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Paul Gonzalez
• Monday, 02 November, 2020
• 7 min read

Tom Hill, owner and manager of the Key Largo Fisheries says, “The effect of Irma here and Michael up north and down here dealing with an algae bloom, as well as, the red tide.” The fish wholesale and retail business is in flux as consumers shy away from perishables.

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As the Chinese market for Florida lobster crashed ahead of general knowledge of the potential pandemic. The Floridafishingindustry supports 14,000 workers and that’s why bipartisan Florida congressional representatives are pushing the US Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to expedite the disbursement of $300 million in funds made available by the Cares Act for fishery-related businesses.

The South Florida twins out of Weston have spent much of their lives on the water, enjoying what’s right in their backyard. The 25-year-olds found ways to balance their love of fishing with full-time classes and pole vaulting careers at the University of Miami, studying microbiology and immunology until graduating in December 2017.

The sisters began documenting their fishing adventures on a blog in 2018, writing stories about their findings, offering tips and letting their audience get to know them better. On an ice fishing trip that year, Emily decided she’d add a video component, not knowing how much fun she’d have filming, editing and publishing.

The sisters talked to friends who are professional YouTubers and created a job for themselves filming and editing videos. This summer, before publishing a video of them docking a 35-foot boat in a 40-foot canal, the Gale twins had about 10,000 YouTube subscribers.

The twins natural ability to connect with viewers on the joys of fishing is clear. The twins taught themselves how to use Final Cut Pro, an Apple-based video editing software program, and they film their adventures on a GoPro or an iPhone 12, which features the wide lens they need to capture their footage.

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Because of their vlogging, the Gale twins don’t have to charter any more outside their fishing camps and events, which started in August with an overnight trip to Yankee Capt's Pulley Ridge. Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World” because of its great resources and responsible management.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FCC) and our partners encourage you to enjoy a relaxing day in the great outdoors with your family and friends. This website provides basic tips about how to have a fun, safe experience while helping us conserve our aquatic resources for tomorrow.

Overall, Florida again ranked first of fishing participants age 16 and older with 2.77 million. Recreational fishing dollars helped to support 75,068 jobs in Florida, again making it No.

This economic trend is great news for Florida partially because state and local taxes from the sale of fishing -related goods and services generated $441 million for general funds. In spite of the national estimates of fishing participation for all U.S. anglers (does not include foreign anglers) over 16 years of age decreasing, actual fishing license sales for both freshwater and saltwater have increased in Florida.

This discrepancy is partially the result of seniors (age 65 and older), resident saltwater shoreline anglers and several other groups, including those fishing from licensed saltwater piers or charter boats, being exempt from licensing. Florida remains the Fishing Capital of the World because of great resources and responsible management.

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From insurance companies, car manufacturers, or soft drink producers, the imagery of recreational fishing is presented because it reminds us of our roots and of a closeness to nature that calms the soul. Get Outdoors Florida is a nonprofit coalition that encourages Floridians and tourists to enjoy a more healthy lifestyle by participating in active nature-based recreation throughout the site.

Its website provides information on events and locations to enjoy a wide variety of activities. Following publication on Richard Loud’s book, Last Child in the Woods, the Children and Nature Network compiled a vast amount of research showing how important it is to spend quality time outdoors interacting with nature.

So it is not surprising that studies have consistently shown that involvement with family members and friends is a primary reason people go boating and fishing. When outdoors in Florida, use sunscreen to prevent sunburn and skin damage, be certain to drink plenty of water, be aware of your surroundings and be careful of sharp fishing hooks.

Please don’t feed wildlife while enjoying the great diversity of birds and animals you’ll see while fishing. Clean your boat and trailer of any vegetation and never move fish between bodies of water, to help prevent establishing non-native plants and spreading diseases.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission provides a variety of angler recognition programs to help commemorate your catch, and beginning October 2012, you can be rewarded by TrophyCatch for documenting and releasing large mouth bass greater than eight pounds. Anytime that you can get out on the water safely (let’s avoid lightning storms and hurricanes).

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Time of Day : Typically, for freshwater fishes especially, dawn and dusk tend to be more active feeding periods and also allow some escape from the heat. However, anytime of day you can expect to catch fish, if you know where to find them and are patient.

If it’s very hot and bright, the key is finding shade around structure or deeper cooler waters. Lunar Cycle : Yes, the phases of the moon also play a role in how aggressive fish are and how they congregate, especially around spawning time.

The So lunar Theory helps provide some insights into peak fishing periods based on this information--but remember local variables may play an even more important role. A basic tip: The three days before and after new or full moons often make for stimulated fishing action.

If the front lasts for a prolonged period, the aftermath can again bring enhanced fishing conditions. Part of this is programmed into their genes, but much of it is triggered by water temperature, lunar phase and their nutrition as well.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission sponsors numerous events around the state to encourage parents and other responsible adults to “take a kid fishing and see what they mean when they say “Water Works Wonders.” The first full week in June is National Fishing and Boating Week and is a time when businesses around the state and our Division of Marine Fisheries concentrate many of their clinics. Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World” because of its great resources and responsible management.

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With all those areas teeming with fish, we can’t list them all, but you are always within reach of a place to “wet a line.” A great start is our online guide to Florida the Fishing Capital of the World (PDF), which lists 30 top freshwater destinations and numerous state parks that provide saltwater access. Basic fishing tackle is reasonably priced, and enthusiasts can find the rod and reel of their dreams in specialty stores, bait-and-tackle shops or general retailers throughout Florida.

By purchasing a license, you also help Florida receive additional funds from Federal Aid in Sport fish Restoration, a program into which anglers already pay via federal excise taxes on fishing tackle and motorboat fuel taxes. Learns and obeys fishing and boating rules and regulations, and purchases appropriate licenses.

Doesn’t release live bait into waters or spread exotic plants and fish. The novel coronavirus pandemic forced most captains in the country’s unofficial fishing capital to dock their boats indefinitely.

The economic footprint totals $7.5 billion annually and accounts for 81,000 jobs, according to the Florida Sports Foundation, a nonprofit trade organization. In the Keys, tourists provide the economic backbone, and Reynolds estimates 75 percent of his boat’s annual income flows in during the spring and summer.

If there were customers eager to cast a line, Reynolds, who lives in Homestead, can’t even get to his boat right now because nonresidents aren’t allowed to visit the Keys during the pandemic. While states and the federal government begin to map out a plan for reopening the economy, the charter boat captains aren’t anticipating relief money to adequately address their losses.

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Those who still applied for a forgivable loan are further concerned because the award amount is based on a company’s average monthly payroll costs for the past year. That doesn’t adequately reflect the losses suffered during their busiest time of the year, the charter captains said, and probably means they won’t have the money they will need to survive the slower months.

“I personally don’t want another loan, to go any further into debt,” said Brice Barr, a captain with Double Down Sport fishing in Key West, “but that might be our only alternative.” The charter boat captains are hoping a new round of federal funding provides more help, and in the meantime they’re awaiting word from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“To that end, we are working daily with the Department and our federal partners to finalize a process to expedite the distribution of Section 12005 funds, consistent with the direction provided by Congress.” Clients keep calling to cancel, dock age fees are adding up, and it’s not clear when any fishing boat captains can expect to make money again.

The South Florida twins out of Weston have spent much of their lives on the water, enjoying what’s right in their backyard. The 25-year-olds found ways to balance their love of fishing with full-time classes and pole vaulting careers at the University of Miami, studying microbiology and immunology until graduating in December 2017.

The sisters began documenting their fishing adventures on a blog in 2018, writing stories about their findings, offering tips and letting their audience get to know them better. On an ice fishing trip that year, Emily decided she’d add a video component, not knowing how much fun she’d have filming, editing and publishing.

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The sisters talked to friends who are professional YouTubers and created a job for themselves filming and editing videos. This summer, before publishing a video of them docking a 35-foot boat in a 40-foot canal, the Gale twins had about 10,000 YouTube subscribers.

The twins natural ability to connect with viewers on the joys of fishing is clear. The twins taught themselves how to use Final Cut Pro, an Apple-based video editing software program, and they film their adventures on a GoPro or an iPhone 12, which features the wide lens they need to capture their footage.

Because of their vlogging, the Gale twins don’t have to charter any more outside their fishing camps and events, which started in August with an overnight trip to Yankee Capt's Pulley Ridge.

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Sources
1 en.wikipedia.org - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grouper
2 www.fisheries.noaa.gov - https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/black-grouper