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NOAA Public Webinar Planned

The National Marine Fisheries Service will host a public webinar and conference call on May 15, 2013 to address the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Recreational Fishing Plan which had initially been introduced in December, 2011. the plan addresses Atlantic tunas, sharks, billfish, and swordfish. The webinar is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m and […]

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Pier 60 Red Hot

Saltwater Nation anglers are reporting that action off of Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach is really on fire. Spanish mackerel up to 20 inches have been hitting just about any bait–shrimp and whitebait, in particular–just after first light. Anglers using shiny lures and spoons have also seen their share of the action. Anglers using live […]

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The Blue Marlin–Visually

Check out this great infographic by the folks over at fishfishme.com. You can link to it here, as well.  

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Winds Bring in Herds o’ Man o’ War

North east winds this weekend made fishing along Florida’s east central coast a bit difficult. The wind brought in massive amounts of seaweed and an invasion of Portuguese man o’ war. Moderately rough surf didn’t help the matter much. While Spanish mackerel and small bluefish could be seen working in the surf–and more so just […]

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Texas and Louisiana File Suit Together

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has announced that it has joined with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to file suit in United States District Court in Brownsville, Texas in order to dispute an emergency regulation enacted by the National Marine Fisheries Service on February 8, 2013 despite objections from Louisiana, Texas, and Florida. […]

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Groupers use Sign Language

      News sources around the globe are picking up a story recently published in Nature Communication, an online, multidisciplinary journal dedicated to publishing research in biological, physical, and chemical sciences.  Written by two researchers from Cambridge University in the UK and one from the University of Neuchatal in Switzerland, the article “Referential Gestures […]

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Grouper Fisheries Reopen May 1

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced that Florida anglers can once again catch and keep limited numbers of grouper taken in state waters in the Atlantic out to three miles beginning May 1, 2013. The season will remain open until January 1, 2014. Monroe County Atlantic-side waters are included in this harvest […]

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Tarpon and Bonefish Catch-and-Release Only in FL?

On April 17, 2013 the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously to move forward with a proposed plan to make tarpon and bonefish catch-and-release only in Florida waters. The FWC summarizes the full proposal as proposing these changes in fisheries management approaches: Eliminating all harvest of tarpon with the exception of the harvest or […]

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Fear Mongering “River Monsters” shows its Ignorance

So, check out the screen capture taken today from the River Monsters web pages housed on the Animal Planet pages. We love the captions to this picture series called “Tarpon Pictures.” This one sums it up: “Jeremy Wade with a tarpon.” Guess again, Jeremy. The seven picture series (again, so you don’t forget, called “Tarpon […]

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Support House Bill 983 in North Carolina

The Carteret County Marine Fisheries Advisory Board in North Carolina met tonight in Beaufort and adopted a resolution to oppose portions of House Bill 983, titled 2013 Fisheries Economic Development Act. The Bill, which you can read in its entirety here, proposes to designate red drum, sea trout, and striped bass as coastal sport fish, […]

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Tuna News 4/24/2013

For those of you keeping up with world tuna news from across the Saltwater Nation, there are two stories of interest coming from Asia today. First, Fishnewseu.com  (a UK commercial fishing news site) is reporting that the Sri Lankan government is finally offering support of the tuna fisheries improvement project (FIP), an important tuna fisheries […]

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King Salmon Restrictions on Lower Cook Inlet

Those of you planning to fish the king runs in the lower Cook Inlet this year should keep an eye out for newly imposed restrictions. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sportfisheries has announced that Lower Cook Inlet stream and marine waters will be “managed conservatively during the 2013 season.” For more […]

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Charelston Area Anglers Gear Up for Cobia

Following our post yesterday about cobia in the Destin, Florida area, we heard from a few Saltwater Nation citizens from Charleston, South Carolina who reminded us that late April and early May is also cobia time in Southern South Carolina. Cobia can be found around nearshore and offshore reefs. As the water warms, some may […]

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Ed Dwyer’s 2013 Otherside Invitational

Ed Dwyer’s 2013 Otherside Invitational will be held next week April 26-28. Boats from Port Canaveral will have from 6:00am (lines in) to 9:00 pm (lines out) to find their fish and return to dock. Anglers will be targeting Yellowfin tuna, dolphin, wahoo, skip jack tuna, and four categories of billfish: blue marlin, white marlin, […]

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Shane Wilson and Fishing’s Future

Shane Wilson, Founder and Chairman of Fishing’s Future [Image from: http://fishingsfuture.org/shanewilson ] Congratulations to Shane Wilson, founder and chairman of the non-profit organization Fishing’s Future for another successful fishing event in South Padre Island, Texas. As Wilson explains: “I created an organization to put kids and parents back together. Our clinics run through 20 minute […]

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Alaska Department of Fish and Game Releases New Google Earth Application

From the Alaska Department of Fish and Game: “The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Division of Sport Fish recently developed a new Google Earth mapping application that is now posted on the department’s website and available for public use. The application provides anglers and other information seekers with easy access to contour maps, […]

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Cobia Bite is On!

We’re getting word from citizens of the Saltwater Nation around Destin, Florida that the cobia have started to move in as waters are warming. Most of the fish have been in the 30-40 lb range, though a few over 60lbs have started to show up as well. Anglers are having good luck using eels and […]

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Tracking Keys Commercial Fishing

The Miami Herald reports that local commercial fishermen in Key Largo, Florida unanimously voted yesterday to oppose mandatory satellite tracking for vessels fishing for snapper and grouper. The meeting and vote come in response to a South Atlantic Fishery Management Council proposal to require all federal snapper-grouper permit holders to install vessel monitoring systems on […]

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