A few of our club members have asked to try paddling my Wavewalk kayak, so I’ve arranged to meet them at the Lake Hernando boat ramp next Monday, April 4 at 1 p.m. Anyone interested is welcome to meet us there.
After a pretty slow winter fishing season, things should start picking up once we get into late February and March. The water will be warming up, and the bite should improve significantly. Spring and fall are the best fishing times of the year here. Don’t forget the Lions Club Kayak Fishing Tournament on April 9.
Tip of the Week. If you’ve been frustrated by frequently having to re-tie lures to the end of your line, you might want to try the No Knot Fas-Snap product. They’re no bigger than the split rings that often come attached to your favorite lures, and make changing lures a breeze. I use them all the time and haven’t lost a lure with them yet. Just make sure to get the Xtra Large size.
The Inglis – Yankeetown Lions Club will host its annual kayak fishing tournament on April 9, 2016. Further info. can be obtained at www.naturecoastchallenge.com.
Threatened or Endangered
Recognizing that the population of the “endangered” Florida Manatee has approximately doubled to about 6, 000 over the last 20 years, and possibly prompted by a lawsuit filed against it by the Pacific Legal Foundation, on behalf of Save Crystal River, Inc., the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has announced its intention to consider proposing to reclassify this species to the less serious “threatened” status. Such a down-listing would no doubt be challenged by the manatee savior organizations, and might even be opposed by some boating advocacy groups who believe the manatee should be reclassified as “recovered”.
How such action will affect future proposals by the FWS to limit the number of swimmers in Three Sisters Springs (and in the manatee sanctuary areas of Kings Bay) will be interesting to follow. At the very least, the action should help the economy by keeping lots of lawyers employed over the next few years.