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February 3, 2014 by News Editor in Saltwater Sportsman

    






The Traveling Angler

January 17, 2014 by News Editor in Sport Fishing Mag

The Making of Origin of the Sky

January 15, 2014 by News Editor in Sport Fishing Mag
Sport Fishing contributor Marc Montocchio has, over recent years, impressed and surprised me with his ambitious and innovative still photography and video of fishes, fishing, boats and boating and now, the marine environment as well. I just got an early look at a trailer that Montocchio has put together for a full-length film he’s making, called Origin of the Sky, a documentary about the Sian Ka’an Biosphere on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The trailer offers a look at the making of Montocchio’s film; it’s interesting and compelling visually  — particularly when he gets to schooling bonefish. Enjoy! See more of Montocchio’s phenomenal underwater images of sharks and other game fish.See more of Montocchio's underwater photos of billfish and other game fish.See more on Montocchio's mind-blowing new video technique.Sport Fishing Mag

Flats Fishing With Ultralight Tackle

December 16, 2013 by News Editor in Sport Fishing Mag
(Be sure to click through all the images in the gallery above.)In the early ’60s, I had caught enough bonefish that I felt compelled to challenge myself by filling my spinners with 4-pound mono. I thought it was kind of a wacky idea at the time — as did my guide, the legendary Bill Curtis. Still, we pursued this craziness in Curtis’ Glencraft from one end of Biscayne Bay to another. My basic outfit was a 6½-foot ­spinning rod, an Orvis 100 reel, and terminal rigging of 2 feet of double line with a 1/0 hook. We lost plenty of bonefish and permit, plus some small tarpon as well.The years went by, and I continued to pick up my ­ultralight spinners. Since Curtis had gotten quite busy, he referred me to a younger guide from New York, Capt. Frank Garisto. When Garisto saw my ultralight tackle, he was quite intrigued and dubbed it ...ultralight-flats-02

Bonefish in the Bahamas

October 10, 2013 by News Editor in Saltwater Sportsman
We came off plane over a white sand strip that looked like a mangrove-lined runway. Fully a hundred yards wide, the white-sand and marl bottom provided the perfect backdrop against which to see cruising bonefish. Wind whipped the tops of the mangroves to either side, but guide Dwain Neymour easily pushed the skiff along in the lee, hunting this creek off the North Bight of Andros Island for the first fish of the day.  Windy conditions and scattered clouds had been the rule, but even against those obstacles, this area, the Dressing Room, offered both protection and excellent sight-fishing. We began seeing scattered pods of fish moving along with the tide, and after a few close calls, I dropped a cast 10 feet ahead of a feeding bonefish, and the skunk left the boat. Not a big fish, but enough to get us rolling.We poled out around ...Salt Water Sportsman

Technical Poling Skiffs: Best Boats for Fishing Shallow Water

September 24, 2013 by News Editor in Sport Fishing Mag
Within the world of shallow-water fishing in Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean, there exist degrees of shallow. While one boating angler considers a foot of water shallow, yet another stalks his quarry in even less.When it comes to fishing the skinniest of flats, experts prefer a technical poling skiff, which allows them to float in mere inches of water and pole to within casting distance of the wariest fish, such as permit and bonefish, with stealth and precision. Yet, what distinguishes a technical poling skiff from other shallow-water fishing craft, such as a flats boat, in terms of both design and performance?At first glance, flats boats and poling skiffs can be difficult to tell apart. In fact, the skiff is a direct descendent of the flats boat, which was first introduced in the 1950s. Flats boats — or what some call ...A push pole is needed to push a technical skiff across the flats

Tarpon and Bonefish Become Catch and Release

August 26, 2013 by News Editor in Sport Fishing Mag
Starting in September, tarpon and bonefish fisheries will have new protections in place, aimed at ensuring their economic and fishing value in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved these management measures at its June 12 meeting in Lakeland. The catch-and-release proposal was an easy choice —  the economic and fishing values of bonefish and tarpon far exceed their value as food fishes.The following changes go into effect Sept. 1 in state and federal waters off Florida:All harvest of tarpon is eliminated, with the exception of the harvest or possession of a single tarpon when in pursuit of an International Game Fish Association record and in conjunction with a tarpon tag.Tarpon tags are limited to one per person, per year except for properly licensed charter boat captains and fishing ...Sport Fishing Mag

Tarpon and Bonefish Gain New Protections in Florida

June 14, 2013 by News Editor in Sport Fishing Mag
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), unanimously approved new regulations to make tarpon and bonefish catch-and-release-only fisheries. The deliberations by commission members on June 12 were brief and entirely supportive, reports the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.  "This is the most significant thing we can do for tarpon,” said Commissioner Brian Yablonski. Following their favorable ruling, Chairman Kenneth Wright added, “There will be a chapter written in a book about what this commission did today.”Groups such as the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust are pleased with the outcome, which protects tarpon in Florida waters, and extends catch and release regulations into the federal waters off of Florida.“It took teamwork on many levels to get these new regulations enacted,” said Tom Davidson, BTT’s Chairman, ...Sport Fishing Mag

Tarpon, Bonefish Become Catch-and-Release Only in Florida

June 13, 2013 by News Editor in Saltwater Sportsman
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), at its June 12 meeting in Lakeland, approved a proposal to make tarpon and bonefish catch-and-release-only fisheries. The proposal was adopted in recognition of the fact that the economic and fishing value of bonefish and tarpon greatly exceed their value as food fishes.The following changes will go into effect Sept. 1 in state and federal waters off Florida:All harvest of tarpon will be eliminated, with the exception of the harvest or possession of a single tarpon when in pursuit of an IGFA record and in conjunction with a tarpon tag.Tarpon tags will be limited to one per person, per year (except for charter boat captains).Transport or shipment of tarpon becomes limited to one fish per person.One fish per vessel limit is created for tarpon.Gear used for tarpon will be ...Fly Fishing in Salt Waters

Bonefish, Tarpon to be Catch and Release Only?

March 25, 2013 by News Editor in Saltwater Sportsman
Three workshops and a webinar, held by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), are scheduled in early April to discuss if bonefish and tarpon should be catch-and-release only in Florida's waters. The purpose of these workshops is to solicit public input on possible changes to the Commission's current tarpon and bonefish rules.Specifically, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be gathering public comments on a proposal to make these top gamefish species no-take-only throughout Florida's state and federal waters.At present, bonefish are catch and release only except for an exemption for tournaments that allows for retention of bonefish in a live-well for transport to a weigh-in station. The new draft regulations would remove that exemption, meaning that all bonefish would have to be ...Fly Fishing in Salt Waters