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The Santa Barbara Channel fishing

santa barbara channelAt each season of the year the wild and spectacular Santa Barbara Channel provides quality sportfishing options. It ranks as a premier fishery on a “seasonally adjusted basis” (to borrow a term from the financial world). This article is intended to serve as a guide to help you explore and enjoy this Southern California “stand-up” style fishery all throughout the year.

Resources abound for tapping the potential of this vast fishery. Sportfishing fleets of big partyboats and private-charter services run out of the four harbors along the seventy-some miles of mainland coast between the boundaries of the Channel, Point Dume and Point Conception. Three of the harbors are in close proximity to one another along the Ventura County Coast. The fourth is a little further up the coast in beautiful Santa Barbara, which allows closer access to the wild west end of the Channel where the fish don’t get much pressure. The four Channel Islands are prime fishing destinations from these ports when the weather permits. Good fishing piers are available, and two of them (at Goleta and Gaviota) have hoists for launching skiffs.

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Dave Egdorf’s Western Alaskan Sportfishing

giant rainbows and fast salmon fishing–almost at your doorstep!

western_alaska_bigcatchIn the clear Alaskan currents it’s easy to see the giant rainbows, their olive backs dark against the clean pebbled bottom. When a mouse (or more accurately,a lemming) imitation plops noisily next to the bank and begins its swing across the river’s surface, the trout crashes the large fly and you’re in for an incredible battle. Guests fishing with Dave Egdorf’s Western Alaska Sportfishing often concentrate on the many large rainbows with large mouse or other bulky patterns.

Egdorf’s tent camp operation is situated on the banks of the Nushagak, one of the most prolific watersheds in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. Being portable, they can easily relocate up or down the river, wherever the fishing is at its best.

A special report: anglers awake! (before it’s too late)

On the surface, it appears that sportfishing is doing extremely well.

Leaf through all the lavish mail order tackle catalogs. Check out the national, regional, local and specialized fishing magazines covering nearly every facet of angling. Flick through a fishing book catalog and you’ll discover hundreds of titles on trout fishing alone. “Surf the Net” for a lifetime of armchair fishing. Tune into the numerous national and regional fishing TV programs or review the many fishing videos.

When once there were only six international fishing travel agencies, today there are hundreds. Women are not only attracted to fishing, but they are also guiding, operating their own fishing lodges, writing books, lecturing, designing and recommending tackle…and men are listening! Catch-and-release is becoming ever more prevalent (if only we had listened to Lee Wulff and others earlier!). And, fishermen are not only paying $500 for a fly rod or saltwater reel, they are trading thousands of dollars for a fully equipped bass boat.

Anglers must unite and respond to critical global issues

Chicago, Illinois–The demand for fish as food source has outstripped the natural supply in many waters and has created critical problems and a volatile environment for sportfishermen, animal activists and commercial fishermen.

Jim C. Chapralis, editor of The PanAngler, the first newsletter on international sportfishing, believes the situation is so unstable that it requires an immediate response. In the current issue of The PanAngler, he proposes an International Congress of Sportfishing, an umbrella organization that would enable sportfishing groups and anglers to cooperate and focus attention on constructive and responsible solutions.

“Many people do not realize what is happening in our oceans, lakes and rivers,” Chapralis explains. “The fact that the world population is growing by approximately 90 million each year and health conscious consumers are demanding more fish and seafood has resulted in serious shortages that have led to potentially explosive problems.”

Some Qs & As on the ICS

Q: What are some of the problems that affect sportfishing?

A: Lots of them. Over-harvesting our oceans (the demand for fish is beyond our supply), pollution (acid rain continues to kill our waters) and anti-fishing campaigns are just three of the major ones.

Q: Anti-fishing groups? They can’t win, can they?

A: They did a job on hunting. They want to do the same to fishing.

Q: But there are 50 million plus fishermen in the United States. Shouldn’t they have a powerful voice?

Sportfishing community: What we do

One of our main problems is that the sportfishing community is fragmented. We do not have a common voice. There is Trout Unlimited, Fly Fishing Federation, B.A.S.S., IGFA, The Billfish Foundation, Muskies Inc., Atlantic Salmon Association, American Museum of Fly Fishing, The National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, American Sportfishing Association, Izaak Walton, and hundreds more! Each, on its own, tries hard to solve its problems but, except for B.A.S.S., none has the numbers that would impress the politicians, governments, etc.

We desperately need an umbrella organization, composed of the above groups, associations, and other segments of the fishing world.