Illegal Fishing Is Being Tracked From Space

By Sarah Gibbens Ocean conservationists from watchdog group Oceana are hunting for illegal fishing activity, and one new method they are exploring for catching offenders is satellite data. The data comes from a monitoring network called the Automatic Identification System, or AIS. AIS was established so large ships could broadcast their locations and avoid collisions. In a new…

New Trout Fisheries in Maryland

Beginning June 1, trout anglers in Maryland will have opportunities to harvest trout from the scenic Patapsco River. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced the opening of a one-mile section of the South Branch Patapsco River near Sykesville as a Group 1 Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Area. DNR created the new area…

Tarpon Focus of New Study

By Todd Staley Twenty-seven years ago, Didiher Chacon was a young biologist from the National University in Costa Rica. Todd Staley, co-creator of 12 Fathom Jigs that forever changed tarpon fishing in Boca Grande, Florida, in the late 1980s, had just moved to Costa Rica to manage Archie Fields’ Rio Colorado Lodge, a world-famous tarpon…

Elkhead Reservoir Pike and Bass Tournament

Catching a fish at Elkhead Reservoir in northwestern Colorado could get you just that! ELKHEAD RESERVOIR FISHING CLASSIC TOURNAMENT:  JUNE 24 – JULY 2 The Elkhead ​Reservoir (Moffat and Routt counties) Fishing Classic tournament will take place June 24th through July 2nd. This tournament will target smallmouth bass and northern pike. One northern pike and one smallmouth…

Flounder Species Information

The name ‘flounder’ species is used for several only distantly related species, though all are in the suborder Pleuronectidae (families Achiropsettidae, Bothidae, Pleuronectidae, Paralichthyidae and Samaria). Some of the better known species that are important in fisheries are: Eye migration In its life cycle, an adult flounder has two eyes situated on one side of…

Sailfish Species Information

Species Two sailfish species have been recognized. No differences have been found in mtDNA, morphometrics or meristics between the two supposed species and most authorities now only recognized a single species, (Istiophorus platypterus), found in warmer oceans around the world. FishBase continues to recognize two species: Atlantic sailfish (Istiophorus albicans). Indo-Pacific sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus). Description An Indo-Pacific…

Red Drum Species Information

Characteristics Mature red drum species (S. ocellatus) showing characteristic spot(s) at the base of the tail: This one is not a “bull red” because it is shorter than 27 inches (0.69 m). Red drum are a dark red color on the back, which fades into white on the belly. The red drum has a characteristic…