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Mother Nature is one tough adversary and she will win every time

Capt. Alex Crawford
April 16, 2008
Carrabelle - Saltwater Fishing Report

Wind and sea conditions in the Gulf south of Apalachicola have been in a word "miserable" for the past two weeks. Unless you are just a sado-masichist and somehow enjoy eating salt water and pounding over 5 plus foot seas,the fishing report recently offshore has been too hard to handle. Having said that, the weather forecast has improved markedly for the next week with some high pressure and warming temps coming this way soon. We deserve some decent conditions, since we have been patient and persistent. I understand that it is a very difficult decision to make a $700 investment to go out fishing in these conditions, where the number one objective is to not get pitched overboard in heavy seas, not to mention the sea sickness issues.

All I can say is stay strong, better times are ahead! Snapper season is opening soon at least in Florida waters and we know where to find the shallow water critters on wrecks. Last I heard about the federal snapper fishing battles, the states of Texas and Florida were on the verge of seceding from the Union due to the NMFS crazy decisions regarding the red snapper fishery. The economic impact of their proposed actions will really hurt the economies of the Gulf state communities from Texas to Florida. The folks in Alabama are hot as two dollar pistols over the snapper controversy. They only have about 60 miles of coastline bordering the Gulf of Mexico and much of their tourism revenue comes from fishing snappers.

For those of you that are really passionate about this matter, I urge you to read a feature article written by Vernon Minton. His contention is basically that the NMFS should not be considering a reduction in the recreational bag limits or shortening the season dramatically, when there is indisputable evidence that the red snapper fishery is healthy. This excellent article is published in the April edition of "Great Days Outdoors" magazine (www.gdomag.com).

Sorry I get all worked up over the snapper problem and tend to run on and on. God will help us now.

Where I am leading with this is that better times are in front of us, as we move into the summer months. Be positive, we are in the right on this one! Stay tuned as this unfolds and in the mean time, write to your elected representative to speak your peace and urge them to get in this fight on the side of the recreationals.(constituents)

Until next tide,
Tight lines and solid hookups,

Captain Alex Crawford
www.topknots.com
Fishing out of Apalachicola

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Captain Alex Crawford is a full time guide who has fished the Florida Panhandle offshore for 26 years. He specializes in grouper and snapper trips with light tackle on live bait. Custom trips for companies with multiple boats will be arranged. Inshore trips targeting specific species and custom eco trips are available for birding, gator watching, shelling, picnics and barrier islands. Contact Captain Alex for a fun and productive trip on Florida's Forgotten Coast.

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Topknots Charters
P. O. Box 1029
Carrabelle, FL 32322
Phone: 850-697-8946
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