If there was ever a poster child for overfishing, it’s the Atlantic halibut, a jumbo member of the flounder clan that can grow to upward of 400 pounds. Like cod, halibut were plentiful on the Grand Banks, Georges Bank and in the Gulf of Maine during Colonial times, but they weren’t considered fit to eat and were regarded by cod fishermen as a nuisance.
The sport of catching groundfish dates back more than 200 years. George Washington is said to have made a successful excursion off New Hampshire to catch cod around the time of the Revolutionary War, and the species’ popularity has endured ever since.
Photos by Robert L. Drake
Easy boating access to the Intracoastal Waterway, the Atlantic Ocean and the many islands and banks around Beaufort Inlet, N.C., persuaded Gordon and Lisa Douglas to buy a vacation home in Atlantic Beach on protected high land overlooking Bogue Sound nine years ago.
Painting by John Barber
It’s early morning at Capt. Johnny Ward’s dock on Jackson Creek near the mouth of the Rappahannock River in Virginia, and these two 60-foot wooden buyboats will soon be headed out into lower Chesapeake Bay for a day’s hard work.
Articles include photos from old issues of Soundings.
It began in the spring of 1963, when three intrepid dreamers launched a skinny little boating newspaper named Soundings. The first run of 10,000 eight-page tabloid newspapers were given away free at marinas and boatyards that got free classifieds for displaying the new monthly publication at their cash registers.
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