Snook Catches Have Been Plentiful This Week
By Jonie Maschek
Were you fishing in these
waterways in the late 1980s?
There was no saltwater fishing license required in Florida until around 1989.
There were many pros and cons in regards to this. But finally the state won by
telling anglers they would use the license fees to conserve and protect natural
Do you agree with this?
The first catch and release program took place at Bahia Beach. The FCA Polaroid
Photo All Release Challenge Fishing Tournament gained national attention. FCA
were recognized for not killing fish at tournaments but taking photos of the
catches and releasing their fish. This still exists and is an advancement in
There were fishing contests with cash monies in Simmons Park. This is no longer
Catfish tournaments started at Williams Park and monies they received from
anglers’ fees to get in the tournament was used to build the first pier for
boaters. This is still going on every year and getting bigger and better each
A fishing club was organized in Ruskin and had more than 100 anglers. They had
all types of tournaments from snook to shark with trophies and cash awarded. It
was for both men and women. It was a group of anglers in this area that enjoyed
the togetherness. But the Ruskin Reelers no longer exist.
Beanie Tichy won a snook contest with a 10-1/2 pounder. He now owns Beanies on
U.S. 41 in Ruskin. I doubt if he has time to fish much anymore.
Phil Wise caught a 24-1/4 pound snook while fishing in the Little Manatee River.
Brian Jones won second place in a snook contest in 1988.
When the Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament was going strong — it was a challenge
for all anglers in the area. But it is no more because of lack of interest.
Giant’s Fish Camp was the oldest bait and tackle shop around. It no longer
Custom handmade boats were made in this area back in 1988 by Ken Robertson A
custom handed down to him from generation to generation. As far as I know, he no
longer makes boats.
Now there are fewer commercial fisherman and not much netting going on. How
times have changed.
Rick Tastad had bought Cole’s Landing, a favorite hangout for anglers in south
Ruskin. It is no longer a bait shop.
J.O. Guthrie donated a fleet of fishing boats for the Little Manatee River
cleanup. The fish company no longer exists. There is an auction house in that
Those venturing out into the Bay, Gulf or rivers this week are reporting the
best fishing ever with catches of many species.
Seems snook “no-catch” is over with snook catches this week reported from north,
east, south and west.
Julie Deriso had something on her line and her fishing buddies told her she had
hooked bottom, until out of the blue a snook jumped into the air. She is a small
girl, but she held on to that pole and outsmarted that snook. Her male fishing
buddy, Mike, came in without a catch. They were fishing in Apollo Beach and the
snook was of legal size.
Those fishing in waters 2 to 6 feet are catching sea trout in the flats and
Snook, most often are found in 6 to 12 foot deep water, as are redfish, drum and
Many have fished in the rain this week and made great catches.
I heard of three fishing fatalities this week. One with lightning striking a
pole and two drowning when a boat tipped over.
Please fish safely, always take a buddy along. And be sure to watch the weather.
Observer News Front