Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Florida Bass Conservation Center


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The Florida Bass Conservation Center, Floridas largest fish hatchery, is located in Webster, Sumter County, Florida. The Richloam State Fish Hatchery has been the occupant of this site since 1965 and holds this division of Florida Fish and Wildlife. They are responsible for supplying largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, bream, triploid grass carp, striped bass and sunshine bass to Florida's fresh waters. Florida has 6 species of bass throughout the state but this facility stocks only the unique Florida Largemouth Bass. The FBCC is set up to produce over 6 million fish annually equivalent to $12 million. Since 2008, they stock about 4.3 million fish annually.

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The Florida Bass Conservation Center property houses 62 ponds, one of which is fishing catch and release. A free self guided tour adds to a fun list of day trips in Florida for all. The visitors center is full of fish and fishing information, education, conservation, hatchery, and 1700 gallon aquarium! Pre-scheduling large groups or student field trips is a must. The Visitor's Center is open Mon through Friday from 9am to 3pm except holidays.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Cocoa Beach Pier Cocoa Beach Florida


Cocoa Beach Pier Cocoa Beach Florida, once called Canaveral Pier was the 1st Home of Ron Jon Surf Shop Florida in 1962.

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The pier hosted the Easter Surf Festival from 1964 for fifty years and many national and international surf stars have performed there. Cocoa Beach is known as the “Small Wave Capital of the World”.

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Today, Cocoa Beach Pier is a bustling ball of energy every sunny Florida day.

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 Ample parking space directly in front of the Cocoa Beach pier for a fee but this area can fill up quickly during peek season.

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The friendly, helpful, and informative attendants are available to answer any questions and direct newcomers to ease their daily planning. Love the locals!

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A "must sea" raised wall creation at Trader Ricks Marketplace right next to the Cocoa Beach Pier.

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The Cocoa Beach Pier runs 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean and ends with the Rikki Tiki Tavern. An overlook bar that fills the senses. Surfing, swimming, sunning, singles, family's, and surf fishing only begin to list the activity on Cocoa Beach at the historic pier.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Ron Jon Surf Shop "One Of A Kind" Cocoa Beach, Florida


Ron Jon Surf Shop "One Of A Kind"

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Ron Jon Surf Shop the majestic icon stamped deeply into the coquina of Cocoa Beach's foundation. A 1959 concept emerged as a father explained simple capitalism to his son.  You want 1, buy 3, and sell 2 for a profit. This tale of the need for a surfboard is as iconic as the original Ron Jon Surf Shop in Ship Bottom, Long Island Beach, New Jersey.  

Ron DiMenna and John Spodofora opened the original Ron Jon's in 1961. In 1962, Ron Jon Surf Shop Canaveral Pier had arrived. 

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Dick Catri later acquired the spot with Shagg’s Surf Shop and the odyssey of today's Ron Jon Surf Shop began to find its way to the launchpad.

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Ron Jon Surf Shop houses imagination, contemplation, and discovery for the masses roaming upper and lower walkways in the heart of the building. 

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Some get lost in the wonderings and dreams amped-up as they drift the rows locating the glass elevator wishing the ride was a bit longer.

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A stroll around the perimeter is breathtaking at night as the glow paints a wonderland of illusion.

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The 52,000 square foot flagship store in Cocoa Beach operates 365 days a year, and, since 1992 is open 24 hours a day. The stores have been offering stickers as a gift with purchase since the mid-to-late 1960s. A brilliant marketing decision and one of the reasons why the iconic image is known throughout the world (a Ron Jon sticker was rumored to be found on the Eiffel Tower in Paris).

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Ronald DiMenna has experienced a colorful yet veiled adventure riding the waves of this world. A great stone creates far reaching waves, the waves move the sand, and change begins. 




Matt Higgins has penned an incredible story if you need a deeper glance into the life and style of Ron DiMenna: The long, strange tale of Ron DiMenna.

Oh, and you know the location ... on the corner of 520 and A-1-A under the rotating sign in Cocoa Beach just like the DJ said =)

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Florida East Coast Surf Fishing Announcement


Unfortunately, Florida East Coast Surf Fishing has chosen to end its association with or affiliation of SWAG Salt Water Action Gear and its employee due to differences in our core family values. God Bless and Thank you, Florida East Coast Surf Fishing.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Color Names for Artificial Baits Fishing in Saltwater or Freshwater


Color Names for Artificial Baits Fishing in Saltwater or Freshwater

The assortment of artificial baits, plastic baits, lures, top water poppers and bottom fishing worms to choose from could easily fill a large lake. But we are going to challenge your mind with the color spectrum naming division of the artificial bait industry. Who has secured the most creative, enticing color names in the business? Who is the most clever color name manufacturer in the fishing industry? And the question for the ages, which color is the most effective?

Tom Mann sold a slew of colored worms. When asked which he preferred said, "I will fish any color worm, as long as it is black." Bill Dance answered the question with "Any color will work as long as it is blue."

Let's begin with a short list of incredible engineers of artificial bait that we have run across in our fishing travels. We have placed them in Alphabetical Order, no preference intended.





Often artificial bait is multicolored. The term laminate means dual color top and bottom and adding this option multiplies the consumer choice greatly. Navigating through the collection of companies and lure/artificial bait choices is not a possibility we intend to maneuver for this post. We also do not intend to go into the when's or how's of artificial baits and lures. Besides, that has been covered fully by professionals elsewhere on the internet. We are here to talk color and color name coolness.

Food, spice, candy, cloth pattern, inanimate or themed objects, the color names used by artificial fishing bait and lure companies pull from everything from Crayola and Sherwin Williams to Versace and What's for Dinner.

The BassReaper Bait CO 5" Morbid Minnow 6 pack includes Blue Back Herring Laminate, Watermelon Red Ghost Laminate, Green Pumpkin, Watermelon Red Flake. Not your "Garden-variety" simple hues but a melded fabrication of pigmentation.

BassReaper Morbid Minnow "Blue Black Herring Laminate"
BassReaper Morbid Minnow "Blue Black Herring Laminate"

The BassReaper I-Sickle 5.7" 10 pack (floating) colors number among them Disco Melon, Grape Soda, Green Pumpkin, Harvest, Ice Blue, Moondust, Morning Magic, and Perch. Conjures the prediction of success.

BassReaper I-Sickle "Morning Magic"
BassReaper I-Sickle "Morning Magic"

The BassReaper 4" Warlocks 7 pack comes in Black & Blue / Electric Blue Flake, Black Neon, Crawdad Laminate, Green Pumpkin, Spawn and more.

BassReaper Warlock "Black&Blue/Electric Blue Flake"
BassReaper Warlock "Black&Blue/Electric Blue Flake"

The Berkley Gulp! Saltwater Jerk Shad colors include Molting, Root Beer Gold, Sapphire Shine, Smelt, Sweet N Sour Chicken, and Watermelon Red Glitter. The Gulp! Saltwater Jerk Shad come sized 5in. or 6in.

Berkley Gulp! Saltwater Jerk Shad "Molting"
Berkley Gulp! Saltwater Jerk Shad "Molting"

The Berkley Gulp! Swimming Mullet come in Camo, Chartreuse Pepper Neon, Curried Chicken, Firetiger, New Penny, and Pink Shine among others. The Gulp! Mullet is sized from 3in. to 6in.

Berkley Gulp! Swimming Mullet "Camo"
Berkley Gulp! Swimming Mullet "Camo"

Fishbites Fish'n Strips is our Go-To artificial bait of choice surf fishing Florida's East Coast. Fishbites comes in clam, crab, shrimp, and sand flea scents as well as a color selection of Chartreuse, Electric Chicken, Flesh, Flesh/Pink, Orange, Pink, Power Lime, and Yellow (Clam and Crab have the prefix Long Lasting and Sand Flea is dual color).

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Fishbites Fish'n Strips Shrimp "Flesh"

Fishbites Fish'n Strips
Fishbites Fish'n Strips

Fishbites Fish Club Lures 3.5" Fight'N Shrimp colors are intransitive verb phrases or verbs used with an object like Beat Down, Busted Lip, Knock Out, Lights Out, Smack Down, TKO, and White Knuckle. Each word couple elicits a tone or complexion.

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Fishbites Fish Club Fight'N Shrimp. Color below is "Busted Lip"
Fish Bites Fish Club Lures 3.5" Fight'N Shrimp

Some companies don't have lure type color selection, what they offer is a finished product with an awesome "color" name. MarTease Lures is just such a company. Their claim to fame is custom lures crafted with care. MarTease also offers a storefront. A ready to order selection of lures complete with vibrant names. Cotton Candy, Candied Minnow, Sun Fire, Stripes, and Lemon Meringue to list a few. Tasty names for incredible lures.

MarTease Lures "Stripes"
MarTease Lures "Stripes"

MarTease Lures "Cotton Candy"
MarTease Lures "Cotton Candy"

MarTease Lures "Lemon Meringue"
MarTease Lures "Lemon Meringue"

We have included a blend of freshwater and saltwater artificial fishing bait. We are old enough to remember when anglers who fished the surf almost exclusively used live or cut bait. But when we were very young, we wanted to use our fathers lures fishing the saltwater. We both recall drooling over them as they lay waiting in the slots of a tackle box. They are memories we shared early in our relationship and still laugh about today as more saltwater lures come to the marketplace.

Anglers from across the globe have been searching for the elusive color, the mystical hue, the shade of triumph. Individuals, Companies, and Testing Firms have all run studies on the color artificial bait should be. Evidence from color testing is inconclusive, and there is no one color that works for everyone or every region. Individual anglers have favorites and regionally those angler favorites differ. If there was a "magic" color, the secret would be out by now and not one new artificial bait would be created that wasn't that color. If bass have a favorite color, they're not speaking up.

While we only use artificial lures about 20% of the time, the few who have mastered them are a joy to watch. Our hope is through viewing, we will get that 20% up a ways. Some of the individuals with instructional and entertaining knowledge in the fishing arena include but are certainly not limited to:







So, Who has secured the most creative, enticing color names in the business? Who is the most clever color name manufacturer in the fishing industry? And the question for the ages, which color is the most effective? These questions are for the individual angler to answer. Let minnow!

Full disclosure, we are not affiliated with any company listed here. While this article contains facts and truth, this article also houses our personal opinion and observation of artificial bait color and performance. No fish were harmed in the writing of this article.  Also, we prefer blue =)

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Monday, October 7, 2019

NOAA Report a Stranded or Injured Marine Animal US Links




NOAA includes a link for the Dolphin and Whale 911 app

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Phone: (888) 404-FWCC (888-404-3922) 

Many More Contacts listed


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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Rusty's Seafood and Oyster Bar in Port Canaveral Florida


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Rusty's Seafood and Oyster Bar located in Port Canaveral, Florida occupies a special place in the hearts of many Floridians. We, and many others from Brevard County, have been enjoying the relaxing atmosphere of Rusty's since the opening in 1992. A "come as you are" family style restaurant, their motto is Relax, it's Rusty's. 

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Almost enough said until mouths water even before entering the windowed expanse of the main dining area. The seared, steamed, and braised seafood bouquet wafts through the parking lot all the way around the breezy seating near the tropical Tiki Bar. The deck sports incredible saltwater views, fishing charter boats, and the chance to capture snapshots of Florida wildlife.

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The Oysters on the Half Shell, Seared Ahi Tuna, or Smoked Fish Dip appetizers each compliment the Mahi-Philly, House Special Sirloin, and Baked Stuffed Grouper swimmingly. We recommend getting the Key Lime Pie with your meal, your taste buds won't want to miss this perfect flavor explosion.

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The service is second to absolute none. In the four or five visits each year to Rusty's Seafood and Oyster Bar since their opening, not once have we experienced less than stellar service. Thank you Rhett and Rusty for keeping the level of excellence in service as high as the quality in freshness of the seafood. Our latest Rusty's feast was attended by Blane, a savvy professional quick on wit, extra plates, and fresh coffee.

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Rusty's Seafood and Oyster Bar is open from 11am to 10pm Monday through Friday and 8am to 10:30pm Saturday through Sunday. Location: 628 Glen Cheek Drive,
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Phone. 321-783-2033

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