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

Greetings Members and Friends,

I hope everyone has had an enjoyable Holiday Season and Safe New Year!

The next fishing trip and meeting will be held at Bonita Beach on Saturday, Jan. 24th, 2004.  Byron Stout, a highly acclaimed sports writer and fisherman has offered to visit with us that afternoon, possibly give some helpful tips and hopefully swap some fishing stories! Byron has written much about fishing.  He is a columnist in Florida Sportsman as well as the Ft. Myers News-Press.

We have planned surf fishing on the beach at Bonita.  Target species will include Whiting, Pompano, Red Drum, Mackerel, and Sheepshead.  We are planning on a 'fishing day at the beach'. Hoping the weather cooperates, we will be spending the day on the beach fishing and picnicking.  We are planning to get to Bonita Beach Public Beach early and get a 'cabana' and a grill.  We are planning to dig sandfleas and cast-net our bait, catch legal edible fish, give instruction on fillet, preparation and grilling fish.

Please be sure to dress appropriate for the weather and bring sunscreen, snacks, and drinks (as allowed in Lee County Parks), and your fishing equipment.  Hopefully, we will have grilled fish and whatever else members bring. If the fishing is unproductive, there is an excellent seaside cafe named "Doc's" just next to the park.

Future meetings considered to be held at Lover's Key State Park, Sanibel Lighthouse and Pier, Wiggins Pass/Barefoot Beach,and Naples Pier.  The members will receive instruction and assistance in targeting game species and baits particular to each estuary with an emphasis on catch and release and being ethical anglers.

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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