May 1, 2010 |
The sky was still black over the Gulf of Mexico as fisherman Jeff Howard steered his battered flat-bottom boat from one crab trap to another, frantic to snap up a few more crustaceans before the oil came. He had little time to waste. Stiff winds, rough waters and almost empty traps wouldn't keep him docked. Anything, he figured, was better than nothing. "Today might be the last day you can go," said Howard, 43. "You might not be able to go for another year. Who knows?" As the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continued to spread Friday, Louisiana's $2.5-billion commercial fishing industry, which provides much of the country's domestic shrimp and oysters, is bracing for a virtual shutdown that could trigger shortages and price hikes for consumers nationwide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2009
May 22, 2010 |
The timing could not have been worse for this community of boaters. For months they had been planning a spirited revival of a tradition called the Blessing of the Fleet to unify a city hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. Boaters, fishermen, seafood merchants and residents would honor seafarers who have died and offer prayers for the fleet to bring home a robust catch. But amid the crawfish and T-shirt tables, folks voiced an undercurrent of worry: What now? The ominous gulf oil slick loomed offshore.
March 4, 1989 |
The average bass or trout has a brain the size of a pea, so how smart can it be? Seasoned anglers say it takes persistence, moxie and just plain know-how to outsmart the wily fish. Weekends, thousands of men and women in Southern California go bassin' and troutin' armed with the latest fishing tackle, colorful lures, "power bait" and electronic fish finders to catch their finny foes. But many come back empty-handed and disappointed.
September 14, 1997
The June 29 story ("Cascades and Quiet") about Stehekin-- that tiny village at the head of Lake Chelan in Washington state--brought back happy memories of our wartime vacations there. Travel was restricted, and money was scarce at that time of our lives. The bus trip to Chelan, the steamer ride on the lake and a small resort at Lucerne fit into our tiny budget. But instead of Lucerne, we wound up at Stehekin, where the food at Beryl Imus' lunchroom was extra special, and the fishing was amazing.
October 25, 1992
I enjoyed the Aug. 23 story on Lake O'Hara ("Canada's Beauty Secret") because my husband and I, often with friends and family, have been going there each summer for eight years. I know another beautiful resort in British Columbia (about 200 miles north of Vancouver), where accommodations are readily available. Tsuniah Lake Lodge is on the eastern side of the Pacific Coast Range. It is owned and managed by the Brebner family--Bobbie, Eric and Brian. The lodge has a commanding view of Tsuniah Lake.
April 22, 2007
Trout are pretty picky characters. They like their water vodka-clear and their insects served just so. The good news: You can find the fish from the Sierra to Siberia. Here are the best airfares to some of the world's best trout spots: *--* ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND LAX $709 British *--* *--* ANCHORAGE LAX $415 Delta, United, US Airways SNA 545 Alaska, Delta, US Airways BUR 445 United, US Airways LGB 415 Alaska, Delta, US Airways ONT 473 United, US Airways *--* *--* BOZEMAN, MONT.
August 19, 1992 |
John Muir said Kings Canyon had everything Yosemite and Sequoia had--granite walls towering over wildflower meadows and ferny forests of giant trees--and yet those two were national parks 50 years before Kings Canyon joined the elite in 1940, after Ansel Adams showed his pictures to Congress.
February 24, 1987 |
Thirty-one people drowned and seven were missing after their small boats overturned off the East China coast while they were fishing for baby eels, the official Shanghai Evening News reported Monday. Most of the eel fanciers, who sailed into the open sea in a flotilla of small wooden boats, had no sailing experience, the newspaper said.
January 30, 1995 |
Wildlife officials from Oregon and Washington have voted to close spring salmon fishing on the Columbia River to save endangered fish runs. Members of the Columbia River Compact, a board made up of wildlife officials from the states, voted to close the fishing season effective Feb. 16. It is the first fishing ban on the river since the compact was formed in 1918. The closure bans all sport and commercial fishing along 140 miles of the lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam.