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New Hogfish Conservation Measures & Boundaries

New Hogfish Conservation Measures & Boundaries. A new management boundary and several conservation measures for hogfish will go into effect in state and federal waters starting Aug. 24.
New Hogfish Conservation Measures & Boundaries. A new management boundary and several conservation measures for hogfish will go into effect in state and federal waters starting Aug. 24.

New Hogfish Conservation Measures and Boundaries Effective August 24, 2017.

VacationHomeRental.org. No VRBO Booking Fees. Free To Renters. $99 Annually To HomeOwners.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued the flowing news release regarding Florida Hogfish this afternoon.

“A new management boundary and several conservation measures for hogfish will go into effect in state and federal waters starting Aug. 24. State changes were approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its November 2016 meeting.

Hogfish is overfished and undergoing overfishing in the Florida Keys and east Florida. Federal law requires the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to end overfishing immediately and implement a 10-year rebuilding plan.

Because most hogfish off the Keys and east Florida are taken in Florida state waters, consistency with regulations approved in Atlantic federal waters is necessary to rebuild the stock.

New Hogfish Conservation Measures & Boundaries. A new management boundary and several conservation measures for hogfish will go into effect in state and federal waters starting Aug. 24.
New Hogfish Conservation Measures & Boundaries. A new management boundary and several conservation measures for hogfish will go into effect in state and federal waters starting Aug. 24.

The new management boundary between the Keys/east Florida and Gulf stocks will be at 25 degrees 9 minutes north latitude (a line due west of Cape Sable, which is on the Gulf side of Florida). Starting Aug. 24, hogfish north of Cape Sable will be managed as Gulf hogfish, and hogfish south of that line, around the tip of Florida and up the Atlantic coast, will be managed as Atlantic hogfish. Prior to this change, the boundary for hogfish was a line following U.S. Highway 1 in the Florida Keys. This new management boundary line is closer to where Gulf and Atlantic hogfish stocks naturally separate as determined by a recent genetic study.

Hogfish, 3-14-14, Miami Fishing Report & Charters, #Miami.
Hogfish, 3-14-14, Miami Fishing Report & Charters, #Miami.

Other approved conservation changes effective Aug. 24 include:

  • Lowering the Atlantic recreational daily bag limit from five to one fish per harvester.
  • Setting an Atlantic recreational harvest season of May 1 through Oct. 31.
  • Increasing the Atlantic recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 12 to 16 inches fork length.
  • Increasing the Gulf recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 12 to 14 inches fork length.
  • Setting the minimum importation and sale size limit to 14 inches fork length statewide.
Naples Fishing, Hogfish, Friday, 12-4-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Hogfish, Friday, 12-4-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

The size limit increase and the recreational season will allow Atlantic hogfish more opportunities to spawn before entering the fishery and, along with a bag limit change, will help rebuild the Keys/east Florida hogfish population to sustainable levels.

The size limit change for Gulf state waters is also consistent with regulations for federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf stock is healthy, but stakeholders requested an increase in the minimum size limit as a conservation measure to give hogfish additional spawning opportunities.”

Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Hogfish” for more.

Tampa Fishing Report, Friday, June 22, 2017

Tampa Fishing, Friday, June 22, 2017, Tarpon, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.
Tampa Fishing, Friday, June 22, 2017, Tarpon, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.

Today’s Tampa Fishing Report: Tarpon!

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Tampa Fishing Report, Friday, June 22, 2017, Florida Fishing Report – Tampa Fishing: Tarpon & Sharks chasing them; latest Florida Algal Bloom & Water Quality / Lake Okeechobee Update and here for Red Tide Report.

Most of the time we fish Tampa’s flats, passes, oyster bars, inlets, and islands.  Sometimes we’ll go offshore of Tampa a couple of miles or so if we’re fishing for goliath grouper, or tarpon or sharks.

Boca Grande Pass Fishing, Tarpon, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Boca Grande Fishing Report & Charters ~ #BocaGrande.
Boca Grande Pass Fishing, Tarpon, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Boca Grande Fishing Report & Charters ~ #BocaGrande.

Tampa Fishing Report, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Florida Fishing Report – Tampa Fishing: Big Snook in the passes; we’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species.  Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sportfish, even if they are in season.  Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!

Boca Grande Pass Fishing, Tarpon Rolling, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Boca Grande Fishing Report & Charters ~ #BocaGrande.
Boca Grande Pass Fishing, Tarpon Rolling, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Boca Grande Fishing Report & Charters ~ #BocaGrande.

Tampa Fishing Report, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Florida Fishing Report – Tampa Fishing: Jack Crevalle, catch & release; please see our SanibelCaptivaFort MyersSeashell & Shelling and Cuban Fishing sites for charter photos from our other captains, additional fishing and shelling reports, and musings on fishing in Cuba one of these days!

Tampa fishing is some of the best in the world!  A fishing trip is a great family adventure and your children will love it!

The Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater area has some of the nicest beaches in Florida, including Ford Desoto’s North Beach, Caladesi Island and Siesta Key!

Naples Fishing, November Tarpon Surprise, Friday, 11-6-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, November Tarpon Surprise, Friday, 11-6-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Perhaps more important to fishing, the Tampa-St. Pete area has a great coastline structure and topography. Barrier islands stretch close to 70 miles from North Pinellas to Venice. In general, barrier islands mean great fishing habitat because they create passes where fish move on the tides in a concentrated fashion, and also protected back-bay areas for the overall ecosystem.

On parts of the west coast of Florida, including the Tampa area, the barrier islands also tend to still have large protected mangrove areas.   Mangroves are critical to the whole lifecycle of the ecosystem. Mangroves are often truly foundational to the formation of the islands and their decaying leaves feed microorganisms that are the starting point of the food chain that leads up to tarpon and sharks at the top of the system!

Tarpon, 4-29-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters, #Naples.
Tarpon, 4-29-15, Naples Fishing Report & Charters, #Naples.

We’re just getting started in Tampa, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Tampa fishing!

If you are a local fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.

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Happy fishing!

Tarpon, 9-8-14, Boca Grande Fishing Report & Charters, #BocaGrande.
Tarpon, 9-8-14, Boca Grande Fishing Report & Charters, #BocaGrande.

Florida Fishing Report: Red Tide Status, 6-2-17

Florida Red Tide Status Map, 6-2-17, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.
Florida Red Tide Status Map, 6-2-17, Courtesy Of FWC, Florida Red Tide Report.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, June 2, 2017

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FWC released the Red Tide Status Report this week.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission red tide bulletin at 3:40 PM 6/2/2017.

Red Tide Status (June 2, 2017)

The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed at background concentrations in Southwest Florida.

Over the past week, Karenia brevis was observed at background concentrations in two samples collected from Pinellas County, one sample collected from Lee County, and one sample collected from Collier County.

Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.

Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red TidesExternal Website predict net northern movement of surface waters and little net movement of subsurface waters from Pinellas to Lee counties over the next three days.”  For more information, please see FWC.

Key for Results

Description Karenia breviscells/liter Possible Effects (K. brevis only)
NOT PRESENT – BACKGROUND background levels of 1,000 cells or less None anticipated
VERY LOW >1,000 to 10,000 Possible respiratory irritation; shellfish harvesting closures >  5,000 cells/L
LOW >10,000 to 100,000 Respiratory irritation, possible fish kills, and bloom chlorophyll probably detected by satellites at upper limits
MEDIUM >100,000 to 1,000,000 Respiratory irritation and probable fish kills
HIGH >1,000,000 As above plus discoloration