The Flying Kayak

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Year: 2011 (page 1 of 23)

Exotic Smuggling and our Environment

My family and friends recently told me about a situation in an Argentinian airport where a man was arrested when 247 exotic species were discovered in his suitcase.

The article can be found here

The species included exotic snakes and insects, many of  which are highly venomous.

Seriously? 247 species in a -suitcase-?? I understand that some people like certain pets, but come on. If it’s illegal to posses an animal in your country, it’s probably for a good reason. Places like the Florida Everglades are a prime example of what can happen as a result of the exotic pet trade. Aquarium fish, Iguanas, Burmese Pythons…The list goes on, and on, and on. They’re all loose and it’s an absolute mess, yet still there are people who try to smuggle exotic species across borders. This particular instance was a trip from Argentina to Spain, but still. Who knows what could happen if some of these animals escaped? Many people believe nothing would happen…The the animal would probably die because it isn’t in its natural environment. But the possibility remains that it -could- happen, and the implications from its release are completely unknown. Years ago, no one would have expected the Everglades (as well as countless other natural areas around the country) to be subject to the invasion of many exotics, but guess what? It’s happened.

Instances like my post a few weeks back, shouldn’t be happening. It’s our responsibility to properly care for exotic pets, and eradicate those that are established in their non-native habitats. I’m just thankful that someone noticed this man’s bulging, slithering suitcase of environmental destruction.

And with that, I’ll step off my soap box. I’ve got a few fishing reports coming up, sadly no pictures because I can’t seem to remember my camera. Stay tuned!

Red, White, and Blue

Ok, I know the 4th of July is quite a long ways away, but I wanted to share possibly the most patriotic catch I’ve had to date. It’s never too late/early to celebrate one’s patriotism.

I went beach fishing again last week with my dad. The plan was to get up first thing in the morning, and head out before the sun got up too high. Sadly, that dream was crushed when we both didn’t wake up until almost 9:00am. Hey…It’s Christmas vacation after all.

We got to the beach to find that the water was still a little churned up from the storms the day before. We picked a spot, set up, and waited. After not having a single bite for about 20 minutes, we decided to move. We walked the beach cart down the beach about 300 yards to a small point and set up there.

Shockingly, we made the right move. Within 5 minutes I hooked and landed a Pompano.

Another 5 minutes and I landed a Bluefish. And only a few minutes after that, my dad landed a 24″ Redfish. The sun came out immediately after landing the Red and the bite stopped…Completely. The next two hours were fishless, and we finally called it a day. One glance into the cooler confirmed it though. The catch was Red, White (ok silver/white), and Blue.

Redfish, Pompano, and Bluefish

I realize that catching a Whiting would have been more fitting for a solid Red, White, and Blue catch, but “meh”…Close enough.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and I definitely look forward to the hunting and fishing in 2012!

Beach Fishing

I haven’t taken the kayak out once since I’ve been home. It’s not that I haven’t -wanted- to, it’s just that the pompano are running along the beaches right now, and I can’t stop fishing for them.

I went out late last week to do a little surf fishing. My buddy Johnny and my dad went with me and we spent the afternoon trying to fill the cooler. The fishing was alright. It certainly wasn’t non-stop action, but I can’t really complain. We succeeded in landing two keeper pompano, and five whiting.

Like usual, I left the camera at the house, so I was forced to snap pictures just prior to cleaning the fish.

It had actually been a couple of years since I last caught a pompano, so landing these two was a thrill. And the thing that was almost better than catching them? Eating them. If you’ve never had pompano, you -need- to try it. It’s fantastic.

I plan to spend quite a bit of time out at the beach or in the kayak next week. The sheepshead are becoming thick around the bridges, so I think it’s time to buy a bunch of fiddler crabs and give it a try.

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