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S. 1520: The Trojan Horse

S. 1520: The Trojan Horse

Fisheries bill could pave the way for harmful reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act For well over a year, anglers and federal legislators have been the targets of a sophisticated and very well-funded public relations effort designed to convince them to support the so-called “Modern Fish Act,” a bill that would weaken key provisions of the […]

Thank God For Bluefish…

Thank God For Bluefish…

Why We Should Be Focusing On Fish In The Water, Rather Than Extraction While it’s probably not great for business for me to admit it, I’ve gotta be honest, on the striped bass front, it’s been tough going this spring. Lots of small fish around, but those 30-plus inch fish, (I’m talking specifically about the […]

The Last Buffalo Hunt

The Last Buffalo Hunt

Photo: Tony Friedrich and fluke My boat sits on the Southern end of a decent-sized island in the Chesapeake Bay. When my bare feet touch the aging fiberglass deck, I feel at home. Securing the gear, warming up the engines, and throwing the lines is a cathartic experience. Basically, I can’t wipe the smile from […]

Gulf States Advance Red Snapper Exempted Fishing Permits

Gulf States Advance Red Snapper Exempted Fishing Permits

Red snapper has been the center of a “who can manage it better” battle for the last several years. In federal waters, red snapper management is dictated by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and falls under the jurisdiction of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Despite a successful track history of […]

Big Change Coming in Recreational Landings Data

Big Change Coming in Recreational Landings Data

For many years, anglers and businesses critical of recreational fishing regulations have focused their ire on the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS) and on MRFSS’ successor, the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), claiming that the landings estimates those surveys produced were very inaccurate and did not truly reflect recreational harvest. Their criticisms of MRFSS […]

Fishing Isn’t Just for the Big Boats

Fishing Isn’t Just for the Big Boats

Photo: The Slavins with springers After 20+ years on the Oregon Coast—during which a depleted stock of sturgeon contributed to the loss of a huge component of my guide business and an opportunity presented itself to work for the Association of Northwest Steelheaders—I find myself in disbelief as to the state of our inland fisheries. […]