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Posted on Apr 27, 2010 in Next Cast
Throwing trash into the ocean. High-grading kingfish in a tournament. Fishing without a license. Keeping several fish over the limit. I've been aboard vessels where anglers have attempted these illegal and/or unethical acts, and I've called them on it. Few things bother me more than fudging the rules on the water. That may label me a "Pollyanna" or a naïve "do-gooder;" some may even stretch that to "holier than thou" or "hypocrite" by challenging my toe-the-line policy in other areas. But I would urge you not to attack the messenger. Read More
Posted on Mar 30, 2010 in Next Cast
I grew up in Florida and weathered my share of hurricanes as a child. I remember one time we waded out of my dad's house on Madeira Beach as a storm surge flooded the neighborhood. Hurricanes brought excitement and adventure: We got to stay in a hotel room... and light candles... and eat ice cream! Read More
Posted on Feb 2, 2010 in Next Cast
I remember in 1987 when my father became the first on his block to buy a MacIntosh II personal computer. At the time, I was enjoying my early career as a newspaperwoman, but I was quite impressed that Dad was embracing the new technology of my generation. Leap forward 23 years and now I'm the "impressive" middle-aged tech geek. And I thought such characteristics didn't run in families. Read More
Posted on Dec 15, 2009 in Next Cast
If you're like me, a year flies by and you're left wondering why you didn't get out on the water as often as you'd have liked. Most of my reasons have to do with work or weather. But in 2010, I resolve to use the following list to justify fishing more often. Maybe this will help you, too. 10. Marginal Weather Forecast? No Excuse! Perfect chance to test new outerwear and determine if newer braided lines really resist wind knots. Read More
Posted on Nov 3, 2009 in Next Cast
Lauderdale event's 50th year boosts hopes for boaters Today's economy still feels like a tight band around the chest - no one can really breathe easily. So when events like this past week's 50th Anniversary Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) put the marine industry on display, everyone starts looking for signs of relief. Thankfully, we saw some. Read More
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