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This blog is an opportunity for me to share with you my extension outreach efforts and useful information to make you a more informed coastal citizen. If you have any questions about what you see, feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Today I took my fishing class to Barefoot Beach Preserve for a little shoreline fishing. Despite the threat of rain all morning, we didn't get a drop on us! Granted the fishing today wasn't great, but several of the students did land fish. Ladyfish was the main species caught, but we also had a few whitings landed as well. The story of the day, though, was the two 14 inch pompanos one of the students caught. It was the first fish he caught during the camp. Despite the pleas from the other kids to give it to one of them, he decided to release the first one he caught. He was kind enough to give his second fish to one of the students to take home and eat. Ranger Barry showed the group how to fillet the fish, and the students got an impromptu lesson on internal fish anatomy! Besides fishing, the students also pulled a seine net for a chance to catch some bait. We mainly caught scaled sardines and threadfin herring, but also pulled in whiting and juvenile pompano and permit. Enjoy the pictures!
That's a nice pompano!!
Ranger Barry shows some students how to fillet a fish.
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.