Salt Water Sportsman

Salt Water Sportsman

September 2021

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.
by the numbers

As we slide back into a semblance of normality, some things aren’t quite the same as they were. As anglers, we find there are a lot more of us now than there were a couple of years ago. As the pandemic broke, we knew that fishing let us keep to ourselves and destress at the same time. Then a lot of people discovered what we already knew. At first we noticed bare shelves in tackle shops. And there seemed to be more people on the water, or at least lined up at boat ramps. Now we finally have the first real numbers on how our ranks have grown. In June, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation released “The Special Report on Fishing,” with data on increased fishing participation during the pandemic. As we suspected:…

2 min.
noaa report: status of us fisheries 2020

NOAA Fisheries, in charge of managing 460 fish stocks or stock complexes in 46 fishery management plans, presented its 2020 Report to Congress on the Status of US Fisheries. The report highlights strides made by NOAA Fisheries, the eight regional fishery management councils, and other partners in their quest to rebuild stocks, end overfishing, assess the status of new stocks, and execute management principles for sustainable fisheries. However, it also shows worrisome increases in the numbers of stocks on the overfishing and overfished lists, which the report claims are due, at least partially, to several challenges inherent in fisheries management, including first-time stock assessments, highly variable population levels, and continued refinements in fisheries data. For example, American Samoa and Guam bottom fish stock assessments in the report include new information that…

1 min.
new dolphin trip limits on the way?

THE SOUTH ATLANTIC FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL approved proposed management measures for dolphin and wahoo in Atlantic federal waters. Measures include reducing the recreational-vessel daily trip limit for dolphin from 60 to 54 fish, while maintaining the 10-fish-per-person daily bag limit. The reduction is an effort to address concerns, expressed primarily by South Florida anglers, about declines in dolphin size and numbers in recent years. The measures are proposed through Amendment 10 to the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery Management Plan for the Atlantic, and would also revise recreational accountability to allow temporary reductions in bag limits, vessel limits, and fishing season should the sector’s dolphin annual catch limit (ACL) be met, as well as temporarily reduce the bag limit and/or fishing season, or implement a vessel limit for wahoo to prevent the sector’s…

1 min.
key projects to restore louisiana coastline begin

Three major projects are underway to combat coastal erosion, subsidence and saltwater intrusion, and create nearly 5 square miles of land in some of southeast Louisiana’s most vulnerable locations. Funded by $256.6 million in fines and compensation payments from the 2010 BP oil disaster, the projects will build more than 2,900 acres of marsh, coastal ridges, and barrier island beaches and dunes. The Golden Triangle project in New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish will restore 800 acres of wetlands along the Lake Borgne Barrier hurricane flood wall, and the West Grand Terre project entails dredging 2.9 million cubic yards of material off - shore to rebuild 530 acres of beach, dune and back-barrier marshes in Jefferson Parish. The Spanish Pass project will restore 1,500 acres of marsh and 132 acres of higher…

2 min.
industry leaders join the fight for clean water

Since 2016, Captains for Clean Water has battled water pollution in Florida estuaries stemming from the broken Lake Okeechobee management system, which historically has benefited industrial agriculture interests at the expense of all others. The operational rulebook for Lake Okeechobee (LOSOM), which will dictate how the lake is managed for the next decade, is now being rewritten, and Captains for Clean Water is pushing for a plan that benefits all users. As part of this effort, the group recently sent two letters to the US Army Corps of Engineers—one from impacted businesses in communities on both Florida coasts, and another from a united front of major outdoor brands, including Yeti, Orvis, Yamaha, Penn, Daiwa, Abu Garcia, Fin-Nor, Shakespeare, Mustad, Plano, Berkley, SeaDek, Scientific Anglers, Spiderwire, Engel Coolers, Stren, Maverick Boat Group,…

1 min.
bluefish rebuilding plan moves closer to implementation

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Bluefish Management Board jointly recommended approval of the Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment. The amendment updates the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) goals and objectives, initiates a rebuilding plan, establishes new allocations between the commercial and recreational sectors, implements new commercial allocations to the states, revises the process for quota transfers between sectors, and revises how the management plan accounts for management uncertainty. The council and board initiated the amendment in 2017 to consider revisions to the commercial and recreational fisheries allocations and the state-specific commercial allocations. But in 2019, a bluefish stock assessment indicated it was overfished, and the council and board decided to incorporate the rebuilding plan. The council and board reviewed a summary of the five virtual hearings and written…