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FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018

BOATING

Access to Florida’s Boater Education Temporary Certificate Program has been expanded, thanks to work done by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to make allowances for online course providers to offer the required courses over the internet.

COLLEGIATE FISHING

Nick Ratliff, 21, of Elizabethtown, Ky., a senior at Campbellsville University, pulled lightning out of his pocket, twice, to punch his ticket to the 2019 Bassmaster Classic.

ENFORCEMENT

This summer, during expected high boating activity weekends at Perry, game wardens have manned up to three patrol boats and a mobile breath alcohol unit to both deter and detect impaired boat operators.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged alligator violations on Aug. 15 in St. Mary Parish.

ENVIRONMENT
This report outlines six major statewide issues threatening the state's environment, businesses, tourism and residents' quality of life.
EVENTS

The Gaun First Catch Center will be providing a Family Fishing Program on Saturday, August 25 from 10:00am to 1:00pm at Falls Township Community Park, Bucks County.

FISHERIES

MyFishCount is a recreational reporting app and website (MyFishCount.com) pilot project that allows recreational fishermen to report information about their trips and catches.

NYSDEC reminds anglers not to fish for or target prohibited shark species such as sandbar ("brown"), dusky, and sand tiger sharks, which are classified as overfished by NOAA.

The private recreational angler red snapper season in federal waters will close at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22. State waters out to nine nautical miles will remain open.

HONORS AND AWARDS

Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) honored Karen Hollingsworth, Manager, Wildlife Forever’s State-Fish Art Contest, during the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup for her leadership in providing awareness and understanding of fish and fishing to the youth of America.

The awards recognize Arizonans who have contributed significantly to the conservation of the state’s fish and wildlife, its outdoor heritage, and the mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

INDUSTRY

Join IBEX attendees for a roundtable panel discussion that explores the dynamic shifts in the aftermarket sector of the marine marketplace from mergers & acquisitions to the influence of other industries to changes in buyer behavior and the impact of technology Oct. 1 at Marriott Tampa Waterside.

The National Park Service (NPS) is currently reviewing options for restricting personal watercraft (PWC) use in Gulf Islands National Seashore – an area stretching 160 miles along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico from Cat Island in Mississippi to the Okaloosa Area in Florida.

Maurice Sporting Goods, LLC, one of North America’s largest distributors of outdoor sporting goods, attended the 2018 ICAST show in Orlando last month, showcasing brands, meeting with customers and talking to vendors about how to grow their mutual businesses.

Crossed Industries, the popular and successful online aftermarket truck accessories company was recently acquired by industry insider Chaz Hickox

Savage Gear Americas announced today that Jay Harris has joined the company and has been tasked with building a sales team to further develop regional and national accounts. 

MEDIA

This week on The Revolution with Jim and Trav, we’re talking Summer Angling Adventures. Joining us will be Dave Mercer, host of Dave Mercer's Facts of Fishing, plus JP DeRose from Breaking Boundaries.

STATES

The summer all-depth fishery will be open on Friday and Saturday (Aug. 17-18) with approximately 50 percent of the quota remaining, and will be open every other Friday and Saturday until Oct. 31, or the quota is caught.

The recreational harvest is predicted to reach its quota of 16.8 metric tons by Friday, partly because the average weight of cabezon landed this year is higher than usual, and bottomfish effort has been very high this summer.

This year, the Fair is hosting Family Fishing Days on Thursday, August 23 and Sunday, August 26, and admission is free for anyone presenting a valid New York State sporting license.

View a location’s popularity, ease of access, which fish species are present, stream gauges and more.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is giving young anglers in eastern Nebraska an opportunity to catch some “bonus-sized” channel catfish.

The boat launch at the Oyster Ponds Waterway Access Site, located off of Route 25 in East Marion (see on Google Maps), will be closed for the remainder of 2018 due to wave damage.

TELEVISION

This weekend on Discovery Channel, you’re not going to want to miss new programming from Americana Outdoors, South Bend’s Lunkerville, Local Knowledge, On the Road with Rock and Aaron and more.

TOURNAMENTS

The Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest May 2-6 will be held on 27,000-acre Lake Fork, on east Texas impoundment of the Sabine River.

St. Croix pro James Niggemeyer picks away at Ouachita and comes away satisfied and thankful to be fishing the Best Rods on Earth

WILDLIFE

You’ll learn how to avoid a bear encounter, how to hunt and fish safely in bear country, and the newest techniques on defense against bear attacks.

This week, the endangered Greenback Cutthroat Trout got a major boost from Trout Unlimited volunteers and agency partners in Colorado. Read the story here.


CLEAR CREEK, CO -- Once thought to be extinct, the rare greenback cutthroat trout is making a big comeback thanks to the efforts of the Greenback Cutthroat Recovery Team – a partnership that includes the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife, the National Park Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Western Native Trout Initiative, and Trout Unlimited.

Over the course of two days in mid-July, 1,700 Year 1 Cutthroats (~4-6 inches) made their way into two headwater drainages in the Clear Creek Watershed, an hour west of Denver, CO.  The Dry Gulch and Herman Gulch creeks represent the first major river populations for this threatened species since it was rediscovered in 2012. 

To help agency partners stock these important little fish, over 80 Trout Unlimited volunteers carried the cutthroats in large packs up steep switchbacks and bush-wacked through dense brush to get to the remote rivers.  Some people hiked over six miles into the top of the drainage (over 11,500 feet)! These volunteers came from ten different TU chapters and represented all walks of life – anglers and conservationists coming together to recover this native trout.

“We couldn’t do it without the volunteers,” says Paul Winkle, Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologist for the Clear Creek Drainage.  It was a major undertaking that took a lot of support from agency staff, non-profit partners, and local businesses.

At Colorado TU, we are very proud of the hard work and dedication that our chapters and volunteers provide to these projects. It shows what can happen when people focus on collaboration and overcoming differences.  It didn’t matter whether someone was young or old, Democrat or Republican, a dry fly purist or never fished before – we were all side by side, climbing those steep trails together. All to save the Greenback.

That's right! Over 80 volunteers and 20+ agency staff from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, US Forest Service, and US Fish and Wildlife service packed up 1700 native Greenback cutthroat trout to be released along Dry Gulch and Herman Gulch on July 16 & 18. These little trout were raised in a hatchery as part of  a statewide effort to restore population's of Colorado's state fish. I'm not sure if you can tell if a fish is happy, but those little guys sure looked excited to be released into their new home. Check out the video spotlight that CBS Local Channel 4 did about the effort, below:

Feeling inspired? Learn more about Native Trout across Colorado - the efforts to protect and restore populations and ways to get involved.

Volunteers gather before setting off to deliver native trout to their new home. Volunteers and staff from: 

U.S. Forest Service-Arapaho & Roosevelt Natl Forests Pawnee Natl GrasslandU.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Southwest RegionPikes Peak Chapter of Trout Unlimited #508St. Vrain Anglers Trout UnlimitedThe Greenbacks | Colorado Trout Unlimitedbasin + bendWestern Native Trout InitiativeDublin Dog Co.West Denver Trout UnlimitedCutthroat Chapter of Trout Unlimited,Boulder FlycastersColorado Parks and Wildlife,Trout UnlimitedGore Range Anglers - Trout Unlimited and Upslope Brewing Company.

A big shout out to all the volunteers who came out to hike and haul the native trout to their new homes, and to the various groups and agencies that came out to restore Colorado's native fisheries. Read the full story that CBS Channel 4 News did here.

Pictured: Western Native Trout Initiative Sticker and Dublin Dog Co. trout collar. 

Thank you to the following:

 

FISHING CALENDAR
August 12-18
Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament

Manteo, N.C.; pcbgt.com

September 3
Labor Day Observed, No Wires Published

September 14-15
Saltwater Sisters Ladies Tournament

Pirates Cove Resort and Marina in Stuart Fl.; www.stuartsailfishclub.com.

October 31 - November 4
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
 
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