Tuesday, January 26, 2010

1/26 - Winter Winds and tid-bits

Yeah, I'd love to be out there on the water. Was going to head out for a bit of R&D today, for Wednesday & Thursday charter's. But is it really worth my while when there's a "lake wind advisory, and small craft caution, to include gusting west winds to 33 mph?" Not really. I have to select my days too, right now. Because believe me. I'm not wasting $2.75 a gallon fuel either. Looks like Wednesday is going to be much better, with less wind.

TODAY-WEST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INLAND WATERS A MODERATE CHOP. INLAND, LAKE WIND ADVISORY. GALE GUSTS.
(DOA Rob went and was back before noon...he said, "I was at the North Jetty this morning, and it wasn't bad at all. Then, I went to the Lil' Jetties and holy _ _ _ _, that's when it got really ugly.")

WEDNESDAY-NORTH WINDS 10 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 3 FEET. INLAND, WATERS A LIGHT CHOP.

( Notice the color codes? Red = stop. Green = Go?? ...wind many times "drops" when there's a switch in direction.)



Read an interesting article on the Lousiana Sportsman web site. Even though it didn't mean much. Every coastal state is being pounded to jump on the band wagon I guess, for more fishing regs. I know the Gulf is different than here. But it's one of them, "Gee wizz", articles?


LWFC to feds: Kiss off!


By Todd Masson

November 25, 2009


Kudos to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
The seven-member regulatory body voted unanimously last month to reject resolutions that would have conformed Louisiana’s regulations with those of the federal government for several offshore species of fish.


It’s about time.


Until the November vote, the commission had been a dutiful foot soldier, always marching in lock-step with the feds, despite the latter’s abysmal track record in Gulf fisheries management.
But that changed when the commission refused to follow federal regulations for grouper, red snapper and amberjack in state waters.
You might think the commission’s actions would have been blasted by conservation organizations, but quite the opposite occurred.
“I was thrilled with the unanimous vote of the commission,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation. “When the states stand up to federal mismanagement, that’s a good thing.”

The Coastal Conservation Association also heralded the move.


The problem is that the numbers the federal government is using to dictate its regulations are bogus.
"The data is laughably bad,” Angers said. “The National Research Council called it ‘fatally flawed.’”
Yet that very data is being used to destroy offshore fishing. It’s getting to where you have to be either independently wealthy or mentally challenged to fill your boat with fuel and run to the big water to catch what? An ice chest full of triggerfish and dozens of snapper and grouper that you have to throw back? No thank you.
Now, if the fisheries were really in danger, the commission’s action would be short-sighted and reckless. But no legitimate science exists that suggests red snapper, grouper and amberjack are on the brink of collapse.
It’s always dangerous to rely on anecdotal evidence for fisheries management, but offshore anglers are routinely reporting more red snapper than they’ve ever seen.
Even so, the garbage data being entered into federal formulas keeps spitting out decreased season lengths and bag limits.
The state has proven itself far more adept at managing fisheries, and the commission proclaimed that from the rooftops with its November vote.
It’s just a shame its jurisdiction extends only three miles out.



Found this while surfing the world wide web the other day. Is it time for your monthly installment of "ALLOY BOAT KNOWLEDGE"?

I thinks so!

http://www.affordabledreamboats.com/p1.htm

The really neat thing about aluminum is that so much can be made out of it. Some of the most ingenious boats, are made from welded alloy plate.

Ya just gotta see this!!  Seems really crazy. But when ya think about it. WHY NOT? It's the affordable dream boat......





 
 
 
Watch the video's! -
http://www.affordabledreamboats.com/p1.htm
 

Now this is a chandelier for a true "FLOAT - FREAK" !
(Ya' think your wife would mind this hanging over the dining room table?)
But I'm not seeing any poppin' corks?


 
 
















The 10th annual EL CHEAPO-SHEEPSHEAD TOURNAMENT sign-up sheets are out and about, now.
Scheduled for Feb. 27th 2010.

 
Wow, the 10 year Anniversary, already? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(I'm open for hire for the tournament,
and I'm also a "GOLD" Sponsor.
I placed in the top 10 one year..... with a 9 pounder.)

Join the J.O.S.F.C (Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club) http://www.jaxfish.com/  
membership form: http://www.jaxfish.com/jaxfish/media/framework/PDF%20files/JOSFCmembApp.pdf

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