Hunting & Fishing
Salt Water Sportsman

Salt Water Sportsman July 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

3 min.
big picture

Glenn Law We all deserve a break, but let’s not forget ongoing challenges. Of course the challenges to our sport and our fisheries don’t go away, but sometimes we owe it to ourselves to step back and take a broad view, to recognize victories small and large, however slow progress sometimes seems. For decades the benchmark for healthy fish populations has been the threshold for commercial fishing profitability. We’ve seen that change in the past four years. Thanks to the Modern Fish Act, the economics of recreational fishing now figure into the management equation. But the simple allocation of existing or future stocks, a traditional single-species management approach, remains an isolated component of a healthy ocean. What is developing is an ecosystem-based approach, the recognition that healthy fish populations don’t exist and flourish on their…

6 min.
sport-fishing industry funds forage-fish research

The FishAmerica Foundation, the research and conservation arm of the American Sportfishing Association, recently announced a $15,000 donation to support forage-fish research off Florida’s coasts. The donation will help fund the Florida Forage Fish Research Program, which supports graduate-level research fellowships for students at Florida universities. Working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and administered by the International Game Fish Association, this fellowship will focus on forage-fish research to gain a better understanding of the role they play in fisheries sustainability. “Supporting additional research of Florida’s forage fish will inform better management decisions, ultimately helping to increase fishing opportunities,” said Kellie Ralston, ASA southeast fisheries policies director. “These little fish play a big role in the marine food chain, and the Florida Forage Fish Research Program will help us improve…

1 min.
you won’t know if you don’t go

As anglers learn over the course of their careers, even the best can’t compete with the luckiest. Jeff M. Shepley, of Ontario, Canada, vacationing in the Florida Keys, landed this mutton snapper off an Islamorada patch reef, fishing with a shrimp-tipped jig. “You never know what you’ll catch just messing around,” he says. 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, FL32789. Unsolicited manuscripts are welcomed but will not be acknowledged or returned unless accompanied by an SASE. We are not…

1 min.
tod / salt water kids

Katerina Bunas 11, California On a recent trip to Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, Katerina bested this 50-pound roosterfish, which was the biggest fish caught at the lodge that day, and the largest anyone in her family caught during their visit. Owen Giberman 10, Florida Both Owen and his dad took up fishing this year when they got a new boat. Fast learners, it seems: On one of their first forays into the Gulf of Mexico out of Pensacola, Owen caught his first fish ever, this 21-inch amberjack. Abigail Brewer 3, Mississippi Abigail loves fishing with her family whenever she gets the opportunity, and she was doing just that on this past Mother’s Day when, all by herself, she hooked and landed this croaker, her first saltwater fish. NOMINATE A KID: SWS recognizes kids who represent sportsmanship, passion and…

1 min.
tod / new gear

Steiner Binocs Predator AF Binoculars from Steiner Optics feature autofocus and dual diopter adjustment. Advanced porro prisms provide focus from 20 yards to infinity. Rubber armor with a textured surface provides a secure, nonslip grip. Available in two models. G.Loomis Rods The IMX-Pro Blue Series from G.Loomis includes six casting and seven spinning rods, from 7 to 7½ feet, in extra fast to moderate actions to handle everything from fluke to tarpon, and chunking to casting swimbaits. All feature cork grips, Fuji reel seats, and Fazlite K-frame guides designed for braid. Watertight Pelican Ruck cases feature EVA-cushioned lining to protect valuables from impact, dirt and water. Removable divider trays allow storage configurations for phones, wallets or other gear, such as first-aid kits and tools. Available in three sizes and four color schemes.…

4 min.
greed revisited

We stand to lose a valuable and irreplaceable ecosystem. The Pebble Mine debacle is back. A number of years ago, when it first came up, we discussed this subject. Shortly after, there was hope that this push to extract a huge cache of natural resources, and the destructive process to do so, had been permanently put on hold. It appears that hope was misplaced. Maybe that hope was simply naive, but my sense is that the current administration’s extractive attitude has fueled this resurgence. This pebble has been turned into a mountain, which will be ground into a toxic slurry that will sit behind a not-so-permanent earthen dam. If, or when, that dam gives way, the greatest remaining wild fishery on Earth will be destroyed. The proposed Alaska Pebble Mine project is located…