May 16, 2020
Together, let's plan for better fishing days ahead
As we went to press at the end of March, our staff and field editors—same as you, no doubt—were beginning to grapple with the uncertainties associated with fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Among late-minute decisions, we pulled our events calendars from the Action Spotter columns. We will post new dates on our website as they are announced. We decided to keep our accounts of fish migrations, seasonal tips and local recommendations, and in the months to come we're adding more how-to advice for close-to-home pursuits.
We are especially committed to posting your photographs in the magazine and online. We love seeing your big catches, your smiling kids, the unique scenes of the Florida seaside, lakes and fields.
We always have you in mind.
Direct contacts for our regional field editors are listed on the respective Action Spotter pages. Send them your thoughts and impressions, and especially your stories.
Midway through the pages of the magazine (but at a critical 11th hour as presses were starting to heat up), we've begun “construction work” on a new series of articles which we know you'll appreciate. What better time than now to begin learning a new skill such as rodbuilding or fly-tying? How about those great books and films you've always wanted to read or watch? Look for subjects like these to come into crisp focus.
Outside these pages, we're working with our weekly online Forecasters and Podcasters to bring updates on openings and closings which impact fishing, boating and other traditional outdoors recreation in Florida.
We're happy that the social-minded among you have been joining us on our Forum, Facebook and Instagram. Our campfires have been lit, hosting your hours of entertainment, inspiration, and comradery.
Most of all, we're committed—as we know you are—to fighting the spread of the deadly virus. To this end, on a range of associated subjects, we're deferring to the advice of local,state and federal authorities. We, like you, are bearing short-term inconveniences for the long-term health of our families and neighbors.
Experts were describing the COVID-19 threat in terms of “waves.” Fishermen are good at negotiating waves: When they get steep and ugly, you slow down a bit, alter your heading for the safest ride, establish communications, and keep your wits.
In these difficult times, our hearts go out to those who suffer.
Our deepest admiration we extend to healthcare workers and other essential service providers.There will be heroes to take fishing, once the waves subside. FS
Published Florida Sportsman Magazine May 2020