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Sport Fishing March 2020

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Sport Fishing is one of the most respected magazines of its genre; the brand also reaches its audience via a popular and trusted website and social-networking outlets such as its Facebook fan page. Through Sport Fishing’s well-researched content and expert advice, its audience continually discovers fresh new techniques and destinations, and gains insight about buying and using tackle and boats. On behalf of their audience, Sport Fishing’s award-winning editors are outspoken in defense of sound fisheries conservation, sensible management and safeguarding angler access to fishing.

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5 min.
getting away with murder

“LOUISIANA ALLOWS OMEGA AND DAYBROOK BOATS TO KILL UNLIMITED NUMBERS OF REDFISH AND SEATROUT IN THEIR HUGE SEINE NETS. Disgusted, I watched the brief video on my monitor. “This is the reality,” says the narrator, Capt. Eric Newman, a top guide out of Venice, Louisiana, with the outrage evident in his voice. “This is what happens when pogy boats come around.” The camera zooms in to the white belly of a floating redfish. “Bull red, dead. There’s another out there,” Newman says. The camera sweeps, zooms in. “Another one out there, dead.” The camera moves, zooms in. “Another one out there.” Again the camera zooms in. “Dead redfish all around us.” The video zooms out to reveal bloated white bellies bobbing at the surface. This is just off a beach in the Mississippi River Delta.…

5 min.
circle back to j hooks

While circle hooks have increased in popularity for their conservation and hook-setting benefits, some captains say anglers might be missing an important point: J hooks perform more effectively in certain situations. When targeting fish with small mouths, such as tautog and winter flounder, or when pursuing aggressive gamefish, such as tuna or mahi, captains often choose J hooks. Traditional inline Js also work best when replacing lure trebles with single hooks (a process that also offers conservation benefits), and for targeting certain soft-mouthed predators such as swordfish. But choosing the right hook always boils down to a case-by-case approach. STRIPERS AND BLACKFISH “We’re trying to keep the mortality rate for striped bass low, so there’s a big push [soon a legal mandate] to use circle hooks,” says Capt. John Luchka ( of Point Pleasant,…

4 min.
barramundi (lates calcarifer)

FLAMBOYANT HAWAIIAN Q I caught this oblique-banded snapper in deep water off Kona, Hawaii. I’ve noticed that a lot of the fish I catch from deeper areas—600 feet, and more in this case—seem to have rather showy color patterns. Because I would imagine it’s fairly dark down there, why would this be? Steve WozniakAlamo, California A Oblique-banded snapper or gindai (Pristipomoides zonatus) are members of the Etelinae subfamily of deep-water snappers within the family Lutjanidae. Other closely related members of the Etelinae, which also live in waters up to 1,000 feet deep in various locations throughout the Indo-Pacific, include ruby snapper (Etelis coruscans) yellows-triped red snapper (Etelis carbunculus), and the pink snapper (Pristipomoides filamentosus). All of these fish have something in common: a predominately reddish or pink body color. Short wave-lengths such as…

7 min.
taming the beast

In the early and mid-1980s, I was fortunate to experience trolling for yellowfin and bluefin tuna off Block Island, Rhode Island, using plastic-skirted lures. When nearby tuna busted bait on top, the breathtaking excitement was second only to witnessing one crash a trolled lure. It never occurred to us that anglers would soon be casting big lures to these stunning fish and landing them using spinning outfits. “THE EVOLUTION OF HEAVY POPPING RODS ACTUALLY STARTED IN THE LATE 1980S WHEN JAPANESE ANGLERS TARGETED GIANT TREVALLY WITH LONG RODS AND BIG LURES. HOW IT STARTED Back in 2005, some anglers starting in the “tuna-pop” sport were using extra-heavy muskie or striped bass rods rigged with big-surf reels to cast top-waters at breaking fish. These outfits were cumbersome and tiring, especially with heavy mono line. Randy…

3 min.
new products

MULTIFACETED MACHINES Garmin has debuted two new series of multifunction displays—GPSMap Plus (pictured) and EchoMap UHD. The Plus series brings increased engine-integration and OneHelm third-party-integration capabilities to 7- and 9-inch displays. The new series allows anglers to monitor their outboards as well as critical onboard systems on one screen. The UHD series is a new line of midsize (7- and 9-inch) keyed and touchscreen-with-keyed-assist combos that come with built-in support for Garmin’s Ultra High-Definition scanning sonar and Panoptix LiveScope. Both series are available with preloaded BlueChart g3 cartography. UHDs cost $499.99 to $1,149.99, and Plus units cost $899.99 to $2,899.99. BEACH BABY Okuma says its new Rockaway long-casting, surf spinning reel is a compact, long-stroke reel with a lightweight graphite body, rotor and side plates, which provide corrosion resistance in the harsh surf…

1 min.
igfa new world records

A massive 102-pound, 3-ounce green humphead parrotfish [a] proved a prize for Leon Mark Weeks of Tokyo while fishing in the Seychelles last November. This all-tackle record is the first entry for the species (and won’t be easy to beat!). For 45 minutes, Margaret Shaughnessy of Medford, Oregon, battled it out with a 29-pound roosterfish [b] on 8-pound tippet. The rooster hit a Kinky Muddler fly near Isla Cerralvo, Mexico, last June. The catch defeated a 28-pound rooster caught in 2012. Steve Wozniak of Alamo, California, traveled to Mar del Plata south of Buenos Aires to catch an all-tackle-record 7-pound, 12-ounce Argentine seabass [c] (Acanthistus brasilanus) after the fish hit a squid bait last October. The angler defeated his own all-tackle record, also caught last year, of 2 pounds, 12 ounces. While fishing…