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Salt Water Sportsman

Salt Water Sportsman

May 2021
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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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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bonnier Corporation
Frequency:
Monthly
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in this issue

3 min.
texas freeze

In Texas this past February, a massive wave of frigid air crept our way for a week. Watching the nightly news was like standing on railroad tracks and seeing a dim light in the distance get bigger, brighter and closer—but we couldn’t get out of its way. Then it hit, creeping sluggishly and with vicious indiscretion down every inch of Texas’ 801-mile length. As it crossed the coast, from the Sabine River to the Rio Grande, it carried deep-freeze temperatures into the water. Shallow bays froze, along with whatever fish didn’t manage to make it to deeper sanctuary. Texas’ worst winter storm in 32 years left darkness in its path, literally and figuratively. When the lights came on and the sun came out, coastal fishermen rushed to assess the damage. Initial reports ranged…

2 min.
frozen fish

The uncustomary blast of cold weather that swept through the southern US in mid-February not only caused untold hardship on the people of Texas, but the freezing temperatures also dealt a lethal blow to coastal fisheries. From Brownsville in the south to Port Arthur on the Texas-Louisiana border, significant fish kills were reported in most major bay areas, including Laguna Madre, Galveston Bay, Matagorda Bay, San Antonio Bay, Aransas Bay, Corpus Christi Bay and Sabine Lake. Most heavily impacted were waters south of Galveston Bay. At one point during the severe, weeklong event, Galveston reported a low temperature of 20 degrees. Initial surveys by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department estimate the freeze killed some 3.8 million fish, comprising 61 species, 90 percent of which were forage fish like silver perch, hardhead catfish, pinfish,…

1 min.
gulf snapper show signs of oil exposure

ACCORDING TO A UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA STUDY REPORTED in Aquatic Toxicology, nearly 100 percent of the red snapper sampled in the Gulf of Mexico over a six-year period showed evidence of liver damage, and oil is to blame. Between 2011 to 2017, in the wake of the 2010 BP oil spill, researchers sampled nearly 570 fish from 72 locations, looking specifically for the most toxic component of crude oil called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon compounds (PAHs), derived from sources such as old oil and gas rigs, fuel from boats and airplanes, and natural oil seeps from fractures in the seafloor that can spew millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf per year. They found concentration of crude oil in the digestive system—the liver, gall bladder and bile—of fish, with microscopic…

2 min.
new law demands use of boat engine cutoff switches

As of April 1, 2021, a new law passed by Congress requires operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet in length to use an engine cutoff switch (ECOS), commonly known as a kill switch, and the associated link (ECOSL), commonly known as a kill-switch lanyard, in order to prevent runaway vessels and the threats they pose. The ECOSL is usually a lanyard-style cord that attaches to an ECOS either in close proximity to the helm or on the outboard motor itself. If the operator is displaced from the helm, the lanyard disengages from the ECOS, shutting off the engine. Wireless ECOS have also been approved for use. These devices use an electronic fob carried by the operator that senses when it is submerged in water, activating the ECOS and turning the…

1 min.
bluefin tuna trophy fishery now closed

NOAA Fisheries announced the closing of the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category for the Southern Area Trophy Fishery after the subquota for “trophy” bluefin tuna (73 inches or greater) was reached and exceeded. Imposed on March 1, 2021, the closure will last for the remainder of the year, ending on December 31, and is in line with closures of the previous two years, which took place on March 14, 2019, and February 20, 2020. The Southern Area Trophy Fishery includes the Atlantic area south of 39° 18' N latitude (off Great Egg Inlet, New Jersey), and does not include waters of the Gulf of Mexico, where all bluefin targeting is illegal due to the importance of the region as spawning grounds. The Angling Category includes anglers fishing recreationally aboard vessels with an Atlantic…

1 min.
discarded shells used to restore texas waters

If you eat oysters in Galveston, Texas, your discarded shells could end up back in the bay, not as trash, but as new homes for marine life or protection for bay shorelines. Every week, the Galveston Bay Foundation collects discarded shells from area restaurants and lays them down to create miles of shoreline protection for the bay. The foundation has been running its Oyster Shell Recycling Program since 2011, when it was approached by a local restaurant owner who asked if it was possible to return to the bay all the oyster shells restaurants throw out. Galveston Bay had recently lost more than 50 percent of its oyster habitat from Hurricane Ike, which struck the region in 2008, pushing into the bay huge amounts of sediment that choked the oysters. Haille Leija,…