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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 185

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THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1 997 7 Our weekly guide to the ' - In i miiriinil MFC rejects commercial fishing ban on Broward reefs ' in state waters. But that day has not arrived. ; Meanwhile, the commission should make rules based on the ';' health of fish populations, not on s the desires of county commissioners or groups of HOLLYWOOD Good sense prevailed Wednesday when the Marine Fisheries Commission unanimously dropped a proposal that would have essentially banned commercial fishing near five Broward County artificial reefs. The proposal would have restricted commercial hook-and-Iine anglers to recreational bag limits over the artificial reefs and would have outlawed the use of electric reels over the reefs. In the end, the commission decided, the measure was Even though the Broward County Commission endorsed the proposal, the county's commitment to enforcement was lackluster. The final blow came Tuesday in a letter from Steve Somerville, director of the county's Department of Natural Resource Protection, who said the county would not pay for any additional costs associated with enforcing the rule. Enforcement was just one of the problems with the proposed "special management zone." Proposed by the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo, which raised money to sink several of the artificial reefs off Broward, the debate began as a fight over amberjack and was extended to include all finfish. The MFC has since extended the closed season on amberjack to include March and imposed a 36-inch minimum size to protect several amberjack species when they congregate to spawn. The commission also reduced the recreational bag limit for greater amberjack from three fish to one. That's the correct way to manage damaged fish populations. Marine scientists should figure out why and how a species is being overharvested, and the commission should make rules to protect the fish. This proposed commercial fishing ban, intentionally or unintentionally, simply protected recreational anglers at the expense of commercial anglers. Someday, Florida voters may decide to restrict or outlaw commercial hook-and-line fishing i jmivwiiwnrn rnminu hull i hwillwiuk Willie Howard Outdoors impossible for the Florida Marine Patrol to enforce. On such local rules, the MFC generally looks to local government for enforcement today and Friday at the Clarion .' Hotel, 4000 S. Ocean Blvd., j ' ' Hollywood. Today's agenda begins "z with a discussion of new bag and , size limits for snook. . "tt 88 ifU... V s Vf it'.,; - 1 A Skk , -::f 5 1 I Photo by WILLIE HOWARD Ray Waldner, a biology professor at Palm Beach Atlantic College, shows off a jack crevalle he caught while fishing with guide Greg Bogdan. Fishing guides, experts make it seem too easy .'-, - 'jr' J"J'i 4::;- Chummed into a frenzy, the fish seemed easy to catch. Wakeman threw a fly from the bow and caught a 7-pound Spanish mackerel I caught a few Spanish on spoon rigged with a wire leader. 5-month MET tournament begins Dec. 14 By Willie Howard Palm Beach Post Staff Writer The 63rd Annual Metropolitan South Florida Fishing Tournament begins Dec. 13 with the MET opener all-release tournament at the Miami Beach Marina. Technically, the five-month Notebook MET tournament begins the Allowing day, Dec. 14, and continues through midnight on May 17. The MET, founded in 1935 to promote tourism in South Florida, attracted 19,000 anglers last year. Two facts make it popular: It's free, and it covers " 11 South Florida counties from Fort Pierce to Key west and the western Bahama Islands. Anglers can enter any of 37 species of fish in various tackle categories for a chance at a dozen trophies. The annual MET booster banquet and auction is set for March 20; the awards banquet is July 10. To register for the MET opener or the full tournament, pick up a free MET handbook at a designated MET weigh station such as Lott Brothers in North Palm Beach, Brackish Jack's in Jensen Beach or Harbourtown Marina in Fort Pierce. (Even MET veterans should read the 1997-98 handbook because of rule changes.) For more information, call the MET office in Miami at (305) 569-0066 or write to: The MET, P.O. Box 140850, Coral Gables, 33114. Tournament benefits injured racers : The Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary's annual Hook, Line and Sinker sailfish release tournament is set for Dec. 12-13 out of the Buccaneer Marina. The tournament benefits the auxiliary, a nonprofit corporation that provides financial help to the families of Winston Cup drivers who are injured or killed. , Before the fishing begins, the auxiliary will hold a party and dinner Dec. 12 for Bobby Allison's 60th birthday at the Palm Beach Shores Resort (formerly Embassy Suites). Tickets for the birthday party are $75. Donnie and Bobby Allison, Hut Stricklin, Adam Petty and Todd Bodine are among the NASCAR drivers scheduled to participate. Fishing will be Saturday, Dec. 13. Anglers can fish with one of the drivers for an $800 donation. For more information or to purchase a ticket to Allison's birthday party, call Protech & Associates at (717) 646-0898. Fifteen complete nine-day Big O Hike The sixth annual Big O Hike ended Sunday with 15 people completing the 107-mile, nine-day hike around the big lake. Hike leader Sunny Piskura of the Florida Trail Association said hikers joined and left the group at various points throughout the trek, which included a stop at the Clewiston Inn for Thanksgiving dinner. Weather was good throughout the event except for the last half an hour, when half a dozen hikers were drenched in a downpour during the final mile coming into Pahokee. Calendar Today: Brian Toland of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service discusses habitat management for scrub jays and other animals, 7:30 p.m., Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. 1. Free. Call (561)546-2067. Friday-Sunday: Everglades National Park 50th anniversary celebration, Including three-day festival in Everglades City; a panel discussion on the history of the park Friday at Keys Gate Golf and Tennis Club in Homestead; a Friday festival In Homestead; and a park rededication at 2 p.m. Saturday at Everglades City Airpark. Call (305) 242-7700. Saturday: Sixth annual Coral Reef Celebration, including nautical art show, music, sea turtle tanks, children's games, food and a silent auction, 2 p.m. until 7 p.m., Sailfish Marina, Palm Beach Shores. Benefits Ocean Impact Foundation. Free admission. Call (561) 471-3403 or (561) 640-4810. Saturday: Audubon Society of the Everglades leads birdwatching trip at Wakodahatchee Wetland boardwalk, 7:30 a.m., Jog Road 1 mile north of Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach. Beginners welcome. Free. Call (561) 585-7714. Saturday: Canoe the Loxahatchee Slough with the Loxahatchee Preserve Nature Center, 8 a.m., Northlake Boulevard 1 mile west of Beeline Highway, West Palm Beach. Fee $9 for adults, $3 for children. Pre-registratlon required. Call (561) 627-8831. Saturday: Volunteers needed to plant native shrubs and clean beach and lagoon at Blowing Rocks Preserve, 574 S. Beach Road, Hobe Sound (Jupiter Island), 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Call Teri Jabour to register, (561) 744-6668; Saturday: Murray Brothers hosts wine-and-cheese party for IGFA Junior Angler world record program, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 884 U.S. 1, North Palm Beach. Raffle and silent auction. Free admission. Call (561) 626-7840. Saturday: Palm Beach Sailing Club hosts small-boat regatta In the Lake Worth Lagoon and offshore regatta for large boats, 1 0 a.m. until 4 p.m. Fee $ 1 0 for members, $ 1 5 for non-members. Call to register, (561) 691-5017. Saturday: Holiday Boat Parade of the Palm Beaches. Boats leave from Peanut Island at 6:30 p.m. and travel north through the Lake Worth Lagoon to the Intracoastal Waterway. Call (561)624-9092. Saturday: Florida Trail Association hosts morning walk in John Prince Park, Lake Worth, followed by breakfast. Call Paul Cummings, (561)734-4416. B Please send information on events to Willie Howard, The Palm Beach Post Sports Department, 2751 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach 33416-4M, or fax to 56U 20-4481. 1 Photo by WILLIE HOWARD Live bait pitched overboard by guide Butch Constable attracted Spanish mackerel, pompano, jack crevalle and ladyfish to within casting distance of his boat off Hobe Sound Beach. EXPERTS From 1C itself. Loaded down with live bait, Constable, Wakeman and I headed out the Jupiter Inlet and ran north along the beach looking for tell-tale signs of action. Constable stopped 100 yards off Jupiter Island beach when he spotted cloudy water. He hurled fists full of live bait overboard and watched as the food chain began to link up. A school of jacks came at us so hard that they left a wake in the water. Spanish mackerel began to jump around the boat. It was show time. Chummed into a frenzy, the fish seemed easy to catch. Wakeman threw a fly from the bow and caught a 7-pound Spanish mackerel. I caught a few Spanish on spoon rigged with a wire leader. Then we switched to jigs and caught pompano. By 11 a.m., we had boated eight species Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, pompano, jack crevalle, blue runner, ladyfish, bluefish and sennet (related to the barracuda) and had spotted a cobia under the boat. Fishing seminar Jan. 24 Back at the marina, we learned that sailfish guru Nick Smith of North Palm Beach, fishing on Poveromo's boat, had caught and released a sailfish off Lost Tree Village using live goggle eyes fished from a kite. Bogdan and his crew had caught and released two sailfish just south of Palm Beach Inlet using a kite and live bait. All this before lunch. I became a believer. Could I duplicate the performance of these experts tomorrow? No way. But at least now I know what I need to learn. Salt Water Sportsman magazine will bring its national seminar series to Palm Beach Gardens on Saturday, Jan. 24. The South Florida seminar will include instruction on inshore and offshore saltwater fishing taught by guides and experts from Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties. The seminar costs $40 for six hours of instruction and includes a textbook, a subscription to Salt Water Sportsman magazine, a Roffer's ocean fishing forecast and a chance to win a 19-foot Mako center console with a 150-horsepower Johnson and Float-On trailer. The seminar runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. that Saturday at Palm Beach Community College's Eissey Campus Theater, 3160 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. For reservations, call 1-800-448-7360. Here's the lineup of speakers: Spider Andresen Publisher at large of Salt Water Sportsman magazine and Massachusetts native who fly fishes for bonefish and tarpon in the Florida Keys during the winters and charter fishes in Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket during the summers. George Poveromo Senior editor for Salt Water Sportsman magazine and nationally recognized sport fishing expert who grew up fishing in Miami and has fished all over the world. He co-wrote the seminar textbook and has produced videos on offshore trolling for dolphin. Mitchell Roffer Roffer earned a doctorate in oceanography from the University of Miami before founding Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting Senice (ROFFS) in the late 1970s. His company provides anglers with fishing conditions analyses. . ..-.i .... . Y f. : t -, t . , V turn - I V i 4 - i " 1 t ; V f ) Greg Bogdan An inshore and offshore light-tackle guide who frequently fishes Palm Beach Inlet. Bogdan frequently targets permit, African pompano, snook, tarpon, cobia and jack crevalle In the inlet as well as sailfish, wahoo and king mackerel offshore. Nick Smith A nationally recognized authority on live-bait tactics for sailfishing from North Palm Beach who has won the Metropolitan South Florida Fishing Tournament's sailfish division 15 times, including last year's 62nd annual MET, when he had 105 sailfish releases.. Rufus Wakeman A Palm Beach native with experience fishing inshore and offshore throughout Florida and the Bahamas. Now living in Jensen Beach, Wakeman is developing techniques for live-bait chumming deep offshore wrecks along the Treasure Coast. Ray Waldner A professor of biology at Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, Waldner is an accomplished offshore and inshore fisherman who knows the waters of Palm Beach County as well as the Bahamas and the Florida Keys. t ) 0i ilmmiiiiiL,.. jh, J - . - " : ' s4 1 Bouncer Smith One of Florida's premier tarpon guides, Smith is an expert in catching silver kings in and around inlets and off the beaches of South Florida. Based in North Miami Beach, Smith is a light-tackle master who averages more than 300 trips a year. v.. Butch Constable i 1 A Jupiter guide who has ' r been fishing professionally , ! for 25 years, Constable is an A expert in catching and S V chumming with live bait. t ' Best known as a snook I . - expert, he also pursues 1 1 tarpon, redfish, king V f mackerel, Spanish mackerel , ') and African pompano. I -J . 7 I j L 4

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