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Beau Beasley

Beau Beasley is an investigative conservation writer and the director of both the Texas and Virginia Fly Fishing festivals.

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Update: Is a Regulatory Sea Change Coming to the Bahamas?

At the 6th Annual Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, US-based ad agency Admirable Devil sponsored a lively panel discussion titled “Bonefish and the Bahamas,” featuring both Bahamian officials and those most immediately affected by their bonefish harvest regulations. On hand to discuss the updates were Benjamin Pratt, senior...

The Battle for Bonefish and the Future of the Bahamas, Part 2

(Read Part I) The island nation of the Bahamas boasts the largest saltwater flats in the entire Caribbean, reputedly ten times larger than those of Mexico. Countless celebrated saltwater species—including bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, crabs, shrimp, and lobster—call these flats home. Protecting the future of these flats in perpetuity is...

The Battle for Bonefish and the Future of the Bahamas, Part 1

Bonefish are one of the top targets of saltwater fly anglers worldwide, with good reason: when hooked, these torpedo-shaped, silvery fish, which can grow nearly three feet long and tip the scales at 15 pounds, are known for their blistering runs and fierce fights. The angler who hooks such a brute can quickly find himself looking at his backing and whacking...

Is the U.S. Forest Service Hoping to Cash in on Wilderness Areas?

Outdoor journalists spend a great deal of time outside in the wilderness, taking pictures and preparing to write about endangered species, family camping, and how to become a better hunter or angler. Under newly proposed US Forest Service rules, however, some think these trips into the woods may cost the outdoor journalist a pretty penny. Earlier this year...

Landowner’s Claim to King’s Grant Stalls Removal Of Virginia’s Monumental Mills Dam

The confluence of the Hazel and Thornton Rivers has historically been a gathering place for swimmers, canoeists, anglers—and even occasional baptisms by one local church. Then, in September 2005, Gary Close, Culpeper County’s former attorney, decided to close off the river to public use, igniting a firestorm of protest. Close based his decision on the...

River Rights, North Carolina-Style

Folks fishing in the Tar Heel state aren’t much different from anglers anywhere who are looking for a little soli­tude and a chance to connect with nature. Regrettably, opportunities to get away from work seem to be harder and harder these days, and a lack of access to prime fishing locations is a genuine concern for anglers and fisheries managers...

Hunting and Fishing in America: "All Dollars, No Sense"

Living outside the nation’s capital as I do, I get a steady dose of political news whether I want to hear it or not. While most Americans go about their daily lives just trying to pay their bills and raise their kids, even they can’t help but notice how badly the operation of the federal government has deteriorated. Last year politicians from both...

Game Fish Wars: Tales of the Tar Heel State

“There they go,” said Capt. Gary Dubiel, pointing to a pair of commercial fishing vessels headed out for the day as we stood fishing off his boat in Beaufort, North Carolina. “Those sons of bitches would catch everything in the ocean if they could, and our state legislature is only too happy to let them.” Not much bothers Capt. Dubiel, owner of Spec...

Menhaden: Virginia Legislature to Vote on Harvest Cuts

Officially, Virginia’s state fish is the beloved brook trout. Unofficially? Anyone familiar with the politics of fishing in the Old Dominion would be forgiven for assuming that the humble menhaden takes home that prize. Menhaden are surprisingly important in Virginia and all along the East Coast because “as the menhaden go, so goes everything else”...

Theodore Roosevelt Partnership Calls Outdoor Writers and Anglers to Action

Captain Kelly Stillwell smiled a knowing smile as both outdoor writer Terry Gibson and Orvis News Editor Phil Monahan fought their respective battles side by side on Stillwell’s skiff. Stillwell, owner of Tide Tuit Light Tackle and Fly Fishing Guide Service and an experienced saltwater guide operating out of Sarasota, Florida, had seen this type of...