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Saltwater Anglers Cast Spoons

“There’s gold in them thar bays,” spoken as a play on words of Yosemite Sam’s famous cartoon quote. In the case of winter and early spring saltwater fishing, it means tie on gold-hued lures and hit the motherlode of inshore species. Gold baits have a long and storied history with inshore anglers. In fact, gold is the defacto color for many guides and seasoned anglers from winter into spring; specifically, metallic gold, as in saltwater strong spoons and spinnerbaits. Keep…

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Fishing Reels

The U.S. Senate passed without objection H.R. 5126, Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2020 (DESCEND Act). The bipartisan bill requires recreational (including charter boats) and commercial fishermen to have on board a venting tool or descending device that is rigged and ready for use while fishing for reef fish in Gulf of Mexico federal waters. The recreational fishing and boating community strongly supports the DESCEND Act, which was coauthored in the Senate…

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Ocean Pollution Kills Fish

Last week, the bipartisan “Save our Seas Act 2.0” was passed and sent to the president for signature. The “Save our Seas Act 2.0” was introduced to address the plastic debris crisis threatening coastal economies and harming marine life; it also recognizes this crisis needs to be dealt with on a global scale. The time for action is NOW.  Failure to act could doom the oceans to a future of lifeless and underproducing fisheries, unable to contribute to feeding the…

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Angler and Daughter with Tarpon

Whether you mine the Northeast for stripers, tuna, blues, sea bass and blackfish or hit the southern coast for redfish, snook, sea trout and flounder, the next several weeks will see some wild action on the inshore scene. Are you ready? St. Croix’s top pros are, and we’ve asked them to share a bit about what they’re doing to capitalize on the best bites in their respective areas right now. Northeast Coast Captain Robbie Radlof is a renowned guide at…

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Menhaden Baitfish

The American Sportfishing Association(ASA) supports the vote by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Atlantic Menhaden Management Board to reduce the Atlantic menhaden quota by 10 percent, establishing a quota of 194,400 metric tons for the 2021 and 2022 fishing seasons. Atlantic menhaden are a primary food source for numerous sportfish populations, especially striped bass. The harvest reduction comes in response to a recent fundamental shift in Atlantic menhaden management. In August, ASMFC unanimously adopted a new ecological management…

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