The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 10, 1968 · Page 110
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 110

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H8 Falm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 10, 1968 Decisions! The Fisherman s Dilemma again and aim his car for the kingfish drift boat docks. Joe changed his mind so often that he really never got to do much fishing. The sleepless nights and wanderings from place to place went on for days. One morning Joe appeared in his second story bedroom window, throwing rods and reels and all kinds of tackle to the sidewalk below, and shouting, "Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!" Two men clad in white arrived carrying a jacket. And it wasn't a life jacket. Can fishing in the Palm Beaches really be as good as It is in the legend of Joe Meemie? It sure can. The kinds of fish that drove Joe over the thin line are only a few of the species of gameflsh that are available in this great fishing area in the fall, winter and spring. There Is such a wide variety of fishing to be enjoyed in this area that it is advisable to use three categories: Offshore, Inshore salt water, and fresh water. Offshore fishing activity consists of trolling, drift fishing and bottom fishing. The most spectacular species sought by the trollers is the sailfish. The coastal area from Hillsboro Inlet northward to Fort Pierce Is prime sailfish territory. During the winter season sailfish often run in schools between Fort Pierce and the Palm Beaches. During By ED BUCKOW All anglers visiting the Palm Beaches area should know about the legend of Joe Meemle. Meemie was a fantastically enthusiastic angler when It came to all forms of fishing. In fact, his enthusiasm over ail types of fishing was Joe's big trouble, and the reason why he finally had to be sent away for a long rest. It happened this way: It was early winter and, as sometimes happens in the vicinity of the Palm Beaches, the bass were going wild in Lake Okeechobee, the kingfish schools had moved in offshore, the Spanish mackerel were running at the ocean fishing piers and the bluefish and pom-pano were hitting in the waters of Lake Worth. It so happened that Joe lived to fish for bass, kingfish, pompano, bluefish and Spanish mackerel. With all of these species hitting at once, Joe was beside himself. He tossed and turned all night in bed trying to decide which species he would fish for the next morning. Before daybreak, sleepless, haggard Joe would rise to head for the fishing grounds. He'd set out for the ocean pier, change his mind, and head for Lake Okeechobee. Halfway to the lake he'd change his mind mild weather these schools generally are found in the vicinity of Stuart and Fort Pierce, but northwesters send them scurrying southward at times. The same baits that are used for sailfish whole mullet and balao or live blue runners will take a wide variety of other gamefish. Some of the latter are kingfish, wahoo, dolphin, barracuda, tuna, bonito, amberjack, blue marlin and white marlin. Marlin are more plentiful in these waters during the summer months, but they show up occasionally throughout the year. The charter boat fleet In the "sailfish sector" is excellent. Visiting anglers can cut charter costs by getting together with one or more other fishermen for an offshore trip. Everything Is provided aboard these boats but the lunch. A big event in offshore waters off Palm Beach County is the annual kingfish run. Huge schools of kingfish generally move Into this area In late November or early December, to remain until early spring. They are taken by the thousands by anglers fishing aboard the drift boats, which are known as "head boats" in northern waters. Many other gameflsh, Including sailfish, are caught from the drift fishing boats. It's really bargain fishing. For about five dollars a fisherman has a chance at almost anything. There is also a wide variety of species that are taken in Inshore waters from ocean piers, the beaches, small boats, bridges, jetties, docks and seawalls. Pompano and bluefish are caught in the surf from the fall through spring. At times, big runs of pompano, blues and Spanish mackerel occur at the ocean piers. Pompano and bluefish also run into estuaries rivers and Lake Worth, the long lagoon that separates West Palm Beach from Palm Beach. Snook are less plentiful In the winter than they are In the summer, but they are available at all times of the year. A powerful fish that is taken Inshore Is the jack crevalle, which may weigh as much as 40 pounds. The acrobat of Inshore waters Is the lady-fish, which readily strikes artificial lures and achieves weights up to 5 and 6 pounds. Snap per and many other species of bottom fish are sought by a great many Inshore salt water anglers. Lake Okeechobee, located a relatively short drive from the Palm Beaches, Is the big fresh water "fish factory" In South Florida, but the hundreds of miles of canals In the Everglades are also highly productive of fish. The fishing for bass and panflsh In Lake Okeechobee is good the year around, but bass and speckled perch action hits a peak In the winter and early spring. Most fishermen In Palm Beach and Martin counties fish on the north, east and south shores of the big lake. The annual winter run of speckled perch, a fish that Is also known as black crappie, attracts thousands of anglers from all over Florida and the nation. The "specks" are taken In tremendous numbers month after month, with the peak activity occurring on the north shore of the lake. Because of the grass beds on the lake, revolving spool bait casting tackle and 20-pound-test line is recommended for bass fishermen. Light spinning tackle and cane poles are used to catch the speckled perch. The big season for bluegill and shellcrack-er on Lake Okeechobee is late spring and summer when these large panflsh take to the spawning beds in large numbers. A favorite fishing region In the Everglades in this area consists of Conservation Areas 1 and 2. The Loxahatchee Recreation Area provides access to the canals that rim these water conservation areas. If water levels are up, there is also fishing on the flats at the south end of Area 1, which lies completely In Palm Beach County. The Loxahatchee Recreation Area Is a full service site. These services include guides, boats, motors and lodging. Because of the excellent offshore fishing, and the concentration of top-flight boats and gamefish guides, many fishing tournaments are held In this area each winter in January and February. These Include the Masters Invitational Angling Tournament, International Women's Fishing Association events, and the annual Silver Sailfish Derby. K T ( ' ( 0 l-'wt .1 WAITING In addition to being a professional golfer, Jack Nicklaus is an avid fisherman. 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