National Fisherman


Beau Gillis landed a 219-pound halibut, fishing solo out of Freeport.

About three years ago, he caught a 240-pound halibut but had to use his hauler to get it aboard. This one he pulled aboard with his own strength.

When he saw the 83-inch fish lying on the deck of his little boat, it was the crowning moment of a great day on the water.

"Fishing is hard, sometimes brutally hard," he said two days later. "But this day there wasn't any work to it. The fish were coming and I was loving it."

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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