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Salt Water Sportsman

Salt Water Sportsman August/September 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.
a little time out to smile

When we’re besieged daily with horrifying numbers on the condition of the nation’s economy and health, it’s important to recognize progress when it comes along. Even a little good news is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp statistic. Foremost in the Good News Department is the new federal regulation requiring anglers in the South Atlantic to use descending devices for safely releasing bottomfish. This won’t solve the red snapper management mess, but it’s a start, and on this issue NOAA finally stepped up and did the right thing. We’re up to our ears in red snapper. Release mortality due to barotrauma during the closed season (most of the year) far exceeds our annual catch allotment. So the season stays short and restrictive. If we cut that mortality, it figures…

7 min.
new sugar industry attempt to hijack south florida’s water

US Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) in a Fort Myers News-Press op-ed, and numerous environmental groups via letters to the state’s congressional delegation, criticized the latest scheme by U.S. Sugar and Florida Crystals to turn Lake Okeechobee into their private reservoir. Under the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) of 2000, the Army Corps of Engineers manages Lake Okeechobee based on five priorities: flood control, water supply, environmental preservation, navigation and recreation. Congress must decide this year how the Corps will manage the lake starting in 2022, and the sugar industry wants language included in the 2020 Water Resources Development Act that would keep the lake level high to ensure water for irrigation. High water levels in the past forced the Corps to repeatedly discharge water polluted from farm and suburban runoff into the…

4 min.
letters

Close to Home Thank you for such a thoughtful and timely editorial (July). I enjoy fishing as much as anyone and would love to go to one of my favorite beaches for some of the early season weakfish that may be around. But it is an hour and a half away, and popular with sunbathers. It wouldn’t be the right thing to do, traveling that distance right now, as I should hang around at home and near home. Your statement about safety now so there will be years ahead to enjoy is so appropriate, whether for time spent fishing or with family. While I am a senior, I feel fine, but who knows what can happen. I have found a way near home to satisfy my fishing urge. Even though many saltwater anglers I…

1 min.
reader’ catch

It Takes More Than Just Luck Longtime SWS subscriber Mike Abdul claims it was luck that made possible this great catch, a 40-plus-pound redfish he landed at Sebastian Inlet, Florida, in April. He battled the fish, which measured 54 inches in length and 26 in girth, on 15-pound monofilament for over 45 minutes, and released it right after a quick photo. 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, 480 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 236, Winter Park, FL32789. Unsolicited manuscripts are welcomed but will not be acknowledged…

1 min.
salt water kids

Scott Lesak 5, Texas Scott has fished nearly every weekend since he was 3. He caught this flounder in Port O’Connor, Texas, on an April fishing trip with his dad. Though an experienced freshwater angler as well, he prefers fishing in salt water. Jacob Boskus 13, Massachusetts Already a 10-year veteran angler who fishes 300 days a year, Jacob has mastered tackle rigging, catch-and-release, and even cooking his catch. He caught this black sea bass fishing off Monomoy Shoals, Massachusetts. Quincy McGowen 8, North Carolina Quincy maintains a list of fish he’d like to catch, but he hadn’t been able to scratch offred drum until he caught this one on a live croaker while fishing with his grandpa and sister in Bath Creek, North Carolina. NOMINATE A KID: SWS recognizes kids who represent sportsmanship, passion and proficiency in saltwater…

1 min.
new gear

1 Costa Tailwalker The Tailwalker from Costa features cool styling and adjustable, lockinglever temple tips for a perfect customized fit. Three frame colors are available—all with Costa 580 polarized lenses—in five colors in glass, and four in plastic. $269; costadelmar.com 2 GoPro Mini Zeus With four levels of brightness up to 200 lumens, this waterproof clip light provides handsfree LED illumination as a headlamp or fixed light, with a flexible 360-degree swivel that fits any GoPro mount. The included diffuser provides 5,000K color temperature lighting, tuned for GoPro filming. $69.99; gopro.com 3 Raximus RodRail Keep rigged rods tidy and organized with the RodRail Rod Rack from Raximus. Available in two colors, it mounts to walls, ceilings and even inside garage doors, horizontally, vertically or overhead. The free-standing GoRack offers the same organized rod storage in…