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Soundings enters the digital era

Soundings at 50 - Celebrating a half-century of boating

From newsprint to the iPad, Soundings remains ready to adapt.In 1937, William L. Shirer was a down-on-his luck newspaper reporter in Berlin, Germany. He had lost his foreign correspondent’s job with the Universal wire service, he was broke, his wife was pregnant, and all around him the Nazis were gearing up for war.

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Fishing for perfection

These experts agree that the best boats start with a comfortable, dry ride and plenty of storage

The “perfect” fishing boat is somewhat of an elusive concept. There are just so many variables — big boat or small, inboard or outboard, where and how you fish, your budget, to name a few.

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Going Deep

R.J. Boyle specializes in catching broadbill swordfish in the Gulf Stream during the day

It takes a long time for bait to reach the bottom in 1,700 feet of water, even when you’re using 10 pounds of lead.

The anticipation of hooking a massive broadbill swordfish and getting to see the beast in broad daylight seems to slow the drop even more.It’s like when you were a kid going to the movies: The trip to the theater always seemed 10 times longer than the ride home.

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A look back at King Cod

Travel back to the early days of commercial fishing in New England, when schooners plied the banks, and cod and other species were plentiful beyond imagination

Typical dorymen hard at work.“Dories over!”

It’s the call Asa Allard and Harland Guidry have been waiting for, and the men hurriedly prepare their little boat. Thwarts are shipped, and the bilge plug is jammed in. Oars, pen boards, water jug, bailer, bucket, gaff, bait knife, sail, mast and three tubs of hooks and tarred-cotton line are hastily stowed.

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Acts of cod

Alphonse Bielevich holds the world record for sport-caught cod with this 98-pound, 12-ounce fish boated June 8, 1969, off New Hampshire's Isles of Shoals.• The largest cod ever recorded weighed 211.25 pounds and was caught on a longline off Massachusetts in May 1895.

• On July 22, 1873, Miss Fannie Belis of St. Louis caught a 130-pounder during a fishing excursion aboard the yacht United States off Eastern Point, Mass. A number of cod over 100 pounds were reported in the late 1800s, but few, if any, of that size have been documented in the 20th century.

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