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Today's Opinions

  • The comeback of the chicken

    Chickens have been domesticated for thousands of years all over our planet. At one time, just about every farm and many city residences had chickens.

    Then starting in the 50's, small towns and cities wanted to have a more progressive image so they banned all livestock and mistakenly lumped chickens in with pigs, cattle, horses and sheep.

  • Captain's Log for the week of 4-7-16
  • Captain's Log for the week of 3-24-16

    The inshore fish picture now seems to be complete, as pretty much all of our expected species have arrived this past week. The warm southern breezes ushered in some very tasty pompano. Though they usually ignore most artificial lures my clients landed a few last week. And in the tug-of-war department they put on a very impressive contest. I also saw some of the first bait pods arrive, I believe they were silversides. I don't think it is coincidence that their arrival happens during the spotted seatrout spawn.

  • Vernal Equinox message: Donate your excess 

    One of the pluses of having a productive garden is that there is always extra produce, enough to share.  The reality is that the produce in your gardens will start to go down in quality due to hotter weather, bugs, and spacing of the plants.  You all have done a great job of caring for your beds, but in many cases, you will just not be able to eat all of that beautiful produce before it starts to go down in quality.

  • 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 2-25-16

    What a beautiful time of the year! It is so exciting to see the farmers getting watermelon fields ready to plant, the red maple are showing off their spring colors by adding a striking crimson to the area forests, and the redbuds are blooming everywhere.

  • A heartfelt thank you

    On our kitchen counter, right next to the trusty and well used microwave is an angel figurine that simply says, "Heaven sends us special angels, we call them friends".

    My wife and I would like to thank all our friends that enjoyed a grouper dinner at Robinson's Seafood on Sunday, Jan. 31. The food and fellowship was as good as it gets.

    In addition to the dinner, numerous local businesses donated items from seven different captains 1/2 day fishing charters to airplane rides.

  • 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.