Letter: Problems from weather to regulation make fishing difficult

Carl Fogliano, Port St. Lucie

Letter: Problems from weather to regulation make fishing difficult

The Treasure Coast is many times called “The Sailfish Capital of the World.” One thinks that it would be heaven to live in an area where you could fish all year long. This is an untrue assumption.

During the summer months one risks heatstroke. I suffered a serious bout with heatstroke this past summer. For the past six weeks I fished once because of high winds and rough waters. To add to the problem, restrictions on the harvesting of many species makes fishing problematic. It is illegal to catch black sea bass and vermilion snappers until June 1.

The only boats to get into the ocean are large sport-fishing boats usually targeting sailfish in various tournaments. As a result of these problems, “head boats” are suffering greatly as well as bait stores. If the winds finally stop blowing perhaps my “cabin fever” blues will abate. However, now I’m wondering why I left Long Island for “The Sailfish Capital of the World.”

(Editor: Federal regulations stipulate vermilion snapper season is closed Nov. 1 through March 31.)

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