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      Treasure Coast Outdoors

      New Dolphin Regulations                            an issue. He said that if you catch your limit of 10 dolphin   This includes gag grouper, red grouper, scamp and six
      Are A Joke And Accomplish                          in federal waters, you should not then spend time fishing   other lesser species.
                                                         in Florida state waters after that, but return to dock.
                                                                                                             My favorite method to fish for them is to troll artificial
      Nothing                                              If that sounds confusing and unenforceable, it is.  baits that don’t dive. I use a downrigger to keep my bait
                                                           I give Florida credit for trying, but it looks like we   about 4 feet off the bottom.
      By Jim Weix                                        have another one of those useless feel-good regulations.     I’ve found that 80-pound braided line, with a 10-foot
        Ef fective M ay 1,                               That is too bad, because the dolphin catch has declined   50-pound fluorocarbon leader, works well. The braided
      the  Florida  recreational                         68 percent since 2015 due to overfishing.         line minimizes the bow in your line, so that when a
      individual bag limit for                             I cringe whenever I see anglers proudly posting   grouper hits, the line gets tight quickly and prevents
      dolphin is reduced from 10                         pictures of their “trophy” 20-inch sandwich-sized baby   it from getting into its hidey hole. Then I can reel it in
      to five. The vessel limit is                       dolphin. Dolphin are super-fast growing, but you have   quickly before a shark grabs it.
      also reduced from 60 fish                          to let them grow up.                                Editor’s note: Jim Weix is an avid hunter, angler,
      to 30. However, this only                            Not long ago, a 15-pound dolphin was sometimes the   conservationist, as well as an outdoor writer.
      applies in state waters,                           smallest one in the cooler. Now many younger anglers     Jim is included in the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association’s
      which  extend  out  three                          actually think that is big. A tourist would be running off   Hall of Fame, for his work in helping restore thousands
      miles. Since most dolphin                          to a taxidermist with it.                         of acres of wetlands. Jim is a broker associate with The
      caught are beyond three                              To restore our dolphin population we need both   Keyes Company. He can be reached at (772) 341-2941
      miles, the new rule basically accomplishes nothing.   realistic state and federal regulations. Bag limits should   or by email:
        When I spoke with a person from the Florida Fish and   be reduced and size limits should be increased.
      Wildlife Commission about that, he admitted that it was     The good news is that grouper season opens May 1.

       Mary’s Home from page 1

       in outstanding outfits and
       a touching presentation
       by  Mary’s  Home  resident
       Nneka Towine sharing the
       role the residence has played
       in helping her prepare for the
       best possible life for herself
       and her baby girl.
         Ashleigh Waters,  early
       morning news anchor at  May Smythe, founder of
       WPTV NewsChannel 5 was  Mary’s Angels and Ashleigh   Kim Gaudet, Mary’s Home operations manager and
       a warm and affable master  Waters, WPTV NewsChannel   Alean Timm, Mary’s Home executive director, with vintage   Jonathan Knaus, Gina Thompson and Nick Grubbs, Mary’s
       of ceremonies.          5 anchor and luncheon emcee  Dusenberg (a ride in it was part of the silent auction)  Home board members
         Luncheon cochairs Alean   Photo by Jackie Holfelder                          Photo by Liz McKinley                          Photo by Jackie Holfelder
       Timm and Kim Gaudet,
       Mary’s  Home  executive                             Now in  its second
       director and operations                           decade, the role of the
       manager respectively, were                        nonprofit remains the
       ably assisted by committee                        same: to provide homeless,
       members Denise Freihofer,                         pregnant women with the
       Cheryl Lott-Lampard, Patty                        support  and  guidance
       Murty, Cynthia Russo,                             they need to become self-
       Justine Savage, Leanne                            sufficient  and  make  good
       Sleece and Christine Storino.                     choices for themselves and
         Major sponsors for the                          their children.
       11th Annual Luncheon and                            To learn more, visit
       Fashion Show were Michael                     Nneka  Towine, Mary’s
       Hayes and Riverview                                                       Home resident and luncheon
       Cosmetic  &  Implant  Barbara Bucci and Dot                               speaker and Gina Sudano,   Kelly Harrison, Barbara Cardillo, Joan Caruso Kanyuk
       Dentistry: Dr. Mark Fedele  Galfond                                       board chair of Mary’s Home  and Karen Linick
       and Dr. Matthew Hooks.    Photo by Jackie Holfelder                            Photo by Liz McKinley                             Photo by Liz McKinley

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