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Captain Favorite's Weekend Fishing Forecast: Dec. 12, 2013
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BRADENTON – Gag grouper recreational harvest closed yesterday. The FWC no longer requires anglers to cary a venting tool when fishing for reef fish -- they are leaving it up to the fisherman to determine the best way to release the fish unharmed. Capt. Rick Grassett reccomends looking for false albacore, tripletail and Spanish mackerel in the coastal gulf when conditions are good. There should also be good action with snook around lighted docks in the ICW.
Gag grouper recreational harvest closes in most Gulf waters in early December
- Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters yesterday, with the last day of harvest being Dec. 3. All Gulf federal waters will close Dec. 3, with the last day of harvest being Dec. 2.
- State waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties were open from April 1 through June 30 and were not open during the July 1 through Dec. 3 season. Monroe County is also excluded because it follows Atlantic rules for gag grouper.
- The FWC manages marine fish from the shore to 9 nautical miles in the Gulf of Mexico.
- These closures are an effort to help rebuild gag grouper populations in the Gulf of Mexico back to strong sustainable levels.
Venting tool requirement removed in Gulf waters
- Soon Florida anglers will no longer be required to have and use a venting tool when fishing for reef fish in Gulf of Mexico state waters.
- During its Nov. 21 meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) removed the requirement in Gulf state waters, making state regulations consistent with rules in federal waters. By removing this rule, anglers will now have the freedom to determine how to best maximize survival of released reef fish using devices they feel are appropriate, depending on the circumstances.
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High pressure will strengthen over the western Atlantic and ridge across the Florida Peninsula and eastern Gulf of Mexico through the end of the work week. South to southeast winds will remain 15 knots or less through the weekend. Some patchy sea fog is possible tonight into Thursday morning.
Southeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Thursday night will bring southeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Southeast winds around 10 knots then becoming south in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Friday night will bring southeast winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth.
Southeast winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. Saturday night will bring east winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Southeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Sunday night will bring southeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
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