Amazing teamwork and coordination by our Space Coast Citizen Airmen!
Aint that the truth!
Well, well, well...
The sparkly-boat crowd has a new team to contend with!
Who would you be? Listen to find out.
Join the Gary and Avery as we relive their Mexican adventure, you know the bar was set high...
We really went from the church to the palace on this one guys! '99 Hell's Bay Boatworks Whipray completely updated. This pearl is even sitting on a new Continen...tal trailer. Water test yesterday afternoon went great! She's got a Power-Pole® Shallow Water Anchor, a brand new 40hp Yamaha Outboards on a TH Marine jackplate, new fuel tank, some fiberglass repairs, a platform to accommodate the new outboard, custom matched platform top, new Awlgrip nonskid on the deck and all new custom wiring and rigging. I can be sure I didn't list a few details as this boat got it all!! Here are a few shots of the process...
Gary & Avery are headed to Mexico next week to chase permit. Which one of these guys do you think each of fly fishing's favorite brothers would be?
Its American Craft Beer Week! We're planning to wrap it up with a podcast featuring a local bartender that pours tasty brews over at Red Cypress Brewery. Expect an education. IBUs will be explained in detail...
Make sure to write in support of bringing the tournament use of our resources under better supervision by park management.
Please share this info below:
Ok, so I emailed the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge a few weeks ago and asked them "why" the tournaments we continue to see out he...re on federal waters "DO NOT" have a CUA/SUP(Commercial Use - the conclusion came to the park and refuge that events like the FLW and Bossman and any tourney where compensation was in play, is like a business) like the guides and every other business have to have to be out here.
A few years ago we were told(by Layne) that this was going to happen and to let either CNSS/MINWR Law Enforcement know when and where these tourney's were going on and an federal officer will attend the captains meetings to let the event director know they must now get permits if they are to have their tourney on the Mosquito Lagoon.
So the past year we thought this was going on. So like I mentioned above, I asked if the Bossman event has their CUA permit. Well here below is the word for word answer I got back from the MINWR Manger. I HIGHLY suggest if we want to see our lagoon be saved, make this place catch and release, call her, email her and report things constantly. So now according to this email in a few months these events should be permitted. We shall see:
Tina forwarded your email regarding tournament permitting to me.
Several years ago Canaveral National Seashore (CNS) staff agreed to track and permit tournaments within the waters of the Seashore and Refuge. Unfortunately, this did not occur due to NPS staff turnover and workload issues. As you know, during the past year we transitioned the commercial fishing and tour guide permits from CNS to the Refuge which significantly increased the Refuge's Visitor Service workload (Tina Pritchard's workload in particular). We hope to start issuing permits for fishing tournaments on Merritt Island NWR in a few months. Please bear with us as we establish policy and procedures for permitting and managing tournaments within the Refuge. Thanks for your patience.
Layne L. Hamilton
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 2683
Titusville, FL 32781
Sweetwater came through with a pile of their smooth, tasty brews for Episode 35 & we enjoyed a bunch of them. Join us for Gary's account of the nude beach experience...
Perhaps natural selection will reduce the number of anglers who catch, keep and release into hot grease. Choose wisely friends, your IQ is depending on it.
Our thoughts: FWC should strongly consider enacting a ZERO possession regulation for Mosquito Lagoon regarding all sport fish residing within the MINWR and Canaveral National Seashore.
Due to the sustained and unyielding pressure placed upon the unique and imperiled estuary, a policy of maximum recreation benefit should replace the current "sustainable" standard that is applied statewide.
There is indisputable evidence that stocks of resident breeder red drum have been deple...ted. Where once there were large schools of breeder red drum, few remain. Escapement and recruitment numbers within the Mosquito Lagoon are suffering from over harvesting and poor water quality issues.
By transitioning to a ZERO possession regulation within the parks boundaries, an aquatic WMA could be established and studied to see if the benefit to recreational angling can be quantified through this type of management practice.
More than enough access to waters outside the parks exists for those that choose to continue harvesting lawfully without any hardship.
Its time to see Mosquito Lagoon return to what it once was. A step such as a ZERO take, catch and release only Aquatic WMA would be a valued and significant step towards doing so.
Do drift boats inspire such discussions?