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Introduction - Learning Venice Region

Hi everyone.  Just making an introduction for myself.  I'm a transplant from the Mid-Atlantic, and have been in Florida for about 17 years.  I followed my fishing aspirations south during college and stayed.  My home port is Venice Inlet, and I'm just beginning to learn the area.

Been fishing all my life, and enjoy all kinds. I grew up doing the freshwater thing up north and still absolutely love trout fishing on a mountain stream. I worked my way through school charter fishing in the offshore scene in Ocean City, MD.  I did the tuna/billfish thing up there professionally for about 8 years.  I eventually "grew up and got a real job" *cough* and now work in the marine construction industry.  For as long as I've been in the Sarasota area, I've not fished too much locally.  My wife says I take it too seriously... I've mostly restricted myself to inshore kayak fishing.  But we've got ourselves a new 23' gas powered toy and we're beginning to explore the Gulf.

For all intents and purposes, I'm a rookie here. Learning a new fishery is something I really enjoy and I'm looking forward to cutting my teeth in the nearshore game out of Venice.  So I thought that maybe I'd drop some posts every now-and-then to chronicle my learning curve.

So many of you have posted helpful information on the site, thank you!  It occurred to me that there must be thousands that consume info and never post (like me).  So I'll try to drop a post every so often on how I'm doing. 

Going to make a few trips this week while the work schedule and weather cooperate.  Wish me luck!



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