31 Dec A New Fishing Year Is Upon Us!
A new fishing year is upon us. As I write this we approach 2018 in under 24 hours. How time has flown by!
As I look back on 2017 I have to say we had one heck of a year! I met many new people both on fishing charters and in my short travels along the west coast of Florida helping friends and others who I now consider friends that were either helpers in the aftermath or victims themselves of Hurricane Irma’s wrath.
It was a very humbling experience as I traveled the coast from Tampa down to Everglades City. It was easy to see how easily all could be lost in the blink of an eye. Watching strangers helping strangers and community’s coming together it put a glimmer of hope in my mind that as people we are not as divided as I once thought by religion and politics. All that had seemed to be forgotten as these folks reached out to help one another.
Irma roared through Florida in September. Just a few short months ago. Some of our community’s are still struggling from the aftermath but from what I have seen they are all open for business and welcome our northern friends to come down and visit, stay for awhile and enjoy what we have to offer. Fishing,hunting,sightseeing,and our beautiful beaches are all still here!
The fishing the last few months since Irma’s passing has been very good. This past month of fishing has been extremely good with some great catches of Snook,Trout,Jack Cravelle,Cobia and Pompano. We have even done a couple of charters on the Tampa Bay reefs and rock piles that have produced some nice fish. Things will change these next couple of months as we get into our Florida winter. The Sheepshead bite should fire up. Along with that expect to be able to catch Mangrove Snapper as well as other species.
I think everyday how blessed I am to be able to live in this great state of Florida and to be able to share my passion everyday with people who only get a short time to come here and enjoy it.
Thank you to all who have come fishing with me this past year. You are the ones who keep it all going and don’t think for a minute I take your visits to Florida and the time you spend fishing with me for granted. I hope you all have a very Happy,healthy and successful New Year!
Capt. Steve Betz