Boy and His Dog - Norman Rockwell Press release and member announcement for
The Southwest Florida Young Anglers’ Society

Members and Friends,

The Southwest Florida Young Anglers' met at Bonita Beach on Jan. 24th, 2004. The weather was pretty chilly, but it warmed later in the afternoon. The fishing was a little slow with only a few small whiting biting live shrimp provided by J & J Bait. The catch of the day goes to Emma Hines who caught an 18" bonnet head shark.

Byron Stout was very kind to visit us during the Bonita Beach fishing trip and spoke with several members. Mr. Stout, a true Southern Gentleman, is very knowledgeable of the sport of fishing and offered some helpful tips and a few good stories. Being an excellent journalist, he took some notes and a few pictures.

The February fishing trip will be at New Pass Beach on 2/28/04. This should be an excellent fishing opportunity to fish an outer island pass accessible only by boat. This deep water pass is is known for producing some excellent fish. Snook, Red Drum, Pompano, Tripletail, Mackerel, Cobia and Amber Jack are known to run thru this pass. Cliff Ball has volunteered his boat, "The Other Woman", to shuttle members and family from the boat launch ramp at Lovers' Key to the island for an afternoon of fishing.

To coordinate the shuttle trips, please RSVP on or before 2/21/04. Members will need to bring their fishing tackle, food, water and supplies for the afternoon. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 239-267-4304. Being that this is our first trip that involves a shuttle boat, I encourage everyone to contact me and/or Cliff Ball so we may determine how many people, arrival times and coordinate shuttle times. Thanks, and we'll see you there!

Visit our web site at by-the-sea.org and click on the "SWFYAS" icon.

The February meeting will be at Lovers' Key Boat Ramp on Saturday, Jeb. 28th, 2004 at 8 AM.  Please, call to RSVP on or before 2/21/04

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