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Blue Marlin Biology

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[A] Eyes: Proportionate to their body size, blue marlin have the largest eyes of any billfish species, comparable to the eyes of a swordfish.
[H] Brain: A huge optic center processes information from the eyes, giving blue marlin excellent vision.
They essentially see in black and white as they look down, but in shades of color as they look up toward the ocean’s surface.
Are there times and locations where large numbers of blue marlin are present but mostly feeding down near the thermocline?
For one thing, blue marlin have the biggest eyes in the billfish family, comparable to the enormous eyes of broadbill swordfish.
It’s interesting that some individuals make large-scale movements, while others might hang around a given area for extended periods of time.
Some blues circulate around the Western Pacific, and others between the Coral Sea off of northeastern Australia to the South Pacific islands.
We targeted school yellowfin, narrow-barred mackerel, and dogtooth tuna from 8 to 50 pounds for both live- and dead-rigged baits, and did not shy away from baits on the larger end of the scale.
We observed big marlin flashing in and attacking whole live tuna, open-mouthed, like predators without bills.
This means a blue marlin would see red as black, and various other colors as perhaps shades of gray.

Introducing the ZipAll

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From the new REI Co-op Drypoint GTX jacket to the iconic REI Co-op Quarter Dome tent, the co-op has created hundreds of products over the years, seeking that perfect balance between needs and dreams.
But, for the first time ever, we’ve designed a piece of apparel so versatile and customizable it almost defies common sense: the REI Co-op ZipAll.
They’re comfortable and attractive, with a zip-off design that takes them from pants to shorts.
For that matter, why even stop at pants?
To design what is possibly our finest masterpiece yet, we started with the best attributes of the Sahara Pants—the comfortable, breathable fabric and intelligent zipper functionality.
Anything they thought was a limiting factor in their adventures or a must-have, we put it together in the ZipAll.
With more than 30 zippers spanning the entire body and an array of thoughtful details (hello, movable pockets!
That’s not all: “The cape is my favorite feature.
There have been so many times I’ve been snowboarding and going for a big drop, and I thought ‘I left my cape at home,’” Adam said.
The ZipAll has you covered.

Chica de Mayo Women’s Flyfishing Event Turns 10

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Each year in May, The River’s Edge and Simms Fishing Products host a women’s flyfishing event in Bozeman, MT—Chica de Mayo.
The gathering has evolved into the largest women’s flyfishing event in Montana, the United States, and well, probably in the world.
This year’s event celebrates women in flyfishing and offers educational clinics, phenomenal female speakers, prizes, a cocktail party, and much more.
It also marks the 10th Annual Chica de Mayo—a labor of love and a true milestone to celebrate.
Over the years guest speakers have presented on Kick Plastic, Aquatic Invasive Species, and other topics.
Throughout the day, merchandise sales and pink bucket raffles raise funds for Casting for Recovery – a non-profit organization offering breast cancer survivors a unique retreat program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of flyfishing.
“From the 2017 event fundraising, a check for $5,000 was presented to Casting for Recovery—double the amount raised in 2016,” said Simms’ Diane Bristol.
“Between this and the continued growth in participation, it indicates that women are not only excited to potentially win an amazing prize, but that they also really want to support other women in flyfishing.” The River’s Edge and Simms Fishing are inviting all women anglers, near and far, to attend this year’s Chica de Mayo.
As the date draws closer, a team of incredible lady anglers are highly motivated to make this year an epic celebration.
Watch The River’s Edge and Simms Fishing Products Instagram and Facebook feeds for updates and to plan your trip to Bozeman to help us celebrate ten years.

Gourmet Recipe: Venison Backstrap with Veal Demi-Glace

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The coffee spice rub, demi-glace and mesquite wood will combine to create an enticing mix of flavors.
The process may take a little extra work, but no doubt, it will be worth it.
Have HOT coals/wood going, reserving three to four pieces of the mesquite wood (dry) for smoking.
Add reserved wood right before placing meat on the grill.
Set meat aside and let rest for a couple of minutes.
Meanwhile, reheat sauté pan of onions and mushrooms until hot.
Cut butter into chunks and add to pan.
Remove from heat and stir mixture until butter has slowly melted and sauce is smooth and velvety.
Drizzle the rest of the sauce on top of meat.
Cook It.

The 5 Best Backpacking Accessories of 2018

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Trail cred “It fit 18 cans of beer, some cheese, and a salami on a three-day paddling trip down New Zealand’s Whanganui River,” one editor says.
Nemo Stargaze Recliner Low Our take Does the world need another camp chair?
And setup is easy—simply snap together the frame and hang the mesh chair.” The auto-reclining system is smart; just lean back and find your preferred angle.
“It got treated roughly on a river trip with 20 people and tons of gear to pack and unpack everyday, but suffered no damage.” Buy NEMO Stargaze Recliner Low Now $170; 5 lbs.
Tip: Snap two or more tables together to make one big one.
Trail cred “I didn’t know I wanted one until I used it,” says one tester.
“In the Grand Canyon, we stopped for lunch on a beach along the Colorado River and the table made it easy to keep sand out of our sandwiches.” Buy Cascade Wild Ultralight Backpacking Table Now $10; 2.2 oz.
Closet cred “Instead of laying out my wet gloves in the laundry room, I hang them in one of the mesh bags,” our tester says.
“They dry faster and are already stored when they’re done.” Buy GearStash 1.25 Storage System Now $97 Columbia F.K.T.
Buy Columbia F.K.T.

Striper Migration Map March 30 2018

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2018 Striper Migration Map The striper migration has begun!
Striped bass are moving toward spawning grounds in Chesapeake Bay tributaries, and smaller stripers are getting active in warming inshore areas in Delaware Bay, along the New Jersey beaches, in the backwaters at the west end of Long Island, and in tidal rivers in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Follow along as we track the Striper Migration.
Chesapeake Bay Striper Report On the upper Chesapeake, the water temperature in the Susquehanna Flats has been holding about 45 degrees and rising slowly.
Note that beginning on April 1, the striped bass season is closed on spawning grounds.
Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported that small plugs, shads, and bloodworms are all working in the backwaters.
New York Striper Report Backwater areas on the West End of the island were holding some schoolie stripers, and the fish have been a little more active thanks to warming water temperatures.
In Brooklyn at Bernie’s Bait and Tackle, they said anglers are starting to target schoolie striped bass in the area.
In Wantagh at Causeway Bait & Tackle, they reported anglers having great success with schoolie striped bass in the back bays.
Connecticut/Rhode Island Striper Report The holdover striper fishing has been good in the Housatonic River and in Connecticut RIver tributaries, and the fish will only get more active once the water begins to warm.

The 4 Best Sunglasses of 2018

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ZEAL Incline Our take The mark of great sunglasses?
(The Incline is also available in dark gray and copper tints, but we didn’t test them.)
Oakley Crossrange Patch PRIZM Ruby Our take All sunglasses block light, but not all of them improve vision.
That’s the benefit of the Prizm lens, which filters out specific wavelengths to enhance contrast.
With the Prizm Ruby lens, Oakley essentially does the same by strategically censoring wavelengths on the color spectrum to create more contrast and boost earthy tones, like browns and greens.
Buy Oakley Crossrange Patch PRIZM Ruby Now $183; 1.2 oz.
These wayfarers feature Smith’s ChromaPop lens tech, which filters out the muddled colors you think you see where blue, green, and red light waves intersect.
(It’s a similar concept to the Oakley Prizm, left, but though our testers praised ChromaPop’s clarity, they thought Prizm offered better contrast.)
“These shades didn’t have any scuffs on them after a few rocky tumbles on my snowboard.” Buy Smith Lowdown 2 Now $169; 1.1 oz.
Glasses with 21 to 40 VLT are good all-around workhorses.

The Best Hunting Knives for Under $200

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Grohmann makes it in stainless and tool steel.
The tool steel knife is just fine.
Around $100; Grohmann Knives Cold Steel Master Hunter in San Mai Cold Steel makes the most diverse line of cutlery I know of.
On the mundane side, Cold Steel also makes one of the best hunting knives you can lay a paw on, the Master Hunter in San Mai.
The handle is slip-proof and fine to use in cold weather.
Quite literally, a perfect hunting knife, right down to the loss-proof sheath.
Around $160; Coldsteel Ontario Knife Hunt Plus Drop Point There are two versions of this: a drop-point and a skinner.
It’s a 4-inch blade made of hollow-ground, high-carbon stainless, with a rubber handle that is an ergonomic marvel.
The real-world price is only about $40, which makes it an incredible bargain; Ontario Knife Co.
Knives of Alaska Alpha Wolf This is a minimalist masterpiece, designed by Charles Allan, who is a game biologist, a licensed Alaska guide, and has looked into more gut piles than you have glasses of beer.

Florida Sportsman

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Tarpon Time Florida Sportsman member: syxx I had figured with the warming spell the tarpon would probably show up big today.
Islamorada Tarpon Action Florida Sportsman member: syxx Mackerel fishing was very good early on with lots of decent size fish.
We kept throwing in their direction, and soon Pam hooked and landed a nice 25 pound tarpon!
I was using a variety of cut bait, but once the bull sharks arrived, it was all over I lost a ton of fish and multiple rigs, but just great action every drop kind of day, with some very quality table fare.
Hopefully this last week will be a great start to the tarpon season.
Keys Backcountry Fishing Florida Sportsman member: piner_wahoo Senior forum member piner_wahoo and some friends have had two consecutive successful days out in the Florida Keys backcountry.
It was a good day to be on the water!
August in Islamorada Florida Sportsman member: syxx Though my best days this week we landed 9 out of 12 tarpon in two trips, most in the 30 to 60 pound range.
Tarpon Time in the Keys Florida Sportsman member: syxx I’ve been fishing tarpon since the first week of February and we’ve had pretty good early season fishing but now the real big schools are showing up.
[…] Key West Flats Fishing Florida Sportsman member: Capt.

To Brazil for Giant Peacock Bass

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They call the Marie in northwestern Brazil, “Rio de Gigantes” or “River of Giants” and the 500-mile long tributary of the Amazon River seems to produce the trophy size peacock bass to prove that moniker each year.
According to detailed records kept by the exclusive outfitter, Untamed Angling, over the past three seasons 176 giant peacock bass weighing 20 pounds or more have been caught by a total of 268 anglers visiting the Marie River watershed.
The third largest peacock of 2017 caught in the Marie River weighed 26.4 pounds and was caught about a month earlier by a fly fisherman on a popper fly.
The most significant monster peacock bass taken in the entire Amazon on a fly however was caught and released in the Upper Marie River in the previous season.
Fishing with a Brazilian angler, Ricardo Borges, we caught 18 butterfly peacocks on day one and I managed a 13-pound speckled peacock.
Ricardo hooked a giant at least that big on a 6-inch long tail-spinner topwater plug, and fought it for maybe two minutes before it pulled off.
What was even most impressive to me about this latest catch was the huge girth.
Within 10 minutes, Marcelo had hooked a big fish on the fly.
I was impressed by our small group’s six-day tally of nine peacocks 20 pounds or better and another 22 “teeners” (those fish between 13 and 19 pounds).
The remote Marie River is indeed worthy of being called “River of Giants.