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Posted on Jun 11, 2009 in Top Shots
And now for something entirely different: a little good news. The recreational-fishing community has had its share of downbeat developments of late on many fronts, including fisheries-management challenges and restrictions, and slow sales of boats and motors. But if you think folks just aren't motivated to go fishing, think again. While so many aspects of our lives seem to be heading a bit south of late, sales of fishing tackle and fishing licenses are holding steady overall and, in some cases, increasing, according to the American Sportfishing Association (www.asafishing.org). Read More
Posted on May 21, 2009 in Top Shots
Managing red snapper recreationally by having anglers purchase a tag for each snapper he/she hopes to catch (within a total of allowable catch) - that's just nuts. Or is it? Recently an idea that the Coastal Conservation Association floated before the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council ended up floating itself right out into the public domain. The reaction, which has since died down a bit, was fast and furious. Read More
Posted on Apr 13, 2009 in Top Shots
This is not a joke - but you can (and should) help stop it! Even fishermen who live on the East Coast are likely aware that for the second year in a row, California's salmon fishery is moribund. One of the main and longstanding reasons for decimation of many of the state's wild-salmon runs - including those historically with the greatest numbers of fish, from the mighty Sacramento River - is water diversion. Read More
Posted on Mar 24, 2009 in Top Shots
Recent news reports have showed 13-year-old angler Aidan Medley proudly standing next to a 340-pound bull shark, hanging dead on a dock scale at Sailfish Marina in Palm Beach, Florida. He cranked the fish in himself, noting to reporters that many anglers lack the skill to do what he did. (http://www.wptv.com/news/local/story/Teen-catches-giant-bull-shark/m44so_pmUUCxT9hukiALXw.cspx?rss=762) And he did it last year with a 550-pound bull. And a 461 the year before. Read More
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
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