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Yesterday, we took the student out on a charter fishing trip, which was one of the highlights of the camp. We went out with Cruise Naples on their bay boat, and had a great time. Everyone caught at least one fish, which makes me extremely happy. We went out to the Santa Lucia Reef, approximately 2 miles off Gordan Pass in Naples. The kids mostly caught pinfish and tomtate grunts, but other catches included mangrove snapper, crevalle jack, blue runner, and Atlantic Spadefish. We then fished around Gordan Pass and caught mostly lady fish, catfish, and whiting. Finally, we fished inside the pass, I think the kids must have set a new record for catching catfish. However, they seemed happy and also caught mangrove snappers, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, and a very large remora. Of the dozens of fish the kids caught only two were of legal size (one mangrove snapper, and one Spanish mackerel). The first mate gratefully cleaned the fish for the kids, which made a great finish to a wonderful day!
Collier County Sea Grant Agent
Bryan Fluech is the Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent for Collier County. His responsibilities include planning, developing, implementing and evaluating comprehensive marine and natural resource educational programs that focus on marine fisheries,seafood safety and sustainability, environmental stewardship, and marine education. Bryan conducts issue-based educational programs through workshops, conferences, publications and electronic media for various audiences that are associated with the recreational and commercial fishing sector, including fishing groups, marine and coastal resource users, marine management agencies, public and private organizations, youth groups and educational institutions.