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Posted on Sep 18, 2007 in Top Shots
A study just published reaffirms why, anglers ought to be using circle hooks - unless they intend/expect to keep every fish caught. The North American Journal of Fisheries Management published online in late July a study titled, "Catch-and-Release Mortality in Subadult and Adult Red Drum Captured with Popular Fishing Hook Types." The study looked at redfish release mortality for circle versus J hooks, noting an enormous surge in the numbers of this most-popular inshore game fish being released. Read More
Posted on Sep 4, 2007 in Top Shots
The world of fish offers yet another area ripe for misinformation at the least and hoaxes at the worst. I was reminded of that today when an old buddy of mine - who does some fishing but isn't widely traveled - sent me images of a very large tigerfish, it's frighteningly oversized conical teeth protruding from both jaws. Read More
Posted on Aug 27, 2007 in Top Shots
Did you ever catch a marlin or a sailfish at night? If so, I'd like to know. So would billfish scientists. That's because if you answered "yes" to my question, you're among what is apparently a very exclusive group of anglers to have ever done so. Read More
Posted on Aug 20, 2007 in Top Shots
By Doug OlanderEditor-in-Chief, Sport Fishing When not running offshore (or chained to a desk in front of this laptop, as right now), I’m likely to be paddling along coastal reefs, oyster bars, grass flats and channels to fish from my kayak. For years, I’ve relied on a portable black-and-white sounder. It’s worked well within its inherent limitations (among those having to change out eight AA batteries after a few hours), but until recently I never realized how much I’d been missing. Read More
Posted on Aug 8, 2007 in Top Shots
By Doug Olander Editor in Chief, Sport Fishing Not long ago, in this space (and in an editorial in Sport Fishing magazine as well), I bemoaned the fact that what the world needs is a “fisherman-friendly airline.” That mostly comes down to airlines doing for anglers what many already do for enthusiasts flying hither and yon to pursue other sports — make some provisions in baggage allowances for the gear the sport requires. Read More
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