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Woodring to speak at next Sanibel Island Fishing Club meeting

By Staff | Mar 1, 2011

Sanibel fishing guru Ralph Woodring holding up a black mullet that he had just netted in a cast net off his dock on Woodring's Point.

On Tuesday, March 8, the Sanibel Island Fishing Club will be holding it’s monthly meeting. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the north room of the Sanibel Community House, located at 2173 Periwinkle Way.

This month’s featured speaker is Islander Ralph Woodring, who will begin his presentation at 7 p.m. sharp. There is no admission charge for the event and the angling public is cordially invited to attend.

Woodring’s topic of his presentation will be “A Lifetime of Fishing on Sanibel Island: A Conversation with Ralph Woodring.” Ralph is the son of Sam and Esperanza Woodring and was born and raised on Sanibel. He is also the current owner of The Bait Box, the longest running bait and tackle shop in Sanibel and remains an active island fisherman. The Bait Box holds an annual cast net rodeo in honor of his mother, Esperanza.

At the meeting, Ralph will discuss the history of fishing as well as our current water quality issues. Attending this meeting will offer all local anglers a window into the past and allow them to ask Ralph their own questions about what fishing was like on Sanibel and Captiva 50 years ago.

The Sanibel Island Fishing Club meets monthly through season and sponsors several group outings as well as lending support for various fishing related charities and organizations such as START, PURRE and the Sanibel Sea School.

For more information on joining the club, please contact Rol Campbell at 472-8994 or attend next Tuesday’s meeting.

The Sanibel Island Fishing club has been an active social club for more than 20 years on the island. To learn more about the club, and to view our fish photos or explore our new fish recipe section, go to www.sanibelislandfishingclub.com.