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    Posted: 02 April 2018 at 8:37pm
I just read the March 22nd Fisherman's Post Tidelines by Gary Hurley and have to give a shoutout to Ricky Kellum for his pro-resource commitment in the face of the trout closure. We would all assume, as did Hurley, that the closure of the fishery that Kellum has built his business around would make him a little bitter. Kellum reminds us that he understands the health of the fishery is what most important to the long term future of his business. How refreshing!

Kellum: "Last time we had a closure, we had one of the best springs we ever had and that wasn't accidental. The closure needs to be longer because the trout aren't done in June. June 15 isn't the magic day that all the trout have spawned. June is the middle of it. They should have gone to August. In July they will still be full of roe."

Kudos to Hurley for bringing out this story: "Do it like Ricky, for the love of the trout."

And thank you to Ricky Kellum for a refreshing take on how to make a living from a public trust resource.
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Thanks go to Ricky.

I believe many other conservation-minded guides and fishermen exist, but some may be intimidated since threats are pretty common at the coast.  

One outspoken champion of the resource from the Southern part of the state stands tall in the face of adversity-all while documenting the waste. 

In Florida, guides and guide associations are very vocal supporters of the resource.  If they were not, there would be no fish left there.  Taking the long term strategy pays off.
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He's not the first. 

I know of several guys up here that made that request to the Division back in January. 

It seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
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 "but some may be intimidated since threats are pretty common at the coast".  

That comment will make some people (guides) more resolved in speaking their minds and thoughts and that is good,evidentally threats are a common thing at the coast and some either just ignore them or afraid,I would hope its ignore.
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