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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:15AM

As seasons change, so do fishing regulations

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By Capt. Ralph Allen

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Some people lament the lack of “change of seasons” in Southwest Florida, but the seasons really do change here. We may not get to enjoy brightly colored leaves on our trees, but this seems a small price to pay for the pleasure of not owning a snow shovel or an ice scraper. What are sleet and slush anyway? I can’t seem to remember. Whenever I see a vehicle with a license plate from a northern-tier state and an extension cord plug hanging from the front grill, I’m reminded of how nice it is to be able to enjoy seeing green plants year-round.

Yes, our seasons do change. The days shorten, the humidity drops, the breeze picks up (that’s a polite way of saying that the harbor can become rougher than an outhouse corn cob), temperatures drop and fish go on the move. But there’s another change that comes this time of year — regulatory changes of fish. Some fish seasons open, and some close. The following are a few of the highlights.

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