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Today's Opinions

  • Captain's Log for the week of 6-9-16

    It was easy to tell that the offshore fishermen were back last week. By 8 a.m. on Saturday the nearest truck/trailer parking space was in Archer – slight exaggeration, so maybe Otter Creek.

    The weather was ideal and some impressive catches came in. John Blouse reported to me that the gag bite is strong, with plenty of fish in the legal range and several short fish (see photo). And the king mackerel are willing and able to stretch your line to its limits for those who care for smoked mackerel. I just like the way they scream the drag when they hit a flat line.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Cedar Key, it is déjà vu all over again.  On Saturday of small boat weekend our 17-foot Oday day sailor capsized not too far from Atsena Otie in a failed jibe attempt because of what will remain an unspecified operator error. (Déjà vu all over again because this is our second knockdown for the same reason).

  • 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.

  • County officials need to answer us

    Mr. John Meeks, Chair

    Levy County Commission

    Levy County Courthouse

    Bronson, FL 32621

    Dear Mr. Meeks:

  • Heartfelt gratitude

    The family of Don “Catfish” Richburg would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for the love and support from friends, community, and our church family through this difficult time.

    We very much appreciate the kind and thoughtful service provided by Knauff’s Funeral Home of Chiefland. A special thank you to pastor Gordon Keller and Travis Hudson for presiding over the funeral service and honoring Don’s wishes by exalting God and his love for us through Jesus and the gift of salvation.

  • 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?