In an ever-expanding universe of fishing tackle, trends, and techniques, one method has arrived that allows you to immediately pick up something truly new-tenkara. Derived from the tactics used by Japanese commercial fishermen, which called for inexpensive and efficient methods, tenkara is a model of simplicity.
With tenkara, you have a telescoping rod, an inexpensive braided level line, and an artificial lure that is simply a light trout hook dressed in thread, feathers, and fur. You cast this fly and line with the long rod, but you have no reel with which to retrieve the line or a fish. Its closest cousin in the U.S. might be cane-pole fishing though tenkara is an active method of catching fish primarily in moving water.
Demand for flesh Gulf of Mexico grouper has historically been durable, and domestic production is–at best–relatively small. Consequently, there is hope the grouper market may weather the storm of the continuing international economic crisis, especially in the tourism-restaurant sector.
Imminent grouper management changes will continue to limit supply. A new lowball federal gag quota, worrisome to fishermen who don’t see the need for it, and continuing 6,000-pound trip limits, will likely keep the supply in check for the near term and might contribute to steady prices.
But decent prices aren’t worth much if you can’t go fishing. And that is what many fishermen fear will happen this year.