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Sunday
Jan302011

Check out the Escape! Gallery for Fun Fishing

I got into fishing because it's fun, whether the fish are biting or not, and because it brings me peace of mind.

I got into writing about the issues that threaten it because I believe so fiercely in its incalculable value to us individually and collectively. And I appreciate that you are here checking out those issues and what you can do to help protect recreational fishing.

 

But I realize that you are drawn to the fun element as much as I. That's why I try to mix in information that will help you on the water. And that's why I'm adding the Escape! Gallery to the site.

This is where I will provide a photo feature of some place that I've fished --- often exotic --- and recommend. Enjoy it vicariously or use the link to learn more and maybe book a trip!


First up is Crocodile Bay Lodge in Costa Rica.

Saturday
Jan292011

Taking a Bite Out of Shark Decline

Shark populations worldwide have plummeted in recent decades to support demand for shark fin soup in Asia. Up to 73 million sharks are killed annually for their fins, with some shark populations declining by as much as 90 percent. According to Shark Savers, stopping the shark fin trade is a critical means to stop the depletion of shark populations, as it removes the incentive to land sharks for their fins and greatly simplifies enforcement.

That's why the organization is pleased that the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands recently has joined other Pacific nations in banning the shark fin trade.

As top predators in the marine food chain, sharks play a critical role in maintaining healthy oceans. That's why shark fishing should be catch-and-release whenever possible. And that's why "finning" these impressive creatures to satisfy a food fad that has outlived its sustainability is such a despicable practice, much like butchering buffalo 150 years ago for their hides and tongues, while leaving the rest to rot.

Saturday
Jan292011

Road Runners and Reading

Looking for some good reading material? Check out the recommendations of TJ Stallings.

TJ's company, TTI-Blakemore, sells one of my favorite baits for whatever's biting, the Road Runner, along with Daiichi, Tru Turn, and Bleeding Bait hooks. I've caught crappie, bluegill, walleye,  trout, white bass, and largemouth and smallmouth bass on this little bait, with spring my favorite season for throwing it.

And here's an excerpt from an article that I wrote awhile back for Stratos Magazine:

A few months earlier, Randy Beaty Jr. of Greenville, S.C., caught a 15.68 largemouth, a Bienville record, as he walked along the shoreline of Lake Purvis, casting for crappie and waiting for the “real” fishing trip to begin. He caught the trophy, which was photographed and released, on a 1/8-ounce white Blakemore Road Runner.

Friday
Jan282011

Asian Carp Discussed --- and Cussed --- at Michigan Meeting

 

Oh, boy. Carp czar John Goss just told those at a Traverse City public meeting that the feds have the situation well under control in regards to keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes and  preventing them from wrecking a billion-dollar sport fishery.

"It’s a very serious threat, but in this unique situation we are ahead of the establishment of a new environmental species. We do have the opportunity . . . to come up with a good long-term solution,” Goss said.

Opportunity? Maybe. Decisive action that will protect the lakes with certainty? Not likely.

Michigan attorney general Bill Schuette said, "If we keep dragging out these studies and surveys, we'll find the Asian carp have reached the Great Lakes and that's just an unacceptable risk to our environment and our economy," Schuette said.

Marc Smith of the Natiional Wildlife Federation added, "We just don't see why it should take five years from start to finish. There's just a lack of urgency on the part of the Corps."

Friday
Jan282011

Another 16-Pounder Taken in Texas Waters

Number 508 in the Sharelunker program was a whopper and then some.

Checking in at 16.03 pounds, the largemouth measured 28.25 inches long and 21.75 inches in girth and was caught in shallow water by T.J. Nissen on a crankbait Jan. 27 at Lake Austin. The fish is a record for the lake, as well as the 22nd biggest bass caught in Texas.

Texas Parks and Wildlife says that three 16-pound-plus fish have been caught during the last 10 months, and that fact is causing some raised eyebrows among biologists. A 16-pound fish could easily top 18 pounds when the eggs it is carrying are fully mature, and that process is just getting under way as water temperatures warm and days grow longer.

 “Will we see a new state record caught this year? I wonder,” said ShareLunker program manager David Campbell.