Bush, Lies, and Videotape

If George W. Bush were a character in a novel or a play, last week might have been the turning point in the narrative. He was shown on film being explicitly warned, just hours before Hurricane Katrina hit, that the levees in New Orleans were vulnerable. But everyone knows that after the levees broke, he […]

Game Hogs: The Chesapeake’s Worst Enemy

Today’s subject is game hogs — consumptive outdoor types who can never get enough. Whether fishing or hunting, they always want more. It’s bad enough when you run across game hogs in the woods or on the water. But one person can only do so much damage. When game hogs represent public agencies charged with […]

Comeback story might not have happy ending after all

Stripers face potential crisis Is the marine comeback species of the late 20th century getting in trouble again? Two authors who have written extensively about striped bass sounded an alarm during separate appearances at recent fishing shows in Massachusetts, Marlborough’s Fly Fishing show and the Eastern Fishing and Outdoor Exposition in Worcester. Dick Russell speculates […]

The Eye of a Marlin

“Today, the United Nations reports that 75 percent of the world’s fish populations are being overfished.” Back in the ’80s, when we were young and passionately fishing the “blue waters” of the Atlantic off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, there were fish to be had. Huge schools of bluefin, yellowfin and albacore tuna roamed the […]

The Striped Bass Stock Assessment

I’m quite sure that by now almost everyone has read the glowing reports that have been published on the state of our striped bass fishery. Most have painted a picture of a healthy, robust and ever expanding stock, so you can go to bed and not worry about a thing. That is of course if […]

Collateral Damage

News: Navy sonar exercises could be to blame for whale strandings. The pilot whales began coming ashore last January, on North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore, not far from Whalebone Junction, where fishermen make the turn toward the marina at Oregon Inlet. Short-finned with distinctly rounded heads and long, stocky dark bodies, some were almost […]