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Salt Water Sportsman February 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

3 min.
second nature

Glenn Law The simplest, most obvious things often prove the most effective. In our first issue of the year, Essential Skills, we look at some of the foundations of what we do—little things, perhaps evident to anyone who a has spent time on the water, or perhaps not. Valuable as fundamentals, basic skills are also often the catalyst for creating new approaches, developing more sophisticated ideas, and expanding the way we fish. The life we’re living midway through this pandemic offers time to develop additional skills and new ways of thinking about things. With travel and exploration all but curtailed, the bench work off ers an alternative: knots, rigging, general tackle fussing and tuning. There’s always something new to learn in this sport; if not improving what we already do, then learning a different…

2 min.
everglades restoration in jeopardy

In 2017, current Florida Senate president Wilton Simpson voted for a reservoir meant to redirect water south of Lake Okeechobee and stop tainted water discharges into major waterways. But he now claims the man-made lagoon is a “mistake.” Previous Senate president Joe Negron pushed for the project after Okeechobee water discharges into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers caused major algae blooms and serious environmental problems in estuaries on both Florida coasts, resulting in uproar from the fishing and boating communities, conservation groups, and residents and business owners in affected areas. A Negron-backed bill, signed into law in May 2017 by then-Gov. Rick Scott, allows Florida to issue up to $800 million in bonds for the reservoir. The bill capped annual state funding for the project at $64 million and placed the…

1 min.
drift-net modernization act on its way to become law

ON DECEMBER 10, WITH OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, the US House of Representatives passed the Drift-Net Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act (S. 906) to phase out large-scale drift-net fishing in federal waters off California. Authored in the House by Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), and in the Senate by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), the bill aligns commercial swordfishing in California with other swordfish fisheries by ending the use of mile-long, large-mesh drift gill nets. Phasing out this indiscriminate gear and replacing it with a more sustainable fishing practice will result in increased economic benefits and less bycatch, including marine mammals, sea turtles and many important fish species. Although California law established a program to financially help the state’s drift gill-net permit holders transition to alternative gear,…

1 min.
redfish and seatrout in delaware and new jersey?

Just as Delaware anglers were getting used to finding sheepshead, triggerfish and pompano in local waters, redfish and seatrout (aka red drum and speckled trout) also started turning up. The appearance of reds seems to be the result of successful conservation programs—including gill-net bans, and recreational size and bag limits—in neighboring South Atlantic waters, which led to a considerable increase in the species biomass to the extent that the fish began expanding their range. Although caught regularly in Chesapeake Bay, and the surf and backwaters of Virginia, red drum caught in Delaware and even South Jersey were, until recently, rare. But black drum have used Delaware Bay as a breeding ground for ages, so why couldn’t reds do the same? Meanwhile, seatrout, which have a lower tolerance for cold water than weakfish, a…

2 min.
tires implicated in salmon deaths

For years, the unexplained death of large numbers of coho salmon returning to the West Coast to spawn during fall has been a mysterious phenomenon and the subject of intense research. Finally, scientists think they found a key piece to the puzzle, which points out the culprit may be on vehicles rolling along North America’s roadways. According to a new study, a chemical antioxidant known as 6PPD is used in tires to make them last longer. As tire treads break down over time, they leave bits of microplastics on roads, and the 6PPD in them reacts with the ozone, becoming a different chemical (6PPDquinone) that ends up in rivers and streams after it rains. This 6PPD-quinone is toxic to coho, and roadway runoff samples taken from across the West Coast led researchers…

1 min.
masked marauder

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, FL32789. Unsolicited manuscripts are welcomed but will not be acknowledged or returned unless accompanied by an SASE. We are not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs. CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SUBSCRIPTION INQUIRIES: saltwatersportsman.com/cs or 800-759-2127. Outside the United States: 800-979-6828; Back Issues: 800-464-2819; Bulk Reprints: 877-652-5295, ext. 117.…