Page 13 - Stuart Exposure - October '22
P. 13

Stuart Exposure, Page 13
      Treasure Coast Outdoors

      Can The Local Golden                               my limit, and then

      Tilefish Population Handle                         resumed trolling for
                                                         dolphin and sailfish.
      Commercial Fishing?                                   Then a few
                                                         years ago, I noticed
      By Jim Weix                                        a commercial boat
         A number of years ago,                          advertising that you
      Tom  Flynn  of  Palm  City,                        could buy  fresh
      introduced me to deep                              locally caught fish
      dropping for golden tilefish.                      at  the  dock,  while
      The next week I bought an                          supplies lasted. Since
      electric reel and an assortment                    the middlemen were
      of weights needed to keep my                       being eliminated, the
      bait on the bottom in 600 to                       prices were often low
      1,200 feet of water.                               compared to buying  Tom  Flynn  (left)  and  Jimmy   Doug Goethel, of Stuart,
         My new typical fishing                          fish in the store. The  McDaniel found the tilefish bite to   caught his first tilefish while   The author is hooked on
      day was to troll until I reached                   ads on the Internet  be good last year.           fishing with the author.  tilefish.
      the 800-foot depth, and then try a few deep drops for tilefish.   often showed his boat
      Since the bag limit is only one per person, quite often I got   with the locally caught fish available fresh that day.      The pictures of dolphin, snapper, and grouper didn’t
                                                                                                           surprise me. What got my attention though was the picture of
                                                                                                           what looked like 100 golden tilefish. I’m not anti-commercial
             EXPLORE LUXURY SENIOR LIVING IN SOUTH FLORIDA!                                                fishing, so I didn’t think much of it.
                                                                                                              However, over a relatively short period of time, I noticed
                                                                                                           that catching a golden tilefish got harder and harder. My
                                                                                                           normal fishing areas seldom produced and so I expanded my
                                                                                                           range, with little success.
                                                                                                              I mentioned this to another angler and he told me that
                                                                                                           he has seen a local commercial fisherman “just hammering
                                                                                                           them.” Tilefish live in pods and burrow into the mud, so they
                                                                                                           don’t move around much. Overfishing can easily wipe out a
                                                                                                           local population.
                                                                                                              Which makes me wonder if our local population can recover
                                                                                                           after too many are caught in one area. Although the commercial
                                                                                                           fishing season for tilefish is closed from July 6 through Dec. 31,
                                                                                                           I’m not sure that helps much if the fish don’t migrate into the
                                                                                                           areas where the population has been drastically reduced.
                                                                                                              Editor’s note: Jim Weix is an avid hunter, angler,
                                                                                                           conservationist, as well as an outdoor writer. Jim is included
                                                                                                           in the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association’s Hall of Fame, for his
                                                                                                           work in helping restore thousands of acres of wetlands. Jim is a
                                                                                                           broker associate with The Keyes Company. He can be reached
                                                                                                           at (772) 341-2941 or by email:

                                                                                                                Club News

                                                                                                           Finding Hidden Stories In Family

                                                                                                           Trees With The Martin County

                                                                                                           Genealogical Society

                                                                                                              In addition to tracing lineage, a family tree may reveal
                                                                                                           stories about your ancestors that were unknown to you. These
                                                                                                           family stories often make the names and dates of genealogical
                                                                                                           research come alive. At the Martin County Genealogical
                                                                                                           Society’s (MCGS) November meeting, in a presentation
                                                                                                           entitled “The Joy of Uncovering Hidden Family Stories,”
                                                                                                           MCGS Secretary Loren Johns will discuss how he discovered
                 ELEVATE                                                                                   multiple interesting but previously unknown stories about
                                                                                                           his family. “Some stories can be painful,” he says, “and the
                                                                                                           people in them deserve nonjudgmental respect.” Johns also
                 YOUR LIVING                                                                               will share resources and methods for genealogical research
                                                                                                           on families with Amish and Mennonite ancestry.

                                                                                                             With experience in his 20s and 30s as a pastor, residential
                                                                                                           roofer and book editor, Johns received his Ph.D. in New
                                                                                                           Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary. He served
                                                                                                           as academic dean at the Mennonite Seminary in Elkhart,
                  Retire in style. Whether it’s fine dining and luxury spa experiences or endless           Ind., and taught Biblical Studies there and at Bluffton

                                                                                                           University in Bluffton, Ohio. Johns and his wife Rachel
                  events and personalized care you’re seeking, our south Florida communities               retired to Stuart in 2019.
                                                                                                              Free and open to the public, the meeting will be at the
                    have you covered. Discover how luxury senior living allows you to thrive               Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road in Stuart, from 1

                  in an engaging and vibrant community like our HarborChase communities of                 to 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18. To participate via Zoom, go to
                                                                                                  and register by Nov. 17.
                     Wellington Crossing, Boynton Beach, Stuart and Palm Beach Gardens.                       Earlier in November, MCGS will host a Family History
                                                                                                           Fair in partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
                                  This is HarborChase. Come celebrate with us.                             Day Saints in Palm City. There will be 18 presentations in
                                                                                                           four simultaneous sessions ranging from pursuing colonial
                                                                                                           ancestors and using DNA Technology to American lineage
                                                                                                           societies and researching German, Irish and Italian ancestors.
                                                                                                           Lunch and dessert will be offered. Free and open to the
                                                                                                           public, the fair will run from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Nov.
              Explore                                                                                      5 at the Family History Center, 2401 S.W. Matheson Ave.,
              Living at                                                                                    Palm City. Preregistration is suggested at or by
            HarborChase       BOYNTON BEACH               PALM BEACH GARDENS                               emailing
                                    .   .                          .   .                                      The Genealogical Society offers a variety of services

                                   STUART                WELLINGTON CROSSING                               at the Genealogy Room in the Blake Library in Stuart
                                   .   .                           .   .                                   including an extensive research library, access to several
                                                                                                           genealogy websites and assistance from MCGS volunteers.
                                                                                                           For more information about membership, activities and
                                                                                                           services go to
   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16