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  1. Jumping eagle ray kills boater off Florida Keys Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:00pm EDT BJane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - An eagle ray leaped onto a boat off the Florida Keys on Thursday and stabbed a woman with its barb, knocking her to the deck and killing her, a Florida wildlife investigator said. "It's a bizarre accident," said Jorge Pino, an agent with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The woman and her family were aboard a boat in the Atlantic Ocean, off the city of Marathon in the Florida Keys, he said. "A large ray jumped out of the water and collided with the victim and somehow the barb penetrated some part of her body, which caused her to fall back and hit her head on some portion of the vessel," Pino said. "We don't know exactly which one of those things caused her death." Local media said the animal's barb had impaled the woman through the neck. Eagle rays are common in warm or tropical waters and are often seen near coral reefs. The spotted creatures can grow to more than 8 feet across and have two to six short, venomous barbs near the base of their whip-like tails, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History's Web site. The rays often swim near the water's surface and can leap out, especially when pursued, but are generally shy of humans. "All rays leap out of the water from time to time but certainly to see one collide with a vessel is extremely unusual," Pino said. Steve Irwin, the host of the "Crocodile Hunter" television show was killed by another type of ray while filming underwater on Australia's Great Barrier Reef in 2006. He died when a stingray's barb pierced his heart. (Editing by Jim Loney and Bill Trott)
  2. France forced to stop illegal drift net fishing By Charles Clover, Environment Editor - The Telegraph - UK Last Updated: 4:01pm GMT 17/03/2008 France has been told by the European Court that it may not allow its' fishermen to use "wall of death" nets in the Mediterranean this year. The court has refused to grant the French Government a temporary exemption to allow fishermen attempting to catch endangered bluefin tuna and swordfish to go on using drift nets that were prohibited in the EU in 2002. Spotter plane works with fishing vessels in the Mediterranean Read complete article at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtm...7/eatuna117.xml
  3. i'm no snake fan either. But, realize my camera is shooting with a 300 mm lense and I'm not as close to thos gators and snakes as it may appear. You know, the most amazing thing about the Merritt Island/ Mosquito Lagoon area with all its' wildlife is that it's only a few miles from C.Canaveral where we send all those rockets and shuttles into space.
  4. Unless you know someone operating a trap net along the coast who will sell them boat-side, I'm afraid you will have to catch your own. I know of no shop that sells the live though you can probably find some that sell them fresh in season.
  5. We were both fly fishing. Judging from the results, we probably should have been spin or bait fishing. But fishing isn't all of it. Nice thing about fishing from a yak in those mangrove islands is the wildlife keeps your interest peaked, to say the least. You'r almost as likely to see a gator or a cottonmouth as you are a Pelican or an Osprey. Upper Banana River, Haulover Canal and Mosquito Lagoon alone would take years to explore and fish properly..
  6. Jim and I fished the Banana River between the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge and the Thousand Islands yesterday. This is an amazing area with many Mangrove Islands cut by channels varrying from 6' to 6" deep. As you go west toward the Inland Waterway, you also find "spoils Islands that provide some interesting habitat for Snook Redfishl, Trout and other gamefish. We hit this area about 9 AM yesterday morning off SR-590 in Titusville. Paddling south, across a huge flat, we spooked many fish. As we got down into the mangrove islands area we found fish feeding up gainst the mangrove roots and, many were tailing redfish. Some were Snook. I started into one small cove but decided against fishing it when it's "owner" showed up, quite suddenly. It took little persuasion for me to back quietly out of that cove and go on looking for more piscine quarry. We found a few tailng redfish and spooked a lot of other fish in really shallow waters - 6-12". This was a place only a kayak or a wading fisherman could fish. But you needed a boat or yak to get to those flats. We only saw one other fisherman with a guide all day long. We also saw Anhingas, Osprey fishing, an eagle and many, many Egrets and other water birds. This area generates over $10,000,000 from visiting bird watchers each year to the local economy Luck was not with us as we ended up with no strikes, no hits and not fish.
  7. [quote name='scoobe' date='Mar 10 2008, Me, been fishing all 'winter' long. Guess that's a perk of moving to California. :banana: Same wishes from the sunny south with 12 months fishing here too.
  8. Hey, Crash, Fishing has been good. It slowed between December and mid-February except for the Pompano bight but it has picked up nicely now. Big Reds and Trout and Snook are making their way from the estuary into the surf and the Jacks and Mackerel are working their way up the coast. I saved the stuff Surf Rat sent me and I'll plug it in and hopefully cure that problem first chance I get. Regards, Bill
  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSSil1q54vI Extreme Tuna Fishing - Yugoslavian Style Ha ha das boot geht schon fast unter !
  10. :banana:--> QUOTE(Mark.B @ Feb 26 2008, 08:38 PM) 68346[/snapback] Granted, but i am used to getting 1 fish (2-4lb) per 6 trips. That is regarded as a good strike rate over here.Assuming some fish are still treading the boards along nauset what bait and tactics would you suggest? regards Mark.B Mark, I lived on Cape Cod from 2003-June 2007 when I moved here to Florida. Several of us fished Nauset each of those years whenever we got a little warm spell. Our bait of choice was fresh Sea Clams and Squid. In four years with 2-3 guys fishing each outing we caught 1 Whiting. Bill
  11. There used to be a great Winter shore fishery for Cod and Whiting from Nauset Beach just as there was at Cape Ann, Plum Island, Wells Beach and many spots along the coast. All those spots collapsed at about the same time, including Nauset. Let's face it; there are very few Cod anywhere in the northweat atlantic anymore.
  12. Nice flies. Many would be good down here especially the half-beak for Tarpon and the gurglers and crease flys for Trout and Snook.
  13. Still does not work, Surf Rat. I had to log in just now to replay to you. I would think if that were the case, I woud have been unable to post on any website I'm registered with and that's not the case. I go almost daily to Reel-Time and Flyfishsaltwaters and to a couple Florida sites and never have to log in unless I stay away for quite some time.
  14. Surf Rat, OK, You were right, that was checked. I undhecked it and I'm back and just logged in to reply to you. I'll have to wait till I come on line tomorrow to see if it worked. I'll let you know
  15. I sent a PM about this to two Moderators on 2/11 and to Zebrina yesterday.