deckhand
    Sad, but I see the difference in quality of fishing this area from even 15 years ago till now..
  • CaptJCaptJ Posts: 1,560 Captain
    Xenia - us old folks were fortunate to have enjoyed fishing back in the day. There's still quality fish out there, just fewer and far between.
  • catchemupcatchemup Posts: 484 Deckhand
    CaptJ said:
    Xenia - us old folks were fortunate to have enjoyed fishing back in the day. There's still quality fish out there, just fewer and far between.
    ..and generally [but not always] tough to catch on anything but live bait.
  • xeniaxenia Posts: 1,116 Officer
    If I'd known back then what I know today, there'd be even less fish out there now.  Is there anything we can do to bring it back to its former glory?  Wish there was.
  • jbsrqjbsrq Posts: 233 Deckhand
    xenia said:
    If I'd known back then what I know today, there'd be even less fish out there now.  Is there anything we can do to bring it back to its former glory?  Wish there was.
    That is part of the reason it is the way it is now. Overfishing and environment changes are having a hugely negative impact. 
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,639 Captain
    ... and it took a long time to get folks to quit hammering the resource like there was no tomorrow... In the late seventies I belonged to the Tropical Anglers Club (still around - and always looking for new members...).... We fought and lost all the big conservation battles of the day - then watched as specie after specie went into decline and collapse while our state's legislature refused every chance at reasonable regs... Years later - those defeats at reasonable restrictions finally led to the Net Ban amendment we all worked so hard for... 

    All of us need to support CCA and other outfits like Captains for Clean Waters as we work to repair the mistakes made for the last 80 years... and it will take years and years to bring about.  The mullet are back now.  We finally have reasonable fishing regs in place (although we still fight about them among ourselves..).  Lots and lots to do - hope I'm around to at least see a start on it... 

    Be a hero - take a kid fishing...
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • catchemupcatchemup Posts: 484 Deckhand
    Back in the 60s conservation didn’t exist. My biggest personal regret working as a mate back then was the non discriminate killing of fish merely to lay on the dock to attract the anglers to come aboard the drift and charter boats . It was the standard way to advertise and attract anglers way back then . Of course the snapper and grouper and the  kings and dolphin etc would go home  with the local anglers…or if  tourists caught them they might be left for the crew which was always appreciated. I’m referring to the killing of loads of bonita [after we had all the fillets we wanted for strips], amberjack [they were not eaten way back then], cudas, sharks, and the killing of sailfish that were not being used for skin mounts but just to be smoked. Bottles and cans were thrown overboard and raw sewage flowed through the outfalls. We simply didn’t know any better.

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