Hunting & Fishing
Salt Water Sportsman

Salt Water Sportsman June 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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Bonnier Corporation
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3 min.
still going strong

Glenn Law Part of the enjoyment lies in expanding our horizons. This spirit of exploration has been with Salt Water Sportsman since the beginning, some four-score years ago, as this month we also celebrate our 80th anniversary. Digging back through our archives, on the 20-year anniversary, the editors offered thanks to both the readers and advertisers at the root of their success and looked forward, hopefully, to 20 more years. Well, that wish came and went, not just once, but three more times. SWS began as a weekly newsletter helping Boston-area anglers catch fish on their home waters. “Published for the seagoing sportsmen of New England” proclaimed the tagline on the first issue in 1939. But new waters beckoned even then: As the newsletter morphed into a magazine, it expanded with a Southern Edition, taking…

7 min.
big win for anglers: states will manage gulf of mexico red snapper

After voting unanimously in favor of Reef Fish Amendment 50, which transfers management of recreational red snapper fishing in state and federal waters out to 200 miles into the Gulf to the five Gulf states, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Gulf Council) will transmit the changes to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross for final approval and implementation prior to the 2020 private recreational red snapper season. In 2019, the Gulf states will continue to operate under the two-year exempted fishing permit (EFP) issued by NOAA Fisheries that has allowed each to set its own season for red snapper during 2018 and 2019. The success of the 2018 seasons, during which local regulators proved to have better data-collection methods than the feds to account for private angler catches, resulting in…

1 min.
round and round on the icw

Out for a sunset expedition on the Intracoastal Waterway, Erica Jones from Boynton Beach, Florida, anchored over a ledge and dropped a hooked mullet head overboard. This 15-pound jack crevalle picked it up and gave Erica quite a workout, circling the boat three times during a 20-minute fight that required quick moves to keep the fish out of the anchor line. 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@salt water sports man.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…

1 min.
tod / salt water kids

Caylee Cutshall 5, Texas At 3, Caylee already showed promise as an angler. Now she baits hooks, casts, and unhooks fish—like this juvenile red—by herself. She has a passion for all outdoor sports, especially saltwater fishing in Galveston, Texas. Jake Bodkin 11, Florida Disappointed one day when it was too rough to go out on the ocean off Marathon, Florida, Jake chose to fish by the Seven Mile Bridge instead. As the tide turned, he landed this 18-pound mutton snapper. Aria Vanderzee 6, Pennsylvania Quite the avid fisher girl since the ripe old age of 2, Aria will fish anywhere, anytime. She recently caught and released this Spanish mackerel from the Venice Jetty during a trip south to Venice, Florida. NOMINATE A KID: SWS recognizes kids who represent sportsmanship, passion and proficiency in saltwater fishing. To nominate an exceptional…

1 min.
tod / new gear

Seaguar Smackdown Boasting an eight-strand weave with a round profile, Seaguar Smackdown braid promises enhanced sensitivity to strikes, long, quiet casts, and extremely low visibility thanks to its Stealth Gray finish. Available in 150-yard spools of 10-, 15-, 20-, 30-, 40-, 50- and 65-pound-test. $29.99; seaguar.com Calcutta Shades Polycarbonate polarized lenses in the Discover Series sunglasses from Calcutta Outdoors provide 100 percent protection against UV rays. Five-layer coatings—both oleophobic and hydrophobic—repel oils, as well as rain and perspiration. Available in eight frame styles and multiple lens colors. $79.99 to $89.99; calcuttaoutdoors.com GoFish Video Cam Improve your presentation or just witness the bite with GoFish Cam, a wireless underwater HD video camera that attaches easily to any fishing line. Simply reel in to review your footage on your cellphone between casts, and share instantly on social…

3 min.
money talks and…

From time to time, we talk about the value of the recreational fishing industry to the U.S. economy. This is going to be one of those times. Everyone seems to know about the old adage “Money talks and BS walks.” But what does that have to do with fisheries conservation? Well, I’m going to show you the money, and you can judge for yourself what the correlation is. The American Sportfishing Association, which is committed to supporting the interests of the industry and the general recreational fishing community, periodically compiles and distributes reports on the economic contributions of sport fishing. It has recently released a new report that gives the economics broken down by congressional districts: asafishing.org/sportfishing-industry-releases-updated-economic-contributions-of-recreational-fishing-by-u-s-congressional-districts. Every time it puts out this information, it tries to do it in a…