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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:22AM

All in the same boat

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I was putting away my kayak last week when my wife came into the garage and asked me a question. “What do you have against people from Wisconsin?” she asked. I knew she wasn’t referring to the old rivalry between Wisconsin and my native Minnesota, so I asked her what she meant. Turns out, I mentioned in a column last week how sometimes people from outside of Florida come to fish without a solid grasp of the regulations here, and take an illegal fish on occasion. It’s an innocent enough mistake, and people from all over are prone to make it. There are a lot of rules to follow, and I’m sure many Florida residents don’t know them all.

But my point in that column was that small mistakes like that are nothing compared to what happened earlier this month up in the Panhandle. More than 400 pounds of trout, pompano, flounder and other prized fish were selfishly dumped at a boat ramp, left to rot.

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