Friday, November 21, 2014

 
ANGLING OPPORTUNITIES
Anglers are catching both cutthroats and lake trout while trolling with downriggers and flatfish in the U-20 and T-4 sizes, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

APPS
Navionics, in cooperation with Vexilar, has incorporated the SonarPhone feature which allows boaters to see sonar and Navionics charts, both full screen and split screen, within the Boating app.

CONSERVATION
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to create a series of oyster shell bars in December.
Partners are coming together to do something no one in California has ever done before - restore an entire watershed from the headwaters to the sea to help recover endangered coho salmon.

ENFORCEMENT
Significantly more law enforcement agencies are participating in Operation Dry Water, the nation's year-round boating under the influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement campaign.

FISHERIES
The first draft of a landmark policy released today by NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service should foster better understanding and recognition of the cultural, conservation and economic contributions by recreational saltwater anglers among federal law and policy makers and NOAA personnel, a coalition of sportfishing interests stated yesterday.
The BP oil spill saga, a fledgling some of the hot topics on tap recently at the Guy Harvey Fisheries Symposium at the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus.

GEAR
Charge your flasher batteries, check out those ice fishing websites and dust off your ice cleats-ice fishing season is almost here!

HONORS & AWARDS
Shana Ramsey of Kalamazoo, Michigan, recently was honored as the Steve Campbell Outstanding Aquatic Educator by the Aquatic Resource Education Association at its biennial conference in Traverse City, Michigan.
Sea Tow Services International Inc., the nation's leading on-water assistance provider, presented 12 awards For Life Saving Efforts and "For Efforts Above and Beyond" the call of duty to Sea Tow Captains and other members of its national network at the Sea Tow Awards Banquet on November 18, 2014.

INDUSTRY
Simms is supporting Currier and his circuit of over 30 annual speaking engagements across the US where he recounts his global angling adventures to eager audiences. Currier will also utilize the Bozeman-based company's wide array of apparel on his fishing adventures and provide valued product feedback.
Stren has produced a two-minute video that gives the angling community and fans of "American-Made" products something to gloat about.

NEW PRODUCTS
With the innovative new MarCum® PanCam system, you can fish the hole at your feet and see a live feed on your smartphone from an underwater camera up to 300 feet away.
The F1R is the most powerful, compact flashlight to hit LED LENSER. This innovative lithium-ion powered waterproof light is equipped with an impressive 1000 lumen output.
UK-based marine camera innovator Iris Corporation has introduced its new NightSpotter® Handheld Thermal Imaging Scope, designed to put the safety and confidence of advanced night vision technology into the hands of a broad range of boaters.
For more than two decades LensPen® products have been famous for removing fingerprints and smudges from lenses and touchscreens - and now from eyeglasses and sunglasses - with their carbon-cleaning technology.
New collectible 16 oz. Fishouflage Tervis Tumblers are available in Bass, Walleye, Redfish and Crappie patterns -- sporting a lid that's constructed to keep your truck and boat coffee-stain free.

NOAA
NOAA last week announced the appointment of 13 members to a new federal Ocean Exploration Advisory Board that will provide guidance to NOAA and the nation on the exploration of our ocean.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA Fisheries Alaska

RETAIL
All Gander Mountain stores will be open from 8 a.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving Day, and again at 5 a.m. on Black Friday, and will offer hundreds of discounts in store and online.
Gifts that encourage kids to spend more time outdoors and that hopefully will foster a lifelong appreciation of the outdoor lifestyle are just a couple mouse-clicks away at www.BassPro.com.
Cabela's Incorporated, the World's Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will uphold the company's tradition of closing its U.S. retail stores and business offices on Thanksgiving Day.

STATES
As of Monday, Nov. 17 the Trinity River downstream of the Old Lewiston bridge to the mouth of Indian Creek is open to the take of chinook salmon over 22 inches.
Over time the area will be naturally repopulated with fish from the Little River downstream, but to help the process along Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery personnel stocked 17,520 yearling blue catfish into the Little River below Millwood Lake.
At its meeting in Key Largo on Nov. 20, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved lowering of the red grouper recreational bag limit from four to two fish per person in Gulf of Mexico state waters, excluding Monroe County.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the N.H. Department of Environmental Services (DES) and the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will hold a joint public information meeting on new shellfish area closures for 2015.
Have you checked out the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) fishing blog yet? The Freshwater Fishing Blog launched last year and is hosted by Florida Sportsman.

TOURNAMENTS
Triton owner Albert Collins has won the American Bass Anglers' (ABA) Weekend Bass Series Ray Scott Championship tournament, held November 12-15 at Wheeler Lake near Decatur, Alabama. For his winning effort, Collins pocketed the $100,000 championship prize plus an additional $50,000 from the Triton Gold contingency award program, escalating his total winnings to $150,000

WASHINGTON
Collaboration among federal and state agencies, rice growers and industry has created federally enforceable restrictions of the pesticide thiobencarb to protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead trout in California.

TrophyCatch tracker

Florida is now wrapping up the second year of what has turned out to be a highly successful effort to encourage anglers to release trophy-quality largemouth bass, thus allowing them to grow even larger while at the same time growing the state's reputation as a destination for bass anglers. Here's an update from the FFWCC:


Many of our readers already know that in 2012 the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) launched TrophyCatch, a new incentive-based conservation program designed for anglers who catch-and-release largemouth bass heavier than eight pounds, in Florida. Goals of this new initiative include providing verified catch data about trophy bass to guide conservation-management strategies, encouraging live release, and recognizing and rewarding anglers for participating in this citizen-science effort. This will ultimately increase trophy bass fishing opportunities and add to our knowledge of these valued fish.

Check out TrophyCatchFlorida.com now to register for free for the 3rd year's boat drawing and to learn how to submit your catch, so the data can contribute to the future of bass fishing in Florida and you can earn great rewards from our sponsors. While there, check out the Gallery of Catches, or do a search to find where trophy bass have been caught near you. Meanwhile, be sure to "like" us on FaceBook.com/TrophyCatchFlorida to keep up with the latest developments.

The first year of TrophyCatch (Oct. 1, 2012 - Sep. 30, 2013) wrapped up a year ago. Here were some highlights from TrophyCatch year one:

- 1,941 registrants.

- Almost 200 verified largemouth bass Lunker, Trophy, and Hall of Fame Club winners.

- Phoenix bass boat powered by Mercury awarded to random-drawing finalist Frank Ay from N Lauderdale (on left in photo).


- $10,000 from Experience Kissimmee awarded to Peter Perez for the largest bass caught in Osceola County (second from right).


- TrophyCatch Champion Ring awarded to Bob Williams from Alloway, NJ for the largest entered TrophyCatch bass, 13 lbs., 14 oz.

- Over $70,000 total in prizes awarded.

As TrophyCatch continued into its second year, FWC announced simplified submission requirements and increased prizes. The largest change in submitting a bass is that only one photo, of the entire fish on a scale with the weight clearly legible, is required. However, photos of the length, girth, angler holding fish, and release are encouraged. Phoenix and Mercury again provided a bass boat package for year two, this time including a Power-Pole anchor. The big winners of this year's major prizes haven't been announced at time of writing, but will be included in the next issue. In the meantime, here are the latest TrophyCatch statistics as of September 2014:

- Over 8,000 total registrants.

- Nearly 1,000 verified largemouth bass Lunker, Trophy, and Hall of Fame Club winners.

- More than $102,000 in prizes awarded during Year 2.

Stay tuned for the 2013-14 winners, and for exciting prizing updates for the new 2014-15 TrophyCatch year! For more information, and to register or submit fish, visit TrophyCatchFlorida.com.

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Outdoors Calendar

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Apr. 1 - Nov. 30: New Jersey inshore saltwater fishing tournament. Eight species, over 50 weigh stations, $100,000 in cash & prizes for the largest catches. Proceeds to the Fisheries Conservation Trust. $FREE entry using The Fishing Wire Code: 3720; www.BeachNBoat.com or 609.423.4002.

Apr. 12 - Mar. 31: 2nd Annual Lund Boats LCI Champlain Basin Derby,
50 weeks, 15 species, $25,000! www.lciderby.com

Dec. 6 - Dec. 7: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, Orlando, Fla., http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

Jan. 14 - Jan. 18: Chicago Boat Show, McCormick Place, Chicago; www.chicagoboatshow.com.





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