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Spring, Finally!
FBR - CoverWeather-wise 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 Registry.

All in all it’s shaping up to be an exciting year on the water.

Bill Taylor

Barry Gibson
Associate Publisher

The Founders
Bill TaylorBill Taylor, Publisher

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 enthusiast.

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 GibsonCapt. 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)

Editorial Team
Glenn Law 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, NJ.
Gary Caputi 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 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.
Bob Stearns Bob 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.
John E. Phillips Karl 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 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.
John E. Phillips John 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.
Tom Richardson Tom 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. 
Rip Cunningham Mark 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.
Rip Cunningham Rip 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)

Sales Team
Jo-Ann Searls 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.
Roy Baird Roy 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.
Todd Taylor Todd 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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