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Posted on Jun 6, 2008 in Top Shots
Just back from a couple days waaaay out on the northern Gulf of Mexico and I thought I'd share a few interesting moments and observations. Of course, you'll read and see more in a Sport Fishing feature next year, but in the meantime.... We left Destin about dark on Capt. Gary Jarvis' Back Down 2 and traveled southwest until about 9 a.m. That put us somewhere off Alabama, I guessed, and in about 400 feet. (Yes, much of the Gulf is indeed a pretty shallow body of water.) Our first objective was to do some deep dropping and there, in 400 feet, we did. Read More
Posted on Feb 26, 2008 in Top Shots
Just one rotten fish can taint a whole cooler filled with a fresh catch. An unscrupulous crew on just one charter boat can raise a red flag for other charter operators throughout the area, the vast majority of whom are honest and work hard to engender public trust. That trust can be set back all too quickly when local headlines warn anglers/visitors who would charter an offshore boat to be cautious lest they find themselves ripped off in a taxidermy scam. Read More
Posted on Oct 29, 2007 in Top Shots
New Caledonia is a land of contradictions. Its very tropical fishing with lush reefs (forming one of the largest encircling lagoons in the world) takes place around an island surprisingly arid and surprisingly moderate in climate. Its placement in the midst of Melanesia (north of New Zealand), suggests dark-skinned natives speaking some local dialect, but in fact it's trés European - French to be specific, since this large island is a French colony. Another contradiction: vast areas of beautiful flats but, so far, rather limited access to it all. Read More
Posted on Oct 8, 2007 in Top Shots
"Dear Mr. Olander, I need to get something off my chest." So begins a letter recently from a reader in Wilmette, Illinois. His beef? An item in the IGFA Report (October) that describes the capture of 104-pound blue marlin on 12-pound tippet after a 1 1/2-hour battle as "a fair fight." He suggests the style of fishing is unfair because it's simply a matter of hooking the fish then chasing it relentlessly with a fast boat until, exhausted, "the fish floats to the top." Read More
Posted on Sep 24, 2007 in Top Shots
If you’ve never fished the wild coast of British Columbia, you’re missing out. Particularly for those who’ve spent years — possibly a lifetime — fishing the East or Gulf coast, it’s simply a completely different world that every serious angler ought to experience. Even when things are slow, they’re pretty darn fast. In most areas, there is no such thing as “slow” bottomfishing, by the way, so no angler need ever lack for action. Salmon runs vary in size and timing, however. Read More
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