Tag Archives: redfish

Back to the Glades


The headwaters to the Florida Everglades start all the way up in Orlando, where Shingle Creek starts the flow of freshwater south to Florida Bay. Before the developers and the sugar plantations got to it, the massive flow moved unimpeded through a complex 8.9 million acre web of lakes, rivers, and marshes down into the mangrove estuaries of the southern coast.

The Everglades hasn’t been what it is supposed to be in over a century, since the election of Napoleon Bonaparte Broward as the state’s 19th governor, and along with that his mission to drain the Glades, starting with the New River Canal in 1906.

The National Park today consists of 1.5 million acres of protected wetlands.  It’s deathly hot, bug infested, wild, dangerous, and free of the doughy tentacles of suburbia. To me, that’s beautiful.

Redington Reel Winner Announced for Redfish


Thanks to everyone who came over here and signed Capt. Gordon’s North Carolina Gill Net Ban Petition. The list to date of 273 signatures is a great start.

And thanks to Redington for donating a 7/8 Titanium CDL Reel.

A note before announcing the winner…

As mentioned, 273 signatures is a great start. But 1,000 would be a great finish. Some people out there could be asking the question, Why does an expat Floridian living in New York care what happens to a bunch of redfish in North Carolina?

It’s an easy answer. Despite all the once in a lifetime trips to remote outposts chasing after taimen or masheer or milkfish that we dream of and read about or eyeball in hi def, most of us spend 99 percent of our time fishing local. Here, where I live now, if stripers get torched again, that’s it, I’ll have to take up badminton. Coastal Carolina has redfish. It could have unbelievable redfish. Or it could have nothing. It’s not acceptable, anywhere. Fish local, help local.


[Quick selection explanation. I assigned every commenter a number, then used the random number generator from Random.org to pick the winner.]

The Redington Titanium goes to Michael Carroll of Texas (signer #160 on the petition.) I’ll email you for your info in order to ship your reel.

Thanks Michael and everyone else for signing. (The petition link will remain up top in the alert box for anyone who still wants to sign.)

CONTEST: Help Redfish, Win a Reel

Redfish photos should look like this…


Not this…


Our friend Capt. Gordon, a North Carolina fly fishing guide, wants to make the second picture a thing of the past, so more people can take more of the first.

The problem is that North Carolina still allows a particularly indiscriminate type of commercial fishing in the form of unattended gill nets.


He needs 1,ooo signatures to send it to the Governor.

Here’s the deal. Go sign his petition, then leave a comment on this post saying “signed.” That’s all you have to do to help a fly brother out.  For those two seconds of your time, you will be eligible to win a REDINGTON TITANIUM CDL REEL for 7/8 W Line. (A Winner will be chosen at random from the comments list on this post, provided your name matches up with the petition.)



Will help a lot with this…


In case you missed it, HERE’S THE LINK TO THE PETITION.

[Note: If you’ve already put your name on the petition, you can still leave a “signed” comment here.]


UPDATE: Special thanks  to…

40 Rivers To Freedom


Michael Gracie

The Caddis Fly


Maine Fly Castings

The Fin

Fishing Talks

UPDATE: The contest is over, but the petition still needs signatures. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Save the World Links

Tarbone sends a letter to Florida Fish and Wildlife asking for better bonefish, tarpon, and permit protections.

Capt. Gordon sends word of more news in his battle against Carolina gill nets.

Coastal Voices blog has a link to a map showing the extent of human impact on the oceans.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has a petition to the EPA to keep its promise to clean up the bay by 2010.