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it's been a tough late-winter for much of the U.S., with unseasonably
cool temperature. But it's June, the light is shining brightly
at the end of the tunnel, and all along our coastlines many species
of the fish we like to catch - from flounder to tarpon -- are
showing up in the masses.
And there's reason to be optimistic about the summer fishing season,
as new regulations have been implemented in many areas that will
benefit sport fishermen. Big, industrial-scale trawl boats that
target herring have been banned from nearshore New England waters
for the summer months, which means bluefin tuna, sharks, and other
predators may return in greater numbers than in recent years since
there will be more forage available to them. Management strategies
for summer flounder, or fluke, in the Mid-Atlantic states have
been fine-tunned so that anglers will get a reasonable annual
quota of these popular flatfish. And the commercial fish traps
that have reduced populations of snapper and grouper in the Gulf
of Mexico have finally been eliminated, which should help allow
these species to recover.
On top of all this, there are more models of fishing boats and
engines along with a wider array of cutting-edge electronics,
accessories and fishing gear on the market than ever before. The
number of new 30-foot-plus center consoles available is taggering,
Yamaha has raised the bar with its soon-to-be-released 350 hp
outboard, and the 2007 Bass Pro Shops Master Fishing Catalog is
a whopper at 790 pages and a weight of over two pounds. It's hard
to believe that we'll ever have more choices than we do now ...
but wail 'til 08!
Another trend that just seems to keep getting stronger is that
of competitive salt water fishing. Dozens of new tournaments and
tournament series have sprung up over the past several years,
and the number continues to grow. There’s something for
everyone, from serious high-stakes billfish contests with six-figure
payouts to local club events for kids that are all about having
fun, and everything in between. Two of the more popular include
the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) and the American Striper
Association (ASA) series, and that’s why, starting with
this issue, we’ll be reporting the results of the most recent
SKA and ASA tournaments right here in the pages of Fish Boats
All in all it’s shaping up to be an exciting year on the
Bill Taylor has introduced thousands of people to the boating
lifestyle and generated millions of dollars for communities through
his poker run boating events, including substantial amounts for
local hospitals and charitable organizations. A lifelong boater
himself, he has nurtured a dream to launch an American saltwater
and freshwater magazine that uniquely services the avid fishboat
Along with longtime friend Gordon Houser and hours of talks and
careful planning, this dream began to take shape. Gordon Houser,
currently national sales manager for fishing products with MCE
Television Network, is a 50-year veteran of the marine and fishing
industries, with stops at Thompson Boats Company of New York Inc.,
Chris Craft Corporation, CBS Publications, Donzi Marine Corp.,
Wellcraft Marine and Genmar Boats,
Barry Gibson, Editor/Associate Publisher
Barry brings with him 27 years of service with Salt Water Sportsman
magazine, 22 of them as editor. Barry is a long-time proponent
of responsible fishery management. Gibson has served on numerous
federal boards including the International Commission for the
Conservation of Atlantic Tunas and the New England Fishery Management
Council. Currently he’s a member of the Stellwagen Bank
National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee, a founding member
of the Northeast Charterboat Captains Association, and serves
as the New England Regional Director for the Recreational Fishing
Alliance. Barry has assembled an award-winning team of writers
and sales staff, bringing more knowledge and expertise that will
deliver readers and advertisers alike a boating publication unlike
any other. (Top)
Glenn Law has covered fresh and salt water fishing
for over 20 years, and has written hundreds of articles and taken
thousands of photos. He is the author of A Concise History of
Fly Fishing, and is a freelance writer as well as a Contributing
Editor for Center Console Angler magazine. He lives in Princeton,
Heather Maxwell grew up fishing Chesapeake Bay
and the offshore waters of Virginia, and currently serves as the
Tournament Director for Pirate’s Cove Marina in Manteo,
North Carolina, running nine major events annually. She frequently
writes about saltwater fishing off the Outer Banks, and is an
integral part of her husband’s charter fishing business
at Oregon Inlet.
Gary Caputi has contributed to regional and national
fishing and boating publications for over 25 years. He currently
serves as Offshore Editor for Salt Water Sportsman and as Director
of Corporate Development for the Recreational Fishing Alliance.
Stearns earned a degree in meteorology, but started a
career in outdoor writing in 1969, with more than 1,500 articles
in leading publications such as Field & Stream, Saltwater
Fly Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman. He produced his first book,
The Fisherman’s Boating Book, in 1984.
Anderson has fished nearly all the major big-game venues
around the world, and has been involved in the marine industry
as a magazine writer and a product development consultant. Karl’s
other job is as captain of the Brier Patch, a 58-foot Merritt
based in Stuart, FL and Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
Ron Ballanti is a prolific writer with credits
in Trailer Boats, Boating Magazine, Pacific Coast Sportfishing,
Western Outdoors, Southern Boating, and Salt Water Sportsman.
Ron is a two-time Fishing Category winner in the Boating Writers
International Annual Writing Contest.
E. Phillips has written more than 5,000 fishing and hunting
articles and been published in nearly 100 regional and national
magazines. John writes his Alabama Outdoors column for 38 newspapers
and has served as the Outdoor Editor for the Birmingham Post-Herald
for the past 20 years.
Richardson is the newly-appointed editor of Offshore
magazine. Tom spent many years as the Managing Editor of Salt
Water Sportsman, and has become well-known as a freelance writer
and photographer for a number of angling publications.
Rotharmel has 20 years of offshore boat testing experience.
He is a former champion race driver and has competed throughout
the world as a member of Team Mercury and the OMC Formula One
Factory Racing effort. Mark enjoys the challenges of the fresh
and salt water fishing, and is a frequent contributor to several
boating publications. He is also co-host for a boating television
show aired throughout North America.
Cunningham served as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of
Salt Water Sportsman for 33 years. An accomplished writer and
photographer, he has received several awards from the Outdoor
Writers Association of America and was co-host of the Salt Water
Sportsman TV show on ESPN. (Top)
Jo-Ann Searls Jo-Ann Searls is a 20-year veteran
of the marine industry. She began her marine publishing career
in Vancouver, Canada, working with a British Columbia regional
magazine, then branched onto the national front when she moved
to Toronto in the late 80s. In addition to her public relations
and advertising sales duties, Jo-Ann has earned a reputation as
an accomplished writer/photographer.
Baird got his start in the magazine business in 1990.
Roy handles a large portfolio of national accounts for several
magazines, including Power Boating Canada, RV Lifestyle, and was
instrumental in launching Fish Boats Registry in 2005. He presently
sits on the board of directors for the Canadian NMMA, and has
served on the advisory board for Discover Boating.
Taylor is Vice President of Sales for Taylor Media Group
and has handled National Accounts since 1996. He is an avid outdoor
enthusiast having worked on a number of TMG's recreational publications.
He was instrumental in the the launch of Poker Runs America Magazine,
a publication geared to the offshore performance boat enthusiast.
He is also responsible for the launch of the Performance Boat
Television Show and looks forward to another season with Fish
Boats Registry 2007.
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