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Posted on Oct 28, 2008 in Top Shots
The surging, astronomical leap in fuel prices has meant considerably less fishing effort. I mean -- no brainer, there, right? Wrong. At least, according to federal fisheries statistics, recreational fishing trips in the Gulf of Mexico in July and August - when fuel prices were peaking at blistering levels and when marinas and charter ops around the Gulf were uniformly decrying the frightening decline in fishermen/effort - actually increased. In fact, the number of fishing trips into the Gulf reached their highest level since 2003 and the fourth highest level since 1981! Read More
Posted on Oct 23, 2008 in Top Shots
Several years ago, I wrote an editorial the title of which, if memory serves, was: "Gramps is Not a Factory Trawler." It made a simple point - the willy-nilly push by many environmental NGO's (non-governmental organizations) to simply shut down large areas of the ocean to ALL fishing failed to recognize vast differences between weekend anglers and big commercial fishing operations. That is, all fishing is not created equal. Read More
Posted on Oct 9, 2008 in Top Shots
If you fish - and if you're reading this, odds are you do - you rely heavily on that wispy piece of string connecting you to every fish you hook. The business of fishing lines is big business here and in Europe as well. But you might be hard pressed to believe the different approaches on measuring fishing lines taken by tackle industries in the two continents. Read More
Posted on Oct 1, 2008 in Top Shots
I suspect a lot of SF-site visitors will find this of interest. A skipper who has to be the world's most famous longliner ended up in handcuffs on the wrong side of a Canadian judge over the weekend for allegedly breaking (into) and entering that country's waters. Canadian fisheries officials maintain that when a patrol plane spotted her, Greenlaw's boat, Sea Hawk, had gone where no U.S. fishing boat was supposed to be. After that, Greenlaw (made famous in The Perfect Storm and with her own best-selling books including The Hungry Ocean) was summarily treated to an appearance in a St. Read More
Posted on Sep 22, 2008 in Top Shots
I just this afternoon finished writing up an item for the November issue's news pages about an "unwelcome visitor" on a poor guy's boat. Seems he was fishing alongside a jetty in a British Columbia seaport, minding his own business, when a black bear ambled down and then leapt aboard. The angler tossed him a coho salmon, but apparently he wasn't fond of fish. He came after the man and quickly had him pinned to the deck. Then ... well, I can't give it all away, now, can I? You'll find the whole story in the November SF News section. Read More
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