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Beaches Leader
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Fletcher High lacrosse holding fund-raiser
09/19/2021 6:51am

Fletcher High lacrosse holding fund-raiserNews StaffSun, 09/19/2021 - 07:51 am These QR codes can be scanned with your phone to register for the golf fund-raiser to benefit the Fletcher High School lacrosse teams. The community is invited to participate in a benefit golf tournament to raise money for the Fletcher High School lacrosse teams.Registration is under way for the fund-raiser to be held Sunday, Oct. 3, at Blue Sky Golf Course, located at 1700 Monument Road. The goal is to raise $15,000 to purchase new equipment and uniforms for the boys and girls lacrosse teams.The event kicks off with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed by a four-man scramble at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the longest drive, closest to the pin and wacky putting contest.The cost for the event is $125 per player and payments are due by Sept. 27. Checks may be made payable to the Fletcher Booster Club. Participants may register online at fletcher-high-school-girls-boys-lacrosse-fundraising-go-7840.perfectgolfevent.com/registration or using one of the scan codes. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.Call Lisa Paxton at 651-1871 or email fletchersponsorsgmail.com for information.

Fishing has been shifting to a fall pattern
09/17/2021 8:08am

Fishing has been shifting to a fall patternNews StaffFri, 09/17/2021 - 09:08 am Cameron with a incredible birthday grouper caught on the Reel Dream out of St. Augustine last week. photo submitted By Capt. Chris Shultz, Fishing Columnist Chrisfishjax.org With the heat index this week it certainly still feels like summer but the fishing has been shifting more and more to a fall pattern. Whenever the winds shift North the Mullet run is on. The Flounder bites still steady, so bigger fish reported this week. If youve been out near Mayport its obvious the Bull Redfish are spawning, slide into the parking lot and get bent with the crowd. While NE winds have made offshore bumpy its been fishable and the bite has been steady. Overall this is a great time of year to get on the water inshore and catch some fishI spoke with Captain Matt Chipperfield this week and he reports the mullet run is in full swing in the ICW and the Fly fishing has been great for Redfish in the grass. Ive been getting reports from Vilano recently of a steady Snook and Tarpon bite inshore on the mullet as well, good to hear after the cold winter of 2016/17 that killed a good number of our local snook. You can find areas these fish will stage through each tide phase but in general the outgoing tide is the best bet for this style of fishing and the hot spots tend to be close to the inlets. Within a couple miles or so typically but sometimes even farther up the ICW. I prefer to stick to the area from Guana to the bridge of Lions if fishing Vilano and in Mayport from around Sisters Creek to the inlet. Look for ambush areas where bait schools are flushed into choke points or over drop-offs and youll find the predators waiting.If you dont feel like chasing mullet schools and predators around the Bull Reds are spawning in the river. While 98 of the fish you catch will be over the slot limit its still a great way to bend a rod and catch some the biggest inshore fish in the state. Schools of breeding Redfish are crawling all over the drop-offs and rocks in the St. Johns from around Blunt Island all the way to the tips of the Jetty Rocks. Cut Mullet, Ladyfish, or Blue Crab, even live Pogies will work great and you should be hooked up pretty quick. If youre fishing for more than 15-20 minutes have some patience, if youre on the right spots the fish are schooled up and once a school finds your spread its game on. Let the baits soak and spread the scent downstream, they will eventually come following the dinner bell.When you land these breeding stock fish be sure to treat them well, they are the foundation of our local redfish population so vent them and do not keep them out of the water too long for pictures. If you dont feel comfortable venting use a descending device. They are available now at all the tackleshops and if you fish offshore you need one onboard anyway. With all the sharks still inshore a big landing net is both the best way to get these fish out of the water and the safest. B and M and Strike Zone fishing both sell a large salmon net that is handy for big fish that you cant gaff, I like using it for the Bull Reds and for Cobia, even Kings we are going to release.The shortening days and NE winds signal the start of another season, Hunting season. Some of you fishing the last few weeks may have heard shots in the marshes, King Rail or Marsh Hen season has opened up, Ive talked to a few friends that have made it out and the hunting has been slow so far this year. Rails stay out on the flood flats and the bigger the tide the less grass they have to cling to, making it easier to find the pockets of concentrated birds. This weekend early Teal opens to start Duck season, keep an eye out for waterfowl hunters if youre on the water early in the morning.Overall its an exciting time of year to be outdoors on the First Coast, plenty of options from the woods to the water. This weekend looks great weather wise with moderate temps and and a light north breeze, it should feel great compared to the last few so get out and take advantage of itFor any questions, to book a charter trip, or to send in a report and pictures of your catch to be featured in a future report send an email to chrisfishjax.org.

Wavemasters Pro-Am coming Oct. 2
09/17/2021 6:32am

Wavemasters Pro-Am coming Oct. 2News StaffFri, 09/17/2021 - 07:32 am Mitch Kaufmann, organizer of Wavemasters Pro-Am for more than 25 years, catches a wave as Hurricane Larry passes offshore. photo by Roxanne De Sousa The 38th annual Wavemasters Pro-Am is coming up Oct. 2. This year, due to COVID, the event is downsizing to three pro divisions and three youth divisions. The winners of the boys, girls and super grom divisions will get a free slot in their respective pro division. The contest also serves as a fund-raiser for BEAM and other local charities.

Plan a pet-friendly getaway
09/14/2021 8:56am

Plan a pet-friendly getawayNews StaffTue, 09/14/2021 - 09:56 am Never leave your pet in the car temperature in your vehicle can rise almost 20 degrees in 10 minutes. When staying in a pet-friendly hotel, bring a collapsible kennel or carrier to keep pets from running out the door. For pet parents, traveling can be tricky, from finding a reliable pet sitter to worrying about your pets separation anxiety while youre gone. To help alleviate some stress, consider a popular alternative: bringing your pet along for the journey.As Americans are hitting the roads, many will do so with their pets. The majority 54 percent of cat and dog owners plan to travel with their pets in the next year, according to a survey by Motel 6.Traveling with your pet is great for socialization and training, especially for younger animals, said Dr. Rhonda Phillips, veterinarian and Patriot PAWS board member. Just a few simple steps like thinking twice while packing, making pit stops along the way and doing some research before your trip can help take away some of the stress pet owners may have about traveling with their furry friends.Phillips recommends these tips for pet owners planning a trip with a cat or dog:Check with your vet: If you are traveling between states, be aware some states require a health certificate if youre visiting for more than 10 days, which your veterinarian can provide. Its also a good idea to get some advice before traveling if your pet is prone to anxiety or nausea during travel.Dont forget pit stops: More than one-third 39 percent of those planning to travel with a pet within the next year said the next trip they plan to take is a road trip. While road tripping, it is crucial for pets to have regular bathroom breaks and stretch their legs, just like humans. Phillips recommends stopping every two to four hours, depending on age and size of the animal.Beat the heat: Never leave your pet in the car, even with the windows cracked. The temperature in your vehicle can rise almost 20 degrees in 10 minutes and increase the longer you are away. Heat strokes can be fatal to animals within minutes. Also be aware sunburns can occur in dogs, primarily those with light or white-colored fur. Just like human sunburns, they can potentially lead to cancer, so ensure your pet doesnt spend too much time in the sun.Scope out pet-friendly lodging: Finding pet-friendly lodging accommodations is the biggest hurdle when traveling with a furry friend, according to 44 percent of pet parents surveyed. Before booking, ensure any hotels youre considering are pet-friendly to avoid any surprises like extra fees. Other local restrictions may apply, so its a good idea to contact the specific property before you plan to travel.Dont pack light: Bring your pets food and water bowls, as well as toys when traveling, as the familiarity can help ease anxiety. Travel with an assortment of entertainment options, such as catnip toys for cats, tug and chew toys or even ice cubes, to keep your pets mind busy and avoid boredom. Also pack a pet emergency kit filled with your furry friends medications, light bandage material, roll gauze, medical tape, topical triple antibiotic ointment and eye wash.Keep pets contained: When traveling by car, dogs should be harnessed or leashed, and cats should be in a carrier to provide accident protection and prevent them from jumping out. When staying in a pet-friendly hotel, bring a collapsible kennel or carrier to keep pets from running out the door and protect housekeepers who may enter the room. Family Features

FWC approves three new Florida Saltwater Fishing Records
09/13/2021 6:21am

FWC approves three new Florida Saltwater Fishing RecordsNews StaffMon, 09/13/2021 - 07:21 am Its been a monster summer for three anglers who each landed a Florida Saltwater All-tackle Fishing Record.Whiting Gulf kingfishCaptain Sidney Little caught the latest Gulf kingfish whiting Florida Saltwater Fishing Record on April 7 while fishing at Santa Rosa Beach. Sidneys 2.8-pound catch beat out the previous record of 2.4-pounds. That previous record of 2.4-pounds was set earlier this year by angler Joseph Peckham.ScampA new Florida Saltwater Fishing Record for scamp was set by Mark John Gibner during a fishing expedition near Johns Pass Marina in Pinellas County on June 11. His 29.6-pound scamp beat the previous record of 28.38 pounds set by Braden Douglas Pursell in April 2002.I think that for the first 20 feet or so, the fish didnt know that it was hooked, said Gibner. When it did, it started to dig. At first, as he was pulling drag, I had to palm my reel to slow him down. But after a short back and forth, I finally got the upper hand and was able to land him with lots of enthusiasm from my friends.SchoolmasterAnthony Mastitski filled the vacant schoolmaster category, which was opened Jan. 1, 2019. Mastitskis 2.07-pound schoolmaster was caught in Broward County on July 27.Claim your record todayWant to claim your own state record There are currently no records listed for white grunt or blueline tilefish in the all-tackle category. There are also numerous fly-fishing tackle categories with vacant records, giving anglers an exciting opportunity to hold the record for these species.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission FWC maintainsstate recordsin all-tackle and fly-fishing categories for 81 species caught in Florida state waters and adjacent federal waters. Saltwater record holders receive a certificate of accomplishment, prize pack, recognition in various publications, and a custom ink fish print to memorialize their catch courtesy ofFish Print Shop.To qualify for a record, the catch must be weighed on land with a certified scale and photographs must be submitted clearly showing the weight displayed on the scale, the scales certification, the rod and reel used to make the catch, the angler with their catch, and various views of the fish for identification purposes. The anglers signature on a completedapplication formmust be witnessed by a notary.For more information and to view current records, visitCatchaFloridaMemory.comand click Records, contactAnglerRecognitionMyFWC.comor call 850-487-0554.Florida Saltwater Fishing Records are part of FWCs Catch a Florida Memory Saltwater Angler Recognition program, which rewards anglers for their fishing efforts while encouraging them to target a diversity of species. To learn more and submit catches, visitCatchaFloridaMemory.com. Check out the latest catches and see your achievements highlighted by following the Catch a Florida Memory Facebook page,Facebook.com/CatchaFLMemory, and view angler catches and much more onInstagramby following MyFWC.

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WJAX-TV 47 - CBS and WFOX-TV 30 - FOX

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