Salt Water Sportsman

Salt Water Sportsman October 2019

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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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How many rods and reels do we need? I need those I already have, plus a few more, and I suspect I’m not alone in that. Is this wants versus needs? When it comes to fishing tackle, the fact that you want it means you need it. Given that, the annual tackle trade show, ICAST, last summer was either the worst or the best place to be. The amount of gear can be overwhelming, but the show also offers insight into how anglers demand tackle that expands their toolbox of skills. There was a time when applying maximum pressure on a sailfish could put a spinning reel seriously out of commission. Manufacturers stepped up, and spinning reels, now big-game-tough, produce enough drag to put an angler out of commission. While I appreciate 50…

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is the world’s largest salmon run doomed?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it was rescinding its original veto and greenlighting the Pebble Mine, a polemical mining project sure to impact the Bristol Bay watershed, home to Earth’s largest remaining sockeye salmon run, as well as the other four Pacific salmon species, several other gamefish, and the many animals that depend on them for sustenance. The announcement came just one day after Alaska’s Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Pebble Mine supporter, met with the president aboard Air Force One this summer—while refueling in Anchorage on the way back from the G20 summit in Japan. EPA staff planning to oppose the project on environmental grounds believed they would still have weeks or months to reassess previous findings and stop the project permanently, but were taken aback when they received an invitation…

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essential forage

Thanks for calling attention to the role of forage fish in the management of recreational fisheries (“Big Picture,” Conservation, July). Over the past six years, I’ve seen the collapse of the Chesapeake Bay fishery for two main reasons: removal of forage fish by Omega Protein and a 45-mile dead zone created by agricultural runoff. Omega Protein has a purse-seining operation harvesting menhaden, a keystone prey species, in the Atlantic and the Virginia waters of Chesapeake Bay, and can legally harvest over 100 million pounds of menhaden from the bay. Menhaden are also filter feeders, so this affects water quality as well. In 2018, the ASMFC passed a regulation limiting the catch of menhaden, reducing it from 80,000 tons to 50,000 tons; it was ignored by the Commonwealth of Virginia. I…

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one is never enough

First-time saltwater angler Lisa Perschino of Connecticut caught this 15-plus-pound bluefish off the south end of Block Island, Rhode Island, in July. She was fishing with her brother Chip and Capt. Matt King of Hula Dog Charters. Lisa’s now looking forward to going back next year for a big Block Island striped bass. YOUR CATCH To send in your catch photo, email us at 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 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…

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salt water kids

Mia Rose Panar 5, New Jersey Seriously into fishing since the age of 4, Mia is a fourth-generation angler who enjoys fishing in Barnegat Bay and various freshwater lakes. Her list of saltwater catches so far includes flounder, bluefish and houndfish. Gadsden Lee 8, Florida Gadsden may be short in years, but not in experience. He has caught snook, jacks, sheephead and catfish from his family’s dock, and recently, while trolling in Sarasota Bay, added Spanish mackerel to his list of catches. Emily Jacobsen 10, Massachusetts Emily takes great pride in her role as first mate on her family’s boat, and has fished with her dad for everything from flounder to bluefin tuna. She caught this 16-pound striped bass in Cape Cod Bay. NOMINATE A KID: SWS recognizes kids who represent sportsmanship, passion and proficiency in saltwater fishing. To…

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it’s baaaaack!

It would be appropriate to use the famous Yogi Berra line: “It is déjà vu all over again.” However, that may really not fit the current situation. This resembles a fisheries version of the Greek mythological Hydra, a creature whose severed heads would grow back double. We need a Hercules to put to rest the fourth attempt to pass the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.” That might be an overreaction, but I am getting tired of writing about this. It is also a waste of congressional time and eff ort on changes that would make sensible fisheries management more problematic, impact the long-term sustainability of stocks, and hurt the recreational users. This act started with Congressman Hastings (R-Wa.) when he introduced the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing…