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Posted on Jun 21, 2007 in Top Shots
This just in: Commercial fishermen in Alaska don't want the state to survey anglers (the last such survey was attempted nearly 15 years ago) to estimate the value of recreational fishing to Alaska. Does that speak volumes, or what? With the Alaska Department of Fish and Game recently announcing its plan to conduct the survey, commercial fishing groups like the United Cook Inlet Drift Association complain that a survey assessing the strength of sport fishing would likely be used against them. Read More
Posted on May 18, 2007 in Top Shots
From a message sent to Mexican officials regarding Shark Norma For Mexico's future, it is imperative that you work actively to oppose the Shark Norma 029 and prevent it from continuing as law. Otherwise, there can be very little doubt that your waters will soon become a desert for most large fish. Read More
Posted on May 7, 2007 in Top Shots
As I put together the news pages for SF's July/August issue, I'm struck with an interesting ethical matter. It would seem that the first case of ciguatera poisoining to hit the Texas coast in years has struck in the form of a 34-pound infected grouper taken at the famed Flower Gardens offshore bank. A report on the incident apparently made the front page of a Sunday issue of the Galveston Daily News in April, shortly after the angler and his wife were diagnosed with ciguatera poisoning. Read More
Posted on Apr 13, 2007 in Top Shots
In the May issue of Sport Fishing, you'll find my editorial entitled, "Wanted: A Fisherman-Friendly Airline." That editorial was very much in mind last week during a trip to fish the remote Andaman Islands (watch for the feature next year). Remote is a key word because it's one of those dream-trip destinations where there sure ain't any tackle stores handy where you can pick up those items you forgot. So, like me, my fishing buddy, Rob, brought little in the way of personal gear but lots of essential tackle. Read More
Posted on Mar 23, 2007 in Top Shots
As I write this, I'm at 30,000 feet somewhere over the Mid-Atlantic coast. Out the starboard window in fact, is the Atlantic Ocean - very apropos for my worries on this cloudy Thursday afternoon. If you have any thought of being able to catch swordfish in the future, you should be worried, too. Read More
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