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Old 05-22-2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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What is the deal with the sea turtles. I went to the state park in GS and caught 2 Saturday morning and my cousin caught 2 his morning in the same area. Is this common. I will post some pic after while. Also the pomp and whiting bit was good on both trip, but the pomps where running on the small side only 50% keepers
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:37 PM   #2
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Be careful with the turtles. They are endangered. If you hook one let him go soonest. Don't drag him ashore to take pictures, you might get a visit from the IRS (A joke,... well partially)

It'd probably be okay if a second person is taking pictures, but I'd not hold him out of the water as a trophy.

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Old 05-22-2013, 09:39 PM   #3
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aren't they laying eggs now, or soon?

it's their ocean man and the beaches are their nesting grounds. just let them be.

although they'd probably make good tiger bait...
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:44 PM   #4
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Yes. Now...

We used to use this time on a "date" in the '70s on the east coast of Florida as teenagers.

"You want to go down to the beach and watch turtles lay eggs?"

It'd work sometimes. And sometimes we'd actually see turtles lay eggs.

I know, I know,

TMI,

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The turtle people watched me catch the first one and said it was a kemp Ridley turtle. They took the pic while I was get him unhooked. These all where small turtles, about the size of a 5 gallon bucket.
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read an idiot caught one and put him in his cooler.. it died. he got a visit from FWC and was arrested and taken to jail

i hope none of you are dumb enough to do something like that

glad you were able to catch some decent fish.. is the water cleaner ?? its been dirty lately and all catfish
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The water was a little dirty but fish able
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The turtle people watched me catch the first one and said it was a kemp Ridley turtle. They took the pic while I was get him unhooked. These all where small turtles, about the size of a 5 gallon bucket.

Kemp Ridleys are supposedly very rare... COOL! I hope they are making a comeback.

An interesting read:

http://seaturtles.org/article.php?id=1830

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I have caught a few in the past two years as well, always on peeled shrimp. I use circle hooks and they work on turtles as well, I was able to use some pliers to pop them right out and send the turtles on their way. Just watch those beaks, those babies can bite!
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