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May 09, 2011

Doug Olander

Bluefish, baitfish, and striper -- How do these puzzle pieces fit together?
Fall finds South Carolina's plentiful redfish fired up.
Despite nearly a half-mile of line between us, the striking fish's ferocity nearly pulled the rod tip into the water...
The main fishing season at Midway runs May through October. While the Pacific can be bouncy at any time, summer can offer prolonged periods when the surface is glass as far as the eye can see. Recent summers have been generally calm, exceptin 1998, when a good breeze prevailed much of the time. As long as it's not dead calm, the heat is never oppressive, and early and late in the fishing season, a jacket may actually come in handy.
Midway is unique in so many ways, it's hard to prepare a visiting angler for all of them. Certainly one aspect that separates Midway from most saltwater fishing destinations is its status as a national wildlife refuge. That's a plus in that it keeps the island from being developed, so resorts don't line its shores and personal watercraft don't disrupt the tranquility. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) manages the island, and that means strict rules which place a real emphasis on wildlife and the fragile ecosystem here.
Some of fishing's best known experts offer their advice on choosing and tying strong knots.
Salmon moochers in the Northwest typically tie their line to a mooching sinker, then attach a 6-foot leader with double hooks. But veteran British Columbia salmon angler Ted Johnson, who also manages Tasu Lodge (where he showed me this trick), has come up with an innovative approach to rigging herring or anchovies. About the only "typical" aspect of Johnson's rig is the hook style, a beaked Mustad long favored by salmon moochers. But he snells only the hook-to-hook line, preferring to tie an improved clinch or uni knot to the top hook.
There can be no doubt that longlines are destroying our oceans, robbing them in a remarkably short time of their primary predators.
This easy storage will keep sabiki-rigged rods at close hand while eliminating the danger of those nororously vicious hooks.
Dave Kostyo has come up with one of those so-simple-I-can't-believe-I-never-thought-of-it ways to keep sabiki hooks out of (your) harm's way.