Start your week off right with some serious Great Lakes flats fishing for big smallmouths in this film from photographer Luke Kavajecz. It doesn’t hurt that the soundtrack is by the insanely talented Andrew Bird. (If you like the song in the video but have never heard of Bird, check out this live performance.)
East Coast striper populations have taken some big hits in recent months, as commercial fishing vessels have been caught dumping dead fish in the ocean and many illegal netting operations have been seized. But recreational fishermen are not about flouting the law, either, and last week federal authorities seized electronics and records from several charter boats suspected of poaching striped bass beyond the 3-mile limit off the coast of Virginia. The investigation is being handled by NOAA and the Department of Justice Environmental Crimes Unit, the team that last year successfully prosecuted the massive Potomac River striped bass poaching operation.