By Alan Evelyn Conservation Chair
Several Salties have contacted me about writing letters to voice their opposition to National Marine Fisheries Service plans regarding Atlantic Tunas, Swordfish and Sharks and the Billfish Amendment (see March’s newsletter) They suggested I provide a sample letter for the Club members to use. I thought it was an excellent idea. This is the letter that I sent to Senator Schumer. Please feel free to copy it word for word, just use some of the language or ignore completely. The important thing is to write and voice your opposition.
A big CONGRATULATIONS to Chuck Mills for placing THIRD in the FLY DIVISION of the Jamaica Bay Kayak Fishing Tournament this past weekend with a keeper-sized striper on the fly!!!! Chuck, you do us proud. Keep those lines tight and we’re looking forward to seeing you on our next trip.
The Chesapeake is the largest spawning area for Striped bass on the East coast. Targeting these fish just before and right after their spawn makes no sense. Until gamefish status becomes a reality, fighting against net harvesting will have to do. Please sign the petition here.
Thank you for your support. What affects stripers in their spawning grounds affects us all.
I never thought much about leverage as it applies to casting a fly line until last week at the Somerset show. Joel and I had decided to check out a couple of the new rods being offered by Sage and Scott. While Joel, and several other people were casting, I was talking with Bert Darrow, the TGA president who is also a certified casting instructor. He was pointing out to me the way several of the casts we were watching (not Joel’s of course) were dying at the end of the cast. You know what I mean. The cast would roll out very nicely until the very end, and then the end of the line and leader would collapse in a bundle instead of splaying out fully and dropping gently to the floor.
The simple answer to this question is “Location, Location, Location”. The fish can move freely about the water depths and wading anglers can not. Anyone experienced with fishing from the surf can probably recall many times when distance in the cast often made a big difference in the quantity and quality of fish caught. Though techniques in distance casting taught by some of the masters like Lefty Kreh and Lou Tabory can help the average angler to send a few extra yards of shooting line through their guides, there are still often situations where being able to chase the fish down into some deeper water (or more rapidly down the shoreline) can translate into more fish caught and released.
Taking the game to the fish opens more opportunity for the angler, but also has its compromises. Beginners at fly casting should probably hone their skills on terra firma before taking their first paddle. Seasoned casters will still need to make adjustments in their casting technique, but will find that all the same principles of casting apply on the kayak as they do on the shoreline. One dramatic change will be the requirements of often making long casts. The unique advantage of fishing from a kayak is that the angler can literally sneak up on the fish undetected. Of course, this won’t automatically translate to an immediate catch, but it increases the angler’s opportunity at fish.