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Blood in the Water: Do More Seals Mean More Shark Attacks?

Wildlife Management

Blood in the Water: Do More Seals Mean More Shark Attacks?

I walked along a remote Cape Cod beach at last light. The full moon had just popped above the horizon and the soft, east wind promised great fishing. A young woman stood at the water’s edge. Her black ponytail stuck out from the back of her faded Red Sox hat, and she watched her two young kids...
Tom Keer Sep 24, 2020
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Coastal Worm Hatches: Nighttime Striper Magic

Saltwater

Coastal Worm Hatches: Nighttime Striper Magic

Most anglers caught their first fish on a worm beneath a bobber. Saltwater junkies often skip worm hatches for bigger bait like menhaden, herring, sardines, mullet, or ballyhoo, but worms aren’t just for little kids in sweetwater. When salty species like black drum, weakfish, striped bass, tarpon...
Tom Keer Apr 27, 2020
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If It Ain’t Chartreuse, Is It Any Use?

Saltwater

If It Ain’t Chartreuse, Is It Any Use?

The sea at false dawn was a mess. It had been blowing for a week, with strong Easterlies stacking up roller after 6-foot roller to pound the beach. Rain fell long and hard and rivers brought down tree limbs and coffee-colored water. Huge clumps of bladderwort and saltcord grass floated on the...
Tom Keer Apr 3, 2020
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Un-Dam It: Inside the Era of Freeing Eastern Rivers

Habitat

Un-Dam It: Inside the Era of Freeing Eastern Rivers

When I first heard that the Edwards Dam on Maine’s Kennebec River was coming down, I couldn’t believe my ears. The 917-foot-long dam, built in 1837 from an early mix of concrete and timber, existed in some form or fashion for 162 years until it was demolished in 1999. Edwards Dam, along with 14,15...
Tom Keer Feb 12, 2020
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