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Kiss Your Fish

Kiss Your Fish

So, do you kiss your fish. If yes is your answer, then why? If that’s not how you roll, then why not?

Old Salt receives several thousand fishing pics during the year, a couple hundred of which involve someone kissing a fish. It’s a thing…. a real thing. So much so that we all know someone who engages in the practice. The why’s and wherefores of the practice differ from one person to another, however.

Kissing your fish is an old tradition. While the origins are a bit gauzy, it seems to center around respect for the fish, the idea that the kiss will bring you luck and some believe it symbolizes a ‘kiss goodbye’. Further there are those who believe that fisherman kiss fish to apologize for catching them in the first place and to speed up the healing process of the wound left by the hook.

At the end of the day, those who kiss their fish do so for reasons of their own. Maybe its just to good of a selfie opportunity to pass up. Maybe it’s one of the reasons alluded to above. Maybe it is something all together different.

Flood Insurance: YOU HAVE OPTIONS

Homeowners have been told there are no options outside of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regarding flood insurance coverage for their homes. This statement is only partly true and does not apply to all homes. A large majority of the Florida residential market is impacted by the requirement to obtain flood insurance. Until recently,… Continue Reading

Winter Fishing and the Sheepshead Bite

Winter Fishing and the Sheepshead Bite

Captain Travis Yaeckel – Instinct Fishing Co Sponsored By Suzuki RePower The cold weather has set in and Florida is having a “winter” as we know it. Several freezes and temperatures hanging around the 50’s and 60’s have certainly slowed the fishing down to some degree. Like most Floridians, most of our fish in and around… Continue Reading

It’s Soapfish Season!

It’s Soapfish Season!

Known as “soapfish” to some old crackers, Snook are one of Florida’s premier inshore gamefish and are making a comeback in our region from the harsh winters of 2009-2010. Many moons ago, originating in the everglades area, locals referred to the Snook as having poor table fair value. These days, they are the undoubtedly labeled… Continue Reading

Florida FWC Seeks Your Comments

Fellow anglers. You will be forgiven if you haven’t stumbled to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s recent request for comments on Flounder, Sheepshead and Tripletail. These kind of requests for input often get obscured by the plethora of information going into, and coming out of, the FWC. In the FWC’s words: FWC is collecting feedback on Florida’s… Continue Reading

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