Nice catch

Walter Wiebe of Saskatchewan, Canada caught his first flounder last week in West Bay with his friend Jeff Harrington.

It just does not get much colder in Galveston than what we saw Saturday morning. Freezing temperatures and a north wind gusting to more than 20 knots kept anglers off of the water.

It was so miserable Saturday morning that I canceled plans to go duck hunting.

With nothing to report on the fishing scene, let’s address a serious issue facing boaters and other owners of outboard engines and that is ethanol. For years now we have had to deal with this gasoline additive.

The EPA has announced its plans to further increase the ethanol mandates, surpassing the current record high levels finalized less than a year ago.

They unilaterally decided to increase this country’s mandated ethanol amounts requiring the American public to consume 1.2 billion more gallons of renewable fuel.

Practically all marine mechanics advise their customers on the ill effects of ethanol on outboards and other marine engines. All recommend stabilizers to be added to marine fuel tanks; however, that does not solve the problem as it just helps minimize the effects of ethanol fuel on gas lines and internal parts of the engines.

One well-known Galveston area outboard mechanic said that a high percentage of his business is related to ethanol damage. Fuel injectors and carburetors are the two most frequent areas where the damage is noted.

Smaller horsepower outboard owners are recommended to use the much higher priced ethanol free gasoline that is available but not easily obtained, as few gasoline outlets carry such fuel.

The same is recommended for the larger engines; however, because of their much higher fuel consumption, the cost becomes a big issue as the preferred fuel is as much as $2 or more per gallon higher.

A drive is on to petition President-elect Donald Trump to take action to reverse this mandate. An online petition is being circulated that can be completed and submitted. The website is found at: https://www. votervoice.net/NMMA/Petitions/943/Respond.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to reel.report@galvnews.com or call 409-683-5273.

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