I wish they would have kept our area as they did north of us, catch and release.
We did not get affected by algae blooms and it has been good here fishing wise. But it has not that been good up north which is still recovering from those horrid algae blooms and the habitat destruction that caused. My friends in Sanibel have been fishing with me before this happened. They will not open catch and release north of us anytime soon.
This has caused many to come down here especially the meat fishermen. And then the final straw was when flamingo, and entire east coast shut down ramps coincided with snook season open. Wow, you have no idea the hundreds here every weekend starting on Thursday for some reason. We have not gotten a break and it has affected IMHO our area, too much pressure on one resource.
I can’t wait for all areas around to open so they can leave us alone for a bit.
Love many, trust few and always paddle your own canoe.
My son fished the power=pole redfish tournament on Saturday... they could not keep Snook off their lines in Tampa Bay.. the winners who caught most of the Redfish were fishing the Pine Island areas...
I kind of agree they should maybe have included your area in the closure, but I really think they could have opened it this year. There is no shortage of fish they are just in other areas and Redfish & Snook are pretty well regulated already by slot and Snook season.
Old fugger with a bad heart, who just wants to fish
Viv: We have the same issue on the north end of the closure. Pasco county is just south of Hernando county (where I live) and the northernmost area of the closure. All the meat fishermen (and guides) from Pasco are up at our (Hernando) ramps and fishing areas since we're the closest to where they can keep fish.
I can tell you, it's all about keeping fish over here. Not a lot of catch-and-release mentality around these parts .......
over 100 boats launched from ORA marina on Saturday, well over 60 on Sunday. Majority were from along the East coast, as far North as Vero Beach area. Black Point was shut down at 11:00am on Saturday due to over capacity. Spoke to someone on Sunday that said his friend went to drop off his truck and boat on the trailer Saturday night around 11:30 and there were already almost 100 lined up for the next morning. Has the ramp at Flamingo opened? They still can't get down the keys unless they are residents. Wish they would have done that here. As Marie said on Saturday as we tried to find an island that didn't have three boats on it, "here we are in the 10,000 islands with 9,000 boats".
If the Tourism board has their way the Keys will never open again to us locals, day trippers, trash people... they only want the best of wealthiest of visitors who will drop load of cash... I think that will put quite a strain on the local buisness's North of Islamorada but good luck if they can pull it off.
Rethinking Tourism... We need Smart Brave People to take the time to watch this video and make their recommendations to the Florida Keys Tourism Development Council in this post.
It is time to hit the "reset button" and make responsible decisions about tourism in the Florida Keys that actually enhances the quality of life for it's residents the increases the quality of our visitors’ experience.
We have seen what it looks like when the islands are overrun with cars and tourists, and nobody is happy. Revenue goes down, tourists get pissed off because they are spending hoursin their cars, locals are pissed because they can't get to work, the environment gets destroyed by day trippers and other careless visitors.
1. No more tour busses.
2. No more cruise ships.
3. No more day trippers".
4. Form a second organization (which is separate fron the Tourism Development Council) that focuses on quality of life and create a higher value, genuine experience for residents and visitors.