BY MELISSA LATERZA - Michigan is shaped like a mitten and it gives Gary Cross a reason to laugh while describing his home state.
“I miss the hunting season and the change of seasons in the fall. I don’t miss shoveling snow, and being stuck indoors. I like being able to go down to the beach and cool off here when it’s too hot.”
Gary Cross had his first taste of boating and fishing on the eastern shore of Muskegon, Mich., where he and his family of five would spend time camping and hunting. The name Muskegon means “marshy river or swamp,” given by the Ottawa Indians, and the town is also known as the Lumber Queen of the World.
John L. Montgomery, 92, of Naples and Venice, died July 13, 2012.
John was born January 11, 1920 in New Orleans, La. to Elizabeth (Walpole) and William Montgomery. John operated the Temptation Restaurant in Boca Grande.
Survivors include three children: Karen Scileny of Naples, Richard Montgomery of Orlando, and Maureen Henry of Sarasota; 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, July 20 at Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 21 at Epiphany Cathedral with burial immediately following at Venice Memorial Gardens.
To send condolences, visit farleyfuneralhome.com.
To the Editor:
The PTTS will never understand how we feel. The people who plunder for gain will never understand those who grew up loving it and striving to protect it. They will never understand what it feels like to be a little girl catching her first tarpon with her daddy, nor the joy that it brought to her daddy’s face. They will never understand the men who come from generations of fishermen who have captained these waters and provided for their families giving thousands of people the thrill of their lives, fighting the great silver king. They will never understand the quiet pride these men have for the Pass and for each other. They will never understand how considerate, protective or passionate these captains are, because they have done nothing but come into the area with a complete disregard for it’s history. They cannot understand the look in their father’s eyes when he realizes the truth of it’s deterioration. They will never understand being from a place where once you have left it, it lives in your heart forever. They will never understand the sense of community or family, nor our fierce desire to protect it. And so we keep fighting until we conserve and protect our heritage. Period.
Susanne Darna Dudley
Tallahassee (formerly of Boca Grande)
Dear Brenda Barton of “The Villages?”
I too am a wife and mother of fishing guides, third and fourth generation Boca Grande guides to be precise. I have supported this island’s businesses and it’s community for 40 years. Unfortunately, you can say all you want, my dear, but it doesn’t make what you say true.
Uncalled for attack? Excuse me, but we have let your offspring take over a 100-year-old fishery and decimate it of its large breeding female tarpon.
Revenue dollars??? That is a stretch.
There are extreme measures taken in the handling of the tarpon while gaffing, dragging, weighing and lifting them out of the water for a photo op. I agree, that is extreme.
Respectfully handling the (bumper) boats? What Pass are you in? The pounding of the tarpon by these boats as soon as they rise to take air into their rudimentary lung is nothing short of an assault.
I cannot go any further. Your letter is an insult to my intelligence.
Kathy Y. Futch
From its inception, the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (PTTS) has been conducted in a sporting manner with an emphasis on promoting conservation and the sport of tarpon fishing in Boca Grande. I would like to tell you about our history of conservation efforts and share some facts about ongoing and future efforts to protect the fishery that we all respect and depend upon.
Firstly, the PTTS has worked closely with biologists from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commissions, Fish & Wildlife Research Institute to make sure we all benefit from the best science available and help to manage the fishery. In 2005, the PTTS served as the pilot study for the FWC’s current tarpon DNA tagging program. Since then, our organization and our anglers have provided nearly 1,000 tarpon DNA samples to the FWC to further their research.
More recently, at the request of FWC biologists, we allowed FWC tarpon researchers to take possession of tarpon that had been weighed during our 2010 PTTS & WPTTS events, so they could take blood samples and perform other tests that they were not normally able to perform as easily, and cost effectively, as they could at our events. The purpose of the tarpon physiology study was to evaluate the effects of fight time, handling and the environment on the stress responses of tarpon measured using changes in blood chemistry. This study is ongoing.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE AND LIZA STROUT - When the Boca Beacon and representatives from the Sun-Herald got together last week, it was to discuss a delicate issue: Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass, and if there is a way to come to a compromise.
This year has been a more controversial year than most. It has stirred up a 20-plus-year argument between catch-and-release, live-bait anglers who use traditional fishing methods, and those who believe that aggressive tournament fishing tactics are not altering the number and behavior of tarpon in the Pass.
BY LIZA STROUT - It was a bittersweet moment for Effie Joiner when the 2012 BoMo Tournament came to a close at noon on Sunday, July 8. She’d been fishing the tournament for many years, and because she is 15 this year would be her last.
Still, a first-place win made the moment a bit sweeter.
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