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A little of this and a little of that

Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 1:12 pm

DanPearsonJ. Daniel Pearson
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This week, we’ll take a look at a little of this and a little of that from the outdoors world:
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a public meeting Thursday for the purpose of discussing the management of invasive plants on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the fourth floor County Commission Chambers, Osceola County Administration Building, 1 Courthouse Square in Kissimmee.
FWC will use the meeting to provide information, answer questions and receive input on hydrilla treatments that have taken place over the last year on the chain.  Discussions will include current hydrilla management, snail kite nesting, and submerged vegetation mapping.
The Commission is hoping for public input from the wide variety of user groups on the chain, which includes lakes Kissimmee, Toho, Jackson, Cypress, and Hatchineha.
Meetings like these are important as FWC hopes to develop a well-balanced approach to managing hydrilla and other invasive aquatic plants.   Anyone interested in attending can find out more information on the FWC website or by calling the Invasive Plant Management Section at 407-858-6170.
Gov. Rick Scott announced this week that 11 new projects would be funded next year to further complete the Coast to Coast Connector Project in Florida.
The project is a 250-mile long trail that will link the Gulf of Mexico the Atlantic Ocean.
It will allow visitors to explore Florida by foot or bicycle and it should increase tourism in the state.   This appropriation will allow for 11 new segments that will link up to existing trails.
Closest to Osceola County are projects Orange County, where a Hiawassee Road trail will be linked to Pine Hills Road trail, and Claracona-Ocoee will be linked to the Seminole County line. State Road 33 will be linked to Silver Eagle Road in Lake County.
In all, $15.9 million will be spent on the projects,which, when completed, will provide a continuous multi-use trail from coast to coast.

Other Things
Earlier this year I wrote about a proposal to change bass harvesting regulations.  Essentially the bag limits would remain the same but anglers would only be permitted to keep one fish 16 inches or longer.
Tournament exceptions would be permitted and the proposed law would eliminate the need for special regulations around the state.
My insiders are telling me this regulation will most likely be adopted in the near future, which I believe is a positive thing.  Fishing is a huge economic engine in this state and anything that protects trophy-sized bass is a good thing.
I met a gentleman on a plane to Knoxville last week who showed me a picture of a 14-pound bass that was caught on a private late in Florida and was entered into the state’s Trophy Bass program.  I sort of have mixed feelings on this. Should fish caught on private access lakes be eligible for the public program?  Just wondering.
How technical is fishing becoming?  Open Ocean Apps, Inc. is now offering an I-Phone Application for the states of Florida and Texas called Pro Angler.
The application promises to save time, money and catch more fish!
Know what’s “Biting Now” and identify, track and catch 110 saltwater species.
The application includes solunar times, tides, marine weather, detailed rules and regulations, hot spots and many more features and is designed for easy use by both the experienced and novice fisherman.
… I stopped by a local St. Cloud bait shop the other day to purchase a bucket of crickets to do some bluegill fishing.
Place was dead and I asked the owner how things have been going and he just smiled at said, “You are looking at it my friend, the dog days are here.”
Maybe so, but try to stay cool and, as always, tight lines and good fishing!