USS Mohawk being sunk in 2012 some 32 miles west of Redfish Pass
USS Mohawk being sunk in 2012 some 32 miles west of Redfish Pass
The Sanibel Island Fishing Club will hold its first meeting of the New Year Tuesday, Jan. 8 in the north room of the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. While the meeting gets underway at 6:30 p.m. with a half hour social, the featured speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m. sharp. There is no admission charge for the event and the angling public is cordially invited to attend. Pizza and refreshments are available at a nominal charge.

This month’s featured speakers are Michael Campbell and Leslie Haynes from the Lee County Department of Natural Resources. Leslie is the current coordinator for the entire Lee County Artificial Reef Program, which is one of the largest artificial reef programs in the United States. She will be doing a power point presentation on the status of artificial reefs in 2019 including introducing the newest reef in our local waters, “The Phoenix Reef.” Along with talking about what was used to create this exciting new addition to the scores of reefs already out there, Leslie will be handing out coordinates to this new location as well. That’s something all offshore anglers should have an interest in!

Michael Campbell will discuss the extent of the dead zones that have occurred on some of the near shore reefs after the disastrous and relentless red tides our local waters have experienced over the past year. Michael has been working with artificial reefs in Lee County for almost ten years now and is largely responsible for the deployment of one of our largest offshore structures, the 165 foot Mohawk Veterans Memorial Reef located west, northwest of Redfish Pass in ninety feet of water. That reef was deployed in the summer of 2012 and is now one of the most productive offshore diving and fishing destinations in Southwest Florida.

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 Captains for Clean Water, SCCF and the Sanibel Sea School. For information on joining the club, please contact Warren Tiegen at 239-579-0354 or attend our next meeting. The Sanibel Island Fishing club has been an active social club for more than 30 years on the island.