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The terrifying nature of old men in powerful boats comes alive in this dashcam video from the Columbia River.  The video came out with news of a lawsuit filed by one of the jumpees, off-duty cop Bryan Maess, who alleged maybe, possibly, just a tiny touch of negligence and recklessness from 75-year old Marlin Larsen, the driver who nearly killed him and his fishing buddies.  Larsen is a clearly a gem of a man, telling county police investigators that ‘he couldn’t see where he was driving because he was sitting down and the dash of his boat was blocking his view. Larsen said he probably should have been standing, according to the sheriff’s report, which notes Larsen uses a motorized scooter to get around on land.’

Despite facing criminal charges for his recklessness, Larsen said that he wasn’t using his cellphone while driving his Bayliner and referred to such allegations as “fake news.” Larsen also said a lawsuit seemed unnecessary because the people in the Weldcraft weren’t hurt badly.  We think Larsen’s right to drive a boat seems unnecessary…

 

January 17th, 2018 by admin

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17887-desktop-wallpapers-cthulhuMankind has been decimating oceans since the first hominid figured out how to sew a net, and the net effect on sea life – fish stocks a tiny fraction of their size just a few decades ago, coral reef and major species extinction, and worldwide pollution – has been horrifying.  But one group of critters has not only dodged the bullet – they’re thriving nearly everywhere.

That’s the conclusion of a recent study in Current Biology, as reported by Gizmodo.

Something strange is happening to the oceans. As coral reefs wither and fisheries collapse, octopuses are multiplying like mad. As soon as they perceive weakness, they will amass an army and invade the land, too.

Okay, that last statement is probably pure paranoia. But it is a bit unsettling that cephalopods—squids, octopuses, cuttlefish—are booming, and scientists don’t know why. An analysis published today in Current Biology indicates that numerous species across the world’s oceans have increased in numbers since the 1950s.

There are plenty of theories to explain the “squid…squid…boom!” effect, but nothing concrete just yet.  We urge our Anarchist cruiser/fisherman friends to add these tasty cephalopods to your onboard fishing target list – they’re mostly easy to catch compared to more gamey fish (the experience of reeling in a 10 KG giant squid on a rod-and-reel is a truly special one)  and they’re a great source of protein.  Octopus require traps or spears, but squid are almost everywhere and you can learn to catch them here.

 

May 24th, 2016 by admin

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The JC Worldwide Podcast rolls snakeyes today with show # 11, and John grabs his longtime F-18 and foiling Nacra 20 FCS crew Colin Page for his most engaging chat yet – if you’re a fisherman, at least.  JC and his pro tournament fisherman pal talk top speed on the foiler, the ‘old days’ of beach cat adventure racing, and loads of great stories of Florida culture:

Bluewater spearfishing for cobia and how to win a tug-of-war with a big bull shark, the best way to catch 11 feet of swamp alligator, and plenty more.  Hit it up above or look for JC Worldwide on iTunes.  Some rad Soca gives this story its title.

 

February 26th, 2016 by admin

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Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 8.18.23 PMIf 500 miles a day isn’t cruisey enough for you, how about a metre-long barracuda coming over the stern?  Shannon Falcone posts this pretty pre-sashimi shot from the Charleston to Antigua delivery on the eve of the already-a-legend RORC Caribbean 600. Go to Instagram to find the usual advice from the ciguaphobic.

While the RORC’s only major fuckup – a useless registration system that makes it tough to find anything but an overall entry list – makes it hard to give you exact links, the quality of the fleet and the stories that abound make it worth watching:

Biggest fleet ever?  Check.

MOD70 match race featuring the most successful British sailing recordbreaker ever against France’s most-revered shorthanded sailor? Check.

Dozens of schooner sailors flinging 200-footers around like massive wooden dinghies?  Check.

Two of America’s newest maxi canters, one of them with a serious fishing pedigree? Check.

Race starts tomorrow morning.  What’s not to love?  Track here.

February 21st, 2016 by admin

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OCEANS-CHASE-08-master1050Even the most corporate-raiding sailor still considers himself something of a conservationist; the time we all spend amongst nature’s beauty means we pay more attention than most to the problems facing our natural world.  But to the overwhelming majority of sailors, seamanship and respect for other vessels is at least as powerful as our love of nature, which is why there’s such a love/hate relationship between sailors and the activists at Sea Shepherd.

Here at SA, we are overwhelmgly in favor of what they do. If world governments took more responsibility for the stewardship of our oceans, there wouldn’t be a need for the Sea Shaepards, but they aren’t, so we can thank this intrepid organization for their incredible efforts.

We don’t need to get too deep into who they are; the Whale Wars show and this story show just how agitating Paul Watson and his groupies can be.

New York Times Correspondent Ian Urbina shared a brilliant story this morning that shows the other side of the organization, though – the side that stands up for those who cannot.  It’s a story of a ten thousand mile chase through squalls, storms, and the Southern Ocean.  The cast of characters includes ships named after a Simpsons creator and a game show host and the world’s most wanted pirate fishing captain, and it all ends with a mysterious sinking and the hunters rescuing the hunted.  We’re not even going to give you an excerpt; the article is the single best piece of maritime journalism we’ve seen this year, so go over to the NYT site and check it out right now.

Photo from Simon Ager/Sea Shepherd Global. Title inspiration comes from the realization that a good song can become great when sung by a hot sailing chick.

 

July 28th, 2015 by admin

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