Wednesday, October 1, 2014

 
BOATING
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is offering those serving active duty, in the Reserve or National Guard 10% off BoatUS' on water towing services. In addition, BoatUS is offering half-price membership dues of just $15.

CLASSES
A popular fishing rod-building class coming to Minneapolis, Oct. 11 - 12, has only a few seats left.

ENVIRONMENT
Studies show that when we don't eat enough seafood we see cognitive impediments in children, and more preventable cardiovascular deaths in adults.

EVENTS
Learn about the many outdoor opportunities the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission offers the public by visiting the agency's State Fair exhibit in Raleigh from Oct. 16-26.

FISHERIES
FWC and Mote Marine Lab are working together on an ongoing program to find the most effective methods of replenishing and enhancing wild snook populations.
The number of steelhead coming into Idaho is increasing, as counts over Lower Granite Dam have been in the thousands for more than a week.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a webinar Public Hearing to discuss and take public comment on the actions and alternatives contained in a Red Grouper Framework Action on Oct. 16.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Honoring two pro anglers, a successful bass fishing industry entrepreneur, and an exceptional writer on the bass fishing scene, the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame (BFHOF) Board of Directors announces the Hall's 2015 inductees.

INDUSTRY
The Verado six-cylinder was first launched in 2005 and covered 200 to 275hp; the Verado family now includes up to 300hp outboard engines.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) today announced 46 recipients of the 2014 Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Awards for excellence in customer satisfaction.
Following its introduction to buyers in the Do It Best May Market and subsequent addition to each of the distribution centers, Arctic Ice has been chosen it to be highlighted in two of the three sections of Do It Best's New Idea Exhibit.

JOBS
This position works with freelance writers to procure, write, edit, coordinate production of and upload content to the Bass Pro 1Source website.

NEW PRODUCTS
Perfect for the recreational sailor, angler or cruiser, the new Navigator Pro series offers exceptional performance at an affordable price.
Ameritex Fabric Systems, a member of the Taylor Made Group, is introducing a new canvas power sunroof system for the boating industry at the 2014 International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX).
The Cotton Candy T-1 Original Titanium Spinnerbait, one of three new color patterns, features olive-brown back strands, pink and white body strands with brown flecks, and a gold-silver head.

PUBLICATIONS
The Hunting Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to standing up for hunting, announced the publication and distribution of the 2014-2015 Alabama Hunting & Fishing Almanac.

RADIO
KANA 580, broadcasting to Anaconda, Butte and Deer Lodge, Montana, is the latest affiliate to a pick up Northwestern Outdoors Radio.

STATES
Most marine areas of Puget Sound will reopen for recreational crab fishing Oct. 1, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced yesterday.
The Department of Natural Resources has announced that Ludington State Park in Mason County will begin the process of lowering Hamlin Lake to its winter level Monday, Oct. 27.

TELEVISION
World Fishing Network, the leading entertainment destination and digital resource for anglers throughout North America, premieres the second installment of the second season of its signature magazine format show, World Fishing Journal, with another all-star episode on Sunday, Oct. 5 starting at 11:30 a.m. ET.

TOURNAMENTS
For the third time in the past four years, North Carolina's Lake Norman plays host to the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open presented by Allstate.
Alan Carter and Tony Sheppard claimed the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters National Championship last weekend in Mississippi.
FLW College Fishing is headed to Clear Lake Oct. 11-12 for the Western Conference Invitational tournament. Forty-five college teams have qualified for this event and will be competing for a top award of $4,000 and a berth in the 2015 College Fishing National Championship.
The Rayovac FLW Series is headed to Clear Lake Oct. 9-11 for a tournament presented by Evinrude when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers will take to the water for the final stop of 2014 in the Western Division.
The Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) is headed to Pickwick Lake Oct. 9-11 for one of six regional championships. The three-day tournament will feature the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers from each of the Cowboy, Hoosier, Music City and Volunteer divisions.

Life Jacket Type Code Labels Go Away

Step Toward Eliminating Confusion and Introduction of New Designs

In an effort to be more consumer friendly and spur innovation, the US Coast Guard is dropping its Type I-V labeling system.
ANNAPOLIS, MD. -- In a move that's expected to benefit recreational boaters, on Oct. 22 the US Coast Guard will drop the current life jacket type code scheme -- Type I, II, III, IV and V -- that has been used for years to label and differentiate the types of life jackets and their specific use. Chris Edmonston, BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety President and Chairman of the National Safe Boating Council, said, "The boating safety community believes this move by the Coast Guard will help lead the way toward more comfortable and innovative life jacket designs, help boaters stay on the right side of the law, lower costs, and save lives."

Explains Edmonston, "This is positive news is that we will no longer see a Type I, II, III, IV or V label on a new life jacket label after Oct. 22. This type coding was unique to the United States, tended to confuse boaters, limited choice and increased the cost of life jackets." He says removing the type coding is a first step towards the adoption of new standards that will eventually simplify life jacket requirements for recreational boaters.

"This move is expected to lead to the introduction of new life jacket designs, especially those made in other countries as US standards will be more 'harmonized,' initially Canada and eventually the European Union," said Edmonston. "Along with a wider variety, aligning our standards with those to our neighbor to the north and across the Atlantic will help reduce prices as manufacturers won't have to make products unique to the US market."

Inflatable PFD's have become very popular in recent years thanks to their comfort and ease of stowage.
However, Edmonston cautions boaters must still abide by the current standards when using older life jackets marked with the Type I-V labeling, as they will remain legal for use. "We must continue to have a properly fitted life jacket for all aboard, and as always, you'll need to follow the label's instructions regardless of when it was made. Simply put, if you follow the label, you're following the law." A full list of the current life jacket types and descriptions can be found at BoatUS.org/life-jackets, and any update on new life jacket types and styles will be posted here when available.

In additional effort to help change the mindset of what a life jacket must look like, The BoatUS Foundation, the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), recently kicked off a "Innovations in Life Jacket Design Competition" to seek out the newest technologies and design ideas. Running through April 15, 2015, the contest seeks entries from groups or individuals, including collegiate design programs, armchair inventors or even boat and fishing clubs. Entries may be as simple as hand-drawn theoretical designs to working prototypes and will be judged based on four criteria: wearability, reliability, cost and innovation. For more, go to BoatUS.org/design.

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About the BoatUS Foundation:

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by donations from over half-million members of BoatUS, it provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America's waterways and keeping boating safe for all. A range of boating safety courses - including 33 free state courses - can be found at BoatUS.org/courses.

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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

Oct. 10 - Oct. 11: Florida Fly Fishing Expo featuring Bob Clouser, Wanda Taylor at Plantation Resort, Crystal River, Florida; http://fedflyfishers.org/Councils/Florida.aspx.

Oct. 11 - Oct. 12: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, Minneapolis, Minn., http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

Oct. 11 - Oct. 12: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, Minneapolis, Minn., http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

Oct. 11 - Oct. 12: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class. Minneapolis Marriott West, Minneapolis, Minn. http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

Oct. 17 - Oct. 18: IFA Kayak Championship at Houma, La.; www.ifatours.com

Oct. 17 - Oct. 19: Bisbee's Los Cabos Offshore Tournament, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. $750,000 in cash prizes. www.bisbees.com

Oct. 21 - Oct. 25: Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Tournament, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. $2.5 million-plus in cash prizes. www.bisbees.com

Oct. 24 - Oct. 25: IFA Redfish Championship at Houma, La.; www.ifatours.com

Nov. 1: Great Lakes Council IFFF, 15th Annual FLY TYING EXPO. 70 Demonstration tyers, programs, vendors, auction, raffle. Kids free. http://www.fffglc.org.

Nov. 5 - Nov. 8: Western Outdoor News Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot, Cabo's largest tournament with more than $600,000 in cash & prizes; www.loscabostunajackpot.com.

Nov. 7 - Nov. 8: International Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Symposium, IGFA headquarters, Dania Beach, Fla., public welcome; bob@bonefishtarpontrust.org.

Nov. 8 - Nov. 9: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, San Francisco, Calif., http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.





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