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August 18th, 2013

New Line Spooler

January 3rd, 2011

We will be showing the latest thing in line spooling
at the Raleigh Saltwater expo this coming weekend .

Raleigh Bass & Saltwater Fishing Expo

January 3rd, 2011

South Chatham Tackle
South Chatham Tackle Jan 7-8-9 Come to the Raleigh Bass & Saltwater Fishing Expo, we will be there along with lots of great folks that like nothing more than fishing. The3re will be some great seminars and lots of vendors with lots of deals . There will be lots of things to see and some fun stuff for the kids ..

Blue fin tuna swimming hooks

November 17th, 2010

We have a few BFT swimming hooks and harpoons left from the spectacular New England September/October season   and are making more getting ready for the southern season in the Carolinas.

Blue fin tuna quotas

November 17th, 2010

This is a memo from the ABTA

ICCAT is meeting November 17-27 in Paris with an agenda that is 5 pages long (it is available in the ICCAT web). This year Chris Weiner is attending the Paris meeting for ABTA. Chris has spent the last several weeks preparing with Rich for his important role at ICCAT and we wish him the best of luck.

“Early indications from members of foreign delegations in Paris suggest that the US is, at least positioning, for lower quotas for both the East and West. This despite the fact the latest science indicates the western quotas could conservatively be increased and the eastern quota stabilized around 13,500 metric tons. It is too early to determine whether this US posturing will have any effect on the outcome to be decided ultimately, if necessary, by a vote of the 45 plus ICCAT Contracting Parties.”

Our previous e-mail to you contained an attachment (Letter to US Commissioners) that explained the ABTA ICCAT position. This letter, to our US ICCAT Commissioners is part of our fight to maintain quota and seek changes that reward Western Atlantic fishermen for playing by the rules for so many years. Additionally, (during this ICCAT is meeting) a “Senate Resolution” and “Congressional Letter” will be proposed that re-enforces the ABTA ICCAT position to NOAA and to the US Delegation to ICCAT. We are hopeful that the Senate Resolution passes and the Congressional Letter accumulates enough powerful signatures on its behalf to provide clear instruction to those at ICCAT that lead the US position.

Harpoon darts

October 27th, 2010

We are rigging up some Harpoon darts getting ready for the BFT season

Line Winder

May 23rd, 2010

To view store site

Line winder with Line counter

May 22nd, 2010

We have been getting a lot of requests for a line counter for the Super Spooler, so we started designing and testing. We finally came up with a unit that is simple, accurate and strong.
bs_g_line winder counter
It is very easy to use, has many uses. If you already have the Super Spooler the counter is sold separately also and can be installed in minutes.

Check them out at our on line store If you are interested in purchasing one PM me or email me for a special discount coupon

Sea Turtle Release Kit now avaliable

March 26th, 2010

Turtle Sea Turtle Release Kit is now available. South Chatham Tackle has put together a complete Sea Turtle Release Kit that is now available on the on line store

This new gear will meet the new requirements set forth by NOAA


March 6th, 2010

Venting: A Guide to Releasing Reef Fish with Ruptured Swimbladders

Proper release of marine fishes has become increasingly important to anglers. In order to maintain healthy fish populations, each angler is responsible for carefully handling fish that are hooked, and releasing fish that are not harvested so they can spawn or perhaps be caught again.

Reef fish may require special handling during release to decrease mortality. This information is based on the best available research regarding reef fish venting as interpreted by  SAMFC assembled to review this research. Although the authors realize the need for further study of the influence of venting on long-term reef fish survival, sufficient information exists to warrant providing guidelines to assist anglers in successful release practices.

The Problem
Many marine reef fish have a gas-filled organ called a swimbladder, which controls buoyancy and allows the fish to maintain a certain depth in the water column. The gas in the swimbladder can over-expand when fish are brought quickly to the surface by hook and line. This can result in serious injury to the fish, and if released in this buoyant condition, the fish may float away and die from exposure to the elements or become an easy target for predators. This defeats the purpose of fishery management laws such as minimum size restrictions and daily bag limits.


Many reef fish have a closed swimbladder, an internal organ filled with gases, mostly oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen. This organ is located in the peritoneal cavity attached to the fish’s backbone beneath the dorsal fin. Swimbladders can expand only so far before they burst. When the swimbladder bursts, the swimbladder gases escape into the fish’s body cavity, where they can continue to expand. The pressure exerted by these gases is sufficient to push the stomach out the mouth and the intestines out of the anus. Venting releases these gases from the body cavity, thus eliminating the pressure on the internal organs. If damage is not excessive, the organs will return in place on their own, once the gases are expelled. Venting also will allow the fish to overcome buoyancy problems and swim down to habitat depth, enhancing its immediate survival.


Scientific studies have shown that species with large swimbladders such as red grouper, black sea bass, and gag derive immediate benefit from venting. Your ability to judge which fish should be vented will improve with practice and experience. After reeling in a fish, closely observe its condition. If the fish is bloated and floats (is unable to control its buoyancy) or if the fish’s stomach is distended out of the mouth, the fish should be vented. If the fish appears normal, not bloated, and is able to swim down to habitat depth on its own, venting is not necessary.


Venting Procedure
It is best to vent the fish as quickly as possible with a minimum of handling. If the fish’s stomach is everted out of the fish’s mouth, do not attempt to push it back into the fish’s body. Expelling the swimbladder gases will allow the stomach to return to its normal position within a few hours. Hold the fish gently but firmly on its side and insert the venting tool at a 45-degree angle approximately one to two inches back from the base of the pectoral fin. Only insert the tool deep enough to release the gases – do not skewer the fish. The sound of the escaping gas is audible and deflation is noticeable. If a fish is extremely bloated, use the hand holding the fish to exert gentle pressure on the fish’s abdomen to aid deflation.


Keep a good grip on the venting tool during the entire process, so that an unexpected jerk from the fish does not dislodge the tool and cause injury to


The fish’s everted stomach should not be punctured. This practice is not as efficient in releasing gas from the body cavity and results in additional injury.


Return the fish to the water as soon as possible. If necessary, revive it by holding the fish with the head pointed downward and moving the fish back and forth to pass water over the gills until the fish is able to swim unassisted.


Venting Tools
A venting tool can be any hollow, sharpened instrument that allows gases to escape. Ice picks and knives are not suitable because simply puncturing the fish is undesirable and can result in a mortal injury.


DeHooker / Vent Tool Combo


Fish Survival Guidelines
Fishing laws are designed to maintain a desirable spawning stock size to ensure adequate future recruitment of juvenile fish. Compliance with fishing laws is essential for sustaining U.S. sport and commercial fisheries. When compliance means releasing a fish, follow these guidelines to improve its survival.


•Have a plan for releasing a fish before landing it. Because time is crucial in keeping a released fish alive, work quickly and in concert with others on board for quick release.

•Avoid using gaffs and landing nets if possible
•Handle the fish as little as possible and try to keep the fish in the water.

•Handle the fish with wet hands, wet gloves or a wet towel to avoid removing the beneficial fish slime and be sure to avoid damaging the gills and eyes.

•Back hooks out using pliers or cut the leader as close to the hook as possible on throat-hooked fish. Use hooks which rapidly degrade in saltwater.

•Revive an exhausted fish in the water by passing water over the fish’s gills by using a gentle back and forth swimming motion until the fish recovers.


It is also possible to make your own venting tool. The modified hypodermic needle pictured is an excellent choice for a fish venting tool. A hollow, sharpened stainless steel cannula mounted on a hollow wooden dowel also works. Cannulas (16-gauge recommended) can often be purchased from farm supply and feed stores. The tool should be cleaned between uses and kept in a safe and accessible place. Chlorine bleach is a good disinfectant. Be sure to cap or place a cork on the tip of the tool after use to prevent personal injury.


How To Vent A Fish:

Vent Tool


Vent Tool



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