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Salt Water Sportsman March 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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3 minuti
movin’ on

Weather can be dicey this time of year, usually windy. But rapidly, the balance shifts. When March comes in like a lionfish, it goes out like a lamprey. With the turn into spring come longer days. The vernal equinox, when the sun slips above the equator on March 19 this year, does not coincide with a new or full moon, so extreme tides are not likely to be as intense. Still, as the soothsayer said, it pays to beware the tides of March. As winter rolls over, March represents a tipping point in fishing opportunities. King mackerel head north in the Gulf of Mexico, and up the Atlantic Coast. Farther south, the tarpon migration gets under-way. Then it only gets better into April toward the peak in May and June. Striped bass move up…

3 minuti
tarpon migrations and major threats revealed

Recently published results of an 18-year study on Atlantic tarpon revealed they embark on seasonal migrations, covering thousands of miles beyond US borders. The new findings, which also identify significant dangers the fish encounter along their lengthy journeys, could help protect the species, listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Using electronic satellite tags, researchers tracked nearly 300 specimens of Atlantic tarpon in coastal waters of the western-central Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, including as far away as Mexico, Belize and Nicaragua. The results showed that mature tarpon make extensive seasonal migrations along a warm, seasonally moving ocean-water feature known as the 26oC isotherm, where temperatures remain constant. They also found the fish use freshwater and estuarine habitats throughout their life, and identified…

1 minuti
change in order

I read with interest your article on forage fish research in the July issue. The Chesapeake Bay is a major spawning area for menhaden and is heavily exploited by Omega Protein in the menhaden reduction fishery. The Virginia Marine Resource Commission (VMRC) has the responsibility of managing all of our fisheries except Atlantic menhaden, which is done by our Virginia legislature, and there is little attention paid to a bony little fish by our representatives, whose districts may be far from the water. A recent example of this is when the ASMFC lowered the Chesapeake Bay cap on menhaden to 51,000 metric tons, the Virginia General Assembly failed to pass a bill to implement this cut. This allowed Omega to exceed the ASMFC’s proposed cap. Our striped bass fishery has declined…

1 minuti
senate passes key recreational fishing legislation

By unanimous consent, the US Senate recently passed America’s Conservation Enhancement Act (S.3051), also known as the ACE Act, which includes several major wins for the angling community and advocates of natural resource conservation. “The ACE Act supports a wide range of fish and wildlife conservation policies and habitat restoration programs,” says Mike Leonard, vice president of Government Affairs for the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). It also includes several top priorities for the recreational fishing industry, including exemption from certain federal regulations, such as a ban on lead fishing tackle, which is commonly used in nearly all forms of angling. The National Fish Habitat Partnership program authorization, approved in the ACE Act, is a state- and locally driven conservation initiative that funds on-the-ground fish habitat restoration projects to benefit recreational fishing opportunities.…

1 minuti
lifeline for atlantic blue marlin

At its November 2019 meeting, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, an intergovernmental organization tasked with the management and conservation of tuna and tuna like species in the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas, adopted a measure to reduce the total allowable catch for blue and white marlin, both of which have been overfished for years. Co-sponsored by the United States, where commercial fishing for billfish is prohibited and recreational anglers can only keep a combined total of 250 blue marlin, white marlin and round scale spearfish per year since 2001, the new measure includes a 330-metric-ton reduction in the annual allowable total for blue marlin that countries can harvest in the Atlantic starting in 2020, a move expected to end overfishing and allow blue marlin stocks to rebuild.…

1 minuti
serious beginner’s luck

On his first redfishing trip to Louisiana, Tom Kallam of Huntsville, Alabama, limited out early on his one-day charter. So he and his captain turned their attention to tripletail. This 35-pounder, his first ever, may well be on its way to the state record book as the third-largest tripletail ever caught in Louisiana. 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…