fishing http://wlrn.org en Army Vets Become Fishermen For Therapy http://wlrn.org/post/army-vets-become-fishermen-therapy <p>The trip begins with a high-speed ride on a black flats boat, deep into the wilderness of Sawgrass Recreational Park in Weston. The captain picks a spot, anchors and then digs into one of the boat’s many hidden compartments to select the bait, settling on two “wacky worms.”<br /><br />The two fishermen set up the fishing rods, crack a few jokes and talk about strategy — “When you feel him tug that line a couple times, point your rod right at him and hit him, hit him good.” They begin casting, looking for bass and anything else that might bite.<br /> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:57:17 +0000 Lance Dixon 31331 at http://wlrn.org Army Vets Become Fishermen For Therapy Florida's Lionfish May Need To Rehearse Their Final Words http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-lionfish-may-need-rehearse-their-final-words <p></p><p>The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is trying to eradicate an invasive species: the lionfish, which swims the South Florida seas.</p><p>It's is a funky-looking, red-and-white striped fish. Its fins fan out like a mane, hence the name. But the real image its name should conjure up is of a big bully.</p><p>The lionfish&nbsp;population has exploded over the past couple of decades. Its presence has increasingly hurt local native fish and other sea critters.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:19:43 +0000 Wilson Sayre 30891 at http://wlrn.org Florida's Lionfish May Need To Rehearse Their Final Words Keys Lawmaker Takes On Lobster Mobsters http://wlrn.org/post/keys-lawmaker-takes-lobster-mobsters <p></p><p>It’s illegal to take lobsters out of season or out of traps that don’t belong to you. But Keys State Representative Holly Raschein (R-Monroe County) says the issue is that the penalty for stealing three lobsters is the same as stealing 300.</p><p><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/how-one-woman-lives-sea-inside-life-florida-keys-lobster-catcher" target="_blank"><strong>RELATED: Inside The Life Of A Florida Keys Lobster Catcher&nbsp;</strong></a></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:00:44 +0000 Arianna Prothero 26464 at http://wlrn.org Keys Lawmaker Takes On Lobster Mobsters Why Stone Crabbers Are Praying For A Better Season http://wlrn.org/post/why-stone-crabbers-are-praying-better-season <p></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-align: left; ">All summer, stone crab crews have been mending their traps and preparing their boats -- waiting for the start of the stone crab season.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-align: left; ">With the opening of the season starting Oct. 15, the economic future of the industry will hinge on how bountiful the catch is for Monroe, Lee and Collier counties.</span></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 16:56:02 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 21525 at http://wlrn.org Why Stone Crabbers Are Praying For A Better Season Read About New Boating Guidelines For The Everglades http://wlrn.org/post/read-about-new-boating-guidelines-everglades <p>Proposed changes at <a href="http://wlrn.org/term/everglades-national-park" target="_blank">Everglades National Park</a> have put anglers at odds with environmental groups. The park's draft general management plan, which includes several variations (or "alternatives"), is currently up for public comment. This Sunday is the deadline to weigh in on proposed measures, which include prohibiting traditional boating in about one-third of Florida Bay.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 13656 at http://wlrn.org Read About New Boating Guidelines For The Everglades