Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; Majesty, Mayport Princess Adjusting

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; Majesty, Mayport Princess Adjusting

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Byline: JIM SUTTON

Many wondered what would happen to the area charter boats when the interim red snapper rule went into effect, in combination with the grouper closure and a closure of beeliner fishing.

The Majesty and Mayport Princess are now commercial fishing to try to make ends meet.

Both boats are taking reservations for charters on the weekend only, probably through March.

The black sea bass fishing has been excellent lately.

Call the Mayport Princess at 241-4111 or the Majesty at 220-6363.

EL CHEAPO SET FOR NEXT MONTH

One of the area's more popular tournaments, the El Cheapo Sheepshead Tournament is scheduled for Feb. 27.

Entry fee is $60 until Feb. 13 and $80 thereafter. Junior angler entry is still $10.

The grand prize this year will be a boat, motor and trailer package valued at more than $7,000.

Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 26, followed by the captains' meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Off Shore Fishing Club clubhouse at the Mayport Boat Ramp.

Entry forms are available at local tackle shops or at jaxfish.com.

This tournament caps at 300 entries and is known for selling out early.

Spectators are welcome at the weigh-in from 2-4 p.m. Fried sheepshead dinners are available for $8.

COLD SNAP MIGHT HAVE SILVER LINING FOR TURTLES

State biologists said that the freezing weather that threatened the well-being of Florida's sea turtles might end up actually helping our stocks.

Conservation groups aided in rescuing hundreds of sea turtles immobilized or disoriented by the cold water, where scientist said many would not have survived.

Those rescued were tagged, and 80 percent have been released back into the wild thus far. The tagging information will give biologists valuable information down the road on the turtles' size, geographic distribution and health status. Those not yet released remain temporarily in rehabilitation facilities, primarily in the Mosquito Lagoon area.

CHECK BOATS FOR FREEZE DAMAGE

The Jacksonville Coast Guard reminds boaters to inspect their vessels following the recent freezing weather.

Frozen hoses and wires can weaken or crack after freezing, causing damage to electrical systems or the boats' bilge systems. …

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