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  • Captain's Log for the week of 2-18-16

    Good news this week for grouper fishermen. The FWC has announced that gag grouper season will start June 1 this year. Previously gag season started on July 1.

    Part of the thinking on this change was the amount of discard gag grouper caught by fishermen targeting red grouper during the closed gag season. Additionally, the minimum size limit for both gag and black grouper will be increased to a 24 inch minimum. The new size limit for the Gulf will now be the same as on the Atlantic side of the state.

  • Lukens Tract poses dilemma

    Four years ago when the Suwannee River Water Management District was buying the Lukens Tract to prevent it from being developed and to preserve the area’s pristine waters for aquaculture, it cut out 20 acres that had once been home to a dump.

    It’s understandable that the water district did not want to buy into a problem.

    But the water district finds itself snagged in another problem.

  • Capt'n Danny survives rainy season

    Hi. Hi. Hello everybody!

    Hope you are finding ways to cope with the rain; it's a little Mother Nature attitude it seems. Our water tables should be in good and the biggest thing it did was change our slow redfish bite into a good redfish bite.

    We went from low- to mid-90s water temps to low- to mid-80s so that was enough to spark a chew in the flats something us guys in Cedar Key needed. We were a little beside ourselves for a month or so. But we are in heaven.

    We have what Cedar Key is known for: Good times and great fishing.

  • Encounter in the park

     By Tom Deverin

    Special to the Beacon

    While walking past the park in Cedar Key, a woman, a visitor to our islands, was observed taking discarded plastic and aluminum beverage containers from a city trash container and putting them into the green wire recycle bin.

     Being sort of curious, I walked over and started a conversation.
     

    “Pretty day.”

     
    “It sure is that.”

  • Florida's new marijuana laws

    M. C. of Alachua asks, “What’s the deal with the new marijuana law? Someone told me that it didn’t apply to too many people. Is that true? So what is being voted on in November? Is that something different?”

    Dear M. C.:

  • Sharks have returned to Cedar Key

    The water temperatures have slipped into the low seventies this past week and with the warmer temps more species have returned. Spanish mackerel catches are more common each week, and several species of sharks have returned to our local waters. I would like to report one particular blacktip shark who is not observing the fifteen inch minimum on spotted seatrout as it ate two short trout within a few feet of my vessel last Thursday. Good luck digesting the leadhead jigs that were included in those meals.

  • Captain's Log for the week of 5-19-16

    I have taken the University of Florida research group out several times and have a new outlook on our impact on the fish we put back that are short, big females that just need to be put back or trophy tarpon and such.

  • Captain's Log for the week of 5-5-16

    As a professional fishing guide I am concerned about the future of the resource that provides me an opportunity to pursue my passion...which of course is fishing. But I am very concerned that too many guides are only concerned about "today's dollar" by a practice that needs to stop, giving away their personal limit to their customers. And some guides do this twice a day which is clearly not legal.

  • Spring warmup rotates catch

    Things seem to be heating up offshore. A few red grouper have moved into the shallower water as of late, but the bite is no where near what I would call good. The gags are ready but are still a catch and release issue until June 1.

    A few cobia have also been caught in our local waters and I expect them to continue to get better as our water temps continue to rise. I have not heard of any king mackerel so far but they should be in place at their regular haunts.

  • Captain's Log for the week of 4-21-16

    Luck is a funny thing. Google says luck is success or failure apparently brought on by chance rather than through one’s actions. Well as for me I believe in luck. I have always felt lucky to have been born in America, raised by two loving parents who taught me hard work, empathy, dedication, patriotism, integrity, faithfulness, conservation and a million other important values. And luck has been with me most of my life, so you might ask, what is your point?