This global warming is really making me shiver in my socks in once balmy Southwest Florida, but this weekend promises to be warm.
Of course, "they" say the recent cold snap is a sign of global warming just like its global warming when it's hot, cool, or not so hot. Or when there are more hurricanes or fewer hurricanes. I guess some folks can't get used to the idea that weather does what weather wants to do when it's ready to do it, no matter how many books Al Gore needs to sell to pay that huge electric bill for his mansion in Tennessee, or to fuel his private jets. Some of these folks need a huge carbon footprint from my size 12 Crocs on their posteriors
Let's see, the last big crisis was the dreaded "acid rain" that was guaranteed to kill all living things in mere decades, or at least strip the paint from your car. Don't get me wrong, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool environmentalist. All one has to do is look to the worldwide decline in all coral reef systems to know that pollution is real and that in the name of profit man can and will poison nature on a grand scale. We are certainly working hard at it.
Capt. George Tunison
Ever hear of the Great Pacific Plastic Vortex? It's an area of the ocean between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland where three major ocean currents converge to form a huge swirling mass of floating plastic trash.
This area is twice the size of Texas. In some areas the trash is so thick you can literally walk across it. As the sun bakes this plastic lots of it slowly breaks down releasing tons of poisons into the waters and into the fish and the birds and mammals that prey on them, and into your tuna fish sandwich.
Between that and Iran and North Korea with nukes, our housing crisis, the economy and the ongoing complete disaster in Washington that's caused it all, sometimes I just want to pull out my hair, which due to many years outside fishing in the acid rain, is already considerably sparse.
Meanwhile, I've decided to offer some suggestions for anglers for 2011.
This year take at least three kids fishing and or hunting. If you don't have any, borrow some.
Learn to fly fish - you have always wanted to learn.
Change your water separating fuel filter cartridges on a regular basis to keep ethanol, another total taxpayer rip-off, from ruining your outboard motor.
Grease your trailer bearings and, if you don't have bearing buddies, install them and don't spare the grease. It's cheaper than having your rig towed to the garage on a flatbed because you probably don't carry a spare hub, a new set of bearings and the proper tools to change bearings in the middle of the night while covered in several thousand hungry noseeums.
Take a young or old veteran fishing. Check out Operation Open Arms on the internet and get involved.
Try to spread the word about proper catch-and-release methods for fish. Try to explain that rolling a fish around in the dirt and sand, throwing them, wrapping them in rags or towels and other horrific acts causes delayed mortality. Try to educate the uninformed.
If you fish dead and live bait start using circle hooks to reduce fish mortality.
Carry the FWC enforcement phone number in your cell phone and don't be afraid to report game hogs, polluters, and poachers.
If you see someone fishing an area give them room, be courteous.
Check your safety equipment regularly.
Lastly, get involved and stay involved. There are thousands of individuals and hundreds of groups, many in our own government, working 24/7 to strip you of your boating, fishing, hunting and gun ownership rights.
Best Wishes and Happy New Year!
Capt. George Tunison is a Cape Coral resident fishing guide. Contact him at 239-282-9434 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Flying Fins Sportfishing.