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v, nrrmn vvnm w mj w w m f mm . , , . . . , , . ' t" i r ' THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1998 9C Biologists I want sick : fish samples By Willie Howard Palm Beach Post Staff Writer . State biologists are asking anglers to help gather samples of lesion-infested fish that have been found recently from North Palm Beach to New Smyrna Beach. ; Anyone who catches such a fish should put it on ice, wash their hands throughly and call the fish kill hotline at 1-800-636-0511. Ann Forstchen, a fish biologist with the Flor Outdoors notebook m 1 "- -t ' '- " '"l-J -IJ'-J-11"' ". - t'.'- r " ; :. . . v 1 - it . I J -r I ? ? r 1 . - ; n 1 HA ' ' i Xr ' "xu . , v -v - - .JiA . , ' ':' , f j , y ; Jay t-riy o f 5 A'. " ... J - LIU XINStaff Photographer Karen Crospy and Skyler Radle (19 months old) watch boats come to the port for the 13th annual Palm Beach Boat Show. Over 700 boats will be on display. .boa: nd New features on 1998 Palm Beach Boat Show Flying cat is part racing, part offshore fishing boat Ticket office show entrance NARCISSUS AVE. Librar "1 , o Zk Restrooms I Ticket office. Exhibit S tent I : ampnnneaierv I !- i. i r -4 I show entrance Air-conditioned tent Iw pb ptesiruums , ic. , i - : - f f. -'-' BimW La i u BwCaft IliElI-J1 '' " : ;' PaV Phones- lighthouse d ' " Ji i Theater of " ; Fishing I the Sea Village .x-.J (seminars. X. ' , : and tadsrrsnT, ,i Trainable I boats and j South , I exhibit tents cocktail , , r- J - BaettBank"" , New boats - loan office J 4--JJ North fishing clinlo) cocktail barge IntmcoBstal j j Brokerage (used) boats rincr I.I.I I SOURCE: Show Management dWi ida Marine mmmm Research Institute in St. Petersburg, said anglers also can call her directly at (813) 896-8626, extension 4229. Anglers who collect a needed sample will be asked to ship them via Federal Express, at state expense, to the FMRI's St. Petersburg laboratory in a hard-sided cooler. I Anglers also can drop off sick fish at White's Tackle, 521 N. Second St., Fort Pierce; the Snook Nook, 3595 N.E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; or at the FMRI office, 19100 S.E. Federal HWY, Tequesta. So far, the state is studying only mullet and snook afflicted with lesions. Snook workshop April 2 Marine Fisheries Commission will hold a public workshop April 2 to discuss snook management options including a one-fish daily bag limit, new size restrictions and longer closed seasons. j The meeting will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the West Palm Beach Fishing Club, 210 Fifth St, West Palm Beach. A similar workshop is set for 6:30 p.m, April 9 at the Jensen Beach Community Center, 1920 N.E. Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach. For more information, call (850) 487-0554. ! Permit deadline nears Hunters interested in using the 82,000-acre Avon Park Air Force Bombing range in Highlands and Polk counties next season must apply for a permit by April 7. Managers will select 2,000 permits during a random drawing in May. The application fee is $5. For an application form, call (941) 452-4254. Canoekayak race April 2 A canoe and kayak race that benefits the American Red Cross will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. April 2 at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound. The $20 fee includes the park admission fee, canoe rental and participation in all events. Events include a canoe relay and canoekayak mini marathons, games and a picnic lunch. For more information, call Lori Owen at the American Red Cross, (561) 833-7711. Calendar Today: Marion Bailey speaks on night-roaming bats and insects, 7:30 p.m., Hobe Sound Nature Center. U.S. 1 in southern Martin County. Free. Call (561)546-2067. Saturday: Nine-mile hike in Jonathan Dickinson State Park with Florida Trail Association. Call Don Wood, (561) 622-2908. Saturday: Free boating safety class sponsored by the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Leisure Services Center, 525 Swain St., Greenacres. Call for reservations. (561)625 5126. Saturday: Native Florida wildlife demonstration, 1 1 a.m.. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blyd.. Boca Raton. Call (56 1 ) 338-1473. Saturday: Outdated signal flares will be collected by the St. Lucie Shenff's Office Marine CO. P. program, 9 a.m. uritil 1 p.m.. at the Black Pearl, North Bridge, Rivergate and Jaycee Park boat ramps. Call (561) 462-3350. , Saturday: Vic Dunaway of Florida Sportsman magazine will sign his book. Complete Book of Baits. Rigs A Tackle, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at The Sports Authonty, 363 N. Congress Ave., Boynon Beach. Call (56 1 ) 733-3226. ; Monday: Loxahatchee River coordinating council discusses plans for nver, 3:30 p.m., Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District, 357 Hiatt Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Call (561) 687-6332. J Tuesday: Poets and writers of Mac-Arthur Park meet at 2 p.m., nature center, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, State Road A 1 A, Singer Island. Parti entrance fee $3.25 per car. Call (56 1 ) 624- 6952. Tuesday: Groundbreaking for expansion of Hobe Sound Nature Center, 2 p.m. at Hobe Sound National Wikftfe Refuge. U.S. I. southern Martin County. Will include volunteer service awards. Can (561)546-2067. , Wednesday: Palm Beach Power Squadron begins boating safety course. 6 p m . Paim Beach Lakes High School. 3505 Shitoh Dnve. West Palm Beach. Fee $16. Can (561) 622-2379. ; Wednesday: Coast Guard Auilftry begins sa'e boatmg class. 7:30 pm, Santaiuces High School. 6680 Lawrence Road. Lantana Matenais fee $35. Can Ed Gn?enfeid. (56 1 ) 965-4655. V, list srnJ information on avnts to M illie Howard The Palm Iiaih Post Sports Department 2751 South Dixit Highway, West Palm &a,h 33416-4700, or fax Jo 561S20-4!. - ROB BARGEStaff Artist Boat show basics If you think an offshore fishing boat has to be a tubby craft that wallows through the ocean, consider a flying cat. Pete Casini, an offshore racing throttle man, boat builder and ocean angler, merged his passions to build the 30-foot Cobra Predator, a center console catamaran that cruises at 60 mph and reaches a top speed of 83 mph with twin 225-horsepower out-boards. Just for the record, that's fast for a twin-outboard boat. This cat could transform a morning crossing from Palm Beach Inlet to the Bahamas into a one-hour jolt. "It's the next-generation fishing boat," said Casini, who designed the cat as a racing machine and added the flat foredeck, storage boxes, outriggers, center console and other amenities for fishing- Casini and I tested a Predator equipped with three 225-horsepower Suzukis on Monday in the Intracoastal Waterway north of the Blue Heron Bridge. That's 675 horsepower on a 30-foot tunnel boat. Yeeeoow. This boat is capable of speeds over 90 mph. I tried to delay the inevitable by asking questions about the boat, but the time came when Casini removed his cap and pushed the throttles forward to begin our over-the-water flight Casini tightened the tension setting on the steering wheel, then pushed the racing throttles forward. Running 60 mph didn't feel bad at all; it's cruising speed for this cat. Then he pressed the throtdes forward again. As we accelerated to 80 mph and beyond, the cat began to feel lighter and lighter under us. The sound of wind rushing over our Willie Howard Outdoors ears elevated to a roar. Casini fixed his eyes on the water ahead. It gave me comfort to know that Casini is a veteran offshore racer. But I couldn't help imagining what might happen if we hit a large yacht wake or a floating coconut at 90 mph. A list of life-insurance policies scrolled through my head. Fortunately, we ran out of running room near Munyon Island and slowed down. "At 90 mph, you don't want to touch anything," Casini said. "There's little room for error." The belly of this cat is built in a wedge shape, with the thin part of the wedge at the bow and the thick part at the stern. The faster the speed, the more air it compresses and the more the boat lifts out of the water. At high speed, the boat is actually riding on a pair of 4'2-inch-wide pads that work like water skis to lift it out of the water. So it almost flies. Casini claims his tunnel design decreases the water drag so much that the Predator uses half the fuel of a similar-sized deep V hull at cruising speed. And it reaches a much higher top speed with comparable power. The 30-foot Kevlar hull equipped with twin 225-horsepower outboards sells for $97,000, not including the trailer. Cobra's tunnel boats will be on display through Sunday at the Palm Beach Boat Show. Electronics, clinics, accessories, a 15-minute film and, of . course, boats, are on display. By Willie Howard Palm Beach Post Staff Writer The 13th annual Palm Beach Boat Show opens at noon today with a $100 million display of boats, electronics and accessories along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach. New features of this year's show include: The Guy Harvey Theater of the Sea, a 15-minute movie featuring underwater footage of 1,000-pound blue marlins, a "sea monster" sighting and vintage big-game fishing footage from the International Game Fish Association's archives. The Guy Harvey show is free with admission to the boat show. Six fishing clinics for youths age 16 and under. Those who complete the 75-minute fishing seminars will receive a free rod-and-reel combination and accessory kit. Clinics will be held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Participants should call (561) 833-5711 for a reservation. Throughout the show, professional fishing guides and other expert anglers from Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast will speak on a variety of fishing topics in the Fishing Village at the show's north end. The fishing seminars, free with admission, will cover topics . such as offshore fly fishing, cast net throwing and ballyhoo rigging. Experts will offer specific tips for catching snook, redfish, dolphin, wahoo and king mackerel. Tom Twyford, executive director of the West Palm Beach Fishing Club, will share his tested techniques for catching a variety of fish in the Lake Worth Lagoon at 4 p.m. Sunday. The prominent feature of the show is, of course, boats. Some 700 boats from 17-foot light-tackle skiffs to the 100-foot Tar-rab motoryacht will be on display, both in the water and on trailers along Flagler Drive. Those who like luxury afloat might want to visit the 81 -foot Cheoy Lee sport yacht, featuring an office, staterooms, a large sunning deck, a top speed of 37 mph and a $3.2 million price tag. Offshore anglers might enjoy touring the 20th Anniversary .. Edition Salt Shaker 300, a 30-foot big game fishing boat Jet boats such as the Yamaha 270, as well as personal water-craft also will be on display. A free seminar for first-time boat buyers will be offered from LOCATION: Flagler Drive between Clematis and Fern streets, downtown West Palm Beach. From Interstate 95, take the Okeechobee Boulevard exit and drive east to the parking and-ride lot next to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. HOURS: Noon until 8 p.m. today; 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday. ADMISSION: $7 for adults, $2 for children 6-12. Children under 6 free. (Free admission for one adult with youth age 16 or under who is registered for one of the six kids fishing clinics offered Saturday and Sunday.) KIDS FISHING CLINICS: Free fishing clinics for youths age ; 16 and under offered at 1 1 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Those who complete one of the 75-minute seminars will receive a free rod and reel and an accessory kit. Space is limited. To register, call (561) 833-5711. BOAT BUYER'S SEMINAR: The free seminar for first-time boat buyers will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday. Participants must arrive by 9:30 a.m. Topics include boat financing, insurance, maintenance and storage. To register, call (561)833-5711. PARKING: Park at the downtown garage at Evemia Street and South Olive Avenue or the park-and-ride lot next to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on Okeechobee Boulevard. The $5 park-and-ride fee includes shuttle bus service. COMING BY BOAT? Free dock space is available at the south end of the show. MORE INFORMATION: Call (56 1 ) 833-57 1 1 . FISHING SEMINAR SCHEDULE: Boat show fishing seminars will conducted by expert anglers from the Wendy's Hydra Sports Fishing Team and the West Palm Beach Fishing Club. Fishing seminars will be held on a stage at the Fishing Village at the north end of the boat show. Here's the schedule: Thursday: 5:30 p.m. Allen Winchell: Fishing with live bait; 6:30 p.m. Frank Venable: Fishing for snook and redfish. Friday: 5:30 p.m. Al Fernandez: Throwing a cast net; 6:30 p.m. Mark Nichols: Using artificial lures for snook and sea trout. Saturday: Noon Troy Nelson: Offshore trolling; 4 p.m. Scott Hamilton: Blue water fly fishing; 6 p.m. Al Fernandez: Throwing a cast net; 7 p.m. William McOow: Ballyhoo rigging basics. Sunday: Noon Ray Waldner: Trolling for dolphin and wahoo; 2 p.m. Randy Nelson: Tournament fishing for king mackerel; 4 p.m. Tom Twyford: Catching f sh In the Lake Worth Lagoon. Ht 1 ! tj;ri i ::i tt M'.. MM Iftt in4 in -rt:ejii' ir t fM t ' - - VII t A T. "V ? " XT jiyiii..-. Photo D WILLIE MOWWD The 30-foot Cobra Predator is equipped with three 225-horsepower Suzuki outboards and reaches speeds of 90 mph. At high speed, the boat is actually riding as if on water skiis. Fashion aficionados should enjoy the bikini shows at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Meyer Amphitheater. 9 a.m. until noon Saturday. Experts will offer adice on boat storage, financing, insurance, maintenance and safe handling.