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Sanibel Island Fishing Club to hold meeting

By Staff | Feb 6, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Hank Appleton holds up a snook prior to releasing it.

The Sanibel Island Fishing Club will hold its monthly meeting on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, with a half-hour social to begin at 6:30 p.m.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Hank Appleton, former president of the Cape Coral Sail and Power Squadron and an avid inshore and offshore fisherman. His background includes being an adjunct professor at the University of New York, where he specialized in numerous aspects of environmental biology, chemistry, health and safety. Appleton also runs a Facebook page called “Jack’s Place,” which focuses on the growing coyote population and its related problems in the greater Cape Coral area.

He will discuss “The Etiquette and Ethics of Fishing.” Topics will include where and when to anchor next to another boat, when it is OK and not OK to create wakes, and best methods for releasing fish unharmed, as well as the ethics of keeping undersized or out-of-season fish while on another captain’s vessel. There will be a lengthy question-and-answer session immediately following the presentation.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Pizza and refreshments will be available at a nominal charge.

The club meets monthly during season and sponsors several group outings, as well as lends support to fishing-related charities and organizations like Captains for Clean Water, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and Sanibel Sea School.

For more information, contact President Tom Tilton at 901-494-8829.