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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
Posted on Nov 4, 2008 in Top Shots
If you haven't seen the current issue of Sport Fishing magazine, you're missing the results of a pretty extensive survey conducted of 68 experts in sport fishing salt waters -- largely top skippers from around the U.S. and world -- to evaluate performance of 40 popular/highly sought game fish of offshore, nearshore and inshore waters. I won't attempt to list all the results here, except to let you know the most highly rated species in each of those three categories: offshore - blue marlin, nearshore - dogtooth tuna, and inshore - tarpon. Read More
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
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