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Milton Love — Meet the Rockfish Expert Doctor

Milton Love UCSB rockfish
Dr. Milton Love with his beloved rockfish. Source: Santa Barbara Independent

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In today’s podcast, we meet Professor Milton Love from the UCSB Love Lab. He’s an author of many books on fishing and specializes in Rockfish.

This is a great one!

In this episode we cover:

00:30: How he got into fishing 

  • Party boats
  • Pier fishing

5:00: What they’re focused on in their lab

  • Looking at if oil platforms are beneficial to fishes
  • Using ROV for fish population research
  • Off-shore wind farms off California – what does the electromagnetic field from the power cables do to the animals?

8:30: What are oil platforms to fish?

12:00: Why it’s hard to generalize fish

15:36: Do fish feel pain? 

  • The research isn’t convincing either way.

17:17: What is the state of our fisheries.

  • Positive signs on the west coast of the US for rockfish

24:14: How do you catch and release rockfish

  • Why you can put rockfish back down quickly they can survive
  • What device you can use to get them back down
  • Watch: Rockfish barotrauma

27:44: How to catch the rarer rockfish

  • Why you should use sabikis
  • 20lb test custom sabikis

32:25: Other tips for fishing

  • Why the skippers of back in the day were AMAZING

37:59: Who is Oren Winfield?

  • Some of his stories

41:00: Why those running the party boats now a bit different from the old-timers

46:53: The El Nino of 57-58

50:38: What fish should you target?

  • General rule: bigger the fish and longer it lives the higher the methylmercury

53:34: Milton’s thoughts on Global Warming

  • Why it comes down to politics
  • Global Warm is real and it’s happening
  • Why we need to work together to tackle it

55:35: What Milton would want on his World Billboard 

57:27: How people can find Milton

1:01:00: If you’re thinking about being a marine biologist – Do it!

  • How to get into it in your thirties
  • Why it’s never too late to chase your dreams
Jon Stenstrom
Founder & Angler
Jon Stenstrom is a fishing and spearfishing enthusiast. He's been fishing since he was 5 years old in the backcountry of Yosemite for trout and in the surf near his home in SoCal. Over the past 4 years, he's been spearfishing up and down the coast of California. He started Cast and Spear to help inspire others to get outside and chase their dream fish. Notable catches include spearing a 65-pound white sea bass, large grouper, and yellowtail down in Baja. When he's not in the water, he's usually fishing from his Gregor Baja aluminum boat or inflatable Takacat catamaran.
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