The Old Fisherman by Walt Murphy Dec. 30 1966

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The Old Fisherman by Walt Murphy Dec. 30 1966 - the two York, or claim law a problem dictum to...
the two York, or claim law a problem dictum to are they a Copacabana Miami to those day be BY WALT MURPHY Hoodlums, Pollution Three hu^lred and sixty four down and one to go. So long, '66, welcome '67, it's your show. Tommorrow, at the witching hour of midnight, we will bland for one infinitesimal second that if neither yesterday, today or tomorrow. Then the swift passage of time will send us over the threshold into a new day, a new year and another step forward into what we hope will be a better life, a better understanding among men and nations and a way of life that is free from the threat of aggression aggression or destruction. A year of peace and good living. Here in our quiet village, nestled on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, we ask so little of the three hundred and sixty five days of the new year. A chance to earn our daily bread, provide for the simple wants of our families families and follow our way of life, our life on the sea. The sea has been good in the year that is now, almost, a matter of history. history. The harvest has been bountiful, bountiful, the visitors numerous and the fish have been brought in, in record numbers and sixes. I think that a fitting opening to this review of the past and present, before we attempt *o second-guess the future, is an old American proverb that Paul Harvey quoted in his syndiatcd column in Wednesday's edition of the PGDN. "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day; tepch him to fish and he eats for a lifetime." How true, speak these sample words, of the way of life of the majority of our citizens. It is from the sea and the fish contained thewun that we earn our living, and play host to a nation of devotees of the rod, reel and finny denizens of the deep. Our new-found sport fishing fishing industry has enjoyed the greatest season in its history. The one sad note in this chronicle, is the fact that one May 5. 1966, we lost the one man who never wavered in his belief that the deep blue waters of the fifty fathom curve held a bonanza of ill fish. It was the convictions and the research of the late Leonard Patrick rlutchinson that led the Cap- tains ol this port to seek out the flashy white and the fighting blue marlins of the off shore waters. It was his records Jiat furnished the incentive to go after after the deep water gamesters and thus open an entirely untapped untapped wealth of tourist interest and source of revenue for our skippers. It was his faith and pioneer work that today makes my task of keeping records and writing stories an easy and pleasurable one. As "Hutch's" successor, as Fishing Editor of this paper, I am proud to report that ihe records show, in the year 1968, the Port of Bestin can boast of an *nviablp record of 210 bill lish. This would have pleased the Master Angler no end. The First The first bill fish of the season was a white marlin, boated on the fourth of June, it came in on the Lynnwood, Capt. Cecil Woodward. Three days later, on the s e v e n t h , Capt. Art Cox sailed into the harbor with the first sail fish of the season. It was a month and two days later that the first blue was landed and the honor went to Capt. Jiminie Trammell on the Reveille Reveille Two. That was the start, and from there we all watched, with an understandable sense of excitement excitement and pride, as we approached approached and then passed the one hundred and thirty eighl mark attained in the year ol s ; xty five. Then on to a new high of two hundred and forty. Definitely. Destin has "arrived" as a sports fisherman's paradise paradise for the unforgetable thrill of boating that big one. The biggest blue of the year came ir. on Capt. Buddy Gentry's troller Marliner and was the Rodeo Rodeo winner, at 424 pounds measuring eleven feet, three and a half inches. Incidentally this one was second ilace win- ne rin the Miracle c^rip Bil Fishing Tourney. The smallest blue marlin, according to our records, was just 6 inches long- A perfect miniature specimen, brought in on July 27 on the Jet Star One, Capt. Howard Marler Sr. We could devote the entire column tq comparisons of sail ALBANY (UPD - Tiae spectre of cities choked by air lution, terrorized by hood- urns, strangled by traffic, and divided by ghettoes haunts New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefel- er's administration. As he takes office for his hire' consecutive term, Rocke- considers the dilemmas of the cities his greatest challenge. Responsible for the nation's second most populous state, where the bulk of the people are located in six major cities, the federal government's war on poverty, to its programs to control water and air pollution, and to other projects to solve urban problems. T 1 - · governor boasts he i. u s pioneered in some areas where federal legislation now exists -water -water pollution for example. T'^e Republican's vocal concern concern for New York City's difficulties with mass transportation; transportation; air pollution; increasing crime rates; and slum rehabilitation rehabilitation struck responsive chords last November when he nearly carried predominantly Demo- and white and blue marlin, but there is much more 1o report, so we will suffice with saying that the last reported bill fish of the year past arrived in port in November. Two blues boated by Capt. Andy Anderson on the Cloud Nine and a white caught on the Lynwood, Capt. Ceil Woodward. Cobia The cobia run, which more or less opens what is known as the Season, was a good one although I don't have any quotable quotable results. This was before [ started keeping records and svriting reports. I do remember [hat there were some fine fish taken. The mackerel run, well, that is a different kettle of fish. This one I followed and reported both in this column as well as on radio and in p r e s s releases through the Florida Development Development Commission's News Bureau Bureau aiiJ with individual home town press releases all over the country. The king mackerel run for Ihe past year has been writer's dream. Old Timers along the water front tell me that this was the greatest season for the kings that they can remember I am inclined to believe, after reporting daily catches, that more than once there were as many as a hundred of the ga- may battlers credited in a day for any one boat. Not only were they plentiful but sizeable as well. Even the piers were bringing in fish of a size that was almost unbelievable. unbelievable. E x a m p l e , the thirty four pound king that won the Rodeo top prize in that category. The party boats, putting out on their daily safaris to the snapper banks, had a good season. season. The pasengers were plentiful plentiful and the fish were theire in quantity. All are willing to agree that, overall, the snapper fishing fishing was not up to what it ha." been In seasons past. Now this is not meant to imply that it was a poor season for snapper, but rather to clarify that the snappers were not running to size as they had in years past and that it took a bit more to fill the boxes. What the reasons reasons were is a matter of conjecture conjecture and a half dozen Captain? would give you a half dozen different reasons. Years end seemed to redeem the season though, with a commercial commercial trip that netted two of snapper. I can remember one trip of, iwo days' duration, with a char- :er party this past summer, that resulted in a half ton of fish. By and largo, we have no ies to offer for the results of :he season as far as the bottom circuit is concerned. Why, we even brought in a 100 Jb. whale this year- Proof positive of this catch is self evident in the mounted display a our local museum of the Sea and Indian. Further proof of the big one that didn't get away will be evident in the spring when a three hundred and sixty four pound blue marlin wil become a permanent permanent display in Destin. This one, your reporter, had a hand in adding to the score of record catches. All in all, the year now waning, has been a good one for the fisherfolk of Destin and we are looking forward to a bigger and better year ahead. Goodby, old man 66, you have served us well and we salute your passing! Welcome newcomer 76, the future i~ yours to handle. May you serve us wisely and well. May you bring us, as a token of your short span in the pages of history, new success, good health and a small measure measure of wealth, not only monetary, monetary, but the wealth of good fellow ship, understanding and sympathy for the problems of our fellow man as well as a bountiful harvest from mother sea. Happy New Year! a is

Clipped from Playground Daily News30 Dec 1966, FriPage 4

Playground Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Florida)30 Dec 1966, FriPage 4
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