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Birds offer good fishing lessons

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:31 pm

J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber Like golfers, there are all kinds of fishermen and women.  You have your recreational fisherman, who might get out a couple of times a year.  Then you have the diehards, the ones who spend every available moment on the water.  And then you have the elite of the elite, the professionals – those who make their living on the water as either professional guides

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  • Alcohol and boats not a good mix

    Posted on July 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm

     J. Daniel Pearson Under the  Bobber It happened more than 20 years ago, but the memory still burns fresh in my mind. Back in 1993, when I working with the Kansas City Royals at spring training at Baseball City,  I was shocked to hear that Cleveland Indians pitchers Tim Crews and Steve Olin had died and teammate Bobby Ojeda was severely injured when the boat Crews was driving slammed into

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  • Beware of the nesting sea turtles

    Posted on June 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber A few years back we were trolling for dolphin off of Cape Canaveral when we had a strike.  Line ripped off the reel and we assumed we were hooked up with a monster.  Holding the rod, I knew two things.  First whatever was on the line was really big. Second, whatever was on the other end was fighting like no fish I had ever

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  • Kids love to catch panfish

    Posted on June 10, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Remember back to the first fish you ever caught?  Most likely you were at a pond or a lake and had your Zebco push button reel. You might have been fishing with a worm or a piece of bread under a bobber and that first fish was most likely a sunfish or bluegill. I bring this up for a couple of reasons. First, it’s June and you probably don’t need

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  • Whiting are easy to catch

    Posted on May 30, 2014 at 11:31 am

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber With temperatures pushing the mid-90s last weekend, we felt a beach trip was in order. Normally, from our home in Kissimmee, we usually shoot across U.S. 192 to A1A, head south and stop at one of the many public parks between Melbourne and Sebastian Inlet. But cooling off in the surf was not the only reason for me wanting to hit the beach. May

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  • Scallops are easy to catch

    Posted on May 23, 2014 at 11:55 am

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber One of my favorite angling sayings is that if fishing were easy, they wouldn’t call it fishing – they would call it picking up fish.  But there is one type of fishing that really is pretty easy and a lot of fun for the entire family and that is scalloping. The bay scallop (Argopecten irradians) season normally runs in Florida from July 1 to

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  • New bass fishing rule proposed

    Posted on May 16, 2014 at 11:44 am

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber Anglers who routinely harvest bass may see new size-limit rules imposed and those proposed regulations could be instituted very soon. Currently, fishermen are allowed to keep five bass per day in the Central Florida region.  All bass must be at least 14 inches in length, but only one fish can be longer than 22 inches.  he Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is

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  • Tilapia are found in many lakes

    Posted on May 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber The telltale signs of the invader are everywhere. Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of the large 3-foot wide circular beds are visible in the shallow waters of practically every lake, pond and retention basin from Gainesville to Miami. Blue Tilapia (Oreochromis aureus) are everywhere and they aren’t going anywhere soon. Native to West Africa and the Middle East, about 3000 tilapia were stocked in a pair

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  • Stick Marsh is bass haven

    Posted on May 2, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber Twenty years ago, the place was revered. Anglers would talk about it in hushed tones, as if it were a huge secret only to be shared with their closest friends. Many considered Stick Marsh to be the mecca of bass lakes. This past week, local reader Gary Clark sent me a note suggesting I do a column on the famed catch-and-release bass fishing impoundment

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