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Salt Water Sportsman April 2020

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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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10 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
near perfect

On the East Coast, we call them dolphin; from Hawaii to California (and coast to coast on restaurant menus), they’re known as mahimahi; and in Latin America and adjacent regions, dorado is the preferred term. Every dolphin fisherman has dealt with the confusion of nonanglers when you mention the name. We’re accustomed to patiently explaining, before we can go on with the story we’re telling, “No, not Flipper. Flipper is a mammal. This is the fish dolphin.” By whatever name, they strike readily at natural and artificial baits, both cast and trolled, fight spectacularly, and provide top-rate table fare. They also happen to be beautiful. Found in all the world’s warm oceans, they reproduce fast enough to remain abundant throughout their range. They are so prolific that they’ve been referred to as the rabbits…

6 min.
trophy stripers along eastern seaboard are now strictly catch-and-release

Last May, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), in charge of fisheries management and conservation in waters from Florida to Maine, determined striped bass stocks along the Atlantic Coast were overfished. To allow the striper population to recover, the ASMFC decided the take of fish must be reduced by 18 percent, and in October it approved a coastwide standard regulation for striped bass that limits recreational anglers to keeping just one fish between 28 and 35 inches in length. Nevertheless, the states were given the opportunity to create their own regulations, as long as those alternatives were projected to reach the target reduction. New Jersey accepted, while Connecticut declined, opting to simply adhere to the ASMFC’s coastwide measures. The rest have until April to decide their course of action. In…

1 min.
one trophy is never enough

While fishing with her dad, Fred Keeler, in September, Sherry Keeler Park of Texarkana, Texas, used a live bait to hook and land this 38-inch redfish near the jetties in Port Aransas, Texas. Shortly after, a bigger one broke her line, so she’s eager to return and best her own personal record. 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, 460 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 200, Winter Park, FL 32789. Unsolicited manuscripts are welcomed but will not be acknowledged or returned unless accompanied by an SASE. We are not…

1 min.
salt water kids

Tucker Cullen 11, Georgia A veteran angler on the beaches and piers of both Florida and Georgia, Tucker recently made the jump to bluewater fishing off Palm Beach, Florida, where he landed his first offshore fish, this 20-pound dolphin. Alex Young 12, Maine Alex started fishing as a toddler and has checked quite a few species off his bucket list, which he is constantly upgrading. This 46-inch striped bass caught in southern Maine eclipsed his previous personal best, a 44-incher. Pearce and Lane Ford 7, North Carolina Twins Pearce and Lane love fishing with their dad off Morehead City, North Carolina. Last October, they doubled up on gaffer dolphin, caught their first-ever sailfish, and followed that with a wahoo doubleheader. NOMINATE A KID: SWS recognizes kids who represent sportsmanship, passion and proficiency in saltwater fishing. To nominate an exceptional…

1 min.
new gear

1 Scented Swimmer The effectiveness of Berkley Gulp! baits’ water-based scent dispersion is legendary, and now it comes alive in the new Nemesis, which features a baitfish profile and enticing swimming tail action. Available in 11 colors, and 3- and 6½-inch sizes. $6.99 to $7.49; berkley-fishing.com 2 Pro-Grade Kicks The Wheelhouse, a commercial-grade version of Xtratuf’s popular Ankle Deck Boots, incorporates a reinforced toe and heel for extended durability, and features a wider fit for additional comfort, accommodating swollen feet or thicker socks. Available in men’s and women’s sizes, in three colors. $130; xtratuf.com 3 Tough Mission Sticks Shimano’s Grappler Series rods comprise 33 models covering jigging, casting and bottomfishing, with lines ranging from 20- to 100-pound braid, and lures weighing up to 14 ounces. Spiral X and Hi-Power X construction boost structural rigidity and…

4 min.
pluses and minuses

Perhaps I should have written about this earlier, but the truth is I have been thinking about it for a while. As we closed out the last decade and looked forward to the next, it became apparent that there are going to be some pluses and some minuses for fisheries that are important to us. To me, one of the major environmental issues that will impact fisheries is the warming of the oceans. If we look back 50-plus years, the ocean has absorbed 93 percent of the temperature increases globally. Because currents mix this temperature increase in different ways in different areas, it makes it hard to say that, due to this heat absorption, the ocean has warmed by X degrees. In general, we know that fish that have a temperature-tolerance…