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The Return of the Redfish By Pat Ford

It wasn’t too many years ago that redfish were actually difficult to find and catch in Everglades National Park. I can remember a few decades ago when they were almost extinct and years when they were plentiful, but lately the redfishing on the flats in Florida Bay has been nothing short of spectacular.  It may be the result of the extreme cold in January 2010 or the new troll/pole zones imposed by Park officials, but whatever the cause the redfish are back in force. Last summer I had the pleasure of fishing for reds on the flats with experts Chico Fernandez, Capt. Dave Denkert and TV mogul, Capt Rick Murphy.  Denkert and Murphy like to use light spinning gear for reds.  A seven foot rod and a reel filled with 10 lb braid will handle most everything you

will find in skinny water. Capt Denkert runs a Hells Bay skiff out of Islamorada and  prefers a light jig with a GULP shrimp attached, while Capt Murphy uses a customizes jon boat out of Flamingo and likes a weedless gold spoon or a grey trigger-x shrimp.  Chico naturally prefers an eight or nine weight fly rod with a floating line and a light, weedless fly.  Whatever your choice of weapons, there is sure to be plenty of action if you find a native guide with a shallow water skiff.  It always pays to have a guide.  First you need someone to pole the boat through just inches of water and who knows where the fish were ‘yesterday’ as opposed to where they were two weeks ago.  You can reach Rick Murphy through and Dave Denkert at 305-852-1425.

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This past summer my son Martini, my wife Roberta and I traveled to the Catalonian village of Riba-Roja D’Ebre, a small town located two hours from Barcelona on the banks of the Ebro River in search of the Giant Wels catfish. Riba Roja is a small Spanish town where Catalan is still the main language spoken and the people are very friendly. During our first evening in town we found a great restaurant that served tasty local recipes, and where we met a local fisherman who told us many stories about the great catfish, which they call “Sirulo”. We started fishing on the banks of the river the next day guided by our British guide Carl Allman, who has been fishing the Ebro for many years. We had success the first day with Martini catching an 80-pound Wels catfish, the biggest fish of the trip. During a period of six days we fished both from the riverbank and on a small boat near a hydroelectric dam where we had great catches of Wels catfish and also Zander, a fish similar in appearance to our northern Walleye. Our visit to Spain was a great adventure where we caught many fish, ate tasty Spanish food and learned a lot about Spanish culture.

Cartagena de Indias:

Jewel of the Colombian Caribbean by Ernesto Ochoa América Mía

Taking a walk through the streets of Cartagena de Indias is like entering the colonial past of this beautiful corner of the Colombian Caribbean coast. Every corner of the walled city breathes the air of nostalgia and hope. Its narrow streets, filled with colorful balconies and designed for small horse-drawn carriages, have adapted beautifully to the everyday bustle of modernity without losing the charm of the quiet past. Cartagena de Indias is a city that, since its origin until today, has highly influenced the events in Colombia. The city was founded by Don Pedro de Heredia on June 1st of 1533 with the name of “Cartagena de Poniente,” to make it different from “Cartagena de Levante”, in Spain.

The rising population would be target of the greed of English and French invaders, and the fact is that its quality of slave trade port and commercial port made it very appealing to foreign eyes. Therefore their protection and defense were more than urgent. There are some magnificent examples of military architecture like the Fuerte Del Boqueron, built in the XVI th century (where today stands the Fuerte del Pastelillo). Then, slowly would come the different forts that would surround the city according to the requirements and the evolution of the military art in the XVIIth

and XVIIIth centuries. On November 11th of 18 11 t h e A c t o f A b solute Independence from Spain would be signed, starting with this, ten long years to finally achieve the definite emancipation. The rebirth of Cartagena de Indias as a determinant city in Colombia is given well into the XXth Century with the reactivation of its economy, when its history and its legends are only recollections of the glorious past of a tourist city that received the 21st century full of hopes and dreams for the future.

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C AROLINE WINS THE IN THE DOMINI By Rick Captain Ronnie Fields and his fishing team aboard the Spencer 59’ Caroline nabbed first place on the

CAP CANA SHOOTOUT ICAN REPUBLIC Alvarez second day out of the International Cap Cana Billfish Shootout, and did not lose hold of it for the

remainder of the three day tournament. This is the second year in a row that Captain Fields wins first place in the tournament. He also won the tournament in 2010 on board of BIG OH owned by Gray Ingram. The fishing did not disappoint those teams that traveled to the Dominican Republic for the tournament. The Caroline won with an impressive total of 15 white marlins and one blue marlin, and even received bonus point by using circle hooks. The total number of fish caught in the tournament was 96 white marlin, six blue marlin and two sailfish. The 2012 tournament is tentatively scheduled for May 18-22 of next year.

Coral gables

“The City Beautiful � By Lilene Faroy

Coral Gables is a very picturesque community that serves as the home of several famous landmarks and buildings, such as City Hall, the Biltmore Hotel, University of Miami and many more. Its mainly Mediterranean Revival style of architecture is rigidly enforced by strict zoning codes, giving it an air of uniformity

that creates a very unique ambiance. The luscious vegetation contributes to the allure of Coral Gables as well.  It is a sight of beauty to behold the light flickering through the enormous trees when driving through Miracle Mile during the daytime. Its founder is George Edgar Merrick back in the 1920s, who had a deep desire and commitment to develop a community totally inspired and influenced by Mediterranean architecture, specially that of Granada, Spain.  Curiously, even the street names use Spain

as their source of origin, such as Andalusia Avenue, Granada Blvd. and Alhambra Plaza to name a few. Also, Spain has its consulate and Trade Commission office there, as well as the Office of the Government of Canarias.  Even Spain’s consular residence located in Granada Blvd. calls Coral Gables home. With its re-

fined atmosphere, charming architecture, majestic trees, beautiful homes and bustling downtown area filled with top-rated businesses and other amenities, Coral Gables is truly deserving of the title “The City Beautiful”.

The Monica B The Monica Burguera Foundation was created in the memory of Monica Burguera, a 20 year old girl who died in a boating accident in 2006, during the Columbus Day Weekend Festivities in Miami, Florida. The accident took the lives of Monica and Noel Pou and left many others seriously injured. After this fatal accident, Monica’s family and close friends realized the importance of boat safety education. Due to the lack of awareness, they started working towards building consciousness of the dangers that exist while boating. During the years after the accident, some survivors, together with friends and relatives, have returned to the regatta site, but with a different purpose; to promote safety. Mr. & Mrs. Burguera decided to register the non-profit organization “Monica Burguera Foundation”.

Burguera Foundation The Monica Burguera Foundation in conjunction with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is committed to create awareness & educate the community by offering a FREE About Boating Safety Course. Simply send an email to with your Name & Your Guest Name(s), Phone Number & Email and we will send you a confirmation email to register for the course. Volunteers and members of the Monica Burguera Foundation visited most of the Miami Marina’s in celebration of the Columbus Day to distribute safety items such as glow sticks, boating educational safety pamphlets and flyers. We also promoted the Monica Burguera Foundation by distributing MBF caps, t-shirts, and advertising our FREE Watercraft Safety Course in efforts to create awareness for this cause.

Mónica Burguera Fundation Fishing Tournament 2011

Granting of a special award to the family Burguera, Luis Burguera (father of Monica), Mayra Burguera (sister of Monica), Mayra Somoza (Monica’s mother). This was a very emotional event and they were awarded for their hard work to save lives at sea after the loss of their daughter. This is something great to admire.

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Pedro DĂ­az:

President and Editor of Sol y Mar Magazine Journalist, editor, writer. Graduated in journalism from the University of Havana, as well as in literature and Germanic languages. He has collaborated on numerous magazines and newspapers from over 15 countries. He has also served as the editor, journalistic director and president of six publications for which he has received international journalism awards. He graduated as a Naval Pilot from the Escuela Superior de Pesca AndrĂŠs Gonzalez Lines, in Cuba. He is also a graduate of the International School of Real Estate. In addition, he has been honored with Proclamations from Miami-Dade County, City of Miami Beach, City of Coral Gables, City of Hialeah Gardens, City of Miami, City of Doral, City of Hialeah, City of West Miami, Town of Medley, and Town of Miami Lakes.

Alberto Borges:

Graphic Designer of Sol y Mar Magazine

A graduate of Chemical Engineering and Doctor of Technical Sciences. Technology specialist in glass and ceramics. Developer of several scientific papers related to the industry of glass and ceramics. Computer systems engineer.

Dr. Martín Aróstegui:

Travel and Exploration Director of Sol y Mar Magazine He is a medical doctor by profession who, for many years, worked as a specialist in emergency medicine. His life has been devoted also to professional fishing. In the past twenty years, he has accumulated more than three hundred fishing world records, including 200 with fly-fishing equipment. He is a member of honor of the IFGA (International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum) and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. Dr. Arostegui is also a professional photographer specializing in fishing and nature. He is currently the Director of Travel and Exploration for our magazine, for which he travels to different regions of the world to capture with his lens the most beautiful images that human eyes have ever seen.

Pat Ford:

Angling Photographer

Pat Ford is considered the best sport fishing photographer in the United States of America. He graduated as a lawyer from the Columbia University School of Law in 1965. He is currently a senior litigation lawyer in the courts of Florida, as well as a photographer with a passion for fishing. Pat Ford has traveled extensively throughout the world and has won 32 world records in several fishing tournaments held by the IGFA. He is the author of “The Best Fly-Fishing Trips Money Can Buy” which tells about different places he would rather go fishing with a fly hook.

Nick Faroy:

Aviator and Aerial Professional Photographer A pilot for many years, specializing in aerial photography. The perspective of buildings and man-made structures, coupled with an appreciation of nature, inspire him to capture on aerial photos what his eyes behold from above so that others may enjoy them, too. His preference is to take aerial photos of coastal locations because they have a visual impact that is very special to him from a professional point of view. For Nick Faroy, rock formations and marine life are, indeed a impressive and beautiful scenes worthy of admiration.

Mark Farber, PHD Marine Scientist

Fisheries research scientist who worked for 23 years in Miami for the Agency of Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration USA (NOAA). Now, he is a professor at the University of Miami.

MarĂ­a Julia Bello

Scientific Director of Sol y Mar Magazine

Information specialist for the Agency for Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration USA (NOAA). She has experience in scientific information, preparation of documents and scientific documentation, editing and reviewing scientific literature and finding information on specialized topics, among other things. She received a Masters in Biological Science from the University of Havana Cuba in 1980, a Masters in Marine Policy from theUniversity of Miami, Florida in 1997, as well as a Masters in Information from Florida State University in 1998.

Dirsia Vergara:

Director of Sales and Marketing of Sol y Mar Magazine Specialist in accounting, real estate management, exports and sales monitoring. She has also taken accounting courses at FIU. She is passionate about the sea, reading, and her two children.

Ernesto Ochoa

President of América Mía Journalist, writer, television producer, and entrepreneur in the United States. He has served as Executive Producer, Managing Editor, Writer and Producer of Special Projects for both Univision and Telemundo television networks. He has worked for different newspapers such as “News of the World” in New York and “Latin News” in Toronto, Canada. He has been nominated by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the United States for seven Emmy Awards, four of which he won.

Cassandra Montenegro, Esq. Legal Writer for Sol y Mar Magazine

Ms. Montenegro practices real property and commercial transactional law at the Law Offices of Cosculluela & Marzano. She attended Williams College in Massachusetts where she honed her writing skills, receiving degrees in Art History and Spanish Literature. While in law school at the University of Florida, she seized the opportunity to study law in Cape Town, South Africa and dive with Great Whites. When not drafting contracts she writes essays, and catches “roncos” (grunts) with her grandfather.

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The Bahamas

an Underwater Paradise By Dr. Mart铆n Ar贸stegui Travel and Exploration Director of Sol y Mar Magazine

The beautiful coral formations, abundant sea life and crystal clear waters, make the Bahamas my favorite place to dive and spearfish. Every summer, I take my boat across the Florida Straights to the island of Bimini. Off of this Island, located only 50 nautical miles from Miami the entire family can enjoy the sports of diving and spear fishing. We can always find plenty of places in shallow water to dive. My favorite fish are hogfish, groupers and snappers. I also try to schedule my trips in August, when the lobster season is open. In the Bahamas you are allowed to shoot the lobsters using a Hawaiian Sling. It is important to remember that you are not allowed to use spear guns or tanks while spear fishing in the Bahamas, only the Hawaiian Sling. While diving in the Bahamas we also gather some conch, which are difficult to clean but very good to eat. I personally prefer cracked conch and conch fritters. If you don’t know how to clean conch, you can always find someone at the dock that will clean them for you at a very reasonable price. It is very important that your boat be in excellent running condition in order to make a safe crossing. This year we had a wonderful trip, as the photos speak for themselves.

Whale shark: a myth, an industry By Maria Bello The largest living fish is the Rhincodon typus, commonly known as “Whale Shark�. It is not a whale, but a shark and has been present in the ocean for the last sixty millions years. His impressive length, 12-15 m on average been able to reach till 20m, does not become it on the most dangerous marine creature and does not pose significant danger to humans. With a distinguished coloration pattern resembling a checkerboard of pale yellow spots and stripes that are unique to each specimen, its slow movements not reaching more than 5 kilometers per hour and its behavior has rendered it an expensive marine adventure for tourists. The whale shark can be found on tropical warm waters worldwide on the ocean. During the day it can be observed feeding near the surface, migrating to deeper waters at night. Typically seen offshore, it has also been found closer to coastal zones, entering lagoons or coral reefs areas. Reported as a sol-

itary creature, they form seasonal feeding or reproductive aggregations in some coastal waters. Groups of whale sharks have been seen on Gladden Spit in Belize; Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia; Útila in Honduras; Donsol, Pasacao and Batangas in the Philippines; off Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox in Yucatan, Mexico; Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia; Nosy Be in Madagascar Off Tofo Reef near Inhambane in Mozambique, and the Tanzanian islands of Mafia, Pemba, Zanzibar. Biggest aggregations have been reported on Donsol Philippines and north of Cabo Catoche, off Isla Holbox on the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. These seem to be feeding areas with homegeneous patches of fish eggs. As a planktivorous filter-feeding, the whale shark is an active feeder, targeting concentrations of plankton or fish. It is able to ram filter feed or can gulp in a stationary position. As it swims with its mouth open, it sucks masses of water filled with prey into its mouth and through spongy tissue between its 5 large gill arches. After closing its mouth, the shark uses gills rakers that filter the nourishment from the water. Anything that doesn’t pass through the gills is eaten. Gill

rakers are bristly structures (the thousands of bristles are about 4 inches or 10 cm long) in the shark’s mouth that trap the small organisms which the shark then swallows. The water is expelled through the sharks 5 pairs of gill slits. The shark can process over 1500 gallons (6000 liters) of water each hour. The numerous rows (300) of very tiny teeth (around 27, 000) are of little use. Whale sharks are sexually mature at 30 years old, age at which they are able to mate and reproduce. The whale shark is listed as “vulnerable” with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Populations appear to have been depleted by harpoon fisheries in Southeast Asia and perhaps incidental capture in other fisheries, but recently Whale shark tours popularity are putting more pressure on the specie as for example on the northeastern Yucatán marine region, where the number of tour operators has increased in the last decade. Whale shark habitats will deserve more concerted conservation efforts to prevent the extinction of the largest creature in the ocean.

Envision living on the water? If so, look closely at the deed‌ By Cassandra Montenegro, Esq. For most people who dream of living on the water it’s for the view. With 1,800 miles of coastline, Florida is a haven for those seeking to invest in waterfront properties. Attune to the reality that bay and ocean vistas add value to property, Florida courts have granted special rights to waterfront property owners, including one unique to the Sunshine State: an unobstructed view over adjoining waters. However, a recent Florida high court opinion reminds us that these rights do not extend as far as the eye can see. In Mickel v. Norton (Fla. 2d DCA), a waterfront property owner sued his neighbor for erecting a fence that interfered with his ability to look onto the bay, which was incidentally

over the neighbor’s property. In a 180° turn, the judge ruled that the property owner had no legal right to view the bay and that the neighbor could keep his fence. The court’s rationale? While the bay appeared visually connected to the waterway adjoining the property owner’s land, both waters were legally distinct. The court also stated that even if this property owner’s own land adjoined the bay, the neighbor could still block his view. While this might seem inequitable, at trial it surfaced that the neighbor did so to reasonably protect his privacy from the property owner, who would often “stand out there…saying that he had a legal right to the view.” Lesson is: When investing in waterfront property, first check the deed. Courts really do look at each property—and each waterway—on a case-by-case basis, and so should purchasers set on avoiding litigation. And if you end up purchasing? Be kind to the neighbors.

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Recognized nationwide for his fishing expertise, Capt. Dave Mistretta has spent more than 30 years as a big game saltwater guide in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. His Dorado 40, Jaws Too, employs a 530 hp Yanmar 6CX-530 engine supplied by Mastry Engine Center. As one of the first to try out one of these engines, Mistretta easily logged over 2,200 hours of operation in just two years. When most boaters put an average of 100200 hours a year on their engine, it can be hard to gather enough data to quickly determine its level of reliability. Contact:

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Sol y Mar Magazine November-December 2011 ENGLISH  

Sol y Mar Magazine Bimonthly digital Magazine published in English and Spanish Languages. Sol y Mar Magazine is the first and only public...

Sol y Mar Magazine November-December 2011 ENGLISH  

Sol y Mar Magazine Bimonthly digital Magazine published in English and Spanish Languages. Sol y Mar Magazine is the first and only public...