Monthly Meeting – Wednesday, December 21st
No Guest Speaker this month as we will be having our Annual Holiday Dinner. We will hold our annual dinner at the Fort Pierce Yacht Club on Wednesday, December 21 at 7 pm. The cost will be $15.00 per person.
Menu: Shrimp cocktail appetizer, roasted turkey with dressing, garlic potatoes, green beans, dessert, coffee, tea and punch. Beer, wine, soda and water for sale. You can also bring your own bottle (BYOB)!
If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Monday, December 12, by calling Deb Anderson at 772-828-9769 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to give her your name and the name(s) of your guest(s) attending.
By the way, did anyone attend the boat demonstration featuring the Blue Gas Marine Advanced Hybrid Natural Gas Fuel System, November 11-13, at Taylor Creek Marina? If so and your willing, please present your observations during the Christmas Dinner in December.
Tournament calendar for sailfish
November 28-30 (Monday-Wednesday): Fish Heads of Stuart Sailfish Invitational; www.fishheadsofstuart.com; 772-220-6008
December 4 (Thursday): Pirates Cove Resort and Marina Sailfish Classic; www.piratescovesailfishclassic.com; 772-287-2500
December 8-11 (Thursday-Sunday): Stuart Sailfish Club Light Tackle Sailfish Tournament and Florida Sailfish Amateur Championship; www.stuartsailfishclub.com; 772-286-9373
January 10-14 (Tuesday-Saturday): Pelican Yacht Club Billfish Invitational Tournament; www.pelicanyachtclub.com; 772-464-2700
Local news article on the 2016 Mercury Marine Southern Kingfish Association National Championship Tournament in Fort Pierce
Ed Killer, of the TCPalm, wrote an excellent article on the Southern Kingfish Association’s 2016 National Championship tournament held in Fort Pierce, November 9-12. It was one of the association’s best.
A field of 174 boats making up three divisions of competition gathered to fish Friday and Saturday (Nov 11-12) for a combined purse of more than $500,000 in cash and prizes. But it wasn’t just the anglers who carried home the cash. Fort Pierce’s waterfront community benefited as well.
The Southern Kingfish Association National Championships will return to Fort Pierce, as the organization has signed a contract to return here in 2019 after fishing in Biloxi, Mississippi in 2017 and Morehead City, North Carolina in 2018.
To read more of the article, click here.
Bahamas to consider issuing fishing licenses to China . . maybe not?
Whether you fish in the Bahamas or not, here’s something of interest as well as the State of Florida’s initial concern.
An update on this subject . . Ed Killer’s recent, thorough article in the TCPalm indicates the proposed deal between the Bahamian government and China may be “dead in the water.” The article presents some mutual benefits between the Bahamas and the state of Florida that would be at risk if the deal is made. To view the article, click here.
Watch out for migrating manatees
Manatee numbers are up and these bulky aquatic mammals are on the move this month! The annual migration of Florida manatees begins in November, as the weather cools and Manatee Awareness Month is celebrated.
Watch out for manatees swimming in Florida’s rivers, bays or coastal waters. Keep in mind this time of year manatees are searching for warmer waters to help them survive winter’s cold.
With the onset of the manatee migration, FWC reminds people in boats and personal watercraft to slow down to avoid manatees, particularly in shallow areas. Many seasonal manatee protection zones also go into effect as of November 15.
Adult manatees weigh about 1,000 pounds, but can be difficult to see, especially when just below the water’s surface. Manatees are easier to spot if boaters wear polarized sunglasses and keep a lookout for signs of manatees such as the circular “footprints” they trace on the top of the water.
Manatee numbers are up. In February 2016, FWC announced 6,250 manatees were counted in an aerial survey of Florida waters. While that is good news, there have been 91 manatee fatalities caused by boat strikes so far in 2016. It is especially important to watch out for manatees during Manatee Awareness Month in November, as they begin their annual migration to warmer waters.”
FWC spends about $2 million a year on manatee conservation, including research, rescue, management and public education efforts, and works in partnership with agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on manatee issues. Floridians contribute to manatee conservation when they purchase the “Save the Manatee” license plate at BuyaPlate.com or donate $5 for the manatee decal.
For information about manatee protection zones by county, including the seasonal changes, go to MyFWC.com/Manatee and click on “Data and Maps.” At the bottom of that same page, there also is information on FWC Manatee COLD-weather changes to speed zones. FWC law enforcement officers will be on the water enforcing these seasonal rules to protect manatees in busy boating areas.
Report sightings of injured, sick or dead manatees to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922, #FWC and *FWC on a cell phone, or with a text to Tip@MyFWC.com.
Want to see a manatee? Go to MyFWC.com/Manatee and click on “Where can I see manatees?”
One location the general public can view manatees is FPL’s Eco-Discovery Center in Riviera Beach.