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May 10 2016

Check out NOAA Fisheries Regional Saltwater Recreational Fishing Implementation Plans

Published by under Fishing News

NOAA Fisheries NewsNOAA Fisheries  announced the availability of the regional saltwater recreational fishing implementation plans for 2016-2017, which include the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) plan.
The plans are available at here .  Please take a moment to read through your region’s plan and let NOAA know what you think.

Each plan outlines a set of shared priorities tied to concrete actions NOAA will take over the next two years. These plans focus attention where it will have the greatest impact – where you live and fish.

These plans were developed by each of NOAA’s regions with input from local leaders in the angling community, the Atlantic HMS Advisory Panel, states and regional fishery management councils. These are living documents which will continue to be shaped by ongoing conversations and through current regulatory and science processes.

NOAA said they welcome the opportunity to talk with you about these plans and how best to implement the actions they contain. Your regional recreational coordinators are knowledgeable and can serve as a local point of contact, or feel free to contact Russell Dunn, National Policy Advisor on Recreational Fisheries directly at (727) 551-5740.

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Jun 05 2014

Why we are Seeing Striped Bass Numbers Decline – It’s not the reasons a lot of people think says Capt. John McMuray.

Striped Bass Fishing Fly Fishing Chesapeake BayCapt. John McMurray recently wrote an article explaining that a lot of people blame commercial fishing for the recent decline in striped bass along the eastern seaboard and Chesapeake bay. Capt. John suggests in the article that the real culprit is actually recreational anglers who account for for much more of the striped bass mortality. It’s an age old debate and while technically Capt. John is correct that rec anglers kill more stripers, I ask is it even worth wasting any time debating?Isn’t that whole discussion really about “allocation”.

Shouldn’t the real focus be on the “total number of stripers killed by both recs and commercials” if we are going to try and save the east coast striped bass population?

And even more important I might suggest is that it is not the recs or the commercials that are responsible, it’s the fisheries managers. Recs and commercials (at least the ones who follow the rules on both sides) follow rules that are made by Fisheries Managers.

If anyone really wants to get something done, I would not waste another word talking or writing about what the recs do or what the commercial guys do or how it is split, that’s allocation. If that is important to you then roll with it, but if you are worried about the overall population, spend the time focused on the total number of striped bass killed and talking about the Fisheries Managers who make the rules. Get the Fisheries Managers to change the rules that recs and commercial anglers follow. Anything short of that is not going to get anything done and is just good water cooler conversation to shoot the sh*t .

Read Capt. John’s article and you decide if my take is right or wrong.

note: Capt. John and I are friends and I respect all his opinions; we’ve had some good debates and in general agree on most things. However, in this case I believe we need to all get focused on the right subject to actually get something done.

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Dec 29 2013

Rose River Farm Yurts – A Weekend Vacation for the Whole Family

Published by under Fishing Travel Journal

rose_river_farm_gazebo_2 I’ve fished at Rose River Farms several times now and it consistently produces large trout in a relaxing atmosphere. Even in the dead of winter, the fish are plentiful and hungry and I always return home with a renewed confidence about my ability to catch big fish. It’s amazing to think how close it is to the hustle bustle of Northern Virginia.

This winter, my family and I decided to stay at the Rose River Farm yurts. I had driven by these unique structures many times on my way to fish the farm, and I always wondered what they were like inside. So, we reserved two nights at the Hill Top yurt the weekend before Christmas.

Fortunately for us, there was a break in the wet, cold wintery days. We arrived Friday evening and the temperature was in the 60s. The directions to the yurts were straightforward. Even though I was worried we’d miss the sign in the darkness, it was easy to find. We pulled up to the Hill Top yurt and mused at the panorama of stars above us and deep blue mountains across the valley.

As we entered the yurt, we found the setup to be exceptional — clean rooms, beddings and bathrooms, and a fully stocked kitchen. The family room had a large comfy leather sofa and a satellite-rigged flat panel TV. As expected, everything was decked out with a tasteful fishing theme, and there was an abundance of natural light thanks to the sky light at the pinnacle of the circular ceiling and the large windows projecting the beautiful mountain view. My wife really appreciated the cleanliness and attention to detail.

After settling in, we set out to start a fire. Everything was just where you’d expect it — matches, pre-cut wood, a fire poker and cement-lined fire pit. This was the nicest setup I’d ever seen on a fishing trip. Soon enough, the whole family was roasting marshmallows, watching flaming embers, and dodging smoke as the fire became the central entertainment for the evening.

The next morning, I woke early and set out to tie some flies for the trip to the farm. The fly tying bench in the yurt had a top-of-the-line vice (way better than mine), so I was able to knock out 4 Wolly Buggers and 6 San Juan Worms before the family woke up. I taught my 9 year-old son how to tie 2 San Juan Worms.

The great thing about Rose River Farm is that it’s right in the middle of some of the best hikes and trout fishing spots in the Shenandoah. We decided to hike White Oak Canyon since we hadn’t been there since the 90s. So, we drove less than 15 minutes along beautiful country roads to the trailhead.

The weather was spring-like as we hiked along the lower trail to the falls. Along the way, we stopped several times to enjoy the cascading waterway and the deep, clear pools. My son discovered how much he loved the outdoors. There was something to be found, made, or climbed around every bend. He made a sling-shot out of a branch, stacked rocks, and climbed up and slid down boulders. By the end of the hike, he was asking when we could go again.


We picked up lunch off route 29 (10 miles or so from the yurts), then headed back to the farm for an afternoon of fly fishing. The first hole we fished, my son caught his first rainbow trout. I was so excited I nearly fell into the river. We fished several other spots upstream and lost one fish right as I reached for the net. After a few hours of fishing, we relaxed in the gazebo and watched others fish, then played football and tetherball in the field nearby.

We couldn’t have picked a better time and place for a weekend vacation with the family. While many families may pass on the thought of going on a trip to a fishing cabin, the yurts at Rose River Farms are a family-friendly luxury. There are many nearby outdoor activities that don’t require a fishing rod. The peacefulness and the idyllic setting is a much needed reprieve for everyone.

Rose River Farm is running a special on its cabins for the months of January and February– rent one night and your next night is free. All booking is done at their website

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Aug 31 2012

Fishing T Shirt for Striped Bass Chasers

Published by under Lateral Line Company

Stiped Bass Chaser Fishing T Shirt by Lateral Line A great gift for men who fishCalling all striped bass chasers! If you are a regular here at the Lateral Line blog we you know we chase stripers in our backyard in the Chesapeake Bay and along the east coast Hunting these fish inspired us to design this t-shirt for our 2012 fall t shirt line for all striped bass chasers.

Like the design and chase other fish? Don’t worry, we have a whole Fish Chaser line of short and long sleeve t-shirts rolling out in our new online store that we have under construction. Don’t want to wait to get this t shirt? No problem, we’ve leaked a few of the Fish Chaser series on the Tidal Fish Online Store, cruise over there and check them out.

We’ll post a few the other designs next week. Have a good Labor Day weekend, get out there and catch some fish!

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Aug 16 2012

A Fly Fishing Snowboard

We had to post this, it’s just cool! Signal Snowboards has produced a Fly fishing hybrid board with Steve Abel (of Abel Reels) for their newest episode titled “Reel Shredding.” This episode without a doubt will lure you in and make you smile

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Jul 16 2012

Virginia Boating Legislation Takes Effect

Published by under Boating,Boats

virginia boatingWhile the Lateral Line HQ is in Maryland, we do a lot of fishing in Virginia. While we had heard about the boaters safety course requirement, we did not know exactly what it meant. We did some research and throught since we did it we would share it.

Virginia enacted a law in 2007 that established requirements for boating safety education. A main component of that law was the requirement that all Virginia boaters would have to take a Virginia boating safety course, pass an exam, and hold a license verifying it. The law also required boaters from out of state to meet the same requirements unless they held a suitable license from another state or province.

The 2007 law is robust and includes Continue Reading »

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Jul 11 2012

Cool Fishing T Shirt

Fishing T Shirt by Tidal Fish Chasing Striped BassWe always like to give a shout out to those that pick up the Lateral Line brand. Tidal Fish picked us up in their online fishing store and we found something in addition to their site worth giving a shout out. Their striped bass fishing t-shirt  jumped out at us as pretty cool design. If you are into the saltwater inshore fishing scene and chase striped bass this t-shirt is worth a look. It comes in short sleeve and long sleeve. And while you are surfing their online store make sure you check out the hot new performance fishing t-shirt designs by Lateral Line. They have them up in their fishing shop before we do…. ouch that hurts man. Keep an eye out for them here on the Lateral Line soon.

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Jul 10 2012

Why Lateral Line Cares about Bristol Bay – Please Join Us in Supporting the Effort to Save this Amazing Place

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Save Bristol Bay AlaskaAs a fishing company we are a natural resource dependent business. It’s pretty simple, not only do each of us truly care about our natural resources, but given our dependency on them it’s in our best interest  to help foster healthy fisheries, clean water, and abundant access.  Without fish we have no fishing, with no fishing there is no Lateral Line or any other fishing company for that matter. While we care deeply about the Chesapeake Bay and all it’s tributaries in our back yard, we’ve also traveled to the far ends of the world to chase fish and have deep appreciation for fisheries and ecosystems world wide.

Bristol Bay in Alaska is one of those far off places that deserve our protection.  I’ve been lucky enough to travel and fish some parts of Alaska and it’s one of the most remarkable places in world. It’s wild, it’s big, it’s full of life, clean water, good people and fishing like nowhere else in the world. It’s worth protecting!

Bristol Bay is currently under threat from an effort to develop one of the largest open pit mines ever conceived.  The Pebble mine would be developed at the headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak rivers – two world class salmon and trout producing rivers.  An excellent description of the mine and its scale is provided by Trout Unlimited at the following link –

We been involved in supporting the effort to save Bristol Bay for several years and we now find ourselves at another critical juncture in the process.  The EPA recently completed a major watershed assessment of the region and the research came out overwhelmingly supporting the belief that the mine would pose a major threat to the fish and wildlife of the region.  The comment period for the watershed assessment is open until July 23rd and I want to encourage you to take a moment to write to President Obama and your congressional delegation to let them know you support the EPA and its assessment.  Click here to take action –

Thank you from all of us that care about this big amazing wild place.

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