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May 09, 2011

Doug Olander

The word 'angling' is defined as catching or attempting to catch fish with a rod, reel, line, and hook ... world records cannot indicate the amount of difficulty in catching the fish.
Fishing reel construction deconstructed
After suffering from many years of wasteful fishing, Prince Edawrd Island's world-class tuna fishery is on the rebound.
Curtains of death - that description all too accurately described an epidemic of drift nets in the late 1980s. Once the public understood the wasted tons of fish, sea turtles, marine mammals and birds that perished in drift nets each year, a sense of international outrage ultimately led to the nets being banned. Now, a decade later, we're facing an equally insidious threat: drift longlines. Rather than miles of net that traps everything, miles of baited hooks now target large pelagic predators.
Big government" - that's a term you hear a lot these days, and seldom in a positive sense. Big government presented itself to me in a physical and immediate way during a national conference that included not only delegates from scientific, business and lay communities but the President and Vice President of the United States as well. That was the case earlier this summer when I visited Monterey, California. There, at the National Ocean Conference, President Clinton announced a number of federal ocean initiatives.
How more and more saltwater anglers are paddling kayaks into new worlds of fishing excitement.
Another world -- of endless surprises -- awaits light-tackle saltwater anglers in "the Kimberly."
Enjoy the world's best shallow-water sight fishing for trophy reds in the pristine Indian River-Mosquito Lagoon estuary.
Yet another use for a foam beer holder.
Remember the late Peter Finch's classic line in the movie Network - "We're mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore"? If what I'm about to tell you about your government's new plan to "protect and rebuild" Atlantic billfish doesn't make you mad as hell, nothing will. But the long-awaited Atlantic billfish management plan, introduced by the National Marine Fisheries Society last October for public comment, strikes a new low and suggests a new nadir of incompetence. If that sounds like a bunch of rabble-rousing rhetoric, here are the facts.
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