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Updated: 03/27/2014 08:00:02AM

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We sure got spoiled last month by lots of beautiful days, but it’s been more challenging working around the winds so far this month. I understand this is frustrating, but March traditionally comes in roaring like a lion and goes out like a lamb. We certainly can’t complain, considering the brutal cold they’ve endured north of us.

But winter creates the very strong tides that flush our waterway systems. The good news is that it also pushes our fish and baitfish like snook and greenbacks back downstream from the rivers and creeks. Unfortunately, expect to start having all the problems with the algae dying off and floating around. This algae is a nightmare for cast netting baitfish, it clings to our fishing lines. It’ll show up on our Gulf beaches soon, and everyone will act all shocked — what is it and where did it come from? Lemon Bay and Charlotte Harbor have a big problem with winter algae growth — from too much nutrients. It’s not going to have an easy, fast solution. It took a long time to get this bad, and it’ll take a lot to cure. Blame is not as important as stopping the increased input into our waters from all of the runoff sources. Sewers, roadways and yards all contribute to the decline of our water quality, and our fisheries.

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