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Salt Water Sportsman

Salt Water Sportsman April 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.
grubstake

Of all the species we’ve focused on in our annual species special issues, redfish have a special appeal. They aren’t spectacular like tarpon. They don’t jump like sailfish or dolphin. They don’t have a storied tradition like stripers. So, what’s the attraction? Plenty. You don’t have to hunt too hard to find them, nor wait for an annual migration; you don’t have to go offshore and have specialized equipment. They can be frustrating and picky, or surprisingly gullible, and they’ll eat a full range of baits and lures, from top to bottom. And you can take them as you please: Sit at a creek mouth on an outgoing tide and pull fish from a feeding school, one after the other, or hunt them in clear, shallow water with a light spinner or fly…

3 min.
pacific salmon on the brink

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office recently released a report on the state of the salmon populations in the state’s watersheds, and the findings predict a grim future. The report, commissioned by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office established in 1998, showed that 10 to 14 salmon populations in the northwest are “threatened or endangered,” and five species of salmon and steelhead are already “in crisis”: Snake River spring and summer chinook, Puget Sound chinook, Lake Ozette sockeye, Upper Columbia River spring chinook, and Puget Sound steelhead—a sampling that covers a wide geographic area. While disheartening news, the findings align with salmon population trends over the last few decades. The once prolific salmon runs in Washington state waters are now estimated to be at only 5 percent of their historic highs. A variety…

1 min.
new findings could help more snook survive the cold

Snook in Florida flee to warm springs in winter, but not enough is known about their movements to protect them during this vulnerable time. Biologists from the University of Florida and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hope to solve the riddle in the Suwannee River, using acoustic technology to track snook and pinpoint where they hunker down to survive cold snaps, letting managers identify critical habitats in order for policymakers to protect them. The research is subsidized by a Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida grant, with funds coming from the Protect Florida Springs specialty license plate, which enables the group to donate $250,000 a year for research, conservation and education. Visit wildlifeflorida.org for details.…

2 min.
bahamas offshore oil drilling hits a snag

A controversial plan to drill for oil and natural gas in the blue waters of the Bahamas, a mere 150 miles from the Florida coast, has ended abruptly, possibly dashing the hopes of the Bahamian government for an oil-driven economic boom. The Britain-based Bahamas Petroleum Co. recently told investors that it would plug and abandon Perseverance 1, its highly anticipated exploration well, after finding that the oil and gas potential did not justify further development. The announcement was welcome news to opponents to the project, which include environmentalists, anglers, divers, and countless others whose livelihoods revolve around the sea or tourism in the Bahamas and Florida, most of whom feared the potential for ecological disaster greatly outweighed any boost to the Bahamas’ economy. Rystad Energy, an oil and gas research firm based in…

1 min.
driftnet modernization act reintroduced

Just weeks after the former president vetoed it in the final hours of the previous congressional session, a bipartisan bill intended to end the use of large-mesh drift gill nets in US waters has again been introduced in the Senate. The Senate bill, led by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), follows companion legislation (H.R. 404) introduced in the House of Representatives by Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) a month earlier. Should it be enacted this time, the federal legislation will prohibit—in five years—the use of large mesh drift gill nets in US federal waters out to 200 miles from shore. In addition to banning the use of the mile-long, nearly invisible nets left adrift overnight to catch swordfish off California, which frequently entangle, injure and kill…

1 min.
luck and fast thinking pay off

Matthew Metelsky and his daughter, Lily, experienced at yellowfin tuna, wanted a bluefin. In January, they hooked one off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. On the tuna’s second 600-yard run, the reel handle snapped, so they finished the fight with a screwdriver taped to the reel. Three hours later, they pulled the 550-pounder aboard. 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…