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Fishing club to hear about the beginnings of big gamefish

March 30, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Sanibel Island Fishing Club will meet on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the North Room at The Community House on Sanibel, with the presentation to begin at 7 p.m.

The guest speaker is Dr. Bruce Neill, founding member of the Sanibel Sea School and longtime resident. Neill will talk about Leptocephalus larvae, which in layman's terms means big fish at their very early ages. Tiny larval fish are how many of Florida's prime gamefish began their life cycle, including tarpon, bonefish and several species of eel.

Understanding the importance of quality habitat for the tiny juvenile fish is an important step in providing a safe environment for the larva to mature into the gamefish so many anglers love. Neill will also discuss other related, juvenile saltwater spawn. A question-and-answer session will follow.

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Dr. Bruce Neill, founding member of the Sanibel Sea School, will be the guest speaker at the Sanibel Island Fishing Club's meeting on April 10.

It is free and open to the public; pizza and drinks are available for a nominal charge.

The Sanibel Island Fishing Club meets monthly throughout season and sponsors several group outings throughout the year, as well as lends support to various fishing related charities and non-profit organizations, such as LeeReefs, SCCF's Marine Lab and the Sanibel Sea School.

For more information, contact Warren Tiegen at 239-579-0354 or attend a meeting.

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The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way.



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