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Feb 10 2011

Big Stripers in and around Maryland Chesapeake Bay

It might be cold in Maryland, but the fishing for stripers is pretty hot for light tackle and fly fishing anglers. The below was caught the other day while casting light tackle lures in one of the many warm water discharges in the Chesapeake bay. You can read a full fishing report here. Nice striper man!

Striped bass fishing report Maryland Chesapeake Bay Feb 10, 2011 in Fishing Clothing Lateral Line Blog

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Feb 07 2011

Sporting Groups Nationwide Applaud EPA Plans to Study Bristol Bay’s Fish and Wildlife Resources

No Pebble Mine AlaskaHunting and fishing interests around the country have mobilized in recent years to protect the waters and lands of southwest Alaska’s famed Bristol Bay region. These groups are applauding today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the agency is planning an assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed to better understand how future large-scale development projects may affect water quality and Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery. EPA initiated this assessment in response to concerns from federally-recognized tribes and others who petitioned the agency in 2010 to assess any potential risks to the watershed. “The potential development in the region is scary for sportsmen,” said Scott Hed, Director of the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska. “Each year anglers and hunters make the trip to Alaska just for an opportunity to fish and hunt in the famous Bristol Bay watershed. Sportsmen and women from across the country have joined forces to stop plans by foreign mining interests that could turn the entire Bristol Bay region into a massive mining district. Today’s announcement by the EPA shows that the agency recognizes the threats posed by the proposed Pebble Mine project, and that it is better to address these very serious concerns up front rather than wait until it may be too late.” Over 325 sporting groups and businesses oppose the mining plans in Bristol Bay. Sporting conservation groups and trade associations include Dallas Safari Club, Trout Unlimited, Federation of Fly Fishers, European Fishing Tackle Trade Association, Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association, American Fly Fishing Trade Association, American Sportfishing Association, Izaak Walton League of America, Wildlife Forever, Delta Waterfowl Foundation, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Bull Moose Sportsman’s Alliance, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, North American Fishing Club, North American Hunting Club, and the Campfire Club of America. Some of the most recognizable brands in hunting and fishing products have expressed their wishes to protect Bristol Bay as well, including Sturm, Ruger & Co., Savage Arms, Buck Knives, Hornady, Sitka, Filson, Orvis, Sage, Simms, ExOfficio, Patagonia, Scott, Hardy, and more than 150 others. “This is an issue that unites the complete spectrum of the sporting community,” continued Hed. “When you have got catch and release anglers and makers of fly rods and reels working in concert with big game hunters and firearm manufacturers, that’s a powerful set of interests – all in agreement that large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed is simply the wrong idea in the wrong place. We look forward to working with the EPA and other decision makers as this public process to determine the fate of Bristol Bay moves forward.” Background Bristol Bay = International Fishing and Hunting Mecca The stakes are high for sporting interests in southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, an area that is home to the world’s largest wild salmon runs, as well as some of the greatest trophy rainbow trout fishing and remote wilderness hunting on the planet. It’s a wild, remote and rugged place that is in the crosshairs of a plan to develop a massive mining district on millions of acres of state and federal lands. Commercial, sport, and subsistence fishing all depend on the wild salmon supported by Bristol Bay’s healthy waters. For thousands of years, Alaska natives have lived off Bristol Bay’s land, waters, and of course, its fish and wild game. Bristol Bay is home to the world’s largest commercial wild sockeye salmon fishery, with earnings accounting for nearly 33% of Alaska’s total harvest earnings. The harvest and processing of Bristol Bay fish generates nearly $450 million a year and provides jobs for thousands. For more information on the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska visit: www.SportsmansAlliance4AK.org

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Feb 04 2011

Colorado Fly Shops Being Targeted by Thieves

Published by under Fishing News

Colorado Fly Shop ThievesWe received this new from Angling Trade Magazine and thought we should forward it on:

A well-orchestrated group of of thieves is targeting Colorado fly shops.  So far they have made off with several thousand dollars in merchandise.  The group is stealing high end product.  Among the shops hit thus far: Laughing Grizzly, Angler’s All, Charlie’s Fly Box, Trout’s Fly Shop, Orvis Cherry Creek, and Rocky Mountain Anglers. Thefts occurred February 2-3.

Suspects are two couples, Middle Eastern or Latin in appearance, well groomed and dressed fashionably.  Once couple distracts the store staff while the other steals merchandise. Suspects have called ahead and verified that you are indeed a specialty fly shop. Cell phone area codes that  have been used are (402) and (815). A Maroon passenger van with an  Illinois license plate # K714 248 was used by the suspects.

The photo above is the only known photo of the suspects that is available at this time.

BE ON ALERT!  Protect your business, and if you get a chance to pinch these crooks by calling the police, do it!

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Jan 18 2011

Rockin Fishing Truck

Published by under Boats,Fishing News

Grand Slam Outfitters Fishing TruckCaught a picture of Grand Slam Outfitters rockin center console fishing truck while down in south Florida last week. If you are ever in South Florida keep an eye out in and around Jupiter for this rig, they drive it around.

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Jan 09 2011

Has overfishing ended? Top US scientist says yes

Has overfishing ended? Top US scientist says yes, but fishermen say cost was too high
Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

For the first time in at least a century, U.S. fishermen won’t take too much of any species from the sea, one of the nation’s top fishery scientists says.

The projected end of overfishing comes during a turbulent fishing year that’s seen New England fishermen switch to a radically new management system. But scientist Steve Murawski said that for the first time in written fishing history, which goes back to 1900, “As far as we know, we’ve hit the right levels, which is a milestone.”

“And this isn’t just a decadal milestone, this is a century phenomenon,” said Murawski, who retired last week as chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service.

Murawski said it’s more than a dramatic benchmark — it also signals the coming of increasingly healthy stocks and better days for fishermen who’ve suffered financially. In New England, the fleet has deteriorated since the mid-1990s from 1,200 boats to only about 580, but Murawski believes fishermen may have already endured their worst times.

“I honestly think that’s true, and that’s why I think it’s a newsworthy event,” said Murawski, now a professor at the University of South Florida.

But fishermen and their advocates say ending overfishing came at an unnecessarily high cost. Dave Marciano fished out of Gloucester, an hour’s drive northeast of Boston, for three decades until he was forced to sell his fishing permit in June. He said the new system made it too costly to catch enough fish to stay in business.

“It ruined me,” said Marciano, 45. “We could have ended overfishing and had a lot more consideration for the human side of the fishery.”

An end to overfishing doesn’t mean all stocks are healthy, but scientists believe it’s a crucial step to getting there.

When fishermen are overfishing a species, they’re catching it at a rate scientists believe is too fast to ensure that the species can rebuild and then stay healthy. It’s different from when a species is overfished, which is when scientists believe its population is too low.

Murawski said it’s a nearly ironclad rule of fishery management that species become far more abundant when they’re being fished at the appropriate level, which is determined after considering factors such as a species’ life span and death rates.

A mandate to end overfishing by the 2010 fishing year — which concludes at different times in 2011, depending on the region — came in the 2007 reauthorization of the nation’s fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

Murawski said the U.S. is the only country that has a law that defines overfishing and requires its fishermen not to engage in it.

“When you compare the United States with the European Union, with Asian countries, et cetera, we are the only industrialized fishing nation who actually has succeeded in ending overfishing,” he said.

Regulators say 37 stocks nationwide last year were being overfished (counting only those that live exclusively in U.S. waters); New England had the most with 10. But Murawski said management systems that emphasize strict catch limits have made a big difference, and New England just made the switch.

Fishermen there now work in groups called sectors to divide an annual quota of groundfish, which include cod, haddock and flounder. If they exceed their limits on one species, they’re forced to stop fishing on all species.

About two-thirds into the current fishing year, which ends April 30, federal data indicated New England fishermen were on pace to catch fewer than their allotted fish in all but one stock, Georges Bank winter flounder. But Murawski said he didn’t expect fishermen would exceed their quota on any stock.

In other regions with overfishing — the South Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean — regulators project catch limits and other measures will end overfishing this fishing year. Already, South Atlantic black grouper and Gulf of Mexico red snapper are no longer being overfished.

The final verification that overfishing has ended nationwide, at least for one fishing year, will come after detailed stock assessments.

It will be a “Pyrrhic victory” in hard-hit New England, said Brian Rothschild, a fisheries scientist at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. He said regulators could legally loosen the rules and allow fishermen to safely catch more fish, but regulators have refused to do it, and fishermen have needlessly been shut out from even healthy stocks.

The science is far from perfect, Marciano said. Regulators believed fishermen were overfishing pollock until new data last year indicated scientists had badly underestimated its population, he said. And some stocks, such as Gulf of Maine cod, have recovered even when fishermen were technically overfishing them.

“To say you can’t rebuild stocks while overfishing is occurring is an outright lie. We did it,” Marciano said.

Tom Nies, a fisheries analyst for regional New England regulators, said stocks can sometimes be boosted by variables such as strong births in a given year, but they’ll inevitably decline if overfishing continues on them.

Peter Shelley, senior counsel of the Conservation Law Foundation, an environmental group, said the industry’s problems are rooted in years of overfishing, especially during the 1980s, not regulation.

“It was a bubble,” he said. “Fishermen were living in a bit of a fantasy world at that point, and it wasn’t something you could sustain.”

That’s why Murawski’s projection about the end of overfishing is “a very big deal,” he said.

“I think we’re just starting to see signs of a new future,” Shelley said.

What fisherman Steve Arnold, 46, sees in his home port of Point Judith, R.I., are fewer boats, older fishermen and “a lot of frowns on people’s faces.”

Overfishing might end this year, but the fleet has suffered and has an uncertain future, he said.

“I believe we can get to a better place, but the work isn’t done,” Arnold said. “We’re living through something that we’re learning as we go. It’s not a comfortable feeling.”

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Aug 04 2010

New Website for the Menhaden Coalition

Atlantic Menhaden Decline Menhaden CoalitionThe Menhaden Coalition, a group of over 34 organizations, how has a new website. Check it out: Save Menhaden Website
The Menhaden Coalition asks that:

1) If/when you see the Omega menhaden fleet, please report the sightings on the site. There is a link at the top of the page to post the reports. If you have pictures you should be able to post them, if not email them through the site and they will get the pictures up.

2) At the top right you can sign up to be notified via email when new posts or updates are made.

3) Link to the website from any website you have or are a member of. The Menhaden Coalition needs to drive as much awareness about the situation as possible to let the ASMFC and VIrginia legislature know that we as sportsmen/women are serious about having proper management of menhaden to assure we have forage fish for all the other fish species in the Chesapeake bay and Altantic Ocean. The link to link to is http://www.SaveMenhaden.org

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Jul 12 2010

NMMA Reports Top Ten Boating States

Boating Chesapeake Bay Maryland Fishing by Fishing Clothing Fly Fishing Clothing company Lateral LineFlorida tops the new list of top ten boating states with annual boat sales of $1.2 billion in 2009, The Florida hot spot, NMMA reports, is Treasure Island on the Gulf Coast, near St. Petersburg. Following Florida are Texas (Hot Spot-Lake Austin), California (Big Bear Lake), North Carolina (Lake Norman), New York (Lake Champlain), Louisiana (Shreveport), Washington (San Juan Islands), Delaware (Rehoboth Beach), Michigan (Traverse City) and Minnesota (Detroit Lakes)

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Apr 28 2010

IGFA 20lb Tippet Fly Rod Striped Bass Class Record Approved

IGFA Striped Bass Saltwater Fly Fishing Record in Fly Fishing Clothes Fly Fishing Shirt Company Lateral Line's Fly Fishing BlogA new approved IGFA World Record from Virginia saltwaters. Male 20 pound Tippet Fly Rod Class Striped Bass weighed in at 51lbs, 5oz

Richie Keatley of Norfolk was approved recently as the newest World Record holder from Virginia. The 51lb, 5oz striped bass he boated on the fly at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel on December 17th, 2010 topped the existing 43lbs, 12oz record previously held by another Virginia resident, Harry Huelsbeck.

Richie was fly fishing in his 22-foot boat at the Bay Bridge Tunnel using a hand-tied 3/0 Clouser blue-tinted fly. After a nerve racking battle and three netting attempts, once again Virginia fishing history was made!
Congratulations Richie!!

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