South Florida Report


We trolled a little more and caught a few more mahi.
The bite is getting better each day.
Got him in the boat and set back up.
We got to the spot and within 7 minutes of our bait being down we got a bite and we were on!
Two minutes later he got his first mutton of the day.

South Carolina Governor’s Cup Series Winners


The fleet released 341 billfish — including 254 sailfish, 80 blue marlin, five white marlin and two spearfish — to set a new record for the series.
Game On, captained by Trey McMillan and owned by Bubba Roof, won the Outstanding Billfish Award by landing a 500.2-pound blue marlin, worth 501 points.
The Carroll Campbell Award, which honors individuals and families who have been conservation leaders for South Carolina, went to James S. Johnston, who helped organize the first Georgetown Landing Blue Marlin Tournament. Johnston has participated every year in the tournament for the past 50 years.
First place: Chandler Griffin, 15, with 12 sailfish releases and five blue marlin releases for 5,400 points.
Nettles fished aboard Petrel.
Third place: Mackenzie Truluck, 15, with five sailfish releases and one blue marlin release for 1,600 points. Truluck fished aboard Salty Maintenance.
First place: Hope Bentley with five sailfish releases and three blue marlin releases for 2,800 points.

Chemicals in Tuna Are Widespread


. She and her team then had the samples processed at an outside lab that looked for 247 different persistent organic pollutants in the tissue.
They found that some tuna caught in industrialized areas of the North Atlantic and North Pacific had 36 times more contaminants than the tuna from more pristine locations, like the West Pacific.
But Sascha Nicklisch, the lead author of the study, points out that the survey only screened for 247 chemicals, while there are about 85,000 chemicals in the EPA’s chemical registry, most without data on safety levels. “Everyone in the lab loves fish, and we eat fish.
These particular chemicals interfere with cell-defense systems that prevent chemicals from bioaccumulating in the tissues of humans, tuna, and other organisms.
Bonito says that when it comes to saying definitively whether yellowfin from certain areas of the ocean are “cleaner” than others, it’s hard to say.
“The nature of these chemicals is they can persist for a long time.

Bamboo is being Rediscovered


Rod blanks rolled from this cutting-edge material set forth a standard that would change the face of fly rod construction for decades to come, and the material was universally accepted because it decreased vibration, added greater hoop strength, and increased energy transfer.
It was the end of an era, and marquee names like Ed and Jim Payne, Pinky Gillum, Everett Garrison, Gene Edwards, Hiram Leonard, Paul Young, and Wes Jordan were replaced by new names.
Before fiberglass, the expanding recreational fishing industry needed cane rods, and lots of ’em.
Some blanks offered a darker color made from flaming bamboo while classically dried and finished rods yielded a luxurious light tan coloration.
The market for used cane classics is bullish, and more than that, a number of craftsmen are making new bamboo rods to support current demand. Many fly rodders are experiencing cane for the first time, and they know what many of us have known for quite a while: cane rods feel even better than they look, and boy do they look good.
Perhaps the greatest compliment a cane rod maker can receive comes from knowing a rod he made is an angler’s first choice when he goes fishing.
“Cane rods are different. They enhance our fishing experiences because they connect us to the roots of a tradition, which run incredibly deep.