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COVID 19 continues to affect almost every aspect of life around the work. These affects have definitely affected the hunting and fishing world in both positive and negative ways. We have been discussing the affects with almost all of our podcast guests over the last couple of months. Through these conversations, we have learned that hunting and fishing license sales are up and more people are getting outdoors. The public has been facing food shortages on various items, which has spawned conversations on food security. People have begun looking at the full freezers of hunters and anglers who have mostly been unaffected by meat shortages. This makes me proud to be a hunter and angler, but also ignites the understanding that we are not alone. Every person who enjoys the outdoors has a responsibility to educate those who are curious. If someone wants to get out hunting, we have a moral obligation to pass on our own experiences to him or her in a safe manner. We need the continuity of our sport and now is the time.
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In Key West, some of the effects of COVID have restored some of the natural beauty in this place. A major impact has been the lack of vessel traffic on the water. The fish are moving more freely now. The water is clearer and appears to have more life. Since March, I have been looking more to the water for my local food. After our conversation with Justin Lee on Ep 12 of the Wild Fish and Game Podcast, I realized it was time to get more serious about spearfishing. Although, arguable more dangerous than land hunting, spearfishing is as close as I can get to hunting in Key West with the nearest public hunting lands over 4 hours away. I have decided to hone my craft in the underwater hunting world.
You may have noticed an uptick in posts and photos about fish and spearfishing. We even posted a short film, titled “Fish Tacos or Bust”, that was much more of a cliffhanger than an inspirational outdoor story. One could saw it was more of a bust, but I am not one to admit failure in the outdoor world.
Well, here is round two, simply titled, “Fish Tacos”… without the bust. Fresh fish is always one of my favorite taco ingredients. I can eat tacos almost any day of the week. Since becoming more involved in spearfishing, I have begun to identify my favorite species of fish to eat. When I am underwater, you can see exactly what you are targeting, versus rod fishing where you fish from above and guess where the fishing will be (in most cases). Hogfish, Grouper, Yellow Jack, and Spadefish have quickly climbed to the top of my list. All of the vegetables from this video are from my Tower Garden, a hydroponic system, which is booming with produce this time of year.