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  1. By Captain Alan Sherman Seagrasses can be found all over the world in shallow bays, lagoons, estuaries and along coastal waters. Where there is water there are boaters navigating these waters successfully and often times not so successfully. In most areas the water is deep enough for their propellers to cut through the water without causing any damage to the bottom below them but the unsuccessful boaters that stray away from their appropriate depth of water can cause significant damage to the beds of seagrasses often unaware of how much damage they have created. As the propellers of these vessels make contact with the fragile seagrasses the propellers cut into the soft sand or mud bottoms creating a trench that is deeper than the waters adjacent to the freshly cut trench. Besides the propeller cutting the trench the propeller also cuts the fragile seagrasses leaving this deeper trench void of all seagrasses. The damage created is called a propeller scar or prop trail. A propeller scar may be just a few feet in length but can also be hundreds of yards or more in length. Almost immediately erosion of these propeller scars starts to take place making the trails wider and deeper and creating cloudy water from tidal flow and wave action. Seagrass meadows made up of one or many seagrasses such as turtle grass, shoal grass, manatee grass, star grass, widgeon grass, paddle grass and Johnson’s sea grass are very important to the shallow bays, lagoons and coastal waters all over the world because these seagrasses help provide protective nurseries and food sources for many marine species. These seagrasses also increase water qualities in the areas of the seagrass meadows and reduce wave energy along the coastlines. Columbia Sportswear, Bass Pro Shops and The Ocean Foundation have joined hands in an effort to restore seagrass meadows through education and habitat restoration. Recently I was invited take part in a two day event sponsored by Columbia Sportswear, The Ocean Foundation, Seagrass Recovery, Andy Newman, Bass Pro Shops and George Poveromo. The event was put together to bring awareness to how serious these propeller scars can be to our fragile bays, lagoons, shallow coastal waters and estuaries. During the event I had the opportunity to see firsthand propeller scars that had been accidently cut into fragile seagrass flats in Florida Bay off of Islamorada and then I got to take part in the actual repair of one of these propeller scars. With the guidance of the Seagrass Recovery project representatives, Kenny Wright and Beau Williams I was able to take part in repairing a propeller scar. Once at the sight of a propeller scar located just a few minutes from Wide World Sportsman in Islamorada it was quite obvious how bad a propeller scar actually is. I looked out on the beautiful green grass meadow only to see this horrific looking white stripe that had been cut into the meadow by a boater who thought there was more water under the propeller than there actually was. We anchored our boat and I donned a mask and snorkel and jumped into the crystal clear water that was just two feet deep. As I snorkeled the barren propeller scar it was obvious that the scar was deeper then the water surrounding it and that the seagrasses on the edge of that scar couldn’t grow into the trench. This scar was fairly new and had not grown much since the propeller scar had been created. Others joined me and then we started the repair of the propeller scar. First four foot biodegradable sediment tubes were place one at a time into the propeller scar. Once the propeller scar had been filled with these biodegradable sediment tubes long pieces of PVC tubing with wooden stands attached to the tops of the tube were driven into the ground and spaced out along the biodegradable sediment tubes. These biodegradable sediment tubes over the course of time will break down and completely fill the propeller scar bringing the depth of that scar back to its original level. The PVC tubes and stands are there to attract birds that will come and sit on the stands and eventually fertilize the area around the propeller scar with their guano. Three months after the biodegradable sediment tubes have been placed in the propeller scar, a crew from Seagrass Recovery will visit the site and plant seagrass plugs that were retrieved off the sea surface into the restored propeller scar. Twelve to eighteen months later the propeller scar will have been totally restored. If you are interested in becoming involved in the Seagrass Grow Project or would like more information on the Seagrass Grow Project than please visit these internet sites. Columbia Sportswear (Columbia Sportswear | Seagrass Recovery Seagrass Recovery (Seagrass Recovery) The Ocean Foundation (The Ocean Foundation) Sponsors of this Event were: Columbia Sportswear (Columbia Sportswear | Seagrass Recovery Seagrass Recovery (Seagrass Recovery) The Ocean Foundation (The Ocean Foundation) BassPro Shops/World Wide Sportsman (Bass Pro Shops Outdoors Online: Offering the best in Fishing, Hunting and Outdoor Products) Andy Newman, NewmanPR, the Florida Keys (NewmanPR) George Poveromo, Columbia Athlete, (George Poveromo's World Of Saltwater Fishing)
  2. i hand tie tree rigs, clousers, deceivers, eels, and lots of other trout patterns. im a naitive mainer at the ripe age of 23. if anyone wants to try my southern maine mackeral slammer sabiki style rig then send me a message and we will work out the shipping.
  3. Finally!! The warm weather is here to stay. Air temps are hanging in the 80’s and water temps are finally cemented in the low to mid 70’s. This combination of warm air and water is a recipe for disaster along the Nature Coast of Florida. The warming trend brings in tons of bait, which in turn brings in the masses of Pelagics. Cobia, Sharks, Tripletail, and Spanish Mackerel are all here in force and are HUNGRY!! Any live bait, lure or fly coming through the water is susceptible to a beating from any of these speedsters, making for a ton of drag screaming runs and soar wrists. Just ask Kovee and John Schutt of Ocala, <acronym title="Florida">FL</acronym> who spent a recent day fishing with Red Hot Fishing Charters. After a fairly good Speckled Trout bite, where we boated over 20 trout for only 6 keepers we managed to chum in some of the speediest fish that swim in the Gulf, the Spanish Mackerel. If you have never been Spanish Mackerel fishing before you’re probably missing out on one of Florida’s most underrated inshore light tackle game fish. When a Spanish Mack grabs your bait it’s already off to the races before a hook can ever be set. Just ask Kovee who missed a handful before she proceeded to put on a clinic by catching and releasing over 35 Macks in a matter of 2 hours. John on the other hand caught his fair share of Macks as well but he and I were definitely more interested in the nice sharks that kept cutting in and out of our chum line. The most common sharks that frequent our area are the Bull, Blacktip, Spinner, Hammerhead, and Sandbar sharks. All of which are excellent fighters and most of the smaller ones make excellent table fair. When targeting these sharks with light tackle it’s important to have a reel that can hold plenty of line because unlike the Spanish Mackerel when you put a hook into a shark he is heading South and he doesn’t plan on coming back. Runs of 300 yards are not uncommon and battles lasting hours are the norm. However, the excitement of a big shark should give any angler Goosebumps. Chumming is the preferred method and a Shark can rarely refuse a piece of oily, bloody fish making this an excellent by catch when fishing for the more reputable Cobia and Spanish Mackerel. When chumming along the Nature Coast I am always asked by my clients “What can we expect to catch with chum?” I always reply the same way “Expect the Unexpected.” A few days prior to Kovee and John’s trip I put a few of my regular clients Jay and Nancy Allen on a few Tripletail, Sharks, Spanish Macks, Jacks and we even had 2 stubborn Cobia pushing 50lbs a piece swimming through the chum line. The uncertainty of chumming is what makes this such a fun way to fish. You never know what is on the end of the line, but all you know is that something is pulling line off the reel faster than you can retrieve it. So if you’re interested in sharing some long drag screaming runs and soar wrist with friends and family, Give Red Hot Fishing Charters a call today we’re in the business of creating Fishing Memories.
  4. For those of you who do not know what the RFFAC is, allow me to give a little background info. By 2011 all rec. fishermen are facing a Fed. Lic. All proceeds from the Fed. Lic would have gone to the gov't and the rec. fisherman would never see a dime of it. DNREC came to DMS looking for our support in creating a "local" General Fishing Lic. (GFL). Creating a local GFL would have made all proceeds from the GFL revenues available to local fisheries. There was also a federal grant program matching a $3 to every $1 for those states who enacted thier own GFL. DMS would not support such policy without a council being created to oversee the appropiations of these funds. DMS refused to write a "blank check" to the state, with no oversight. DMS contacted our legislators about this concern. After a couple of years of deliberation between DMS and DNREC, the council was formed. The council is the "Recreational Fishing Funding Advisory Council". I was appointed to the council last year. There are several on the council from B&T shops, Charter Capt's, Legislators, DMS and others. Althought DMS will never see a "direct" benefit from the formation of this council, it is this type of unselfish thinking that makes DMS what it is today. Our beaches fall under P&R juristiction and the funds from the GFL are F&W. Every anglers in Delaware will benefit from this, but the surf fishermen. DMS also pushed for a Fishermen Identification Number (FIN) to comply with the Magnuson Stevens Act (MSA) signed into law by Pres. Bush in 2007. The MSA required all Rec. fishermen to be accounted for in thier statisical survey. The FIN now complies with the MSA in <ACRONYM title=Delaware>De</ACRONYM>. There will be no charge for the FIN number for fishermen Delaware is now a model for other states to follow in securing thier local fisheries and resources for generations to come. I am proud to be a member of this council and being a major part of having it formed. Here is what has been done with the funds from our GFL so far. Keep in mind, a portion of the proceeds goes to our Fin-fisheries Advisory Council for species management as well. The cape Henlopen State Park Pier is now being repaired and the first phase will be completed by Memorial day. The pilings are being jacketed and epoxy fiberglass poured in to strengthen the pilings. This procedure is expected to last for up to thirty years. The first phase will take it to past the first break at which time they will be able to continue the repairs possibly out to the T. The funds given to Parks and Recreation from license matching monies was 500,000 and the bid for the first phase was lower than expected leaving more money for additional repairs possibly way out to the T. Also the Lewes boat launch ramp has been completed Faulkner’s pier at Bowers Beach is completed Mulberry Landing on Assawoman Bay is completed Scheduled for 2009 is the Augustine boat launch ramp dredging and breakwater jetty to relieve the accumulation of sediment shoaling so that the ramp will be usable. Also Cedar Creek access area repairs, Bowers Beach bulkhead in front of the CG station,Scotton Landing,Garrison Lake, Port Mahon dock next to boat ramp. Your license money is working for you. The next meeting is scheduled for September at which time we will know the amount of revenues and decide on any additional new projects.
  5. This is what it is all about Today I had a half day charter with a bank V.P. and his 13 year old son. Their goal was to have fun, catch some fish and enjoy a day on the water. We started and ended the day in the finger channels and while they caught plenty of fish and had plenty of laughs, for me this picture illustrates the highlight for me. I love to see fathers dedicating quality time to their kids. The son, who turns out out-fished his father, started the day not knowing how to cast a spinning reel. By trips end, he was flinging casts and setting hooks as if he had been doing it all his life. Kids will not remember they had all the latest gadgets and clothes but they will always remember days like these. Take your kids out and spend time with them and you will be creating memories they will cherish for a lifetime. The tarpon and permit fishing will only get better as the weeks progress. The bonefishing should stay good with some great tailing activity as we begin to get a few windless mornings as we had this weekend. The bigger snappers and groupers are pretty much out of the finger channels but the patch reefs will hold some nice fish along with some surprises still. So get out there, take your kids with you and make that drag scream. Capt. Mo Estevez www.NewDawnCharters.com 305-495-7397
  6. With winter temps occurring almost every other day, fishing has become an late morning or early afternoon affair. Most mornings are capped with extreme negative tides creating dry flats. The positive side is the trout redfish and snook are pushed in to tight groups in deeper potholes. Fishing these deep pot holes adjacent to dry flats can be very productive. Trout and redfish being the common catch, and with the water almost crystal clear natural colored plastics on jig heads worked slow on the bottom will produce light strikes. When running from place to place I never pass up a chance to catch ladyfish and steak them into 1inch pieces to soak in a pot hole. With live bait almost none existent best choice is chumming the area with cut bait on a rising tide for redfish. Live shrimp on a small circle hook with a split shot drug across the bottom of the passes like Stump and Gasparilla will produce pompano and the occasional snook. Offshore grouper and snapper fishing is a good bet and most of the near shore ledges and rock bottom are holding some nice keepers. There are still kingfish in the area as well as a lot of amberjack on the wrecks. Last year this time there where still schools of tarpon in the area in fishable numbers. the cold weather pushed all but the resident and juvenile tarpon out. With a mild spring and good bait populations tarpon season should be right on target for a April show. I am beginning to take a lot of phone calls for tarpon season and have been booking some trips. Booking these trips as early as possible assures you get the dates you want with a veteran guide. With tough times in the economy there are plenty of new comers in the guide business claming to be tarpon guides. But searching out a guide with experience who makes his entire living as a fishing guide could be the difference for successful trip. Do your home work before risking the trip of a lifetime, there are a lot of good guides out there, who like me have made a great reputation in the tarpon business. Capt Andy Boyette Phone: 1-888-880-0006 captandy@gofishcharters.com
  7. Well since I don't get down as much as I would like I don't cast near as well as I would like to. Did something different this weekend that added distance. Couldn't really pace it off but the bait was in the air a lot longer and by looking at the spool it sure seemed like I was throwing further. I do the otg cast and always seem to not get a wide enough arc. Always trying to get more arc/distance from the payload. So I started the cast with my arms low. Hanging straight down. Start the cast by taking the leading shoulder and lifting up and out and keeping my leading arm straight. Kinda a cross between a couple of different casts. Anyway I think that by lifting my shoulder up and having the arms following I am creating more arc. The payload actually lifts up and swings toward me a bit and then swings behind me and up and out. I had three rods going. A normal chunk, a BIG chunk, and a giant head/body on my heaver that really surprised me. For me I was chucking that smaller chunk a long way, The downfall with this cast is it kinda feels like your shoulder is gonna come out of it's socket after a few hours.:dontknow::dontknow:
  8. On October 28th be a part of history! Rally in an initiative to amend New Jersey’s Constitution to guarantee citizens the right to hunt and fish & demand the removal of bills A3275 & S2041. Battle of Monmouth Rally for the Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish When: Sunday, October 28th 2007 4:00 PM Where: ** Clarksburg Inn, Monmouth County The Battle of Monmouth was a decisive struggle of the Revolutionary War. It was not only war’s biggest one-day battle but was also the first strong showing for the Continental Army and provided a much needed boost to troop morale. It also increased public support for the war that was to ultimately free the colonies from their oppressor - Great Britain. On October 28th 2007 the Battle of Monmouth will be fought again, but this time it will liberate our outdoor heritage from a different oppressor - Trenton. Never again will anglers, hunters, trappers, and shooters allow politicians to whittle away their outdoor freedoms, or let the uninformed mock the integrity of their wholesome values by creating vindictive legislation. Join in the support to protect our time-honored traditions, hear speakers discuss the malicious nature of bills A3275 & S2041 (sponsored by Asm. Panter, Sen. Karcher, Asw. Greenstein) written to ban freshwater fishing, hunting, and trapping. Learn the process for making hunting and fishing a constitutional right. Bring your family so that they can all secure a place in New Jersey’s history. Rally with people who share your values. Unite to change the face of New Jersey politics. Be a part of an event that is bigger than each of us - join the Battle of Monmouth!
  9. took me 3 weeks to get it done with work and the kid but I finally got them all stripped down, cleaned, greased, and oiled. Just need a mag in the TOR16 I bought last week and I'll be ready to rock. Spinners too but they ain't half as pretty IMO. Need to get some new suffix 17 hi vis, had the 20# green last season but you can't see it at all. Thinking I'll go with an 80-100# braid shock leader the first couple trips and see how it goes. Using 80# mono my knots are huge and are an issue no matter what I tie so that is the main reason. As I said in the other thread I'm also going to put on about 100' of it for ease in landing large and their shore break runs. I think I'll gain distance on the grass and minimal distance on the sand due to lower diameter, the real benefit in my mind will be the reduced stretch which will allow me to load my rods quicker creating more lead speed and hopefully more distance. Only worried about abrasion on the braid, with a braid shocker you should not lose fish in the event of a tangle and cut.
  10. Well I can honestly say this was my rookie year surf fishing, although I had been out there trying for the past two years and I caught my first shark last year, I can honestly say I have now completed my first true year catching fish that I have targeted and I now what I am doing. All thanks to Sam and a few others for showing me the error of my ways and pointing out my mistakes. Anyway I have essentially achieved my goal of catching at least one of each species of trophy fish that migrate past the island. I started of slow by not catching my first striper until june 18, then went all summer pretty much without a shark until september, then I was catching at least two a night until the end of october. I then caught my first red drum at around 45 inches in october. Since then I have not had any luck with the fall striper as of yet and I am getting close to calling it a year. But I have fished hard this year easily averaging three to four trips to AI a week, and slowly cutting down to one to two days a week recently. Anyhow I wanted to show my appreciation to everyone on this site that has helped me find my absolute favorite hobby. I have pretty much given up on fresh water fishing, which I have done all my life. Anyway I give a big thank you to everyone who has helped make me a competent surf fisherman. A big thank you to Sam for creating such a great web site with one of the best and friendliest group of avid fisherman around. Keep up the great work and hope everyone has a great holiday season.
  11. I sent this e-mail to Lee Tolliver of the Virginia Pilot (newspaper) tonight in hopes of getting some attention to the cancelled night surf fishing at Back Bay NWR. I am hoping Lee will pick up the story and give it some attention so the public can see how much work went into this only to have the rug pulled out from under our feet. If you want to e-mail Lee Tolliver asking him to shed some light on this issue, please feel free to e-mail him at: Lee.Tolliver@pilotonline.com I am also working on some type of correspondence to the US FWS as well. Will keep all in the loop as we move forward with this! Thanks for all the support! _________________________________________________________ Lee, Virginia Coastal Access Now along with many other people have been working closely with Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) to enhance the public's access to the Refuge by creating night time surf fishing. This wildlife activity was planned for October's annual Red Drum Migration. The staff at Back Bay NWR has been doing a commendable job during this whole process which started in January 2007. Unfortunately, I received word from Mr. Walt Tegge, Supervisory Outdoor Recreational Planner, for the Refuge that the night time surf fishing for this year was just cancelled due to a Federal moratorium. The moratorium is on any proposed changes to wildlife activities at all Federal Refuge's due to a pending lawsuit with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This litigation and subsequent moratorium has resulted in the cancellation of the planned night time surf fishing. This is a real disappointment to the Refuge staff that have been working to make it happen and all the surf fishing anglers up and down the east coast who had planned to fish Back Bay NWR this October for Red Drum. Many of these surf fisherman are also members of the Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program and had planned on providing valuable fisheries data to the tagging program and the VMRC on Red Drum. I know that Back Bay and it's staff have done nothing wrong and had the rug pulled out from under their feet, but we hate to see all of their work go to waste for this year. Mr. Tegge mentioned that he would be glad to explain all the details of this issue to you (or to others in the media) and how it has prevented them from promoting wildlife activities and enhanced public access to the Refuge. We really think this would be a great story to follow up on for all of the public to know what has really happened and how much the staff at Back Bay has poured into this event only to have it cancelled. I have attached documentation from VCAN that we sent to Back Bay NWR along the way supporting them in their efforts to make this event happen. If you have any questions please feel free to call me.
  12. Restoring habitat at Assateague Island and replenishing Ocean City's beaches are two priorities in a Senate appropriations bill directing nearly $20 million into the Eastern Shore that passed Friday. Restoring habitat at the northern end of Assateague Island is the focus of a restoration project of about $2 million. Additionally, Ocean City's beaches will receive $200,000 for the periodic nourishment and maintenance of the beach that is done to help prevent coastal flooding and natural erosion. Other planned projects include: v $2 million to increase the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay. The habitat will be restored by creating new reefs and then planting healthy oysters on them. v $800,000 to dredge the upper part of the Wicomico River, a major throughway that runs through the Delmarva Peninsula. v $140,000 to begin designing a dredging project for the Twitch Cove and Big Thorofare, which serves the communities of Smith Island in Somerset County. v $120,000 to begin designing a dredging project for Goose Creek, an important waterway to seafood packing and commercial fishing vessels. Senate appropriations bill directing nearly $20 million into the Eastern Shore that passed Friday. Source Source
  13. USA TODAY By Clarke Canfield, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine — The forklifts zig and zag through the chilled warehouse, their forks balancing plastic crates filled with cod, haddock, pollock, flounder and other catch hauled from the North Atlantic.The smell of fresh fish hangs heavy in the air on a recent Sunday as more than a dozen buyers for seafood processors and wholesalers slide into their seats at the Portland Fish Exchange, the commercial fish auction that's been around for 21 years. Spread on the tables before them are sheets listing the types and amounts of fish to be sold. Telephones are pressed to their ears.They've already inspected the catch so auctioneer Paul Dewey begins the bidding, just as he has for the past 20 years."I have 88 cents, looking for nine. I'm looking for nine," Dewey says in rapid-fire fashion as he auctions off a batch of pollock. "Anyone have nine?"For the next hour, a nod of a head or a raised pingpong paddle marks the bidding on 56,000 pounds of fish that will make its way to restaurants and retailers across the United States. But there's not as much fish being sold in Portland as a few years ago. There aren't as many boats unloading their catch here, either. Times are so tough that the fish auction is releasing Dewey from his job to save money."I give the commercial fishing industry in Maine about two years," said Bill Gerencer, a seafood buyer for Massachusetts-based M.F. Foley Co. "Not just the Fish Exchange, but the entire industry."Maine fishermen are battling against strong currents that put them at a decided disadvantage to their counterparts in Massachusetts.Fishermen have to use more of their precious allotment of fishing days to steam to bountiful fishing grounds to the south. Unlike Massachusetts, Maine charges fishermen sales taxes on diesel fuel.Maine lawmakers last month scrapped a proposal to let trawler fishermen sell lobsters they inadvertently catch in their nets. Instead, they must toss the lobsters back or go to Massachusetts where they can be sold. The net effect: The future of the Portland Fish Exchange is about as certain as New England's fickle weather.When the Portland Fish Exchange opened in 1986, it was said to be the first wholesale fresh fish display auction in the United States.Today, Hank Soule, the auction's general manager, points to a chalkboard that lists the fishing vessels that are scheduled to deliver their catch to the auction in the next week. The board is blank.In its heyday in the early 1990s, the auction handled more than 30 million pounds of product a year, with auctions often held five days a week.In 2006, just 9.5 million pounds was gaveled for sale, down from 17.1 million pounds in 2005. Auctions were held just two or three times a week last year, and with small volumes at that. This year, Soule projects about 5 million pounds. "How do you keep the doors open with 5 million pounds?" he asks. "I don't know how we can do that, but we'll try to figure something out."Times have become so desperate that Fish Exchange officials tried to get a long-shot bill passed to change a Maine law that prohibits fishermen from hauling to shore lobsters they catch in their nets.As regulations get stricter and fish populations fluctuate, Maine fishermen are taking more of their catch to Gloucester, Mass., where they are allowed to sell up to 100 lobsters per day at sea, or up to 500 per trip. They say that selling the lobsters can bring in thousands of dollars, enough to make the difference between a profit and a loss.The bid to change the law pitted fishermen against Maine's powerful lobster lobby. The groundfish industry is worth peanuts compared to lobstering, by far the state's top fishery worth close to $300 million a year.The bill didn't make it far. Lawmakers never got a chance to debate it because the Marine Resources Committee killed it in a unanimous vote.But the state legislature is considering ways to keep the industry going, other than changing the lobster law. Legislators will consider such options as making fishing boats exempt from the state's fuel tax, creating health insurance plans for fishermen and buying days-at-sea allotments and leasing them to fishermen who bring their catch to Maine.While lawmakers decide, fishing boat owners like Allyson Jordan are left little choice but to sell their catch in Massachusetts.Jordan grew up in a Portland fishing family when the catch was plentiful and regulations minimal. Over the years, she has seen the fleet shrink as strict rules and declining fish populations have squeezed fishermen out. Each of her boats used to fish nearly 300 days a year; now they're at sea less than 75 days each. Jordan's 65- and 71-foot boats, which she owns with her mother, were among the top-selling boats at the Portland Fish Exchange a couple of years ago. Now they rarely come to Portland, opting instead to unload in Gloucester for the revenues from lobster. Jordan is even looking to Gloucester for berthing for her boats. The Maine fishing industry, she says, needs help to survive."The state needs to support us to keep the industry going," she says. In the meantime, Gerencer, who is also from Maine, watches and waits. There's only one thing, he says, that will save the Maine fishing industry. "A miracle."
  14. WASHINGTON - Scientists are boldly going where only fiction has gone before — to develop a Cloak of Invisibility. It isn't quite ready to hide a Romulan space ship from Capt. James T. Kirk or to disguise harry Potter, but it is a significant start and could show the way to more sophisticated designs. United States and England were able to cloak a copper cylinder. It's like a mirage, where heat causes the bending of light rays and cloaks the road ahead behind an image of the sky. "We have built an artificial mirage that can hide something from would-be observers in any direction," said cloak designer David Schurig, a research associate in Duke University's electrical and computer engineering department. For their first attempt, the researchers designed a cloak that prevents microwaves from detecting objects. Like light and radar waves, microwaves usually bounce off objects, making them visible to instruments and creating a shadow that can be detected. Cloaking used special materials to deflect radar or light or other waves around an object, like water flowing around a smooth rock in a stream. It differs from stealth technology, which does not make an aircraft invisible but reduces the cross-section available to radar, making it hard to track. The new work points the way for an improved version that could hide people and objects from visible light. Conceptually, the chance of adapting the concept to visible light is good, Schurig said in a telephone interview. But, he added, "From an engineering point of view it is very challenging." The cloaking of a cylinder from microwaves comes just five months after Schurig and colleagues published their theory that it should be possible. Their work is reported in a paper in Friday's issue of the journal Science. "We did this work very quickly ... and that led to a cloak that is not optimal," said co-author David R. Smith, also of Duke. "We know how to make a much better one." The first working cloak was in only two dimensions and did cast a small shadow, Smith said. The next step is to go for three dimensions and to eliminate any shadow. Viewers can see things because objects scatter the light that strikes them, reflecting some of it back to the eye. "The cloak reduces both an object's reflection and its shadow, either of which would enable its detection," Smith said. The cloak is made of metamaterials, which are mixtures of metal and circuit board materials such as ceramic, Teflon or fiber composite. In an ideal situation, the cloak and the item it is hiding would be invisible. An observer would see whatever is beyond them, with no evidence the cloaked item exists. "Since we do not have a perfect cloak at this point, there is some reflection and some shadow, meaning that the background would still be visible just darkened somewhat. ... We now just need to improve the performance of cloaking structures." In a very speculative application, he added, "one could imagine 'cloaking' acoustic waves, so as to shield a region from vibration or seismic activity." Natalia M. Litchinitser, a researcher at the University of Michigan department of electrical engineering and computer science who was not part of the research team, said the ideas raised by the work "represent a first step toward the development of functional materials for a wide spectrum of civil and military applications." Joining Schurig and Smith in the project were researchers at Imperial College in London and SensorMetrix, a materials and technology company in San Diego. The research was supported by the Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program and the United Kingdom Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. ___ On the Net: Science: http://www.sciencemag.org
  15. We are coming up on a year since the introduction of this site and just want to thank Sam for creating, what I think is the finest fishing forum around,,,his hard work, along with Steve and everyone who has participated in posting has made this the "friendliest site around".
  16. I happened onto your board through a link in a shark story in Sue Foster's collumn, and liked what I saw! I'm a tad landlocked (out by the Blue Ridge), so it's nice to be able to check out what's going on by the water without wasting a 4 hour roundtrip on poor fishing. While any day fishing is a good day, that can't always be said about I-64! I've spent 40 years living on the water in my native south Florida, until I was joined by a couple million new neighbors, and 6 years ago decided that things were a bit TOO cozy down there for my tastes. Needless to say, most of what I was used to catching (snook, tarpon, snapper, grouper, amberjack, etc.) I left behind. I've spent the last 6 years having to learn how to fish all over again, and I hope to pick up a bunch of tips from many of you through your posts. Hats off to Sam for creating this forum!
  17. I am getting lots of feedback with a lot of folks wanting company when fishing. I'm starting to lose track with my mind all "cluddery" like it is. One thing that would really help, is using the calendar feature when posting your next fishing trip. When creating a new topic scroll down to the bottom and put it in the calendar. It will show up on the calendar and we can see when and where you are going to be. I'll use this one for example. Look at the calendar on the forum page (at the top for Sunday)