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A new twist for line

Fishing line that is braided is the latest advance offered by manufacturers though it is not expected to replace the monofilament lines. Evaluations of several braided fishing lines reveal that their strength is unsurpassed, but that some modifications to knot tying technique are needed.
Since March of this year, the fishing world has been swept up in growing excitement over an incredible new family of fishing lines. Claims about the performance of the lines–from unfounded rumors to the obligatory marketing hype–have bordered on the otherworldly.

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These are braided lines, not monofilament, and they won’t make monofilament obsolete. Perhaps the most exotic is the one Kevlar braid from Du Pont called, appropriately, Stren Kevlar. Others in the long line of new lines include the Spectra fiber line (gel-spun polyethylene) made in the United States by Allied Signal Inc., and another Spectra product called Dyneema sold by Triple Fish Company of Ocoee, Florida. Fenwick and PRADCO are working with Japan to produce their versions of gel-spun polyethylene lines called IRON Thread and Silver Thread, respectively. Berkley and Cortland also have braided line entries.Continue reading

Gunboat diplomacy: Canada fires the first shots in what may become an all-out fish war with Europe

Canada seized a Spanish fishing trawler, the Estai, in Mar 1995, on the grounds that the vessel was severely depleting the turbot population off the coast of Newfoundland. The Estai was outside Canada’s 200-mile limit at the time of the seizure. The European Union (EU) protested the move.
It is a slime-bodied bottom-feeder–a putrid-colored fish with ugly, raised eyes that Canadian supermarkets can hardly give away. Not the sort of prize, then, that would normally be expected to bring two nations to the verge of open warfare on the high seas. But last week, as the long-simmering turbot fishing dispute between Canada and Spain boiled over into a dramatic chase across a fog-shrouded ocean, a burst of machine-gun fire and the seizure of a Spanish fishing vessel, it became obvious that these are not ordinary times. Ottawa, after all, had finally heeded demands from Atlantic Canadian fishermen and politicians to stand tall and end foreign overfishing in the waters off Newfoundland. The week may have ended in a diplomatic stalemate with Spanish trawlers threatening to resume catching turbot on the lip of Canada’s 200-nautical-mile fishing zone and Fisheries Minister Brian Tobin promising more boat seizures if they did. But his swift show of strength, at least for the moment, burnished the prestige of a minister whose department is sorely in need of any sort of high-profile victory.Continue reading

Fusion confusion

Fused braid fishing lines outperform all others, though there is industry confusion surrounding the definition of fused braids and corresponding claims. The history of fishing line is traced from natural braids to nylon monofilaments to braided synthetics to fused braids.
Fishing line has a varied and complex history. First there were braids, next came monofilament, then braids resurfaced, and now we have fused braids. While the general term being used to describe the latest process of melding the braids is fusion, varying manufacturer claims have led to a lot of confusion.

In fact, it has developed into quite a backlash among linemakers and users. Let’s glance back over the years to help untangle this snarl.

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Walking in Water

Buying best breathable waders used in here to be a mindless task : Just drive to the tackleshop and pick up a pair. But no longer are all waders created equal. They come in different weights for different conditions, and are made of materials like Gore-Tex, Kevlar, titanium and Cordura. So don’t just buy the first pair you spot on the shelf. Choose the ones designed to fit your needs. Here are five affordable waders worth keeping in mind.Continue reading

Pipeline, fishing factions argue safety issue

The U.S. gas pipeline and fishing industries are at odds over what should be done to keep fishing vessels from striking pipelines on the seabed.

Pipeline witnesses told a House merchant marine subcommittee hearing in New Orleans the locations of offshore pipelines should be noted on marine navigation charts, and commercial fishing vessels should be required to consult them.Continue reading

Back to basics

If you understand how to find fish in salt water, you’ll be successful in fresh water too, as Karl Anderson proved on Lake Okeechobec.

PEOPLE OFTEN THINK gthat saltwater or “deep-sea” fishing involves an entirely different set of techniques than freshwater fishing. Not necessarily true. At first glance, thee wouldn’t seem to be much similarity between the saltwater flounder, known in New England as “fluke,” and the freshwater crappie that Floridians call “speckled perch,” but the tackle and many of the techniques used for one will work well for the other. After all, basics are basics!

Here’s an example: After reading about the event in a local newspaper, my friend Karl Anderson decided to fish the Lake Okeechobee “Crappiethon,” a one-day tournament held on the Florida lake that is the largest body of fresh water completely within the U.S. boundaries.Continue reading

Fish to match my mountains

It’s always surprised me that more backpackers aren’t anglers. Look closely at the blue lines on those high-mountain topo maps and you’re likely to find plenty of trout habitat; get your face close to the water and you’ll see the insect life that captures a trout’s attention. You might consider knocking a few miles off your next walk to spend some time in the stream you were planning to hike along.Continue reading

Hot weather got you down?

When temperatures rise, it’s time to get crankin’

When plastic worms first hit the market in the 1950s, they so thoroughly revolutionized bass fishing that even now many bass anglers are reluctant to use anything else. But the worm may be turning (pardon the pun but not the sentiment). It’s not that soft plastics have suddenly lost their fish-catching magic, it’s simply that they’re no longer every bass fisherman’s knee-jerk preference in every situation. The lure that most lately has bulled its way to the top for hot summertime fishing is made of wood or hard plastic, has treble hooks, and has a lip to make it dive and wobble. It’s the crankbait.Continue reading

To catch this fish, put hand in mouth, hang on – and pull

Where I live out here on the Upper Mississippi, the local French name for the flathead catfish is “goujon.” An awesome creature, the goujon has a heavy head, tiny eyes and several pairs of the fleshy whiskers that give the catfish its name. Its rubbery skin is a mottled, yellow-brown color. Unlike some other catfish that are content to scavenge for much of their food, this one is said to be primarily a meat eater that prefers living prey. big ones, and the goujon may reach 100 pounds or more, are usually loners. They hang out in deep holes under log drifts or cutbanks–lurking there during the day and prowling into shallows at night to hunt other fish.Continue reading

Fishing the deep freeze

When the weather is freezing but the water is open, bait presentations have to be perfect. Of course, icefishing tactics would work, but they’re out of the question…or are they?

Some phone calls have a way of getting your attention, and this was one of them. “No, I mean big pike,” my friend Pete Bellinger said one December night after fishing in the St. Lawrence River in northern New York, so excited his words nearly ran together. “It was really warm after work so I went perch fishing off the docks. The perch bit, but the northerns bit even better. I landed a couple that went seven or eight pounds, and then broke off a really good one. You ought to come up.”

Three days later I did. But near-zero temperatures had turned the river surface to slush ice. We stood there, staring gloomily at the river, as blocks of ice passed by. Angling was out of the question.Continue reading