Oral history interview with charter boat captain Roger Rucker. Rucker moved to Fort Pierce in 1973, got his captain's license in 1980, and started charter fishing from 1985 onwards. He enjoyed fishing over the Oculina Bank, which was always a good place to take his charters, but does not think its closure has much affected his fishing since he does not typically bottom fish. Rucker questions the degree to which the area's regulations are being enforced. In his opinion, quantity and size limits are fair measures for recreational and charter fishers, but he thinks that the best management is likely a combination of tools. In this interview, Rucker also recounts his personal fishing history, and discusses some of the techniques he uses to catch particular fish.
Charter boat captains, Interviews, Florida, Fort Pierce, Charter boat fishing, Fisheries, Fishers, Fishery closures, Fishery management, Fishing
Charter boat fishing; Florida; Fort Pierce; Charter boat captains; Interviews; Fisheries; Fishery closures; Fishers; Fishing
Florida, Fort Pierce
Oral history, Online audio
1 sound file (37 min.) : digital, MP3 file + ;
University of South Florida
Oculina Bank Oral History Project
Rucker, Roger (Interviewee), "Roger Rucker oral history interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 37.