National Fisherman


The Rudderpost 

jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.

 

Florida longliner Solomon Rodney thought he had a pretty cool find on one of his grouper hooks late last month: an 8-foot missile.

He fixed the missile to his boat, the Bold Venture, where it proudly rode the waves for the remaining 10 days of his trip.

The problem, as the bomb squad at MacDill Air Force Base sees it, is this missile wasn't just cool; it was hot.

Apparently, Rodney assessed his catch as dead, because it had a hole that made it appear as if it had already detonated. You might ask what could possibly make a longliner an expert in live missiles.

According to the story in the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Rodney has a lot of experience with the missiles tested in the range between Panama City and Pensacola. In fact, it was the second missile he came across on this trip.

The first, "had lights, a gauge and a camera that appeared active." Too bold, even for the Bold Venture.

After the bomb squad cleared the area and deactivated the missile, Rodney got some sage advice from the folks at MacDill: "They told me if you find another one, just let it go."

Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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