Mixed bag with fishing due to heavy rain in last few days

The surf temperature is in the low 80s. Catches of whiting and bluefish describe the past week’s activity in the surf and piers. In Ponce Inlet, there has been plenty of redfish activity and some tarpon have also been caught and released.

In Mosquito and Indian River Lagoons, fish are being caught with cut bait. In the Halifax River, redfish and flounder have provided most of the action.

Redfish and flounder also provided most of the action in the Tomoka River and Basin. Offshore, there have been small craft advisories so there is no offshore report.

Capt. Kent Gibbens says one-day fishing is hot and the next it is more slow. He is also seeing schools of menhaden – a good sign. 

'Hooked on fishing' training offered by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


The Future Fisherman Foundation and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will conduct a training seminar for anyone interested in angler and aquatic education training.

This year's event will be at the 4-H Camp Ocala (18533 NFS 535 Altoona, FL 32702) the weekend of Oct. 22-23. ‘Hooked on Fishing’ teacher training available This seminar is open to teachers, 4-H leaders, Boy/Girl Scout leaders, Future Farmers of America personnel and anyone interested in getting students involved with fishing and aquatic education.

Trainers will teach the principles of nationally recognized programs such as "Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs."

"The intent of this seminar is to give everyone a good working knowledge of sport-fishing techniques and aquatic education and instill confidence in them to train others in their respective organizations," said Mark Gintert, executive director. "We also intend to show them a host of other available resources and the next steps for their programs once they get established."

Biologists from the FWC will cover a wide variety of topics, including local biology, habitat, conservation, equipment operation and life skills.

A primary goal of the FWC is to create the next generation that cares by enabling youth and families to reconnect with nature through a variety of active, nature-based recreational activities. Such activities will enable them to live happier, healthier and smarter lifestyles while becoming future resource stewards (MyFWC.com/Youth).

"The FWC is implementing ways to reach out to schools and other organizations that deal directly with students across the state," said Rich Abrams, the FWC's Marine Aquatic Education coordinator.

A travel stipend is available for participants through a Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation grant, making the cost minimal. Interested parties should go to FutureFisherman.org to register.

Space is limited, so register immediately. Participants will pay upfront for their stay and meals at Camp Ocala (approximately $73 per person), but the Future Fisherman Foundation will reimburse $150 per person in travel expenses for up to three people per organization. Participants will receive the "Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs" curriculum, fishing equipment instruction and many additional educational tools.

This will be an in-depth training that will encompass hands-on equipment use, ways to help youth plan for the future, and environmental stewardship activities for which Hooked on Fishing is known.

Instructors for the program will be Mark Gintert, executive director of the Future Fisherman Foundation; Jennifer Saranzak, FWC marine biologist/education specialist in marine fisheries; and Steve Marshall, FWC fisheries biologist in freshwater fisheries. For registration questions, please call Steve Marshall at 561-292-6050.

Capt. Budd's PostScript

It has been written “Fishing greats, whether they realize it or not, practice PFA: Positive Fishing Approach.

So whether you charter, ride a head boat, run your own vessel, stay in the river, surf fish, or fish from shore or a bridge, there are fish to be caught. Fishing is not a matter of life or death, it is so much more important than that.

Capt. Budd Neviaser

Oct. 9, 2011

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Capt. Budd Neviaser is a life-long resident of New Smyrna Beach who has fished the Intracoastal waterways and the Atlantic Ocean most of his life.

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