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Posted on May 7, 2007 in Top Shots
As I put together the news pages for SF's July/August issue, I'm struck with an interesting ethical matter. It would seem that the first case of ciguatera poisoining to hit the Texas coast in years has struck in the form of a 34-pound infected grouper taken at the famed Flower Gardens offshore bank. A report on the incident apparently made the front page of a Sunday issue of the Galveston Daily News in April, shortly after the angler and his wife were diagnosed with ciguatera poisoning. Read More
Posted on Apr 13, 2007 in Top Shots
In the May issue of Sport Fishing, you'll find my editorial entitled, "Wanted: A Fisherman-Friendly Airline." That editorial was very much in mind last week during a trip to fish the remote Andaman Islands (watch for the feature next year). Remote is a key word because it's one of those dream-trip destinations where there sure ain't any tackle stores handy where you can pick up those items you forgot. So, like me, my fishing buddy, Rob, brought little in the way of personal gear but lots of essential tackle. Read More
Posted on Mar 23, 2007 in Top Shots
As I write this, I'm at 30,000 feet somewhere over the Mid-Atlantic coast. Out the starboard window in fact, is the Atlantic Ocean - very apropos for my worries on this cloudy Thursday afternoon. If you have any thought of being able to catch swordfish in the future, you should be worried, too. Read More
Posted on Mar 9, 2007 in Top Shots
What if loggers in your state made their own policy and pretty soon your lands had been denuded of all their once-fine timber -- great forests reduced mostly to barren ground? Then what if they claimed that because no trees were left for them to harvest, you (and all other citizens of the state) now owed them welfare since they could no longer work? I wonder how most folks would react. I think I have some idea. Read More
Posted on Feb 13, 2007 in Top Shots
I think debating which fish is the toughest is about as likely to change minds or be a productive use of one's time as debating cats vs. dogs or religion and politics. But what the hell...? Why not? Nothing may get resolved -- but it's fun. Not as fun as actually catching the damned things, mind you, but if you can't be doing that, may as well be talking about it. What brings this up is that Drew Townes, one of Sport Fishing's ad reps, a man so sharp he makes needles feel dull, asked several editors in a recent email, which are the strongest fish, pound for pound? Read More
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