Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Outdoors Notes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Outdoors Notes

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Officials of the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament

will answer questions about the event's new Sisters Creek Marina

site at a meeting Tuesday night of the Heckscher Drive Community


The meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m.

at 9364 Heckscher Dr.

"Having lived out here on Heckscher Drive, the traffic is a big

question for me," said Jessie Sammons, president of the

community club. "Rumors are flying. We need to know what the

true picture is."

Among those expected at the meeting are tournament

representatives Faye Adams and Charlie Hamaker and Lt. David

Gutterman of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. This year's

tournament is July 13-18.


Floridians can fish for free in the state's freshwater lakes

and rivers next weekend.

Saturday and Sunday have been designated as Free Fishing

Weekend, part of National Fishing Week. On those days, no

license will be required in freshwater. All other fishing

regulations will remain in effect during the period.


Jacksonville's Terri White wanted husband Chris to catch his

first wahoo, so as a wedding present she gave him an offshore

fishing trip aboard Capt. Robert Johnson's Jodie Lynn

charterboat out of St. Augustine.

Chris White and members of his wedding party -- Paul Parsons,

Gary Santora and Ray Kaplan -- made the trip a week ago Friday,

and at day's end, the tally was four wahoo to 40 pounds and 10

dolphin to 30. Everybody caught a wahoo -- except White.

"He had never caught a wahoo, and that was the idea of the

whole trip," Parsons said. "We tried to get him one. He caught

about four dolphin, and Gary nicknamed him Dolphin Boy. Boy, was

he frustrated."


Seven Florida saltwater fishing records have been approved,

including a 42-pound, 4-ounce red grouper caught by a Palatka

angler off St. Augustine.

Del Wiseman caught the stateand world-record grouper in March

of last year while fishing live bait 46 miles off St. Augustine.

Another state and world record approved was a 45-pound, 8-ounce

blackfin tuna caught at Key West. …

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