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May 09, 2011

Doug Olander

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Patience isn't always a virtue. In the case of North Atlantic swordfish populations, the clock is ticking and the fish keep on dying.
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Often, the recreational industry puts much more intoeconomies than does the commercial industry.Yet when it comes to allocation of the resource, governments too often allocate the lion's share of the resource to the commercial industry.
"One thing we heard some people wish for was a windshield and more speed. Well, the new 34 has a windshield and it's faster."
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Fishing the Sea of Cortez midriff on its own terms offers its own rewards.
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Test your skill against 300-pounders at this remote Bering Sea port.
The Bering Sea. The very name conjures visions of towering, storm-swept seas, white spray separating monstrous green swells from the cold, gray mist. Fact is, much of the year that's just the way it is - a living hell for anyone caught out on a small boat. But now and then the weather turns civilized - frequently in the summer, but only rarely (and for short periods) otherwise.
Glancing down at Baja's Midriff from the window of a Piper Cherokee at 4,000 feet offers a pretty good look at a world of the most stark extremes and dramatic contrasts. It's a fishing destination like no other. Austere rock faces of impossibly hot, bone-dry islands and mainland plummet to meet the incongruously cool, clear blue-and-green Sea of Cortez. Scattered saguarro-like cardon cacti dot the vista, an alien landscape that receives a scant 2 inches of rainfall each year.
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Stalk Shallow water reds and more in the shadow of New Orleans
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With the right know-how and precautions, it is possible to run a 17-footer 60 miles offshore.
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Take up Trinidad and Tobago on their promise of untapped fishing.
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