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Salt Water Sportsman

Salt Water Sportsman

February 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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10 Issues


2 min.
salt water sportsman

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Glenn Law SENIOR EDITOR Alex Suescun MANAGING EDITOR Megan Williams ART DIRECTOR Milena Wambold WEST COAST EDITOR Jim Hendricks CONSERVATION EDITOR Rip Cunningham SENIOR COPY EDITOR Nicole Paskowsky CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Dave Lear, George Poveromo FIELD EDITORS Karl Anderson, Gary Caputi, Nick Honachefsky, John McMurray, Mark Sosin REGIONAL EDITORS Ron Ballanti (California), Ric Burnley (DelMarVa), Angelo Cuanang (California), Rick Gaffney (Hawaii), Al Ristori (New York/New Jersey), Robert Sloan (Texas), Dave Vedder (Pacific Northwest) CONTRIBUTORS Carter Andrews, Tim Barker, Richard Gibson, Steve Haefele, James Petrakis, Doug Pike, Robert L. Prince, Steve Sanford GROUP PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Rina Murray ASSOCIATE PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Kelly Kramer Weekley PRODUCTION MANAGER Keith Coville PRODUCTION ARTIST Peter Coffin SALES AND MARKETING VICE PRESIDENT, MANAGING DIRECTOR Glenn Sandridge, 407-571-4747 / glenn.sandridge@bonniercorp.com GROUP PUBLISHER Scott Salyers, 305-253-0555 / scott.salyers@bonniercorp.com PUBLISHER Dave Morel, 407-637-3658 / dave.morel@bonniercorp.com PUBLISHER MARLIN Natasha Lloyd, 954-830-4460 / natasha.lloyd@bonniercorp.com DETROIT ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Jeff Roberge, 248-213-6154 / jeff.roberge@bonniercorp.com MIDWEST/TELEVISION/EVENTS Andrew W. Townes III, 407-571-4730 / drew.townes@bonniercorp.com CHARTER BOATS/MARKETPLACE/TOURNAMENTS Bill Simkins, 407-571-4865 / bill.simkins@bonniercorp.com TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR AND…

3 min.
learn and relearn

As has been our custom for the past few years, we kick off this year with our Essential Skills Issue, one we especially enjoy working on because it gives us a minute to look at our basic DNA—that of providing information that makes us all better anglers. While putting these stories together, we find we invariably learn something, which is one of the joys of the sport: No one ever knows it all. Or remembers it all. Some fundamental skills we learned young and use every day on the water, without thinking about them. Others we dredge up when we need them for a particular situation. Some of them we study to learn and incorporate into our fishing. Others we just stumble into. Rare is the trip I take when I don’t come back…

3 min.
new spotted seatrout regulations in florida

After reviewing the results of a recent stock assessment and hearing concerns from anglers, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved several rule changes—including reduced bag and size limits—it hopes will benefit the spotted seatrout fishery while continuing to provide angling opportunities. Going into effect on February 1, the new measures modify the recreational slot-size limit from 15 to 20 inches, to 15 to 19 inches in length, allowing the harvest of one seatrout over the slot per vessel instead of per angler. In addition, the Northwest spotted seatrout management zone has been split into two zones: Western Panhandle (including Escambia County through portions of Gulf County) and Big Bend (the remaining portion of Gulf County, plus Indian Lagoon and Franklin County through Fred Howard Park Causeway in Pinellas County). The…

1 min.
we do our best

I am a Boy Scout in Troop 53 in Birmingham, Alabama, and I just want to thank your magazine for teaching me so many tips and tricks for fishing—for example, your piece on how to find fish in new waters, because I am constantly fishing in different bodies of water all of the time. It gave me great information on how to act with my lures and what lures to use. Also, I love your recipes on how to cook fish in a special way. Last, I really like how you recommend places to go fishing, and how you give directions to get there. In conclusion, your magazine really helps me learn how to fish and cook better! Flynn Thomasson Birmingham, Alabama…

1 min.
reader’s catch

Family Snapper Success Inspired by a recent SWS cover shot, Dan Brenneman sent this picture of father-and-son team Kent and Carter Harman as proof of their recent success. Fishing off Ponce Inlet, Florida, father Kent landed a 23-pound red snapper, while son Carter pulled in a 10-pounder. Both were fishing live baits on 80-pound tackle. YOUR CATCH To send in your catch photo, email us at catches@saltwatersportsman.com. 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 editor@saltwatersportsman.com or via U.S. mail: SWS Editor, 460 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 200, Winter Park, FL 32789. Unsolicited manuscripts are welcomed but will not be acknowledged or returned unless accompanied by an SASE. We…

1 min.
salt water kids

Anthony O’Connor 6, Virginia In the summer, Anthony frequently visits his grandparents on Long Beach Island, New Jersey, where he fishes in the surf and off their boat, aboard which Anthony caught his very first sand shark. Emelia Montero 5, Florida Emelia has been fishing with her dad since she turned 3 and loves every second of it. This trout, her biggest catch to date, gave her quite a tussle. Now she eagerly awaits open season in hopes of keeping one for dinner. Chase Wycall 13, Rhode Island Though barely a teenager, Chase has fished extensively from Florida to Massachusetts. He caught this striper, his best ever, on a topwater while fishing with his dad off Westerly, Rhode Island, on the family’s Cobia 256. NOMINATE A KID: SWS recognizes kids who represent sportsmanship, passion and proficiency in saltwater fishing.…