Appleton Speaking On The Etiquette And Ethics of Fishing Club

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Hank Appleton holds up a large snook just prior to releasing it. Photo provided

The Sanibel Island Fishing Club will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the north room at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. The featured speaker will begin his presentation at 7 p.m. sharp. There is no admission charge for this event and the angling public is cordially invited to attend. Pizza and refreshments are available at a nominal charge.

This month’s featured speaker is Dr. Hank Appleton, the 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 website called “Jack’s Place” that focuses on the growing coyote population and its related problems in the greater Cape Coral area.

The topic of his presentation should be of interest to both novice and seasoned anglers. Appleton will discuss “The Etiquette and Ethics of Fishing.” The presentation will include where and when to anchor next to another boat, when it’s OK and not OK to create wakes, the best methods for releasing fish unharmed as well as the ethics of keeping undersized or out of season fish while on another captain’s boat. There will be a lengthy question and answer session immediately following the presentation.

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, contact President Tom Tilton at 901-494-8829 or attend our next meeting. The Sanibel Island Fishing club has been an active social club for more than 30 years on the island.

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