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On 2/14/2018 at 9:47 PM, zcoker said:

Read my last post up...media statement from FWC.

 

What gets me with all this is that a lot of people are afraid of sharks else a lot of people hate sharks....but they sure and the hell LOVE them when some media storm like this comes along! And the media is so one side, too. Well, I'm not putting up with it anymore. Too many shark fishermen run and hide when the lime light is cast upon them....and I can certainly understand why.

 

But not anymore...not me LoL Putting my food down on this one. Shark fishing is LEGAL. Can happen on ANY beach below the mean tide line. And if ya happen to catch an endangered fish, FWC has specific guidelines to help expedite its release. And as long as one adheres to those guidelines (like in the case of the star hammerhead LoL), and even if ya got a ton of people filming ya, no one can do ANYTHING to you! I have been in direct contact with CBS 12 and have arranged to do a LIVE interview related to shark fishing. Was gonna happen today but got side tracked by some crazy school shooting down in Broward County, so the film crew had to head south. My intentions are to stand up for this sport. If we don't, gonna crash around us, won't be any place left to fish.

 

I am glad about that zcoker, I have to respect the fact that you have opted to take a stand vs hide from the spot light.:clap:

 

I think this was a really smart choice on your part to take the initiative and approach the media, we may yet see you in a natgeo article, but in an article that shows how anglers incorporating proper techniques, can be a force for good I would bet that you have done more in the name of research and shark conservation then any of those people on that boat filming you, including the natgeo lady.

 

Your tagging efforts go a long way towards demonstrating how wide ranging these fish can be.

 

Keep it up! 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Beastly Backlash said:

 

I am glad about that zcoker, I have to respect the fact that you have opted to take a stand vs hide from the spot light.:clap:

 

I think this was a really smart choice on your part to take the initiative and approach the media, we may yet see you in a natgeo article, but in an article that shows how anglers incorporating proper techniques, can be a force for good I would bet that you have done more in the name of research and shark conservation then any of those people on that boat filming you, including the natgeo lady.

 

Your tagging efforts go a long way towards demonstrating how wide ranging these fish can be.

 

Keep it up! 

 

 

 

Thanks, man, appreciate the support....and I will keep it up LoL.Too many run and hide when the spot light shines on this sport....not anymore! In fact, I have a number of reporters opting for articles on this particular event as well as the sport of LBSF in general. The media as well as the public just have no clue. Great time to voice to the public that we DO NOT KILL SHARKS or target ENDANGERED SPECIES. Last year alone, I caught/tagged over a 100 sharks, some of them on the endangered list. AFAIK, not one died. Granted, it is possible and does in fact happen, not only by fishermen but by other sharks attacking the captured shark...just part of the sport. But anything one can do to lesson the time a shark is pulled in and then put back into the water pays greatly to its survival, little things, like having the right gear, loosing the barb on the hook, having everything nearby, a strong team who is PAYING ATTENTION....a package deal, as I have always stressed.....Works wonders.

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On 3/8/2018 at 8:02 PM, dennysnook said:

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Lots of these up my way Z if you're interested 

Way to go! I'm up in Sebastian at least once a week and you are right, them bulls keep ya quite busy LoL. The big breeders are coming in soon to spawn in the river, so the poundage will grow significantly. Thanks for sharing.

 

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Awww nothing like the Keys...spent five days down there in the raw LoL sleeping on the various bridges and beaches, going for broke on all kinds of crazy action. For anyone who wants to know, the Keys look pretty normal, all the way down to Big Pine, things look up to snuff and ready to go. Tons of traffic in the daytime, though, which is normal, I guess. Was tide up for 5 hours on my way down! Guess everyone and their mother is on the move checking things out....some, though, hit other cars while rubbernecking all the scenery. Nigh time is open and wide with the stars sitting on your nose while everyone else sleeps LoL. Sharking is fantastic with the right tide and on the right bridge but bridge fishing for sharks with spinning rods is a whole different game down there...no beach or wide open spots to land them gals, gotta work around all kinds of crazy obstacles....but that's just my game because a shark is not caught unless hook is removed from its mouth....ups the game considerably. Caught a lot of sharks and a lot of tarpon. The tarpon, as a matter of fact, became a nuisance! Hard to believe, I know, but every cast got into one, smaller ones, which were landed to remove the bait lures. Got into a couple of monsters and landed them on the side of the bridge along with the sharks. All in all, a great trip.

 

As usual, all sharks released safely with no piercings. All sharks tagged.

 

My bed LoL

 

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Sharky weekend on a small deserted island five miles out in the Gulf of Mexico....talk about adventure! LoL. Weather was PERFECT the first day but a major front showed its face next day and things kinda turned for the worst...I mean, first off the friggin hub on the boat trailer took a dump while traveling over, later while on the island almost sank the boat when the surf got nasty, then rescued a couple of people who were stranded becasue they lost their own boat...didn't anticipate three hour tides and my boat sooner got grounded...totally dry docked, tilted on its side and all....tent got totally destroyed...yep, insane island adventure for sure. But I did manage to get some baits out and hit into some Tiger action. Was raining crazy wind and all when the rod went off. Didn't realize until later that I was in my friggin underwear while fighting the fish LoL....about the only dry clothing I had left!  All in all, an exciting trip. Had a lot of fun even with all the mishaps.

 

While driving over....ooops.

 

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Some of the better shots of the day, evening, the kind of place I often dream about while working hard all day....gone fishin!!!!

 

 

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Took a break from the sharks and hit the local inlet.....took three fish before I got to the magic 32 incher (keepers on Florida's Atlantic coast are 28-32 inches) last one is the keeper---fish nuggets! Thought I lost touch on the feather but I guess not LoL. Inlets are going strong with Snook and Tarpon for anyone interested. Caught some niceTarpon as well. Great night!

 

 

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Some say it’s just as good. Just how you cook it, like any fish, I guess. But I like fried snook nuggets with spicey honey/mustard dip. Or egg battered snook strips sautéed in garlic butter with capers served over linguini.....making me hungry writing this lol 

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FWC MEETING ON LAND BASED SHARK FISHING.....END OF DAYS MAY BE UPON US!

 

Today I attended the long anticipated FWC (Florida Wildlife Commission) public meeting related to land based shark fishing here in South Florida. For anyone who does not know, there is a lot of political pressure in Florida to change the current shark fishing regulations, specifically land based hook and line shark fishing. These decisions will effect ALL of Florida waters and those who fish them, and may or may not be adopted in other states as well, as they sometimes do.

 

The meeting was in Fort Lauderdale at the Marriott North and was a packed house. Most of the speakers staged in front of the commissioners were representative of larger groups: scientific groups, commercial fishing organizations, diving organizations, staffing groups--as they called it or stake holders, conservation groups, various mayors, attorneys, etc.

 

And some of the stuff that was said!!! like wow, totally insane! It was claimed by some that shark fishermen use kittens, puppies, and even sea turtles for bait....I was not drunk, guys! Every word is public record, yes sir. They claimed with the turtles that holes are drilled into their shells for the placement of the hooks! Others presented posters of various sharks subdued on beaches totally whacked out and twisted, stories about shark attacks which were alleged to have been caused by, you guessed it, shark fishermen. There were outcries, pleas, and tons of angry finger pointing....

 

Yet what baffled me most was the commissioners last remarks during their closing statements: they were totally surprised that no one from the shark fishing community showed up! Not one single person out of hundreds attending....sure, I was there, wearing my hammerhead shirt, my NOAA hat, even had my truck parked outside with my yak in it....and if eyes could kill, man, I would not be sitting here right now because those people were out for blood! or even shark bait lol.....Don't get me wrong, it was safe lol.....but the lack of rebuttal was outright baffling.

 

Anyhow, all these big names in the shark fishing community who command a strong vocal presence on social media, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, all the various forums, tournament leaders etc, all these guys loud and commanding and popular....none of them showed up!...not good.

 

Regardless, FWC did vote unanimously to enact new shark fishing regulations---done deal. The laws are going to change, so follow FWC closely for any updates. What those regulations shall be remains to be seen.

 

A few things I can guesstimate: a shark fishing license. They spoke of "accountability", words like that. Also talked about certain tackle and gear being used, specific to the tackle and gear used to catch sharks from beaches, namely circle hooks, requiring them by law. They talked about using the force of the FWC officers to make numerous patrols of various beaches armed and ready with citations and/or even arrest, that is, if the new laws are broken. People screamed and ranted that FWC never does anything. So they want to set examples, I presume. They spoke of outlawing protected sharks from being beached (hammerheads and tiger sharks). They even spoke of an outright ban on land based shark fishing but that would be far fetched, in my opinion, becasue on the deeper politics involved.

 

I will, however, say this: whatever the FWC decides, it's always piggybacked by towns, meaning these mayors and town councils jump on the bandwagon and take any new agendas to the absolute limits. So the beaches usually fished might become few and far between. Lot of griping and sympathies about shark fishermen fishing on public beaches, how we blood bait the sharks up close to endanger the bathers.

 

In any case, I did submit in writing my own personal statement/rebuttal to all commissioners in the hope that it might provide something positive in the name of our sport. I worded the statement with a lot of the same language that I always use on this forum about shark fishing. Hardly can I presume, however, that one little statement from one person is going to make much if not any difference.....but at least I tried.

 

 

 

 

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I am sorry to hear that Z.

 

I am getting ready to catch a plane to Florida and am looking forward to doing a lot of fishing.

 

I really hope a lot of the beaches don't end up like myrtle beach, which has laws so strict on fishing for sharks that you are better off not fishing for anything from the surf.

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