Fishing News and Info
Sunday, November 23: Lure sells for whale of a price
By Jack Horan brKnight Ridder News Service
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A collector from South Carolina paid more than $100,000 for an 1859 copper fishing lure, a record price for an American fishing collectible at auction.
The buyer, Tracey Shirey of Pomaria, outbid 18 others for the one-of-a-kind, 10-inch-long Haskell minnow at Boxborough, Mass., earlier this month.
Shirey, 33, called the saltwater lure the "Holy Grail of fishing lures" because of its age, rarity and uniqueness. The lure sits in a safe-deposit box.
His bid of $92,000 beat 18 others, according to John Ganung, owner of Lang's Sporting Collectables of Waterville, N.Y.
1. The Salmon
Years ago my friend, who was a fly fisherman, fell under a disabling illness. The continent separated us and rumors of his condition were bad; and so I copied out the First Meditation by John Donne, from his Devotions, and mailed it to him. "Variable, and therefore miserable condition of man! this minute I was well, and am ill, this minute. I am surprised with a sudden change, and alteration to worse, and impute it to no cause, nor call it by any name.
Conservation Commission approves resident hunting and fishing fee increases for 2003-2004
JEFFERSON CITY -- Missourians will pay more for hunting and fishing permits next year as a result of new permit fees approved by the Missouri Conservation Commission May 30. In approving the increase, the four commissioners cited the need to maintain conservation programs and the importance of ensuring that hunters and anglers continue to have a wide range of hunting and fishing activities.
At its May meeting, the Conservation Commission approved permit fee increases ranging from 50 cents to $2. Conservation Department Deputy Director John Smith said the increases are the first since 1999, when resident permit fees increased by $1 to $4.
FWC Meeting Yields Hunting and Fishing Rule Changes
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC's) April 3-4 regular meeting yielded major changes in hunting and fishing rules.
The FWC approved a rule to lengthen the annual two-day antlerless deer season to seven days on private lands. FWC biologists proposed the rule to improve the quality of the deer herd in Florida.
Also, Commissioners approved a split hunting season for ducks, light geese and coots. The season will occur in two phases - the Saturday before Thanksgiving through the Sunday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 23 - Dec. 1 this year) and Dec. 1- Jan. 20.
Judge: DNA Can Be Used in Peterson Case
MODESTO, Calif. - A pathologist who examined Laci Peterson's badly decomposed body testified Monday that he could find no evidence of wounds and could not determine what weapon may have been used to kill her.
Testifying for the prosecution at a preliminary hearing for Scott Peterson, forensic pathologist Dr. Brian Peterson, no relation to the couple, said Laci Peterson's neck, head, forearms and one of her feet were missing.
He attributed the poor condition of the body to exposure to saltwater and sea creatures.
Dr. Peterson said that her abdomen was worn away, but that there was no evidence she had given birth.
Tackle Considerations For Southern California Anglers
Friday, June 27, 2003
By Zack Thomas
With the myriad species and techniques available in SoCal waters, you could easily spend a thousand dollars buying rod-and-reel outfits ideally suited to every fishing situation. And some fishermen do just that, amassing quivers of 15 or 20 highly specialized outfits. With a little forethought, though, you can equip yourself to tackle most of SoCal's gamefish with only a few versatile setups.
The spectacular Sulu Sulawesi Seas
Six of the word's eight species of sea turtles can be found here--the leatherback, green, olive ridley, hawksbill, loggerhead, and flatback. Manta rays cruise the ocean bottom or occasionally leap from the surface. Water monitors and saltwater crocodiles also visit the marine habitats. Eight cetaceans are from these two seas: the spinner, spotted, bottlenose, Risso's, and Fraser's dolphins, as well as the short-finned pilot whale, dwarf sperm whale, and Curvier's beaked whale. The endangered dugong, a cousin to the manatee, is known to feed in the area.
Practical Fly Selection for Salt Water
Redfish after redfish came cruising down along the shoreline, searching for crabs. Their dorsal and caudal fins threw glints of sunlight as they pierced the surface of the skinny water. Periodically there was a rush and a swirl, as one of the fish zeroed in on its prey.
I stood in the shallow water watching, fly rod in hand, waiting for the fish to move within casting range. Whenever one did, I tossed my crab imitation out to it. The result was inevitable - every single fish took the fake. It was a wonderful day.
The Charleston Gazette - APNews
Associated Press Writer
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) -- More than 240 calls were made between Scott Peterson and his girlfriend, Amber Frey, during the weeks before and after Peterson's wife, Laci, disappeared, an investigator testified Tuesday.
Peterson and Frey spoke as often as 16 times a day between Nov. 19 and Feb. 19, including calls on Christmas Eve, when Peterson said his wife disappeared while he was fishing, and on Valentine's Day, Stanislaus County investigator Steve Jacobson said. There were very few days when there weren't calls between their phones, he said.
Florida bills itself "The Fishing Capital of the World."
Where else could you take to the salt water and do battle with a sailfish, marlin or tarpon in the morning, then catch a trophy bass in fresh water that afternoon?
Where else could you fish for spotted seatrout, redfish and snook, then grab your fly rod and cast to bonefish and permit?
The state features a vast coastline and thousands of miles of fishable water. Floridians can fish the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, many bays, sounds, creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes and canals.
No doubt, you could grab a rod and reel, close your eyes and head in any direction.
New Technology Seeks To Bridge Rift In Manatee Issue - from Tampa Bay Online
In the continuing friction between powerboaters and manatee fans, one promising direction seems to be what is being called manatee avoidance technology (MAT) - gadgets that either help manatees avoid boats or help boat-operators avoid manatees.
Advocates of MAT point out that if a workable system is devised, it could eliminate much of the alleged need for additional no-boating zones in areas where manatees are abundant.
The Florida Legislature has been doling out $200,000 per year, since 2001, for companies pursuing this technology.
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Surrounded by two beautiful rivers, the historic community of Dunnellon lies between the plush thoroughbred horse farms of Ocala and the Gulf of Mexico.
With its carefully preserved Old Florida character and spirit of hospitality, its spectacular rivers, springs, vegetation and wildlife - all only 15 miles from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico - Dunnellon is the perfect gem in Florida's natural paradise.
Residents can gain a sense of the early days as they stroll the oak-lined streets and view the authentically restored nineteenth century homes, many of which have become havens for antiques dealers and teahouses.
Feds Blunder In Bishop's Harbor Decision - from Tampa Bay Online
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made a monumental and apparently politically inspired blunder in forcing Florida environmental agencies to resume dumping phosphate wastes into Bishop's Harbor, on the south shore of Tampa Bay.
The federal agency, crumbling to demands of a few commercial fishermen, denied a permit that would have allowed millions of gallons of wastes to be barged away from the shallow, environmentally sensitive waters of the harbor, all the way out to the depths at the edge of the continental shelf, 100 miles from shore in water from 200 to 1,000 feet deep.
Yacht expedition in Sea of Cortes one whale of a journey
SEA OF CORTES, Mexico - Seventy percent of Earth's surface is covered with water, we learn in school, and 97 percent of that water is in the oceans.
That computes to about 138 million square miles of saltwater spread around the globe - a gee-whiz fact for sure, but so what?
Consider this: Beneath the surface of the seas swim at least 4,000 representatives of the largest living species on Earth, the blue whale.
So endangered are these creatures that the random chance of seeing a mature behemoth pop its head up is about 1 in a number with too many digits to fit on the face of a calculator.
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