Salt Water Sportsman

Salt Water Sportsman November/December 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.

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3 min
so long

Autumn arrives as we send this, the last issue of the year, out the door. Weather is changing, and bait is moving, and the predators along with it. While this may herald the end of the season in some places, in southern waters, it’s a great beginning, offering plenty to look forward to on the water as this year makes its exit. Not to tempt the Fates, but I’m looking forward to the next one. It’s past time to put this year in the rearview mirror. Between a monumental pandemic and all that entails, hurricanes, floods, fires and Americans forgetting we are one nation indivisible, 2020 can’t get the broom soon enough. Amid the challenges, we have enjoyed some good news, even if it’s only election-year largesse. One of the significant news pieces was…

5 min
keys reef restoration moves forward

More than $1 million in recent funding came as a welcome shot in the arm for Mission: Iconic Reefs, a NOAA-led coral-reef restoration effort, unparalleled in scope and scale, launched in December 2019 with support from several key organizations. Since the 1970s, healthy coral in the Florida Keys has declined more than 90 percent due to ship groundings, pollution, hurricanes, disease, overfishing and warming ocean temperatures. Through Mission: Iconic Reefs, NOAA and its partners are using a phased approach to restore coral at seven sites in the Florida Keys: Carysfort Reef, Horseshoe Reef, Cheeca Rocks, Sombrero Reef, Newfound Harbor, Looe Key Reef and Eastern Dry Rocks. The chosen sites span the full geographic range of the region, a variety of habitats, and a diversity of human uses, plus they all have a…

1 min
out in the weeds

Mallory Moran was working the marshes off Beaufort, South Carolina, fishing with cut finger mullet under a popping cork, when she hooked up with this 27-inch redfish. She finessed it through the tall grass for more than 10 minutes before landing it for a quick picture and quicker release. 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 an SASE. We are not responsible for unsolicited…

1 min
salt water kids

Dylan O’Dell 5, Maryland Dylan is a Chesapeake Bay and Magothy River regular, like his dad. He’s also an experienced hand in the back bays of Ocean City, Maryland, where he fishes with his grandparents, and landed this striper on light tackle. Owen Moore 8, New Jersey An avid fisherman since the age of 2, Owen enjoys fishing around his home in Egg Harbor Township. In August, with his dad and Pop, he landed these two keeper flounder, fishing in Grassy Sound, New Jersey. Freddy Drab 10, North Carolina Freddy is such an enthusiastic angler that he even enjoys getting up in the middle of the night so he can be on the water at first light with his dad. He caught this puppy drum (redfish) on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. NOMINATE A KID: SWS recognizes kids…

1 min
new gear

1 Daiwa Dark Water Designed for East Coast offshore fishing, Daiwa’s Dark Water series rods include 21 medium- and medium-heavy-action models, in 61/22- to 71/22-foot lengths, ranging from 15- to 80-pound class. Starting at $179.99; 2 Old Town Sportsman Flagships in the seven-model Old Town Sportsman kayak fleet, the Autopilot 120 and 136 feature an integrated, saltwater-ready Minn Kota 45-pound-thrust trolling motor with Spot-Lock for hands-free positioning and cruising, and an iPilot remote, bringing a new level of control, effectiveness and efficiency to kayak fishing. $3,799.99 to $3,999.99; 3 Plano Edge Flex Tackle-box customization rules in the Edge Flex series from Plano. Interlocking, movable dividers allow an infinite range of configurations to accommodate tools and tackle, from snap swivels to oversize lures. The Dri-Loc O-ring keeps water out, while the Water Wick divider…

4 min
here we go again

We’ve seen this movie before. The problem is that the script keeps changing, and we are concerned that the ultimate ending will impact or eliminate recreational fishing access to a lot of this country’s oceans. I have said before that marine protected areas (MPAs) should be a tool in the fisheries managers’ toolbox; A tool that is used judiciously for a specific science-based reason. When politicians decide to use them in an arbitrary and capricious manner, the possible benefits to the recreational fishing industry are completely lost. That is happening in California. Back in 1999, the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) was passed in California. The MLPA directs the state “to redesign California’s system of MPAs to function as a network in order to: increase coherence and effectiveness in protecting the…