Paradise Found

Photo Courtesy of Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum Whitefish Point, on Lake Superior’s “Shipwreck Coast,” is long on tales of mariners lost, natural wonders and spectacular skies, and short on hustle and bustle. By Kath Usitalo On a sunny summer afternoon, the parking lot at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is filled with vehicles sporting license […]

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Special Report: A Whale of a Problem for Boaters

NOAA Proposal Could Devastate Boating Industry. In the hopes of saving a declining population of North Atlantic Right whales, NOAA aims to institute a 10-knot speed limit along much of the Atlantic coast. We cut through the clutter and get to the heart of this matter with this emergency podcast with Viking Director of Government […]

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Bass Fishing League Competitor Anthony Ell Wins Lowe Stinger 198 Boat

#image_title The next time Phoenix Bass Fishing League competitor Anthony Ell launches his boat at a Northeast Division event, he expects that quite a few more heads will be turning to scope out his new rig. The 52-year-old boater from Stanhope, New Jersey, was selected from the hundreds of thousands of entries into the online […]

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Comment Sought on Salmon Disaster Spend Plan

Image via State of Alaska. The State of Alaska, in consultation with stakeholders and NOAA Fisheries, is seeking public comment through Oct. 6 on the initial $131.8 million spend plan for the 2020-2021 statewide Salmon Disaster Initial Draft Spend Plan. The money is intended to assist fishery participants harmed by the disaster, to improve fishery […]

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NOAA Hosts First Responder Training on Entangled Whale Response

Image via NOAA Fisheries. NOAA Fisheries, the leader in the Alaska Large Whale Entanglement Response Program, recently held workshops in four Alaska communities on how to best respond to entangled whales. The training sessions in Metlakatla, Auke Bay and Gustavus in Southeast Alaska and Cordova, on Prince William Sound, taught safety skills needed to approach […]

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ALFA Wins Seafood Industry Climate Awards Grant

Image via Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association. The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA) in Sitka, Alaska, has received a $40,000 grant for a pilot project that would convert the Alaska fishing fleet to hybrid diesel/electric in order to help lower the carbon footprint within the seafood industry. The project, supported by the Energy Transitions Initiative Project […]

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The Problem with White Shark Regulations

New legislation, Assembly Bill 2109, is designed to provide greater protection for California’s great white shark population. But the wording of the law could hinder anglers fishing for other species. Courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Newly passed legislation in California, Assembly Bill 2109, aiming to beef up protection for great white […]

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Spike Stoker withs MLF Toyota Series Bass Tournament on the St Lawrence

Spike Stoker wins MLF Tournament on the St Lawrence Pro Spike Stoker of Cisco, Texas, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 13 ounces to win the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. at the St. Lawrence River Presented by Boatlogix and earn the top payout of $40,555. Over the three days […]

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2023 MLF Bass Pro Tour Schedule

Major League Fishing (MLF) announced Friday the schedule for the 2023 MLF Bass Pro Tour. The fifth season of professional bass fishing’s most prestigious circuit will showcase 80 of the top bass anglers in the world competing in seven regular-season tournaments around the country for millions of dollars, valuable points in the Bally Bet Angler […]

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NOAA Proposes Vessel Speed Restrictions to Protect Right Whale

If approved, the 10-knot, speed-restricted Seasonal Management Zones for the right whale would extend from Florida to New England and out to 100 nautical miles. Courtesy Viking Yachts The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has proposed a 10-knot, speed-restriction rule for vessels 35 feet to 65 feet length overall across a broad swath of water […]

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MLF Releases 2023 Toyota Series Tournament Dates

MLF 2023 Tournament Dates Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced Thursday details for the 2023 Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E., which kicks off its regular season in late-January at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas, and runs through late-September when it wraps up at the Lake of the Ozarks in Osage […]

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2023 Bassmaster Opens Schedule is Out Now

B.A.S.S. Announces 2023 Bassmaster Opens Schedule With New Format For Elite Qualification BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The St. Croix Bassmaster Opens presented by Mossy Oak Fishing have grown exponentially in popularity over the past few years. But the buzz has never been louder than it’s been since the announcement of the new Opens EQ (Elite Qualifiers) […]

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Set Your Sights on Spawning Summer Snapper

Mangrove snapper are undoubtedly among the most common game fish encountered by anglers in Florida. From shallow backwaters to offshore structure, these fish seem to thrive in a variety of conditions and habitats. However, perhaps because of how common they are, mangrove snapper aren’t targeted with the same fervor as other, more glamorous bottom fish. […]

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Pro angler appointed to Florida Boating Advisory Council

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced the appointment of Yamaha/Skeeter Pro Angler and National Boating Safety Ambassador Hunter Bland to the Boating Advisory Council. During his three-year term, Bland will help the council make recommendations to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Department of Economic Opportunity regarding issues affecting the boating community, including […]

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MLF Releases 2023 BLF Event Dates

TULSA, Okla. (September 21, 2022) – Major League Fishing announced today the schedule, rules, payouts and entry dates for the 2023 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine, the only circuit offering weekend anglers the opportunity to advance to the prestigious All-American, Toyota Series Championship and new in 2023, REDCREST – the Bass Pro […]

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Comment Period Open for Items on NPFMC’s October Agenda

Image via North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Comment is being accepted in advance of the Oct. 6-11 meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Anchorage on agenda topics ranging from integration of electronic monitoring on Pollock catcher vessels to a proposal for expanded Pacific cod catches in federal waters. Final decisions on both […]

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Massive Bluefin Recaptured After Nearly Three Decades

Ryan Gazzola recaptured the giant bluefin about 30 years after it was tagged. Ryan Gazzola A southern bluefin tuna reeled in by an Australian teenager after an epic four-hour battle off Western Australia has set a national record for the longest time between tagging and recapture. The 298-pound fish, boated by Ryan Gazzola on Sept. […]

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NC Wants That Flounder Carcass

North Carolina is seeking flounder carcasses from recreational anglers. Courtesy NC Division of Marine Fisheries Special delivery: Sign up for the free Salt Water Sportsman email newsletter. Subscribe to Salt Water Sportsman magazine for $19 for 1 year and receive 4 bonus digital issues. There aren’t always opportunities for recreational anglers to participate in fisheries research. But when help […]

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Pro Hunter Baughman wins MLF Toyota Series at Truman Lake

WARSAW, Mo. (Sept. 18, 2022) – Pro Hunter Baughman of Judsonia, Arkansas brought a limit weighing 19 pounds, 1 ounce to the scales Saturday to win the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. at Truman Lake. Baughman’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 48-10 earned him the win by a 1-pound, 10-ounce margin over second-place pro […]

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