What is the Best Summer Fishing Vacation

summer_fishing_vacations_white_marlin_capital_of_the_world_ocean_city_maryland_5838It’s summer and along with it comes trying to find the best place to take a fishing vacation, that is if you are the fisherman or woman in the family. One of the best summer fishing vacation destinations is Ocean City Maryland. Not only does Ocean City have great beaches, warm ocean water and a boardwalk for shopping and fun, it is also home of the White Marlin Open Fishing Tournament and know as the White Marlin Capital of the world for the big fish that are caught during the tournament. You do not have to fish it to have fun, tons of people gather at the weigh-in in the evenings when the sport fishing boats come in and weigh in their white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, wahoo and dolphin. The lids will love the sights are much as Mom and Dad.

Read about the history of the white marlin open and more things do on one of the best family summer fishing vacations in Ocean City, MD.

A Fisherman’s Dream Business – Opening and Running a Tackle Shop

Fishing Tackle Shop Business PlanIf you are someone like me who loves fishing, running a tackle shop or being a fishing guide are the always on the top of the list of businesses you dream about starting. Be careful what you ask for because sometimes the grass looks greener, but the water bill is a lot higher.

The old saying goes that if you buy a boat you are basically throwing money out the back into the hole in the water. As many a fisherman has found out the same can be said for running a tackle shop. The first thing you will want to do is write a successful business plan. And probably the most important part of that business plan is sizing your local market where your tackle shop will be located, figuring out how many potential customers you could have and then how much each of them may spend. Next comes building your financial plan. This is key because it is where you will be able to model what your margins will be on rods, reels, lures, flies and clothing. From here you will model how many customers you need a month to cover your costs of rent, electricity, marketing, and people to run the place. If you are starting to see where this is going I’m suggesting running a tackle store might not be a glamorous as it first seems and maybe fishing on weekends and sticking to the day job is a better bet for fishing fun.

Then take the fact that you are going to need to have a web presence because online fishing tackle stores have started to put pressure on brick and mortar stores. Online stores do not have retail rent costs and can take advantage of that by discounting the tackle when puts pressure on the brink and mortar tackle stores.

A lot of tackle stores have realized that better margins exist on fishing vacation packages or guided fishing trips. Success in this area usually results in setting up fishing trips for the local area where the tackle shop is located and then offering a few destination fishing trips hosted by the tackle shop owner. Yes, you can get a free fishing trip out of a set up like this, but it’s not really free because of all the logistics you have to coordinate and trust you will always have that one customers where everything is wrong. Dealing with that can be a real downer.

So is running a fishing tackle shop a great business to be in? Build your business plan, run the numbers and decide for yourself. But, be warned, it’s probably not as easy a business as it appears and may not translate into more fishing, actually you could be fishing a lot less.

Worldwide Angler Back to Online Fishing Information

Best Fishing DestinationsIt appears that Worldwide Angler is back casting their line in the water after fifteen years. It’s hard to tell where to they are going with the direction of the site other then to share the best of their fishing vacations. They are covering saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing and have a fishing journal where they say they are going to share the best of all their fishing adventures. We will keep an eye on them and see where things take them.

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Take Action to Reduce Longline Bycatch of Bluefin

TAKE ACTION TO REDUCE LONGLINE BYCATCH OF BLUEFIN

The severely depleted population of bluefin tuna in the western Atlantic Ocean breeds only in the Gulf of Mexico. Every spring, hundreds of rare giant bluefin, who come there to spawn, are caught and killed as bycatch in the commercial longline fisheries targeting tuna and swordfish. This doesn’t have to happen. There are ways to catch yellowfin tuna and swordfish and protect bluefin at the same time, helping them to recover to healthy numbers.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is considering ways to change future management of Atlantic bluefin tuna, with an emphasis on reducing bycatch of bluefin in the United States longline fishery throughout the Atlantic, including the Gulf. The agency is right now asking for comment on a recently-released Scoping Document. The management alternatives that survive this round of public comment and review will be developed and considered through Draft Amendment 7 to the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan later this year.

Contact NMFS today (BEFORE JULY 15) and tell them you support the inclusion of measures that would allow fishermen to continue to catch yellowfin tuna and swordfish while avoiding current high mortality rates on other vulnerable species; not just bluefin tuna, but billfish, sharks and sea turtles as well. Tell them to:

IMPLEMENT A NEW CLOSED AREA IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. Closure of the Northern Gulf to longlining during peak spawning months of April through June would significantly reduce bluefin bycatch of rare breeders. It could be expanded through the summer months to minimize bycatch of billfish. It is enforceable through electronic vessel monitoring systems.

SET A LONGLINE CATCH CAP BY REGION OR FLEET-WIDE. An annual cap on incidental catch of bluefin tuna (landed and discarded), after which longlining would end for the season, would create a strong incentive for tuna and swordfish longliners to alter their fishing strategies to avoid bluefin or switch to more selective alternative gears. A bycatch cap would require enhanced observer coverage.

SHIFT FROM LONGLINES TO GREESTICK AND/OR BUOY GEAR. Closures and caps can be used in combination to move the fleet away from longlines to the use of greensticks for yellowfin tuna and buoy gear for swordfish. The shift to these gears would maximize protection for bluefin while transitioning the fishery to alternative gears shown to have high catch rates of target species with insignificant amounts of bycatch of any species.

RESTRICT LENGTH OF LONGLINE GEAR. The root problem with longlines is they’re too long, from 20 to 40 miles, and they’re in the water 12 hours or more. Shorter lines and soak times may not help bluefin in the Gulf, where mortality after hook-up is high because of the warm waters and amount of energy expended during spawning, but it could have benefits elsewhere. Studies indicate billfish and sharks that are on the line from 3-6 hours have a substantially higher survival rate than fish that spend more time on the hook, even using circle hooks.

You may submit comments on the scoping document (identified by “NOAA-NMFS. 2012-0082”) through July 15, 2012, by one of the following methods: Submit electronic comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov; fax to 978-281-9340; or mail to Tom Warren, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, NMFS 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930.

How to Fishing – Light Tackle Fishing Series Part 6

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Good how to fish article series on light tackle fishing. Part 6 was just published covering fishing line. Click here to check out the whole article.

The Series

The Light Tackle Fishing for Striped Bass Series

Part 1 – Introduction to Light Tackle Fishing for Striped Bass in Saltwater
Part 2 – Light Tackle Fishing Rods
Part 3 – Light Tackle Spinning Reels
Part 4 – Light Tackle Baitcasting Reels
Part 5 – Fishing Line
Part 6 – Fishing Knots

In the coming months
Part 7 – Lures: Plastics and Jigs/Bucktails
Part 8- Lures: Topwater Poppers
Part 9 – Lures: Crank Baits
Part 10 – Lures: Spoons
Part 11 – Putting it all Together: Where to look for Striped Bass
Part 12 – Boats: Reviewing the Best Light Tackle Boats
Part 13 – Boats: Rigging your Boat for Light Tackle Fishing