Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Coast Guard urges boaters, duck hunters, fishermen and beachgoers to exercise caution in and around the waters of Southern New Jersey and Delaware due to forecasted heavy weather conditions over the next several days.

Each Trash Tour stop will be run as a tournament-style trash round up with a ton of prizes awarded for a number of different categories.

Big Apple anglers are invited to the 6th Annual BTT New York City Dinner on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Union League Club (37th and Park Avenue) at 5:30 PM.

The meetings will discuss red snapper management, yellowtail snapper allocation measures, and visioning options for the entire snapper grouper fishery in South Atlantic federal waters.
Midges, scuds, minnows and even mice might be on the menu, says the Minnesota DNR.

Yamaha Marine Group announced today the addition of two new propellers to its Talon family: the new Talon Pontoon and Talon GP Aluminum SDS propellers.
Retailers from across the nation voted for their favorite new outdoor products at the recent Big Rock Sports East Show in Raleigh, NC and the Big Rock Sports West Show in Las Vegas, NV.
Gregory Segall, Chairman of Hatteras and CEO of its shareholder Versa Capital Management, LLC, said, "We are pleased to have recruited a senior executive with the industry knowledge and experience to lead Hatteras Yachts through its next phase of growth.

The recent discovery of a non-native aquatic plant in Minnesota is a reminder that people should always dispose of aquarium or water garden plants or animals appropriately – not by releasing them into the environment.

The Director of Marketing, Membership and Communications is responsible for the planning, implementation and management of comprehensive marketing programs that build public awareness and support of the organization's mission, help achieve fundraising goals, and acquire and retain members.

Now incorporating an asymmetrical shaped Magnunlite (MGL) rotor to make the reels even lighter, along with Shimano's Hagane Design Concept with a cold-forged Hagane Gear, the new Stradic Ci4+ line-up includes the STCI4-1000HG, STCI4-2500HG, STCI4-C3000HG and STCI4-4000XG.
G. Loomis now brings out the next generation with the introduction of 35 new GLX bass rods, offered in lengths, powers and actions for jig and worm, all-around G. Loomis Mag Bass, spin jig, flip-punch, ShakyHead and drop shot fishing situations.

The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) welcomed new leadership as well as a new member to its Board of Directors this year.

This week the show heads south to the Sea of Cortez for dorado fishing and golf.

Don Henson of Southaven caught a 48-pound, 1-ounce longnose gar from the Sardis Lake Spillway to set new state and world records for the species.

The Atlanta Camping & RV Show is set for Jan. 27-29 at Atlanta Exposition Center South, 3850 Jonesboro Road in Atlanta, GA.
Some 300 exhibitor booths displaying every fly-fishing tool from sparkling new rods and reels to boots, waders and accessories will greet visitors to the annual Somerset Fly Fishing Show this weekend (Jan. 27-29) in Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Dr., Somerset.
Anglers looking for a new fishing reel at the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo (www.sportshows.com/chicago/index.html) also have the opportunity to help a hero. Simply bring in any reel in working condition for a 10% off trade-in on any Shimano reel, rod or G. Loomis rod from participating retailers – up to $50 maximum trade-in value.

Fisheries Division creel clerks will ask anglers, through brief interviews, about how long they fished, what species they targeted, what they caught, and where they live.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife's southwest region invites hunters and anglers to give their ideas and voice their opinions about wildlife issues at a Sportsmen's Roundtable meeting which will be held by video teleconference, 6-8 p.m. p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1.
The Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center in Mattawan, Michigan, will offer a variety of opportunities to enjoy Michigan's great outdoors this winter.
Registration is open for an event that teaches the basics of fly fishing to pairs of youths and adults, from evening on Friday, June 2, to afternoon on Sunday, June 4, near Lanesboro.

Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail will hold a National Qualifier and final leg of the Florida State Championship February 3, 4, 2017 on Lake Talquin, Gadsden County, Florida.

On the day before President Obama left office, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an edict to phase out the use of traditional fishing tackle on the hundreds of thousands of square miles of public lands under its management.

Ladies Let's Go Fishing will host an inshore fishing workshop at the village of Matlacha March 11-12.

B.A.S.S. is seeking nominations for the best and brightest high school bass anglers in the country.

Canadian Fly-In Fishing By Kayak

Three anglers score "fishing first" in NW Ontario via Old Town® Predator PDL™ kayaks

Old Town, Maine Three anglers. Three days. 13 muskies. Countless big brown bass. Multi-species mayhem. The fishing trip of a lifetime.

There aren't many "fishing firsts" left to achieve. Sure, species records are routinely set and broken, but most of what can be done, has been done. There are few new territories to explore.

Enter three intrepid anglers and a unique expedition to fish the remote fly-in-only waters of Northwest Ontario's Sunset Country in pedal-driven kayaks… finding and catching fish with their feet… a legitimate fishing 'first.'

With the help of Nestor Falls Fly-In Outposts, these fish-heads brainstormed a new, repeatable quest for other anglers, a contemporary take on the classic Canadian fly-in canoe fishing trip—but with the benefit of amazing engineering and unrivalled small watercraft boat control for hands-free fishing.

The adventurous anglers quickly discovered the Old Town Predator PDL a perfect boat to quickly reach (up to 5.5 mph) and efficiently explore every nuance of the untamed Canadian waters. From precisely positioning off rock islands, reefs, and weed beds, to trolling craggy shorelines and big-fish holding breaks along towering cliffs, the Predator PDL surpassed every criteria for fishability, including reverse pedal motion when they needed it to fight muskies away from cover.

Whether slinging Giant FlatSticks or flinging flies, the crew also spent a lot of time standing and fishing, eyes glued to the gin-clear depths for muskie follows.

"I was floored by the Predator PDL," says Grant Prokop, muskie guide and owner of Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods in Cohasset, Minnesota. "We pedaled 8-12 miles a day but it didn't seem like exercise at all, even crossing large open-water stretches in head wind. I didn't miss anything from a big multi-species boat… the fishability and stability was just incredible. I could even figure-8."

Considered by many the fish of 10,000 casts, muskies are notoriously hard to catch… but not so much on NW Ontario waters, as Prokop describes.

"I completely lost track of how many muskie follows we had. The three of us caught 13 in three days, which is just ridiculous. It's pretty amazing what these fly-in lakes offer in terms of numbers. Although we didn't land any toothy-critter past the mid-40-inches mark, we did see some bigger fish, which makes me want to go back soon!"

Hard to believe, but the gang found a lot more than muskies. Big smallmouth bass attacked X-Raps with pugilistic intensity—and a couple 20-plus-inchers were actually caught on muskie baits.

"It was a dream fishing trip, where everything came together perfectly," says fishing writer Jim Edlund. "We've all been on enough trips that don't necessarily go that way, so when they do they're especially memorable. The multi-species action was incredible, from our very first cast to the last. And, to be honest, the fish were a bonus to the serenity of the place, the northern lights, loons, eagles, and Canadian shore lunches… it was all there… the stuff you read about in magazines as a kid come to life. And it's cool to have been part of the first group of anglers to do a Canadian fly-in with pedal-driven kayaks. I can't think of a better way to explore and fish remote waters. I think this opens up a whole new way to do fly-in trips."

About the Predator PDL

  • Length: 13' 2"
  • Width: 36"
  • Weight: 117 lbs. (Pedal Drive: 21 lbs.)
  • Carrying Capacity 500 lbs
  • Forward and reverse for exact boat control in wind and current
  • Smooth, quiet and easy to pedal
  • Removable PDL Drive installs in seconds and tips up instantly for shallow-water docking
  • Fast and maneuverable, with one-hand-operated rudder steering
  • Specially-designed hull with generous width for stability and storage
  • Includes accessory mounting plates, Element Seating System and other standard Predator features
  • Ease of transport
  • Low maintenance

MSRP $2,799.99

Like other Predator models, the Predator PDL is infinitely customizable with rigging accessories from Cannon®, Scotty™, YakAttack®, RAM®, and more.

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Outdoors Calendar

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Jan. 26 - Jan. 29: Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Show, Schaumburg Center; www.sportshows.com/chicago.

Jan. 27 - Jan. 28: Crappie Masters National Qualifier on the St. Johns River, Deland, FL - www.crappiemasters.net

Jan. 28: Family Fishing Day, 8 a.m. – noon, Red Mountain Lake (7745 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, AZ).

Feb. 3 - Feb. 4: Crappie Masters National Qualifier on Lake Talquin, Gadsden County, FL - www.crappiemasters.net

Feb. 16 - Feb. 19: Western Hunting & Conservation Expo. The Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Feb. 16 - Feb. 20: Miami International Boat Show, Miami Marine Stadium, Miami, FL; www.miamiboatshow.com.

Feb. 17 - Feb. 19: Mid-South Sports & Boat Show. Agricenter, East Memphis, Tennessee.

Feb. 18 - Feb. 19: Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan waters for both residents and non-residents; www.michigan.gov/freefishing.

Mar. 3 - Mar. 5: Panama City Beach Boat Show; http://www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/event/emerald-coast-boat-%26-lifestyle-show/21131/

Mar. 18 - Mar. 19: California B.A.S.S. Nation State Team Qualifier #1, Lake Oroville, Oroville, CA, www.calbn.com

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