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I
multiball.gif (1956 bytes)DO NOT OPERATE YOUR BOAT  IN AREAS THAT      ARE TOO SHALLOW FOR YOUR EQUIPMENT

Plant growth in these shallow waters is absolutely necessary for the production and protection of hundreds of species of marine life. Destruction of this plant growth will be devastating to the future enjoyment of this natural treasure. It takes years for this marine plant growth to come back. In addition, props are not cheap and can be easily damaged in shallow waters. Sudden impact can injure you or your passengers. Be aware of your depth and watch your prop wash for telltale mud or plant life.

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multiball.gif (1956 bytes) POLE OR USE A TROLLING MOTOR

Take the time to use this slow and quiet method to reach your fishing area. Fish on the flats are spooky and will scatter with little amounts of noise. A cautious approach catches more fish. Anglers move before of about the time the fish begin to adjust to the intrusion and settle down within casting distance of your boat. Be quiet and patient for best fishing. A frightened fish does not feed.

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III
multiball.gif (1956 bytes) DO NOT CROWD ANOTHER BOAT

If you see another boat in the area, do not run to him unless beckoned. Put yourself in his position and conduct yourself as you expect to be treated by others. Following a guide boat will only cause aggravation from the captain and the ensuing commotion will yield no fish for anyone. The fun of flats fishing is the search and find technique. This adds enjoyment to your trip and as sense of accomplishment when you make your catch. If you take the time to learn to fish, you will catch more and have a much greater time.

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IV
multiball.gif (1956 bytes) RESPECT THE STATE OF FLORIDA REGULATIONS

The laws to protect fish species and the environment are constantly changing. Conduct yourself within the limits of the law. Report violations as quickly as possible to the Florida Marine Patrol. Be sure and get the registration number from the boat and a good description for FMP officers.

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V
multiball.gif (1956 bytes) DO NOT CONTAMINATE OR LITTER THE BOTTOM

Plastics and Monofilament are forever and kill many sea creatures. Petroleum products kill all forms of marine life. Cans and bottles are a disgusting sight on the sea bed.

BRING IT ALL BACK TO THE DOCK!

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