A lot goes into Flying a Flag.
Our last two issues covered the pioneers of White Marlin fishing in New Jersey, and the history of the boatbuilders of Southern New Jersey. This time around, we have whipped up a dose of history along with present day observations on successful methods of approach and preparation. In speaking with numerous owner/anglers, captains and mates, the most frequently mentioned components were circle hooks, dredge fishing, sea surface temperature data, and tackle.
We were fortunate to be able to sit down and interview an outstanding group of owners and captains to get an update on “Marlin Fever”. It is alive and well as evidenced by the comments of John Raimondo and Mike Levitt. Thanks John and Mike and all the others who gave us their time and input. The folks at Penn reels welcomed Karl and I into their world for a day, and what a world it is! You would be hard pressed to find a more dedicated and harmonious company. The attention to detail and quality is second to none. Long may you run. Matt Upton from ROFFS gave us an update on the state of SST data, and the changing of the guard at ROFFS. Sounds like they have exciting user-friendly changes on the horizon.
Once again, the Big Kahuna, Karl Andersen, graces our pages. It is always an adventure when we set him on a mission. His articles on Penn reels and bait rigging past and present are both informative and entertaining. Glad I was able to introduce you to Ralph’s Italian restaurant in South Philadelphia, Karl.
Last, but not least, please pay attention to the OTR Bait Riggers Challenge. Only the strong will take up the challenge, and the judges are eagerly anticipating your entries.
Walt Rosenberg, Editor