• Charter boat skipper facing jail threat

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    An owner of a Florida charter boat is facing the threat of a jail sentence for failing to report his catches. Jason Cardinale, who runs Samana Expert Fishing Charters out of Jupiter, appeared in a West Palm Beach courtroom this week to face charges of submitting false no-fishing activity reports. If  convicted, he could face up to five years in jail. Commercial fishermen must keep records and report the numbers of certain fish they catch. These include migratory pelagic fish, snapper, grouper, wahoo and dolphin. Cardinale submitted a form saying no fishing had taken place, though he had been running trips and selling the fish. Seems an excellent incentive to stop charter skippers lying about the number of fish they are taking. Full story here.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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