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Sport Fishing July/August 2019

Sport Fishing is one of the most respected magazines of its genre; the brand also reaches its audience via a popular and trusted website and social-networking outlets such as its Facebook fan page. Through Sport Fishing’s well-researched content and expert advice, its audience continually discovers fresh new techniques and destinations, and gains insight about buying and using tackle and boats. On behalf of their audience, Sport Fishing’s award-winning editors are outspoken in defense of sound fisheries conservation, sensible management and safeguarding angler access to fishing.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bonnier Corporation
Frequency:
Back issues only
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3 min.
hope for the king of croakers

ITS VALUE IS ASTRONOMICAL INDEED, AT UP TO $50,000 FOR A SINGLE DRIED TOTOABA BLADDER ON THE CHINESE BLACK MARKET. Many times I’ve wished I could grab my spinning rod and jump into a time machine, set for a day of fishing circa the early 1900s in the shallow waters of the northern Sea of Cortez to catch totoaba. Totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi) is the king of all drums and croakers, back then both abundant and common to 200 pounds, apparently reaching nearly 300. For those in the Southeast, think of speckled trout that size; Californians can try to imagine white seabass of such proportions. Historical accounts and photos confirm that an angler could have worn out his arms catching giant “seatrout.” But overfishing and habitat destruction quickly decimated these great fish. It’s now illegal…

5 min.
kite-fishing with plastics

The origins of kite-fishing predate European contact with native Polynesians, who used rudimentary kites to move their live baits beyond distant surf lines. During the pre-World War II days of sport fishing on the West Coast, “Tuna” George Farnsworth dangled live sardines from kites for tuna and billfish near Catalina Island off California. And for the past 60 or so years of kite-fishing in Florida waters, scores of goggle-eyes and blue runners have been hung from kites on a near-daily basis. Kites deploy live baits, and they do it quite effectively. Recently, however, an expanding number of anglers have discovered the advantages of kite-fishing with artificial lures. These artificials are commonly trolled as opposed to being dangled while adrift, or while holding station. In fact, many professionals agree that in the…

9 min.
cobia

THIS QUINTESSENTIAL COASTAL NOMAD INHABITS NEARSHORE WATERS IN NEARLY ALL WARM SEAS AROUND THE WORLD. (THE INEXPLICABLE EXCEPTION IS THE EASTERN PACIFIC.) ITS LONG, BROWN SHAPE IS OFTEN MISTAKEN FOR A SHARK SWIMMING NEAR THE SURFACE. COBIA LOVE TO HANG WITH LARGER FISH SUCH AS WHALE SHARKS AND MANTAS OR OTHER RAYS, OR TAKE UP STATION AROUND OBJECTS SUCH AS BUOYS, OIL RIGS, WRECKS, PILINGS AND SO ON. THEY’LL OFTEN AGGRESSIVELY STRIKE BAITS, LURES OR FLIES—BUT WILL AT TIMES FRUSTRATE ANGLERS WITH LITTLE INTEREST IN ANYTHING THROWN AT THEM. THE ALL-TACKLE WORLD RECORD HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 1985, WHEN ANGLERS WEIGHED IN A 135-POUND, 9-OUNCE BEHEMOTH CAUGHT OFF SHARK BAY IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA. BLACK HAWKFISH DOWN Q Jack Leverone caught this small fish (photo at bottom) while casting from shore near…

6 min.
the reel truth about bearings

When they’re considering purchasing a reel, anglers can’t help but notice how many bearings it offers. But the truth is that reels with lots of bearings aren’t necessarily better. The quality of the bearings, and the quality of the reel that contains them, are much more important than the number of bearings. For instance, a $30 reel that has 15 low-quality bearings might not work as well as a $500 reel with only six bearings. Better bearings in a well-made reel won’t corrode as quickly as numerous but cheaper bearings in a cheap reel. High-quality bearings also make for longer casts, easier reeling, and better performance when you have a big fish on the line. “You pick up a 15-bearing reel, it’ll feel pretty good,” says Ben Joyce, the brand manager for Penn…

1 min.
new products

SHALLOW STALKER Airmar’s new TM165HW transducer delivers 600 watts of power, is chirp-ready, and provides inshore anglers with more sensitivity to detect fish close to the bottom and more-accurate returns of fish and bait. To do all that, Airmar delivers an average beam width of 30 degrees—wider than most high-frequency transducers—across the entire 150 to 250 kHz band. The wider beam also means greater fish detection in the upper water column nearer the boat. The transducer pairs with current-model Lowrance, Simrad, Raymarine, Garmin and Humminbird units via an adapter. The retail price for the transducer is $499. SURPRISE REVEAL C-Map has released its new Reveal charts, featuring ultra-high-resolution bathymetric imagery of select coastal and offshore areas, including crisp views of structure, wrecks, isolated reefs and ledges between the contour lines. The detailed Reveal…

7 min.
intrepid powerboats 375 nomad

I arrived at the dock outside Intrepid Powerboats’ Dania Beach, Florida, facility about 15 minutes before my captain on the morning of my early-April test day—a calculated move that would allow me to privately peruse my test platform: the new 375 Nomad. As I scanned the marina to locate the boat, my eyes locked on a rakish, green-sided center-console powered by triple Mercury 400R outboards. Its ever-so-subtle sweeping sheer line, integrated hardtop and wraparound glass windshield put me in mind of a highper-formance fighter aircraft. “That’s it,” I said to myself. Later I would learn that the 375’s unusual, custom iridescent green hull is the same shade as that on a Chrysler Hellcat muscle car owned by Intrepid president Ken Clinton. I stepped aboard through the beefy dive door on the…