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Posted on Mar 11, 2009 in Top Shots
Which statement is false? Tarpon, bonefish and permit are all great game fish. Tarpon, bonefish and permit caught by one angler in one day constitute a flats slam. Tarpon, bonefish and permit are all lousy as food fish. Hint: a permit is essentially a big ol' Florida pompano. True, they're different species, but size is the main difference since the permit grows several times as large. In fact, when permit are as small as a few pounds, distinguishing them from pompano can be difficult. Read More
Posted on Feb 3, 2009 in Top Shots
You might not think the words "fish farm" would evoke a great emotional reaction, but let me tell you, some serious sturm und drang went down at last week's Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting with what has proved to be quite a hot-button issue: Should the federal government allow large aquaculture facilities to operate in federal Gulf waters? A host of environmental NGO's and commercial-fishermen's groups said "No!" Nevertheless, the council fairly resoundingly (in an 11-5 vote, interestingly split along gender lines with guys carrying the issue) said, "Yes!" Read More
Posted on Jan 6, 2009 in Top Shots
Pacific Ocean closures developed in darkness, depriving public of transparent processes and input In September, the White House made an announcement that seemed to finally give some credence to all those "Sportsmen for Bush" stickers adorning so many truck and car bumpers of fishermen and hunters in 2004. The president signed an order mandating federal agencies to maintain recreational fishing on national lands and waters - including marine protected areas (MPAs). Read More
Posted on Nov 21, 2008 in Top Shots
The sailfish is a gorgeous creature and one of the world's great game fish. But it's the wrong fish to represent Florida as its state fish. That's the message just out from veteran fishing writer (and occasional Sport Fishing contributor) Byron Stout, of Fort Myers. Say what? How could anyone object to the sailfish as the state fish? To find out exactly how, read Stout's column online ( Read More
Posted on Nov 11, 2008 in Top Shots
I'm playing hooky this week - sort of. For three days, i'm attending a pretty amazing event -- the fifth World Recreational Fishing Conference. Held every three years, the WRFC brings together scientists, managers, policy makers and others from all over. This conference, the first held in the United States, has attracted almost 200 serioius players from 22 different countries to the International Game Fish Association HQ in Dania Beach, Florida. I thought I'd offer some brief highlights from this heavy-duty, unique conference each of the three days, starting here. Read More
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