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Hunting & Fishing
Salt Water Sportsman

Salt Water Sportsman May 2019

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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10 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
salt water sportsman

THE FISHING AUTHORITY FOR 80 YEARS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Glenn Law SENIOR EDITOR Alex Suescun MANAGING EDITOR Megan Williams ART DIRECTOR Milena Garces 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 Alicia Rivera PRODUCTION ARTIST Rick Andrews…

3 min.
net results

Glenn Law Gill nets again pose a threat to East and West Coast fish. Twenty-five years ago, Florida anglers, organized under the Coastal Conservation Association, were nearing the end of a signature-gathering campaign to place the Net Ban Amendment on the November ballot. It wasn’t a capricious action. Anglers were fed up with the slow, duplicitous wheels of state regulation while indiscriminate gill-netting ravaged nearshore fisheries. Anglers were out of patience with vanishing mullet stocks and disgusted by the way gill nets killed everything in their path: turtles, dolphins, snook, redfish and trout. Frustrated by the false equivalency applied to gill-netters and sport fishermen, they were tired of being stalled while our public resource was ravished for private profit. Anglers were motivated, and we got the job done. The resulting quality in Florida’s fisheries became…

3 min.
2019 gulf of mexico red snapper recreational seasons announced

Shortly after declaring an increase in annual catch limits for Gulf of Mexico red snapper, NOAA Fisheries announced a 62-day recreational season for federally permitted for-hire vessels in 2019. Several Gulf states followed suit, announcing their respective red snapper recreational fishing seasons for private anglers and for-hire vessels. The catch-limits increase was based on an assessment completed in 2018, which indicated that red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico was not overfished or experiencing overfishing, but the stock is still in a rebuilding plan. The 2019 red snapper recreational quota was set at 7,399,000 pounds, 57.7 percent of which is allocated to the private anglers, and 42.3 percent to for-hire vessels. The 2019 red snapper season for federally permitted for-hire vessels in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will extend from June…

1 min.
depletion of critical striper food source certified sustainable

The Marine Stewardship Council, a private international institution, announced it will grant certification of sustainability to Omega Protein Corporation for its U.S. Atlantic menhaden purse-seining operations, overlooking the negative effect the industrial harvest of said forage fish has on the striper population and other game along the East Coast. Reduction fishing — where menhaden are caught in giant nets and then “reduced” for meal, fish food and other products — is now banned in every state except Virginia. Today Omega Protein Corporation accounts for 80 percent of the menhaden catch coastwide, a harvest that could be responsible for up to a 30 percent reduction in the striped bass fishery. “This certification ignores what’s really happening to East Coast sport fish, which rely on menhaden for survival,” says Whit Fosburgh, president and…

1 min.
new shortfin mako shark size limits

NOAA Fisheries recently implemented new size limits for Atlantic shortfin mako sharks in federal waters as the final measure to help end overfishing of the species while still ensuring fishing opportunities. Effective March 3, recreational fishermen — with appropriate authorization — in federal waters (from 3 to 200 miles offshore) must release all male shortfin makos measuring less than 71 inches (measured in a straight line from snout to tail) and females under 83 inches. Males can be identified by two claspers located near their pelvic fins, which are not present in females. All federally permitted anglers, regardless of their location in the Atlantic, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, must use only circle hooks when fishing for sharks. The new size limits are the latest long-term measure as part of…

1 min.
tackling a trophy on his own terms

Michael Roth of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, was fly-fishing out of Venice, Louisiana, when he landed this 31-pound redfish on a 10-weight rod and a black-and-purple baitfish pattern that he tied himself. Roth fought the big red for 20 minutes, then released it unharmed to fight another day. 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 are not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or…