I am rarely late for things, but have a problem when others fail to show the same consideration. Although some may see it differently, I consider myself a fairly patient individual. But fishing tides do not wait and I tend to get a bit testy.
A few years ago my fishing partner pulled into the drive late, as usual. Running the gamut of excuses, he apologized and said it would not happen again.
The next day he was late, so I went fishing alone. When I returned to the landing, he was all grins. I inquired as to what was so funny.
"I was stopped for speeding, and I know I will be more careful in the future," he said. "I was let off with a warning and was relieved when the officer informed me of the consequences. He was amused when I told him that if the County wanted you to drive slower, they should display the fine for doing otherwise -- Your speed is $125."
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NEWS & NOTES
The South Atlantic black sea bass commercial fishing season has closed, and there has been talk about a temporary halt to recreational fishing in November due to populations being reduced to dangerously low levels. These measures are necessary to restore the sea bass population. Managers will examine more data this month and the results will be posted.
Seasonal changes will impact federal waters from North Carolina to Florida. Commercial fishermen, who have reached their annual quota of 309,000 pounds, will be prohibited from taking more bass until their fishing season reopens June 1, 2012.
The summer catch by recreational fishermen was 45 percent of their annual 409,000-pound limit. When fishermen approach their annual quota, managers may shorten the recreational season, which began in June. Fishery managers hope catch amounts will be lower than expected because of a rule that limited recreational fishermen from 15 fish per day to five.
For more information, contact Debbie Salamone, communications manager for the Pew Environment Group, at 321-972-5020 or 407-982-0958.
Fishing is a lot like life, it's a joint effort. At times you must be willing to give up control and share the burden. This teamwork will create something much better than you could by working alone.