Looks like my old friend and boss, Rob Kramer, is passing the blogger’s torch to yours truly. Truth is, I’m pleased to be able to contribute my thoughts, from time to time, to what I consider to be one of the finest fishing publications in the world. Unfortunately, like my predecessor, I don’t have a background in blogging per se. Fortunately, those that know me know that I do happen to have opinions on a fair number of things. So here goes.
Anglers tend to be opinionated people by nature. However, bring up the subject of IGFA records, and you’ll find that their opinions have opinions. Let me explain.
I turned 40 this year, and one of the things I’ve come to realize is that time seems to fly by faster with each passing year. Case in point: We have nearly completed the first year of the IGFA Great Marlin Race (IGMR).
As luck would have it, IGFA President Rob Kramer and I heard the news that the Billfish Conservation Act had passed through the Senate at exactly the same time, around 5:30 a.m. No, we weren’t camped out in the office awaiting word from our lobbyists in D.C. We were actually in my truck, trailering my new skiff on our way to fish Flamingo in Everglades National Park.
Unlike my last several blogs, this one will not focus on billfish or even IGFA conservation business, for that matter. Nope, this one’s all about fishing or, in this case, potentially the lack thereof.
Most of you anglers know that collecting good recreational catch data has been problematic on both the state and federal level. But things are changing.
You’d have to have been living under a rock to not know that Atlantic bluefin tuna have been in serious trouble for some time now -- regardless of what you may see on Wicked Tuna.
Fisheries management is an inherently difficult process. Obtaining timely and accurate biological and catch data can be challenging enough. Then there’s dealing with the major stakeholder groups that oftentimes have differing opinions on how a fishery should be managed.
The forthcoming Everglades National Park General Management Plan includes incorporating extensive “poll-and-troll” areas that, if approved under the park's preferred alternative, would prohibit boaters from using internal combustion motors in approximately 30 percent of the park.
A dramatic rise in water temperature along the continental shelf of the mid-Atlantic and northeast coastlines has created a demonstrable shift northward in the distribution of several fish and mollusk species.