Salt Water Sportsman October 2020

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.

United States
Bonnier Corporation
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3 min
long time comin’

As the pandemic slogs on, it has morphed from what we once thought would be a brief interruption to almost a way of life. And since it’s beyond any of our powers to make it go away, we mask up and carry on. The fact is, there’s a lot of fishing getting done right now, and if you look at that and squint just right, any inconvenience is hard to detect. Boats of all variety, from canoes to the class that rivals your mortgage, are selling like crazy, as is tackle. The recent ICAST show, in virtual format, rolled out plenty of new gear, which we’re going to need. There are simply more people than ever on the water and fishing. Almost on demand, it seems, the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) passed…

2 min
access and conservation act gains permanent funding

Following a refreshingly bipartisan moment, in which the US Senate voted 73 to 25 to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, the single largest investment in America’s public lands and waters in decades was signed into law, capping off years of advocacy from the outdoor recreation industry, and the angling and boating community. The landmark conservation legislation will address two long-standing priorities. First, it creates the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, which will make a $9.5 billion down payment over a five-year period on the $19 billion maintenance backlog in our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, recreation areas and American Indian schools, thereby allowing the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and US Forest Service to improve trails, campgrounds, roads and…

1 min
reauthorization of sport fish restoration and boating trust fund moves forward

THE US SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE AND TRANSPORTATION APPROVED LEGISLATION reauthorizing the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which supports about $650 million annually in fishery restoration, fish stocking, boating access and infrastructure, making it a top priority for the recreational angling and boating community. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), former governor of the Sunshine State who had a less-than-stellar record on environmental issues during his tenure, and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) were the only committee members to oppose reauthorizing the popular program. In addition to reauthorization of the Trust Fund, the bill includes provisions requiring studies on nonmotorized-vessel waterway access, as well as the impacts of abandoned vessels. The US House of Representatives previously approved a large infrastructure measure that included the Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating…

1 min
grow diversity

I just read Rip Cunningham’s column on Rigs-to-Reefs in California [“Winning Should Be Easy,” September 2020]. Once again, right on. I have been involved with California’s RTR for 25 years, as my dad was the critical early leader in starting this effort. The main reason we have not got RTR done yet (other than a general dislike for the oil companies) is because the environmental community still believes the false narrative that the rigs and other artificial reefs only collect fish and do not produce fish in any significant volume. That has now been disproved, as mentioned in the column. What is needed is a broader understanding and agreement by the environmental community that artificial reefs do in fact create more fish and biodiversity. The inshore Southern California bottom is 90 percent…

1 min
surprise on the flounder grounds

While fishing for summer flounder in his home waters in Raritan Bay, New Jersey, Brian Boszko hooked into this black drum. After a 40-minute fight on light tackle and 20-pound line, he boated the bruiser measuring 50 inches in length and 38 inches in girth. Before releasing the fish, Boszko calculated its weight at about 90 pounds. 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, 480 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 236, Winter Park, FL 32789. Unsolicited manuscripts are welcomed but will not be acknowledged or returned unless accompanied by…

1 min
salt water kids

Jack Morgan 7, Florida A back-bay veteran, Jack took handily to the challenge of open water when his dad took him to the mouth of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida, where he landed this 5½-pound sheepshead on a fiddler crab. Hayden Kinney 6, Florida Hayden enjoys all her time on the water, from freshwater fishing to scalloping with her family and, of course, saltwater fishing. She caught this grouper, her first ever, fishing the waters off Anna Maria Island, Florida. Landen Jones 7, Delaware With more than three years of angling experience under his belt, Landen is an old hand at catching a number of species in his home waters of Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware River. Weakfish, like this hefty pair, are his favorite. NOMINATE A KID: SWS recognizes kids who represent sportsmanship, passion and proficiency…