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Salt Water Sportsman

Salt Water Sportsman

June/July 2021
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Salt Water Sportsman covers the world of saltwater fishing. Featuring local authorities from around the country, Salt Water Sportsman provides the regional insight and expertise to help anglers catch more and bigger fish, right in their own back yard. The magazine offers loads of how-to information, advice for those who travel within the greater U.S. and surrounding waters, and reviews of new boats, tackle and electronics.

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bonnier Corporation
Frequency:
Monthly
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10 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
home stretch

What could be more appealing right now than exploring new waters, our theme this issue? That could be an ill-timed concept at the moment, but I don’t think so. It’s certainly irresponsible to sound the all-clear just yet. But there’s nothing particularly irresponsible about keeping the imagination working. As we slip past the landmark of a year of cautious behavior and COVID-19-curtailed activity, the whole allure of new waters smacks of a normal we haven’t known for a while. Exploration, new experiences, the freedom of summer—remember that? Yeah, so do we, and it sounds great. Summer is upon us. So is great fishing, from stripers in the Northeast to the tarpon migration down south. Right now, I’d settle for an unfettered shot at the same old experiences on familiar turf. Discovery and new fisheries…

3 min.
offshore world championship won by narrow margin

After four action-packed days, the 2021 Costa Off shore World Championship came to a thrilling conclusion, with a single sailfish release separating the three leading teams in a field of top international anglers who had to win one of the qualifying tournaments to earn a spot in the event. Held April 11-16 out of Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, Costa Rica, a location renowned for its world-class off shore fishing, the championship required all teams to fish aboard a different charter boat each of the tournament days, following IGFA rules and using video verification to amass billfish release points, and also targeting tuna, dorado and wahoo for extra points. Michael Moretti, Dwight Wolf, JP Rodrigues and Dell Dembowsky, who punched their ticket to the big dance by winning the Presidential Flamingo Fishing…

2 min.
massive toxic dumpsite discovered off southern california

An environmental disaster has been brewing for decades a scant 10 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. That’s where scientists unearthed decaying barrels laced with DDT in 3,000 feet of water between Long Beach and Catalina Island. The offshore dumpsite was located by David Valentine, a professor of microbiology and geochemistry at the University of California Santa Barbara, who first suspected its likely existence when he dug up a 1985 report describing chemical disposal practices from the 1940s to 1970s of companies like Montrose Chemical Corporation, the largest DDT manufacturer in the US, which was located in Torrance on the Southern California coast. DDT, which the EPA now labels a “probable human carcinogen” was a widely used pesticide, sprayed on crops—and even on crowded beaches for mosquito control—from 1939 until 1972,…

1 min.
gulf snapper turmoil continues

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council recently voted to approve a slight increase in the 2021 red snapper annual catch limit, and requested its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) revisit catch-level recommendations that largely ignore the results of the Great Red Snapper Count (GRSC), which show red snapper in Gulf of Mexico waters are three times more abundant than previously estimated. The council called for the SSC to review its red snapper catch advice for 2021 and beyond as soon as the GRSC final report and additional information can be considered. In addition, the council voted to resolve the differences between federal and state data collection estimates, which will negatively impact the states of Alabama and Mississippi, reducing their quotas by 50 and 60 percent, respectively. The action, however, will not go…

1 min.
stake a claim

Recreational fishermen may want to reconsider working with RODA (Responsible Off shore Development Alliance) and ROSA (Responsible Off shore Science Alliance) to protect their interest. As wind farms and other ocean energy systems become the new ocean environment, the recreational fisherman needs to secure a place in the discussion of where these systems are placed and how we are allowed to operate around them. When wind farms were first developed in Europe, recreational and commercial fishermen were not consulted, and neither group had any input. Today, in America, both sectors are given the opportunity to contribute and help developers cover the cost of fisheries liaison officers. They are much more considerate of the historical uses of the ocean, primarily because of the eff orts of commercial fishermen. The turbines appear to be a…

1 min.
improvisation pays off

Patty Clayton of Port St. Lucie, Florida, fishing in the St. Lucie River with her husband, Tommy, in their 14-foot Carolina Skiff, decided to troll a popular casting lure: a root-beer-colored D.O.A. TerrorEyz. Cruising slowly along a tributary shoreline, she landed a few small snook as a warmup to this 30-incher. YOUR CATCH To send in your catch photo, email us at catches@saltwatersportsman.com. Got a piece of good news to share? Want to gripe? Like to see your thoughts on the pages of Salt Water Sportsman? Send your letters, manuscripts and any relevant comments to editor@saltwatersportsman.com or via U.S. mail: SWS Editor, 480 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 236, Winter Park, FL 32789. Unsolicited manuscripts are welcomed but will not be acknowledged or returned unless accompanied by an SASE. We are not responsible…