Tournaments & Events p.5
Florida History p.6
local fishing reports p.11
Neighboring Fishing Reports p.23
2017 / Volume 1 / Issue 2
The Bite is hot in the keys
Photo: Captain Jorge Pinero
Anastasia Musick Marine Art
Report & Events
31.10lb winning Mahi caught by Mike Slager June 24th in FPL Turkey Point tourney.
Recovery Through Harmony
In This Issue...
What were you doing at just 17 years old? For one awesome teenager,Chasten Whitfield, it's bringing a day full of smiles & fish to some very special children! When Chasten was just a young girl in kindergarten, she sold lemonade & donated $45 to St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital. Later on, Chastens family would also need the help of St. Judes, when her baby brother was diagnosed with a rare tumor in his hand, at just 2 years old. Now, at the age of 17, she has donated over $8000 to SJCRH from money won by fishing tournaments & her time, to children with life threatening illnesses, physical & mental disabilities, autism, and many more. Chasten takes them fishing and leaves the troubles at the dock. For a moment, they can forget about the struggles they face everyday & boy, do they! I had the pleasure of spending the day on the water with Chasten, alongside my son Bryce. Bryce was born with Spina Bifida and is paralyzed from his knees down. Chasten and Capt. Nate Weissman welcomed us aboard and the smiles didn't stop! Just check out the video and see how it went!
I cannot thank Chasten, Capt. Nate, & the rest of Chastenation enough for all you do! This young lady is going places!
If you would like to donate or help fund a child to fish with Chasten, shirts are available for sale at ChastenWhitfield.com. Proceeds go to getting these wonderful kiddos on the water to create unforgettable memories!
Florida Fishermen Magazine Editor, Tysa Dawn
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Due to multiple stressors in the late 1970s and early 1980s, previously dominant reef building corals throughout the Florida Keys and the Caribbean declined dramatically, leaving the remaining corals scattered and facing extinction.
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Author: Rick Kimble
On March 3, 1862 , as the confederate evacuation was nearing completion , Federal warships and troops arrived to reestablish control of Fort Clinch.
Company of the E 1st New York Volunteer Engineers work countless days around the clock to complete the Fort. Despite continuing efforts the Fort was never completed and in 1869 the fort was placed into care taker status.
Fort Clinch State Park located on the very north east corner of Florida on Amelia Island is one of Florida’s first eight state parks. A third system fortification still stands proudly today nearly 170 years old. The fort , shaped like an irregular pentagon has five tower bastions built of masonry and stone, with a two wall system of brick and earth. The fort was designed to garrison 500 soldiers and 78 pieces of artillery. Progress was slow on building this defense system . By 1860 only two thirds of the walls were completed and not a single cannon had been mounted. At the beginning of the civil war (1861-1865) as Florida seceded from the union , confederate forces quickly took control of the Fort. Rather than continuing construction on the Fort the confederate army established batteries in the town in Fernandina. Federal forces advancing caused General E. Lee to authorize the withdrawal of confederate forces from the area in 1862.
In 1935, the state of Florida purchased the fort and surrounding property in order to preserve it and provide outdoor recreational opportunities. Between 1937 and 1942 , a visitors center was constructed , roads were added along with a camping area , bath house and picnic area. This became the foundation of the Florida state parks system. One last hurrah… The second World War (1942-1945) The US Armed Forces opened Fort Clinch for one last time during World War II in joint operation with the Coast Guard ,Army and Navy established and maintained a surveillance and communications system.
One last hurrah… The second World War (1942-1945) The US Armed Forces opened Fort Clinch for one last time during World War II in joint operation with the Coast Guard ,Army and Navy established and maintained a surveillance and communications system.
On February 15, 1869 the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana harbor thrust the United States into war with Spain and brought the Fort back to life . Battery A of the 6th United States Artillery arrived at Fort Clinch and prepared it for war. The soldiers immediately went to work building a gun mount for an eight inch breech loading rifle on the forts north east parapet. The weapon was mounted 6 months later and a mine field was laid in the front of the fort. In late 1898 as the hostilities ended all the troops were removed and the Fort was placed back on caretaker status.
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Fishing : The park and surrounding areas is absolutely amazing with changing temperatures and great tidal flows along with miles of beaches and back water oyster bars is the ultimate paradise for our highly targeted Florida species!
(top) one of the cannons still staged ready for war.
(middle) America says it all
(bottom) a close up of the structure supporting the blasts
Fort Clinch State Park is the ultimate location for the outdoors enthusiast. With nearly 1400 acres of property nestled on the north east corner of Florida. The park offers some of the best camping, hiking , canoeing , kayaking , biking, and bird watching . There is an abundance of wildlife roaming the property from whitetail deer , American alligators to the frisky raccoon and everything in between. If you are real lucky you will get a glimpse of our sea turtles hatching and making the mad dash to the water for safety!
Redfish seem to be hot this time of year as the bait piles up next to the warm oyster bars and along the shallow backwater shorelines. Live shrimp or mud minnows on a float seem to be doing the trick. You will also find the flounder, mangrove snapper and don’t be shocked to loose a few yards of line real quick to what I call one of the strongest fighting fish in our waters the highly under rated Jack Crevalle. The Snook bite is popping as well , top waters early switching it up to a suspending jerk bait for the artificial lovers but they will not pass up a good live bait free lined or on a cork!!
The beaches here offer activities from sun bathing , kite surfing, surfing , swimming , volleyball and but a favorite is the hunt for the prehistoric sharks teeth and the ultimate Megalodon tooth.
Hello! i'm Anastasia Musick, I specialize in painting fish and marine life. Prior to marine theme, I painted ww2 era aviation, and before that I was painting floral and figurative.
I mostly work in oils on canvas, but I have broadened my canvas to include clothing, coolers, metal art, you name it! I do custom designed boat & automotive wraps, custom designed apparel (as well as hand-painted apparel). I currently have a line of beachbags featuring three of my designs (Mahi, Turtle, Marlin Trifecta).
Check out some of the images from my instagram where i post new paintings, in progress shots, and other painting related images! Click an Image to the left to see more!
Easton fishing on dads boat the "EASTern Edge"
6 YEAR OLD
I take my almost 6 year old son Easton fishing with me offshore almost every trip.
The day we fished was June 16 out of Hillsboro inlet.
We trolled ballyhoo all day with only 2 bites. We spotted a small flock of birds in about 1200' off boca Raton. The dolphin were everywhere and a short time later, so we're the boats, 20-25 of them in an area the size of a football field. We wrapped up with plans of deep dropping for golden tiles but decided too head into Boynton Inlet to avoid several severe thunderstorms covering up boca and Hillsboro inlets.
Captain Patrick Price is a 37 year native of Stuart Florida. He has been fishing these waters since he was old enough to be on a boat. The last 22 of those years he has fished professionally around the world and has been charter fishing and tournament fishing in Mexico, Bahamas and locally since 2001. Capt. Price is married and has an 8 year old son named Zane Patrick. Captain Price has decided to put his knowledge and skills together to run his own charter fishing business for the past 7 years which has been specifically created to cater to you, the client. Whether you like bottom fishing, kite fishing, trolling, tuna fishing, fly fishing or swordfishing the DayMaker has the tackle, skill and versatility to guarantee you a great trip and 110% effort every time. Young and ambitious, Capt. Patrick's goal and desire is to make everyone smile and give you and your guests a taste of the experiences he has seen in his office (the ocean) over the last 22 years.
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Living in the Daytona area I started exploring the backcountry creeks in a kayak, and learned them well. I have extensive knowledge of the waterways from Tomoka state park to Mosquito Lagoon. As I progressed I eventually purchased a poling skiff which gave me greater range and visibility on the water. From then on I have been running the backwater creeks to the intercoastal waterway watching and catching many species of inshore fish.
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Capt. Charlie Rogers has been fishing since he was able to hold a fishing pole. He is a South Florida native that has fished the waters of the Florida Keys to Miami, Bahamas, and Louisiana! He started his chartering career fishing out of Ocean Reef Club, which is one of the most elite clubs and charter docks in the United States! Capt. Rogers worked on the Warbird, Mr. Nice, and Reef Relief just to name a few boats, along with his own fishing charters on the side. With his wide range of experience, he decided to venture off exclusively on his own. Whether you go for offshore, deep sea dropping, or reef fishing, Capt. Charlie Rogers will make sure you and your group have the fishing experience of a lifetime!!
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A Special Thank you to Charlie Rogers and Melanie Housh , I had a chance to spend the day fishing with them and they made it special, Great Day, Great People...Book Em !!
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July is a great month to catch Black Fin Tuna and Mahi Mahi. Its only a short run offshore to target these fish. We leave out of Sailfish Marina in Palm Beach Shores and 15 mins later we are putting are spread out trolling tuna teasers and rigged ballyhoo with skirts. Look us up on Facebook Blue Sky Fishing charters.
The Bite is hot in the keys!
Against the Grain Charters / Key Largo 305-815-2383
I am certainly not a writer but my vision is perfect and the Mahi bite is seriously on in South Florida and
in the Florida Keys. Multiple boats you will see in the pictures on this page with huge catches of smaller
fish a few Slammers and a couple of bulls in there but the Bite is definitely on. It seems that that early
may cold front we got pushed them South and they appear to be there in abundance. Here are some
pictures from around South Florida and the Florida Keys If you haven't gotten in on it yet, get in there,
you never know how long it will last
Wacked em!! The dolphin are here! Book your trip with us today! 305-815-2383
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Bourgeois Fishing Charters is located in the heart of the Sportsman's Paradise, just 30 minutes south of New Orleans. Fish the endless banks of estuaries near our lodges or take a ride out to the Chandeleur Islands in our seaplane. Come down and experience the world-class fishing that the Gulf Coast of Louisiana is famous for.
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Saca Fishing is based out of Port Aransas, Texas. We are currently offering fishing charters in water ways of Rockport, Texas, Laguna Madre, Baffin, and Corpus Christi, Texas.
We also provide charters to Louisiana upon customer request.
Welcome to the Blackfly Bonefish Lodge in Abaco Bahamas, where fly fishing for bonefish is a way of life. Fly fishing in Abaco is an easy choice because of the large number of bonefish and permit and it's proximity to Florida with direct flights to Marsh Harbor from many cities on the mainland.
We're located on the beautiful island of Abaco in the northern Bahamas, home to some of the largest and best bonefishing in the world.
This is my first ever submission to you guys. I caught this beautiful Bull yesterday 7/1/17 approx 10 miles off of Boca Raton Inlet in around 1100' on a Baitmaster single hook ballyhoo with a mono leader covered with my lucky pink and white skirt. Reeled in with a simple Bass Pro Oceanmaster trolling rod and a Shimano TLD 25 with hi vis 30lbs test mono. This is one of those fish that makes your day. We ran into a small school early but another boat picked it clean running up on us so we only boated a few and then kept trolling that depth the rest of the day. Right at 3:00 I decided to throw in the towel and this Bull hit our stern line as we were reeling in the spread to head home. Great way to end a trip!
Patrick Fearon from Boca Raton, FL
Inshore- The trout bite inside the pass is going very well on the deeper grass flats around the mangrove islands. We’re seeing some nice redfish coming in as well. Jim Stuart, a local kayak angler paddled by the dock showing off a cooler full of big 20+ inch trout and two nice slot sized red fish both caught on the start of the outgoing tide inside the pass. Snook bite at night still going on as well, John’s Pass at night is sometimes as busy along the shore as it is during the day! The weather that rolled into the area this past week shut down the bite for a few days, but on the backside of the weather surprisingly very shortly after we were seeing guests landing snook from the beach behind Hubbard’s Marina.
Near shore- The big tropical storm that moved through the gulf was great to stir up the water, this is actually good for the fishery but annoying it happens during the middle of the red snapper season. When these storms enter the gulf, the bait and big fish are all pushed around and they tend to be grouped up onto the bigger structures in the gulf.
By Capt. Dylan Hubbard
Also helps to promote the spawning of many species since they congregate naturally. However, this weather also will cause a few days of unfishable weather and then once it starts to lay down it takes a few days for the waters to clear up before fishing slowly returns to normal. Once the waters clear and calm down the bite is typically very good since the fish haven’t been feeding well the past 3-5 days. We’re expecting a great weekend bite thanks to this phenomenon.
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Summer is here and to celebrate the Madeira Beach water taxi is offering a summer time special of Buy one Day get the Second day FREE on the water taxi all summer long! This means you could pay for an all-day pass Friday and then use that same pass all day Saturday too, allowing two full days of avoiding traffic and chaotic summer beach parking all for only $19.50 that less that parking at the beach for one day!
We are very pet friendly on the Madeira beach water taxi, plus you can pack your cooler with your favorite drinks too! It’s always a relaxing ride, and you can enjoy it how you see fit with as few or as many of your friends as you want the boat can hold up to 49 passengers. In addition, we even offer private party taxi service for your next dinner party we can come to the house or hotel and pick up your entire group to take you to the after party or on the water for a relaxing cruise.
The Madeira beach water taxi is still running five days (weather permitting) a week Wednesday until Sunday 10am-10pm and we have updated our website, check out the new look: Click Here
Offshore- This past week we have had two 39 hour overnight fishing trips instead of three, we had to cancel theTuesday overnight trip due to that weather rolling in. However, the Sunday 39 hour charter was able to slide out ahead of the storm and capitalize on some great fishing ahead of the storm and make it home safely as the weather started to bring 10-12ft seas into their fishing grounds. They caught some big gag and red grouper, lots of red snapper, tons of fat mangroves, some big kingfish, a few tuna, and a bunch of heads and tails as well. Big grouper have been caught quite frequently lately just this past week alone we had a few grouper in the 30lb range one 27lb red grouper and two gags nearly 30lbs. For more red snapper tips and tricks check out our latest video with Salt Strong:
coming up at hubbard's marina
The red snapper and gag grouper season has kicked off with a serious bang and doesn’t show signs of stopping! We highly recommend joining us for a 39 hour fishing adventure with 20 hours of fishing time and a two day bag limit, the Sunday trips are the lightest followed by the Tuesday 39’s. If you can’t go during the week we do have some Friday 39 hour spaces but they are running much more full than the mid-week adventures.
The 12 hour extreme trips aboard the Flying HUB 2 are doing very well on the big red snapper we caught a 19lb red snapper and a 32lb gag just this past week on these awesome trip and they have been seeing some nice Mahi Mahi out deep as well. There’s a few spaces left on these special 12 hours that offer 6-8 hours fishing time in the similar area that the 39 hours fish.
If you don’t have the time for the 39 hour or the budget for the 12 hour extreme the 12 hour party boat short trip for ARS and gag is doing well on the fish too, but you just don’t get as far for as long. The 12 hour on the party boat only can get you around 4-6 hours fishing time 40-60 miles out but we have seen some trophy sized fish coming off the boats you just don’t have tons of time to get them all. These trips have had tons of room however.
Red snapper is open June first until July 19th since we have a few more days than expected we maybe adding some trips towards the end of season were trying to add a 39 hour and maybe some 12 hours too! Stay tuned to our Facebook page and email newsletters for new trip announcements.
Also, if you’re interested in the issues surrounding our federal fishery and red snapper specifically check out this recent long video and post from Salt Strong and Captain Dylan Hubbard: Click Here
Gag grouper also open up June first and remain open until the end of 2017 so get ready for some big grouper fishing action with us at Hubbard’s Marina.
shallow grass flats with our bait buckets tied around our waists to free up our hands. A head lamp and a basketball hoop sized net with very small holes is preferable. Our boots help to protect our feet from injuries, but any shoes that you don't mind smelling like low tide will suffice.
My son loves to go shrimping because it's quick work. Last weekend, we had left the local pier early because they only had tiny frozen shrimp available. We caught several black drum at the pier that evening, but on our way home we stopped by our favorite flats. They were loaded with shrimp! Together we filled a bucket within an hour and my son said "it was the best shrimping night of my life!"
We walk through water no deeper than our knees, shining our lights down at the seaweed looking for little eyes that shine red. Shrimp eyes will reflect the light from our flashlight and make them stand out even in the seagrass. This is what makes shrimping so easy and fun! Once you locate your query, extend your net and quickly, but carefully, scoop him up. Some will try to escape, but this is when mermaid or ninja skills are handy. Holding your net up out of the water, pick up your shrimp. Transfer him into your bait bucket and keep a firm grip on him until the lid closes on your bucket. Mission accomplished! A few more and you have dinner. We like to save the biggest shrimp for the table and the midsize become bait.
While you are after your shrimp, you will most likely encounter other interesting creatures. We find starfish, sea horses, sea urchins, blue crabs, horse shoe crabs, coin sized flounder and other juvenile fish. Shrimping is fun, but also teaches the next generation how to responsibly harvest from our resources and why it is important to preserve and protect them. I love that I get to share these things with my son. We live in paradise and we know it!
Pink Gulf Shrimp
As the waters around Tampa bay and surrounding areas warm up, the pink gulf shrimp come out in droves. If you grew up in Florida, you may enjoy memories of shrimping with your family. Shrimping is a favorite tradition in my fifth generation family and everyone from grandma to the little ones love to get out their dip nets and headlamps after sundown and hit the local waters. Catching your own shrimp is easier than you may think! We head out after the sun goes down on a low or slack tide. Then we wade in the
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Baby dolphins are everywhere inside Boca Ceiga bay! We have had three new dolphins born in our back bay waters these past two weeks, it’s great to see our local population doing so well inside Boca Ceiga bay. We hope the spring season brings a handful more young juveniles as well!
Manatees are still very prolific in the area as well being spotted in the passes as well as all over the bay. Please be careful as you move through shallower areas as to avoid hitting these big animals with your propellers.
If you have considered doing our snorkeling cruise at Hubbard’s Marina now is the time. The waters are crystal clear and the water temps are optimal. This is a great time to see the area’s local sea life at the sunken ruins around Egmont Key state park.
Want to learn more about dolphins this winter? Check out the new great Johns Pass dolphin facts series on our Hubbard’s Marina YouTube channel to check out to see them all watch our dolphin playlist here: Click Here
stories with the people of this world. There is currently only one person who knows the history of the van Deventer family from the Kinangob in Kenya, that person is me. I will combine this knowledge and history with that of Pamela and how we ended up together on the vast plains of Africa where we fish on a daily basis between the Big 5 animals of Africa, Crocodiles watching us and the unexpected charge from a Hippopotamus is a daily risk we face.
The year is 2016, early spring and the season for Yellowfish is here. I have been catching these freshwater ‘Bonefish’ as we call them for 4 years. Extremely powerful and can reach speeds of up to 50km/h under water.
generation to generation and up until today it has never died.
We are the latest generation and we only gave it a name. This is how Riverside Adventures was born, a tradition that will never die as our daughter is the next generation who will carry on with our family tradition, the African Safari.
My name is Jaco van Deventer, the grandson of Kotie van Deventer. I am married to Pamela-Anne van Deventer who is from Irish origin with Dr David Livingstone being her great great Grandfather. We share our adventures with the world and most of all with our daughter Olivia. My father was born in Kenya and became one of the few Old School Professional Hunters still around. I will share his stories, his grandfather’s
By Jaco Van Deventer
"Time to load the Land Rover, the weekend is here. This is our routine, our life. Africa has so much to offer and so much to explore. We spend our free time exploring Africa’s resources and came up with Riverside Adventures and that is exactly what we do".
Before we get there I just want to go back in time. Riverside Adventures was not an idea that was born recently but a family tradition for decades that started in Kenya back in the 40’s. It has been going for 8 decades and started with the Safaris in the good old days. In Kenya there was the tana River with it’s Madommels or the common term, the Largemouth Yellowfish, he Olusuzi with its Trout, the Aberdare Mountains with its small streams, Lake Albert in Uganda with Nile Perch, Lake Turkana and its fish. This part of history was passed on from
Jaco Van Deventer
I started fishing all on my own since I was young. There was never that somebody special that was compatible with me. Travelling between countries made it difficult for a woman to keep up let alone a woman with a child. In 2013 I moved to the Northern Cape where I was a fly fishing guide on a Private Game Farm. I was the founder of Destination X Fly fishing and the name was chosen because I never fished the same spot twice. Destination X turned out to be a huge success and my career was growing by the day.
You need to be experienced to take them on fly and the recommended rod is a 6 weight minimum. It became a challenge for me to catch them on Ultra Light tackle and most of all; I decided to make use of old technology. I shelved my modern fly rod and reel in exchange for an old Hardy Bros Bamboo rod and a JW Young Pridex fly reel. On average I would tell any new angler to the Yellowfish industry that your first couple of Yellowfish you hook will be gone in less than 10 seconds. The general reply from these people is simple, they reply with never!
Cape Clawless Otters
I am 100% correct with my prediction as they are not aware of the speed and veracity of these fish when they take a fly. Once hooked Yellowfish will make use of every opportunity to get away from you. They can go downstream or they can go upstream. Take now in account, you catch them in the white water of rapids. This can make fighting the fish a very difficult task. You fight resistance of the water, the speed of a fish and the obstacles around you. If you are inexperienced you will try and stop it and your line will simply snap. Try and teach a fly fisherman not to hit the brakes. Easier said than done.
Me and my 67 Land Rover before the days of Riverside Adventures
My next step was to feed the animals. Living on a Game Farm in the middle of one of the worst droughts in history was a stressful job. Financially a lot of Game Farms went into voluntary Liquidation because of the high cost of feeding but we kept on feeding hoping that the drought would come to an end soon. On the other side down at the coast Pamela was fighting a similar battle, owner of a Game Farm she faced the same obstacles as me. We were holding onto something and later the picture became clear, much later.
Fishing was then left for the rest of the day. I have spent thousands of hours on pursuing South Africa’s most sought after fish on fly and I was watched at all times by a woman that was out of my league.
Yellowfish can be caught by simple Czech Nymhing or a single fly. The New Zealand rig is just as good and if they are biting you are in for some good sports on a fly rod. Approach them with care; do not let them know you are there. The most efficient method is to approach them from behind by casting upstream. Fishing strong currents requires some skill to get your fly to the right depth. Sink to quick and you get stuck at the bottom, use a fly that is to light and it passes above the spot where the fish is feeding. You need to get it at the right depth.
South Africa was in the worst drought recorded in more than 105 years in 2016. With the new season in full swing I knew I would have to make use of every trick in the book to reach my target of over a thousand Yellowfish for the season. What I was not aware of at the time is that a Facebook friend was actually the biggest fish I will catch for the season. There was somebody watching me and I had no idea what was about to happen as a single man and being single for almost 42 years.
I started my day with reading my messages. There was always a like or two from a woman down at the coast. We messaged each other on a daily basis as we had the same interests in life and being attacked on Social Media we discussed this issue quite often. The quite often turned in to a regular conversation. At the end of each day I would look back into our conversations and just nod, she was out of my league.
Smallmouth Yellowfish on Bamboo rod and JW Young reel.
Experience will teach you the right way and after catching 4000 and more Yellowfish the task becomes quite easy but as fishing goes, it can turn against you. Fishing can be unpredictable at times but it is more than only catching a fish. It is about your intimate relationship with nature, the Fish Eagles, the Cape Clawless Otter and so much more.
In early 2016 I opened up an Instagram Account. At first I could not figure out what name to use to represent myself on Instagram. Every name I came up with was already taken. I eventually tried an option that was unbeknown to me the first move to creating Riverside Adventures. The name I chose was Jaco_RSA. The RSA was not Riverside Adventures; it stood for Republic of South Africa. My days were spent on fishing and feeding animals but there was this one woman that was always watching me from the other side. I kept my conversations as neutral as possible at all times as I thought she was out of my league. I never realised what was happening and neither did she. There was a relationship forming and by July 2016 we were messaging each other on an hourly basis.
We were both in the Wildlife industry, we both avid fisherman or shall I say fisherman and girl. By August our relationship grew so strong tat we planned on meeting each other in East London.
That day eventually came and we could eventually talk to each other but let’s leave this for another day. One month later Pamela moved to the Northern Cape and Riverside Adventures was born. On Weekends we would pack the 67 Land Rover and a matrass with a pot or two and disappear into the bush to go and fish only to return when work was calling.
We slept under the stars and baked bread on open fires but most of all, we fished and fished. Pamela’s daughter joined us in our adventures and I took on the task of teaching her how to fly fish. She learned quick and within a week caught 3 species on Fly.
Our next adventure will be in Big 5 Country. We are going to target Tigerfish on fly where Lions roam free, where Elephant drink out of the same river we fish, where Buffalo are found in herds of a thousand and where Leopard are watching you from a tree. Most of all, we will fish where White Rhino are found on an area where they are protected at all cost.
Olivia and stinky the Meerkat (left)
Olivia and a Yellowfish (below)
In the next few articles I will put in perspective and share our adventures. How we packed up all our belongings in South Africa and moved to the bush, the Wild African bush where we fish between Crocodiles and Hippopotamus. How we tracked Elephant, Buffalo and Lion. How we changed vehicles from a 67 Land Rover to a Land Rover 130 Double cab. We live in the bush and live our dream. Then I will go back in history, back to Kenya. The days of the wooden reel and 100 pound Nile Perch, the days of wooden reels and 40 Pound Largemouth Yellowfish.
Crocodile approaching us while fishing
Pamela and Jaco van Deventer
My Grandfather with a Largemouth Yellowfish
Recovery Through Harmony
We live in a world flowing with diversity. Our differences are what separate us from the norm, and are what comprise the essence of our identity. I strongly believe that we should be granted the freedom to celebrate our unique characteristics as much as possible. However, as members of the same human family we have the responsibility of nurturing our planet and its inhabitants, and this can only be accomplished through a unified effort.
many fish as possible in relation to location and/or time of year. The result is a fishery that has been depleted beyond sustainable measures (Howard, 2016.)
A more conservative management program is known as a catch share system. Under these regulations, every fisherman is warranted an equal share of the overall harvest. “If the number of fish in the ocean rises, the number that can be caught can quickly be revised. That gives all fishermen an incentive to use best practices and police their own waters,” states Amanda Leland, a fisheries scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund and co-author of the study (Howard, 2016.) The countries who have these systems in place have shown tremendous growth in impoverished fish populations.
Scientists have discovered that we have the ability to restore the world’s diminishing fish population in as little as a decade simply by aligning the rules that govern our fisheries. Currently, every country has as an inconsistent method for managing their fish populations. Out of all the fisheries in the world, there are only 47% that are considered to be biologically healthy. This is because most conventional policies rely on a quota system that allows anglers to catch as
In many ways we have failed miserably at this task by inflicting more harm than protection. This is evident in nearly every pocket of the world and is the cry of the world’s leading environmental scientists. Conflicting ideologies have divided us as a race, and our planet and its non-human species are the ones who are suffering the most from our wars. But what if we decided to put our differences aside and join together to help save our planet?
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However, both systems are ineffective if we do not ensure that the leaders we entrust to conduct and report their research are as accurate as possible. Though the quantities in each system are supposedly based on scientific research, what scientists are claiming are not always aligned with what fishermen are experiencing. For example, some Florida anglers are struggling with limitations placed on Goliath groupers. Scientists tell us that these majestic giants are endangered, yet many local fishermen are having trouble hanging on to their catch. As Robert Warner, a seasoned Floridian angler and president of the Florida Fishermen organization, asserts “they are so plentiful on the Gulf side that you can’t get a fish hooked on 80 feet of water to the boat without it being inhaled by a Goliath.”
Another example is the recent change to the federal regulations for Gulf Coast red snapper fishing. Though many anglers see the extension, which adds 39-days to the season, as a win, environmentalists fear that these added days are detrimental to the restoration progress. Robert E. Jones, director of the Gulf of Mexico’s Ocean Program, states “our current calculations shows that the proposed 39-day season will lead to overfishing…which will mean setbacks for rebuilding of the fishery, fewer days of fishing for commercial, for-hire and private anglers next year and a dangerous precedent for the way our nation manages this shared public resource” (Keith, 2017.)
So why is there such a discrepancy between what anglers are experiencing, what scientists are discovering, and what politicians are endorsing? Will we ever be able to put political and individual agendas aside and focus on the truth?
Establishing a unified system for regulating the world fisheries that is based on the most accurate practices would be beneficial for everyone. As Leland boasts, it would be “a triple win: for fish, human food security, and jobs” (Howard, 2016.) In other words, by increasing our fish population we are feeding billions of people and securing billions of dollars of revenue for our countries. It is up to us to research and advocate for laws that are created with our planet’s best interest in mind; for how are we to confirm that we are doing everything we can to restore and preserve our world if we do not consistently question and determine the most effective practices?
Howard, Brian Clark. “How Our Favorite Fish Could Recover in a Decade.” 28 Mar. 2016. Web. 17 Apr. 2016.
Magill, Keith. "Debate Continues over Decision to Extend Red Snapper Season." Daily Comet. 17 June 2017. Web. 20 June 2017.
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