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             SAILFISH SEASON IS NOW STRONG
"Migrating Fish Active/Fluke and Dolphin junping!... Zane Gray Fishing Column by Capt. Cuba*
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Save Our Billfish! ... Billfish are an important recreational species,  and most anglers           
have adopted a catch-and-release ethic. However, recent studies indicate that white marlin caught on J-hooks are less likely to survive release than previously thought. To reduce this post-release mortality and to comply with international obligations, the NOAA Fisheries Service is proposing regulations to: implement ICCAT's 250 blue marlin landings limit, prohibit white marlin landings for five years, and limit billfish tournaments to the use of circle hooks with natural bait and natural/artificial bait combinations, but allow J-hooks with artificial bait.
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 - The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) announced that the Atlantic white marlin (Tetrapturus albidus), a billfish that lives in the tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic Ocean, does not warrant listing as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

                   
NOTABLE IGFA EVENTS FOR THE ANGLER!
Annual IGFA Auction & Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL, USA.  IGFA’s biggest fundraising event of the year with hundreds of silent and live auction items up for bid. Featured this year will be renowned marine artist, conservationist and marine biologist, Dr. Guy Harvey who is also an IGFA Trustee and long time auction supporter. Harvey has promised a special piece to commemorate the milestone. additional information please contact Ms. Lesley Arico at 954-924-4222 or LArico@igfa.org

          NOAA Fisheries has established a new "Watch List"
of potentially at-risk species called the
"Species of Concern"Species of Concern List Under the Endangered Species Act..  
Common name
Genus Species
Family
Added to List

Population or Area of Concern
  Marine Mammals
Beluga Whale
Delphinapterus leucas
Monodontidae
1988
AK (Cook Inlet population)
Fishes
Dusky Shark
Carcharhinus obscurus
Carcharhinidae
1997
Atlantic; Gulf of Mexico; Pacific
Sand Tiger Shark
Odontaspis taurus
Odontaspididae
1997
Atlantic; Gulf of Mexico
Night Shark
Carcharinus signatus
Carcharhinidae
1997
Atlantic; Gulf of Mexico
Largetooth Sawfish
Pristis pristis
Pristidae
1988
Noth and South America - tropical and subtropical waters
Barndoor Skate
Raja laevis
Rajidae
1999
Cape Hatteras, NC to Newfoundland, Canada
Thorny Skate
Raja radiata
Rajidae
2004
Atlantic-West Greenland to NY
Atlantic Sturgeon
Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus
Acipenseridae
1988
North America, Atlantic coastal waters
Green Sturgeon
Acipenser medirostris
Acipenseridae
2003
Pacific-northern DPS (including coastal spawning populations from the Eel River north, to the Klamath and Rogue rivers) and southern DPS (includes Sacramento River spawning population); anadromous.
Alabama Shad
Alosa alabamae
Clupeidae
1997
AL, FL, anadromous
Coho Salmon
Oncorhynchus kisutch
Salmonidae
1997
Pacific, anadromous. Puget Sound/Strait of Georgia, Southwest WA, Lower Columbia River, and OR Coast ESUs
Steelhead Trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss
Salmonidae
1997
Pacific, anadromous. OR Coast ESU
Chinook Salmon
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
Salmonidae
1997
Pacific, Central Valley, fall and late fall-run ESU
Atlantic Salmon
Salmo salar
Salmonidae
1997
Atlantic, anadromous. Kennebec River, Tunk Stream, Penobscot River, and St. Croix River DPSs
Rainbow Smelt
Osmerus mordax
Osmeridae
2004
Atlantic-Labrador to NJ; anadromous.
Cusk
Brosme brosme
Gadidae
2004
Atlantic-Gulf of Maine.
Pacific Hake
Merluccius productus
Gadidae
1999
Georgia Basin
Mangrove Rivulus
Rivulus marmoratus
Aplocheilidae
1997
FL, estuarine
Saltmarsh Topminnow
Fundulus jenkinsi
Cyprinodontidae
1991
TX, LA, MS, AL, FL
Key Silverside
Menidia conchorum
Atherinidae
1991
Florida Keys
Opposum Pipefish
Microphis brachyurus lineatus
Syngnathidae
1991
Florida, Indian River Lagoon
Striped Croaker
Bairdiella sanctaeluciae
Sciaenidae
1991
Atlantic-FL, Antilles and Caribbean from Costa Rica to Guyana.
Humphead Wrasse
Cheilinus undulatus
Labridae
2004
Indo-Pacific-Red Sea to the Tuamotus, north to the Ryukyus, east to Wake Islands, south to New Caledonia, throughout Micronesia; includes U.S. territories of Guam and American Samoa.
Bumphead Parrotfish
Bolbometopon muricatum
Scaridae
2004
Indo-Pacific-Red Sea and East Africa to the Line Islands and Samoa; north to Yaeyama, south to the Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia; Paulau, Caroline, Mariana in Micronesia; in U.S. it occurs in Guam, American Samoa, CNMI and the Pacific Remote Island Areas (Wake Islands).
Atlantic wolffish
Anarhichas lupus
Anarhichadidae
2004
Atlantic-Georges Bank and western Gulf of Maine.
White Marlin
Tetrapturus albidus
Istiophoridae
2002
Atlantic.
Cowcod
Sebastes levis
Scorpaenidae
2004
Pacific-Central OR to central Baja California and Guadalupe Island, Mexico.
Bocaccio
Sebastes paucispinis
Scorpaenidae
1999
Pacific, CA to OR
Atlantic Halibut
Hippoglossus hippoglossus
Pleuronectidae
2004
Atlantic-Labrador to southern New England.
Speckled Hind
Epinephelus drummondhayi
Serranidae
1997
NC to Gulf of Mexico
Goliath Grouper
Epinephelus itijara
Serranidae
1991
NC southward to Gulf of Mexico
Warsaw Grouper
Epinephelus nigritus
Serranidae
1997
MA to Gulf of Mexico
Nassau Grouper
Epinephelus striatus
Serranidae
1991
NC southward to Gulf of Mexico
Brachiopods
Inarticulate Brachiopod
Lingula reevii
Lingulidae
2004
Pacific-Hawaii, only Kaneohe Bay.
Mollusks
Pink Abalone
Haliotis corrugata
Haliotidae
2004
Pacific-Point Conception, CA, to Bahia de Tortuga, Baja California.
Black Abalone
Haliotes cracherodii
Haliotidae
1999
OR, CA, Baja CA
Green Abalone
Haliotis fulgens
Haliotidae
2004
Pacific-Point Conception, CA, to Bahia Magdalena, Baja California.
Pinto Abalone
Haliotis kamtschatkana
Haliotidae
2004
Pacific-Sitka, AK, to Point Conception, CA.
           Anthozoans (corals)
Elkhorn Coral
Acropora palmata
Acroporidae
1991
western Atlantic; Caribbean
Staghorn Coral
Acropora cervicornis
Acroporidae
1991
western Atlantic; Caribbean
Hawaiian Reef Coral
Montipora dilitata
Acroporidae
2004
Pacific-Hawaii (Kaneohe Bay, Midway atoll, and Maro Reef).
Ivory Bush Coral
Oculina varicosa
Oculinidae
1991
Atlantic-West Indies, Bermuda, NC, FL, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean.
 - Lobsters in the Florida Keys are contracting unfamliar disease. "Key West Institutes Research Group is now in the Bahamas looking for the any migration of the disease to those waters as well as the waters to the North of Cuba. This disease seems to be targeting lobsters that are not of the size that Bahamas fishermen usually catch-no similiar cases have occurred  in The Bahamas, "because we have not seen any evidence of it" said Dr. King of the Key West Institute.  KWI estimates that the virus has infected over10 per cent of the baby lobsters in the Keys.  In most cases, the virus seems to be infecting lobsters that are less than six months old, not yet at reproduction stage, and smaller than three inches. Studies have shown that dead cells build up in the infected lobster's blood, turning it from its normal clear amber hue to white. Those lobsters infected lose the ability to eat, stop grooming and, as a result, grow a coat of algae. After 30 to 90 days, the disease kills them.
       CUBA                               AND KEYS
HEMINGWAY FISHING TOURNAMENT - home of Club Náutico Internacional Hemingway de Cuba (Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba) and its founder and commodore, José Miguel Díaz Escrich...Ernest Hemingway"  International Marlin Fishing Tournament.  email yachtclub@cnih.mh.cyt.cu

Pilar in Cuba  
The Authority in the Keys / Caribe Area
                  Zane Gray Fishing Column by Capt. Cuba          
Fishing the offshore waters near the bottom continues to produce some red and gag grouper using cut cigar minnows, mullet and squid for bait. The keeper ratio of about 15 grouper caught to one keeper in the box still holds strong. In late winter, before warming water brings redfish, snook and bonefish up onto the flats, barracuda provide exciting fishing, particularly because they are underrated as game fish by many anglers. Even better, an angler in pursuit of barracuda can fish undisturbed by crowds. The biggest reason probably that people in the Keys and those who fish there a lot underrate them is they're not the toughest fish to get, They make fast strikes, they make fast runs and they run the line off the reel. Catching barracuda doesn't require as accurate a cast as is needed for more finicky bonefish or snook. But fishing for them is good training for going after those more glamorous fish on the flats. Target barracuda in the late winter, when other fish still are in deep water. Use a lure "tube" bait that imitates a needlefish, a popular food for barracuda in shallow water--- with a No. 2 treble hook on a strand of No. 10 wire and inserts a 4/O or 5/O treble hook about two-thirds of the way forward. Feed the wire through the tubing, the eye of the forward hook and a one-eighth-ounce egg sinker, then push into the front of the tube. The weight makes the lure easier to cast. The key to using the lure is speed. Barracudas do like a fast-moving target, but there's always exceptions in fishing.
Starting off with a fast retrieve is recommended, and cranking the reel fast usually works well. If it doesn't, a jigging technique can be used to agitate the fish into striking. It is important to keep good pressure on a fish and to keep your tackle out in front of you. Here you have leverage at all angles. It's so important to face your fish. This way you can generate force if you need to with your rod - Keep facing the fish- keep your eyes on him and pay attention to what he's doing. The closer the fish gets to the boat, the more carefully it must be worked. If the barracuda wants to swim left - get the rod tip down low and pull from the right. They don't like that, it will turn the fish. It's a good way to control the head of the gamefish. If you get into a position where you cannot control his head, you could be in for a lot of problems. It's especially true with tarpon, barracuda and bigger fish, especially around the boat. Pay attention to each fish, react to each fish differently, some that run a lot, some want to jump, each is a little different. It's important to beat the fish from one side of the boat to the other. They are so fast that you need to watch that they don't jump in on you.

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CAPTAIN CUBA/KEYS FISH JOURNAL'S FLY FISHING GUIDE
SPECIES ROD WEIGHT LINE TYPE POUND SIZE TIPPET

TARPON
10-12
F-I-S
50-80 FOR MEDIUM
BARRACUDA
8-10
F
#4-6 SINGLE WIRE
DOLPHIN
8-12
F-I-S
50 MONO FOR LARGE
COBIA
10
F-I-S
50 MONO

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Febraury 26-28, '18Oceansafe.org  Billfish Annual Catch & Release Tournament' For Schools' contact 509.0100 Stock Islandarch 28-May 30,2018 Sharkfest.com's "Shark Fly" Classic in Key West contact Capt.. Charly contact research@sharkfest.com
July - Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament  July 21-24  keywestmarlin.com 305.292.2710
December 18-20, 2018 Oceansafe.org Second Annual Catch And Release Tournament' contact 509.0100 Stock Island
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Florida Record Saltwater Fish Catches / All Tackle)
barracuda 1949 islamorada 67lb
bonefish 1977 islamorada 15lb 6oz
mako shark 1962 palm beach 911lb 12oz
tiger shark 1981 pensacola 1,065lb
blue marlin 1985 destin 980lb 8oz
hammerhead shark 1982 sarasota 991lb
swordfish 1978 key largo 612lb 12oz
atlantic sailfish 1996 boca raton 116lb 10oz
tarpon is 243 pounds, set Feb. 17, 1975, by Gus Bell, fishing at Key West

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