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Today's Opinions

  • 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?

  • Captain's Log for the week of 4-14-16

    I don't know about you, but I have had all of the windy days I can stand. Once again, last week was so windy we could only fish a couple of days. I imagine we will want some of this wind in July and August when the dog days take your breath away.

  • 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.