Thursday, February 22, 2018

 
COAST GUARD

The Coast Guard conducted two ice rescues on Saginaw Bay,  rescuing one man who had fallen through the ice while on an ATV, and another man who became stranded while ice fishing. 

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Maui initially spotted Jill Lee at 12:45 a.m. on radar about a quarter mile offshore swimming with her kayak in tow. 


CONSERVATION

If selected, participants will help develop and implement plans that reduce nutrient and sediment runoff into Mississippi’s coastal waters. 

The report tracks five priority measures including efforts to prevent aquatic invasive species, expand Michigan's water trails system, ensure clean and safe drinking water, invest in harbors and reduce occurrences of harmful algal blooms in the western Lake Erie basin.   


ENFORCEMENT

EVENTS

The biennial Conservation Summit, which connects volunteer conservation advocates with fisheries professionals in state and federal agencies, will be held in Greenville,March 16-18, during the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, according to Gene Gilliland, B.A.S.S. national conservation director. 


FISHERIES

Some parties of only three or four anglers have reported catching well above 50 togue in one day, and the action is likely to continue so long as the ice is safe.

When the season reopens, the daily bag limit will be one fish per person (previously two fish per person) and the minimum size limit will be 15 inches fork length (previously 14 inches fork length). 

Avoid barotrauma in reef fishes with these tips from the Georgia DNR.

NOAA Fisheries reminds fishermen and the public of the upcoming seasonal closure on fishing for any species in federal waters of the mutton snapper spawning aggregation area in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands 

Missouri’s annual spring paddlefish snagging season for Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Lake, Table Rock Lake, and most other waters in the state runs March 15 through April 30. 


FISHING TIPS

 This is a good year to test that old Central Texas saying, "When the redbuds are blooming, the white bass are running," says TPWD. 


ICAST

On the Water product demonstrations for dealers and media representatives will be located at the North end of the North/South Building of Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, ICAST’s 2018 location. 


INDUSTRY

New data showing outdoor recreation makes up approximately two percent of U.S. GDP, contributing $374 billion each year and creating some 4.8 million jobs, was presented to the marine industry and press at the Miami International Boat Show.

From a field of 62 products, ThrowRaft took top honors in the Consumer Safety Equipment category for its Search & Rescue Yellow TD2401, the world’s first U.S. Coast Guard Approved inflatable throwable personal flotation device designed specifically for First Responders. 

Sundance Marine in Grand Junction, Colorado, is the newest authorized dealer for sales and service of Ranger Boats. 

Evinrude will be honored for the company’s role in commercializing the high-strength, wear-resistant aluminum alloy (NASA 398) originally developed by NASA scientists, Jonathan A. Lee and Dr. Po-Shou Chen.  


MARINE ELECTRONICS

Raymarine announced a marine electronics first at the Miami International Boat Show: UAV integration with Axiom/Axiom Pro MFDs. 


NEW PRODUCTS

Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting, launched the Streamlight® Jr. F-STOPTM, an ultra-compact 2AA alkaline penlight that allows users to smoothly transition between spot and flood beams to meet both close-up and area lighting needs.


SEMINARS

The Promar/Ahi Booth will host seminars on halibut, yellowtail, seabass, bluefins, lobsters, kayaking and more.


STATES

Aiken County’s Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve will be open to the public on the first four Saturdays during the month of March (2, 9, 16 and 23). 

Thursday, March 1, marks the opening of catch-and-keep trout fishing at Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Licking, Roaring River State Park near Cassville, and Maramec Spring Park near St. James. 

  Washington County Public Fishing Lake temporarily reopened on Wednesday, February 21, and will close on April 30, 2018, for draining and restocking. 


TOURNAMENTS

Classic Bass (ClassicBass.com), a leader in providing relevant and timely information for tournament bass anglers and presenter of the Champions Tour is pleased to announce that Minn Kota® and Humminbird® will return as exclusive sponsors for the 2018 Champions Tour and serve as the official trolling motor, shallow water anchor, electronic and mapping systems for Classic Bass. 


Respect the Speck

Z-Man Fishing pledges a portion of sales to help restore native seatrout stocks

Ladson, SC - Up and down the Intracoastal Waterway, the home-body tendencies of spotted (speckled) seatrout have forever made them beloved sportfish among anglers. Even while redfish, snook, tarpon and other popular species migrate to offshore waters during various seasons and stages of their lifecycles, seatrout feed, breed and otherwise swim shallow, near-shore waters all year long.

But such an allegiance to home can come with a dangerous risk.

In January, danger arrived along the East Coast in the form of a severe, weeklong cold-snap, one that caused water temps to crash into the 30s, subsequently killing incalculable numbers of seatrout, as well as shrimp, red drum and other marine animals.

Unlike most fish species, which move offshore during extreme weather, seatrout remain in shallow creeks, estuaries and backwaters. Larger trout, in fact, often react to colder water by swimming further up tidal creeks, hoping to find warmer conditions. When water temps rapidly drop to between 39 and 41 degrees and hover there for a sustained period, a “cold stun” occurs, causing swim bladder dysfunction and eventually, death.

In South Carolina, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) called the fish-kill the fifth worst since the 1950s. All along the Carolina coast, thousands of seatrout washed ashore, prompting great concern, and ultimately, positive action among the sportfishing community.

Following most cold stun events, recovery of the seatrout fishery has taken as many as five years, and that under ideal conditions. For Daniel Nussbaum, President of Z-Man Fishing Products, and other concerned individuals, the cold hard facts prompted meaningful action.

Anyone can contribute to Project ReSpeck, a tax-deductible fund established to restore the speckled seatrout lost during January’s major East Coast cold snap

Spearheaded by Capt. Joel LeVine of RedFin Charters and in partnership with Z-Man Fishing and Eye Strike Fishing, the Community and Professional Response (CPR) Initiative formed and adopted the goal of restoring local stocks of seatrout. To this end, the group is aiming to raise $25,000—enough to purchase a new fish tank at the Waddell Mariculture Center in Bluffton, South Carolina. The tank would be capable of successfully spawning, raising and stocking up to 700,000 seatrout per year into Lowcountry waters.

“We determined the best, most impactful way we could help in restoring native stocks of seatrout in our local fishery was to set up a fund to build the tank,” noted Nussbaum. “We’re calling it Project ReSpeck, and anyone can contribute.”

Meanwhile, responding to sentiments suggesting a closed season, reduced bag limits or simply letting nature take its course in lieu of stocking, Nussbaum said, “Unfortunately, the DNR hasn’t closed the fishery because they are unsure about the full extent of the kill. Changing bag limits or halting harvest isn’t likely, either, because either one requires legislative action, unlikely in the near future.

“As such, Z-Man has pledged to donate a portion of sales of its Trout Trick® lures to the Waddell fund to help rebuild native seatrout stocks around Charleston, South Carolina.”

The owners RedFin Charters and Eye Strike Fishing, originators of the popular Trout Eye™ Jighead have also agreed to contribute a portion of their companies’ proceeds to Project ReSpeck.

“The Community and Professional Response Initiative was created by anglers to raise awareness and funding for our coastal waterway needs,” said LeVine. “Project ReSpeck is its first undertaking to address the urgent trout population loss.”

To donate via credit card and contribute to restoring seatrout populations, simply visit the CPR Fund at www.ProjectReSpeck.com.

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ABOUT CPR: The Community and Professional Response Initiative Fund is established in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible as allowable by law. Donors may send contributions to the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Post Office Box 23019, Hilton Head, S.C. 29925, payable to the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, and note in the memo line CPR Fund. Donors may also make credit card contributions to the CPR Fund at www.ProjectReSpeck.com. To donate gifts of stock, contact the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry directly at 843-681-9100#CPRInitiative #ProjectReSpeck

About Z-Man Fishing Products: A dynamic Charleston, South Carolina based company, Z-Man Fishing Products has melded leading edge fishing tackle with technology for nearly three decades. Z-Man has long been among the industry’s largest suppliers of silicone skirt material used in jigs, spinnerbaits and other lures. Creator of the Original ChatterBait®, Z-Man is also the renowned innovators of 10X Tough ElaZtech softbaits, fast becoming the most coveted baits in fresh- and saltwater. Z-Man is one of the fastest-growing lure brands worldwide. 

?About ElaZtech®: Z-Man’s proprietary ElaZtech material is remarkably soft, pliable, and 10X tougher than traditional soft plastics. ElaZtech resists nicks, cuts, and tears better than other softbaits and boasts one of the highest fish-per-bait ratings in the industry, resulting in anglers not having to waste time searching for a new bait when the fish are biting. This unique material is naturally buoyant, creating a more visible, lifelike, and attractive target to gamefish. Unlike most other soft plastic baits, ElaZtech contains no PVC, plastisol or phthalates, and is non-toxic.

CONTACTS:

Cory Schmidt
Traditions Media, LLC
cory@traditionsmedia.com
(218) 821-4148

Jim Edlund
Traditions Media, LLC
jim@traditionsmedia.com
(612) 481-7396

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Outdoors Calendar

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Feb. 22 - Feb. 25: Omaha (NE) Boat Sports and Travel Show, CenturyLink Center in Omaha; www.omahaboatsportsandtravelshow.com.

Feb. 23 - Feb. 25: Wisconsin Fishing Expo, Alliant Energy Center in Madison, features to pro anglers in numerous seminars; http://wifishingexpo.com/seminars-events

Feb. 23 - Feb. 25: Bonita Bay Boat Show, Bonita Springs, Florida; www.sweetwaterlifestyles.com.

Feb. 23 - Feb. 25: Millers Boating Center Fishing and Boat Expo, Ocala, Florida, features seminars, special deals and lots more; www.millersboating.com.

Feb. 24: Wild Hog Barbecue hosted by the Everglades Conservation and Sportsmen's Club, Loop Road at Ochopee, Florida; www.wildhogbbq.com.

Feb. 24: Annapolis Saltwater Fishing Expo, Annapolis Elks' Lodge, Edgewater, MD; www.saltwaterfishingexpo.com.

Feb. 25: Homosassa Guides Association Annual Fish Fry at MacRae's Marina in Old Homosassa, Florida, begins at noon, $10 per plate, proceeds to charity; www.homosassaguidesassociation.com.

Mar. 7 - Mar. 11: Fred Hall Show at Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA; www.fredhall.com.

Mar. 24: Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival in New Orleans (LA) City Park, 9 a.m. to noon; www.bigbassfishingrodeo.com





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