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Salt Water Sportsman

Salt Water Sportsman June/July 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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bonnier Corporation
Frequency:
Monthly
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2 min.
patience or patient

When we set about planning this month’s theme—“Explore New Waters”—we had no inkling we’d be navigating uncharted waters as this pandemic turns our lives upside down. While the far-and-wide travel in this issue may be unrealistic right now, it won’t always be so. Optimism, after all, is fundamental in fishing. So is flexibility, as anyone who has ever adjusted a daily fishing plan to accommodate changing conditions knows. Which is all of us. If there is one thing we know, it’s that nature ain’t always kind, and staying flexible enough to deal with unexpected events and suffering temporary inconvenience and discomfort have gotten us out of the woods or back to the dock safely more than a few times, and allowed us to go back again. The essential quality we share here…

3 min.
impacts of deepwater horizon oil spill persist 10 years later

For much of the marine wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is not over. A recent report from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) describes the ongoing restoration efforts and shows a number of species affected by the largest marine oil spill in history—10 in particular—continue to struggle a decade after the catastrophic event, which resulted in the discharge of nearly 5 million barrels of oil into Gulf waters, as estimated by the US government. The species most affected, according to the report, include the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, coastal bottlenose dolphins, corals and Bryde’s whales. Kemp’s ridley sea turtles had shown promising recovery until 2010, the year of the oil spill. Before 2009, their nests had been increasing at a rate of 19 percent a…

1 min.
governors asked to support recreational angling during pandemic

Amid growing closures and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Sportfishing Association recently sent a letter to the governors of all 50 states requesting that they allow recreational fishing opportunities to stay open and permit related businesses to continue to operate as much as possible. In the letter, delivered to every governors’ office on Friday, March 27, ASA vice president of government affairs Mike Leonard stated: “In no way do we want to stand in the way of states’ efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, and recognize that, in certain cases, fishing-access restrictions are warranted. In general, ASA believes that fishing should be promoted as a safe outdoor activity compatible with physical distancing guidelines.” Making a case for the sport-fishing industry organization’s position, Leonard added: “Given that recreational fishing…

1 min.
new requirements proposed for mid-atlantic tilefish

ANGLERS MAY SOON BE SUBJECT TO NEW PERMITTING AND REPORTING requirements to target golden or blueline tilefish north of the Virginia-North Carolina border. Under proposed regulations published by NOAA Fisheries, private recreational vessels (including for-hire operators using their boats for noncharter, recreational trips) would be required to obtain a federal vessel permit to fish for tilefish. They would also be required to submit vessel trip reports (VTRs) electronically within 24 hours of returning to port for trips where tilefish were targeted or retained. For complete details, visit mafmc.org. NEW REGS: Mid-Atlantic tilefish fans may face more than season closures and bag limits.…

1 min.
omega protein keeps sustainability certification despite violations

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced it will let Omega Protein retain its sustainability certification despite having intentionally violated the menhaden harvest cap regulation in Chesapeake Bay by 30 percent last year. A coalition of angling and boating organizations opposed Omega’s certification due to the impacts of the company’s intense harvest practices, including localized depletions likely to impact East Coast striped bass stocks, bycatch of other species, and the overall role of menhaden in the ecosystem. Just weeks after receiving the sustainability certification, Omega announced it was ignoring the menhaden harvest cap in Chesapeake Bay set by a necessary management action of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The grave and flagrant harvest violation sparked widespread protests, culminating with the US Department of Commerce’s announced intention to issue a moratorium on the…

1 min.
salt water kids

Sterling Slovick 6, Florida A day after his sixth birthday, on a family trip to the Seychelles, Sterling landed his first bonefish on fly. He caught it all by himself while the guide was far away, helping his brother catch another one. Brody Rosenthal 10, Florida An avid angler, Brody fishes nearly every day off the family dock on the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Valley, Florida. His catches, so far, include flounder, sharks, redfish, sheepshead, trout, ladyfish and black drum. James Tiganella 3, Connecticut James caught and released this small fluke off Niantic, Connecticut. He has also caught larger fluke, sea bass and squid. He has his own tackle at home, and he plays with it and practices his casting every day. NOMINATE A KID: SWS recognizes kids who represent sportsmanship, passion and proficiency in saltwater fishing. To nominate…