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Gone Fishin'

USA | Friday, 27 November 2020 | Views [98]

The Old Man and the Sea, Ft. Myers Beach

The Old Man and the Sea, Ft. Myers Beach

OLD-TIMERS DON’T NEED A LICENSE TO FISH in Florida.  Before the Dark Times descended you might see them lined up shoulder-to-shoulder on almost any bridge or pier—today they are keeping their social distance.  I prefer to be closer to the water—preferably in waders in a clear Colorado stream.  But standing waist-deep in the warm Gulf waters is an acceptable substitute.  

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  Green Sea Turtle                                Bottle-Nose Dolphins

You don’t have to be catching to have a good time.  Diving terns and splashing pelicans provide enough entertainment and there is always a chance of having a green sea turtle or a pair of bottle-nose dolphins swim by.

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              Nasty and U-G-L-Y

I know my trout and salmon, pike and perch, bass and such but some of the fish I have been catching are foreign to me.  The most prodigious—and voracious—are the aptly-named Lizardfish.  Snake-like and well-camouflaged, these toothy guys will attack a lure nearly their own size.  

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   Luck be a Lady

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                                    Snook

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Ladyfish are more fun to catch.  They are bright silver, quite aggressive and jump acrobatically like miniature tarpon when hooked.  Many obligingly throw the lure after a jump or two—a long-distance release.  I have caught dozens of ladyfish but only a single snook here—three lifetime.  Snook are considered a trophy in Florida waters and are gourmet fare I’ve been told.  So are sea trout—just 'trout' hereabouts.  But I release everything I catch.

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                Hit the Road, Jack

The biggest surprise was on my last cast on Friday—a 4-pound crevalle jack that took a good few minutes to coax onto the beach.  Of course I don’t carry a camera while fishing so all of these photos are taken from the internet.  

And did I mention the B-I-G one that got away?

 

 

 

 

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