Florida Sea Grant Extension in Collier County

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Collier County Youth Sport Fishing Camp Day 3

We headed out to Barefoot Beach to do a little beach fishing for day 3 of the camp. Man, it was a hot one, but it was another successful day. I wasn't sure how we'd do as far as the fishing, but the kids tore it up!!! I don't think I've ever gone through shrimp so fast in my life. Most of the kids caught at least one fish, while many caught several. One student caught his first fish ever. Unfortunately, as I was helping him get it off the line, the fish slipped out of my hands, and it went right back in the water before I could take a picture of him with his catch!!! (So sorry, Christain, I owe you one).
The kids caught whiting and ladyfish. Park ranger Barry Gorniak who has been helping me all week with the camp also showed a few of the kids how to throw a cast net.I think they really enjoyed that. Some kids fished the entire time, while others decided to just hang out and enjoy the warm water and sunshine. I also brought a seine net for the kids to collect fish. They had a blast with that. We caught lots of sardines, mojarras, whiting as well as a pipe fish and several juvenile lookdowns. Needless to say we (ok me) were exhausted by the end of the day, but it was well worth it!!

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