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Today's News

  • Fishing Lines: Hooray! Big fish are back!

    The big fish have returned. The food web in our inshore/near shore waters is now nearly complete. With the exception pf tarpon, all of the large predators are now available for some major tug-O-war action. Oh and speaking of big fish, there are several manatees in the area so be on the lookout for these gentle giants.

    Holy mackerel! The mackerel that are running the edge of the flats are huge! Monday we caught six that went over thirty inches. Now those are some hefty Macs. Interestingly enough they were caught on freshwater crank baits.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: The rulers of the Keys

    Who are the rulers of the Keys/ Who really reigns supreme? We can come up with all sorts of answers. Everyone knows that the city council rules, or at least is the ruling body, right? Or is it the mayor? Or police? Or CRA? Thinking broader than that, I've come up with some thoughts, a few potential answers, ideas, other virtual realities of who rules the Keys.

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Happy birthday, bubble boats

    Tomorrow, April 11, will be the 108th birthday of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force. This is of interest to me because for most of my 21 years of active Naval service, I worked on submarines (affectionately referred to as "bubble boats" or "bubble machines"). I never was assigned to one so I didn't have any sea time under water (unless you count the eight hours of the dependents cruise I took my wife on) but, being assigned to a submarine tender, I worked on many of them. The training that I received for those assignments was my first real introduction to computers.

  • Reflections: What's up with the airlines?

    Just this week three airlines filed bankruptcy. The airline industry is failing miserably it seems. They say it is because of competition and fuel prices. I say it's from mismanagement.

    And too, it seems like everyone gets left holding the bag when the airlines bail out - except for the executives. They leave with their pockets full. What does that tell you?

  • Girls do it again, four-peat at county meet

    With 98 points, Cedar Key girls won the team scoring at Tuesday's running of the Levy County Track Meet, and Shark boys placed second in their competition with 83.5.

    Host Cedar Key head coach Brad Penney proudly informed the crowd in attendance that another school record had been set with Samantha Beckham's 10'0" pole vault success.

    "That's also a tie for state runner-up among 1A schools," he said.

    Boys also had an outstanding outing, narrowly falling behind Williston in team scoring.

  • Sharks bite back hard vs. Meadowbrook

    With his no-out, RBI walk-off home run, Ryan Alford put the cap on Cedar Key's thrilling 7-6 comeback win against district visitors Meadowbrook. The Sharks had beaten the Mustangs 14-4 in the first week of the season and came out very confident, but a four-inning standoff and opportunistic scoring by Meadowbrook shook their poise.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Fishing with Lloyd

    Some weeks back, not that many, a fleet of boats, all on trailers, came to town for a few days' stay. These boats were impressive, bass boats, inshore-offshore fishing boats, boats with long cranes on them, retractable cranes, others with towers, and a couple of just plain pleasure boats. All were clean and pretty and new, at least in appearance, and all had the word Berkeley in obvious display.

  • Reflections: Amazing opportunities in General Aviation

    A new movement is happening in General Aviation. The LSA is now out and it is taking off with much enthusiasm.

    "What is an LSA," you might ask?

    Well, it is a light sport aircraft that anyone can fly. It requires no medical certificate like a regular pilot's license. A driver's license is all that is required. Well, yes you still need a pilot's license, but not in the sense of he word.

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Great things on the horizon!

    Good day dear readers! Some interesting things have recently been announced by some of the biggest players in the technology world and I will attempt to cover the more important ones today.

  • Fishing Lines: Have fun, but fish with your conscience

    I am going to go out on a limb here. It is time that we all face the fact that this pond is not so big and it is not an endless resource that will allow us to just take and take. The trout are fully into the spawning mode right now and we as sportsmen need to ask ourselves some hard questions:

    Are these big spawning females more important to us in a freezer or frying pan, or are they more important swimming out there with their sweethearts getting romantic and...well ...you know?