Fly Fishing the Gulf: Spill’s Long- and Short-Term Effects

April 18, 2011 By: Marshall Cutchin

Chris Santella writes about one of his best days of redfishing — in Lousiana’s “Land of the Giants” — and notes that the long-term impact of the Gulf Spill on coastal fisheries is anybody’s guess, the short-term halt to fish harvests may be responsible for a gamefish population boom. In The New York Times.

“The fish’s gills flared — a sign of its excitement — and it accelerated, mouth open. Line ripped from my reel, the rod bent wildly, and 15 minutes later, I was posing with a bull red whose weight Arnold estimated at 38 pounds.”