Friday, September 30, 2016

 
AWARD AND HONORS
Minnesota native, Steve Pennaz, a Plano pro, will receive the honor of being inducted into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in 2017.

BOATING
These six tips will get you started on making sure your boat survives the winter and is ready to go next spring.

CHEVY FLORIDA INSIDER FISHING TIP OF THE WEEK
Florida is a unique state when it comes to bass fishing, because our lakes for the most part are shaped like a shallow bowl, with very few having super deep holes and ledges.
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ENVIRONMENT
The project is one of the first living shoreline projects in the country to incorporate sea level rise projections into its design from the outset, in an attempt to mitigate some of the damaging effects of climate change in a cost-effective and natural way.

FISHERIES
The recreational red snapper season is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October in the Gulf of Mexico to waters 9 nautical miles offshore, with added days in November to offset the fishing reduction caused by the passage of Hurricane Hermine.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacted the Western Atlantic bluefin tuna's spawning habitat, including the shelf and slope waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico, a new study confirms.

INDUSTRY
The South Carolina Outdoor Press Association (SCOPe) presented special honors to Jim Casada and others at the organization's 29th annual conference September 17th in Edgefield, S.C.
GOST® (Global Ocean Security Technologies), reports that their tracking and surveillance systems were instrumental in the speedy recovery of the Lumitec demo boat Progression – a 2015 Intrepid 375 stolen recently.
The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Keep Florida Fishing® congratulate the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) this week by an overwhelming 399-25 vote.
Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq:JOUT), a leading global outdoor recreation equipment company, today announced that W. Lee McCollum is retiring from the Board of Directors effective November 1, 2016.

NEW PRODUCTS
The MGXtreme weighs just 4.5 ounces, the lightest Revo ever created.

ORGANIZATIONS
After 23 years at Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), Margaret Bonds Podlich has announced that she is stepping down as President effective September 30.

PRO TEAMS
Putting together his best outing of the season, and just one day shy of his 31st birthday, Matzuo America bass pro Steve Mui finished 2nd in the third and final Bass Pro Shops BASSMASTER Northern Open on New York's Lake Champlain.

RADIO
This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features Range of Richfield president Jim Babiasz, charter captain Dan Welsch, Wisconsin DNR hunter education administrator Jon King and McFarland fishing guide Ron Barefield. Dan reports on severe flooding in Wisconsin's Driftless Area. Listen 24/7 online at www.lake-link.com/dsoradio.

RETAIL
Bass Pro Shops is recognizing local heroes throughout the month of October. As a "thank you" for serving our communities, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians can present a valid badge or ID to receive a 10 percent discount on regular priced merchandise at all Bass Pro Shops locations from October 1st through Oct. 31st.

SCHOLARSHIPS
The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation (RBIEF) awarded $12,000 in scholarship funds to 13 students for the 2016/2017 school year.

SHOWS
The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference is returning to its new permanent home in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 4-6, where conferees will have the opportunity to literally test-drive technology.

STATES
The state Marine Fisheries Commission is looking for commercial and recreational fishermen and scientists to serve on the Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee.
Both the recreational and commercial stone crab season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters, with only the claws legal for harvest.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, together with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and dedicated volunteers took on a unique project this past August to protect juvenile lake sturgeon from sea lamprey treatments conducted on the Big Manistee River.
A total of $441,091 in grants will go to 10 projects to help communities in the Hudson River Estuary watershed protect water quality and habitats, conserve open space, and increase storm resiliency, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today.
Iowans interested in the results of a DNR study to improve water quality in Eldred Sherwood Lake in Hancock County can attend a meeting Oct. 12.

WILDLIFE
This month, FWC bear researchers and one of the nation's leading bear scientists, Dr. Joseph D. Clark of the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Tennessee, released the final modeling results estimating Florida's black bear population at 4,030, up from a few hundred bears in the 1970s.

WORKSHOPS
Experience a unique hands-on class designed to get women behind the wheel and confident on the water Oct. 8



Alabama Adds to Vast Artificial Reef Zone

By David Rainer
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Another artificial reef was deployed off the Alabama Gulf Coast this week in Alabama's vast artificial reef zone. While a reef deployment may not seem like news, this was indeed special because it could change the way industrial and corporate entities view options for recycling materials.

(Billy Pope, aerial courtesy of Alabama Power) A 195-foot barge loaded with two 100-ton boilers from Alabama Power Company plants in Washington and Mobile counties became the latest artificial reef to be deployed off the Alabama Gulf Coast last week about 25 miles south of the Sand Island Lighthouse.
The new reef deployment was the result of a multitude of partners. Alabama Power Company provided a pair of boilers that had been taken out of service from plants in Washington and Mobile counties. Cooper/T. Smith provided a barge and transportation of the reef material. Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) and the Alabama Marine Resources Division (MRD) worked as liaisons to start the process and complete the deployment.

"One thing I'm so excited about with this Alabama Power reef project is that it just shows that the more we're involved with the community, community leaders and business leaders, there are a lot of great things we can do as partners," said Marine Resources Director Chris Blankenship. "Tim Gothard with the Alabama Wildlife Federation and Matt Bowden with Alabama Power are the ones who reached out to us with this idea. Then it grew with the work with Angus Cooper and Cooper/T. Smith. They had a barge that had neared the end of its useful life, and we needed a barge to transport the material to the deployment site.

"I think there are a lot of opportunities out there to get companies to rethink the ways they've always dealt with materials that have reached the end of their service life. The more we get involved with these organizations and companies, the more we can show them there are other opportunities to partner together. It's good for the companies and good for the marine habitat. That's why we think it's important to get the word out about this project, because it can show what we can do with other private companies. I also hope this is a long relationship with Alabama Power as they continue to provide service for their ratepayers and, at the same time, enhance the environment."

The new reef is located about 25 miles south of the Sand Island Lighthouse in a depth of about 120 feet in the Tatum-Winn North General Permit Area. The boilers are about 18 feet tall and about 40 feet long and weigh about 100 tons each. The barge is 195 feet long.

"A reef this size would take at least a dozen of our super pyramids," said MRD Artificial Reefs Coordinator Craig Newton. "So this reef is a big cost savings for our artificial reef program. Alabama Power is experiencing cost savings as well because they don't have to hire skilled personnel to disassemble the boilers and salvage them."

To prepare for the deployment, Newton said holes were cut in the sides of the boilers to expose an array of small tubes inside the boiler.

"That's really going to increase the surface area for encrusting organisms to attach to the reef," Newton said. "It increases the complexity of the reef by providing refuge for small fish, and it's really going to be easy to find on your bottom machine.

"Within days, the reef will have red snapper on it. Within months, it should have mangrove (gray) snapper on it. Then we'll start to see the blennies and damselfish and all the little critters that will help support that ecosystem. By the time the season opens again on January 1 (2017), you could see amberjack on the reef because of the vertical relief."

Blankenship said Cooper/T. Smith's donation of the barge is a significant enhancement to the reef.

"The barge is part of the reef," Blankenship said. "The barge and two 100-ton boilers will make a reef that's going to be there for decades.

"This is the kind of partnership we're looking for in our reef program. A company like Alabama Power can realize some savings by partnering with us as they upgrade their equipment. That material doesn't go to the landfill or get cut up for scrap. Instead, we use it for marine habitat. It's really a win all around. We want to reach out to other companies that might have these same opportunities."

Angus Cooper III of Cooper/T. Smith said during his time as AWF president, he was able to witness the work Alabama Power is doing to enhance wildlife conservation in the state.

"Alabama Power is truly one of the leaders in our state when it comes to water quality and wildlife conservation," Cooper said. "We at Cooper/T. Smith are extremely excited to partner with them on this reef project, our first such collaboration. We look forward to seeing the success of this project, both to the ecosystem and in providing a source of outdoor entertainment for our community."

Wes Anderson, a team leader with Alabama Power's Environmental Stewardship Projects, said the boilers had reached the end of their useful service, and it was time to either scrap them or find another useful purpose for the material.

"We became aware of other possibilities through our work with Coastal Cleanup and Renew Our Rivers programs on the Alabama Coast," Anderson said. "Some of our guys said, 'We sank 60,000 Christmas trees in our freshwater impoundments. Why don't we make some nice saltwater reefs with some of this salvage equipment?' When we approached our bosses with the idea, they were very supportive and thought it was a great idea. We were able to show a cost savings for our ratepayers and a great addition to the marine environment."

Alabama Power Vice President of Environmental Affairs Susan Comensky added, "Being involved in the construction and deployment of this reef is especially exciting for us at Alabama Power because it's a first for us. In the past, we have simply disposed of old equipment like these boilers, so seeing them repurposed to create a habitat for marine life is very gratifying."

AWF Executive Director Tim Gothard said the organization's commitment to Alabama's artificial reef program made it easy to help foster the partnerships that led to the deployment of the Alabama Power reef.

"We were just glad to be able to connect the dots between all the key players," Gothard said. "It's a great public-private partnership for Alabama Power Company to be alerted to a piece of equipment they were retiring and its possible use as an artificial reef. Then Marine Resources was able to evaluate the material to make sure it was suitable for an artificial reef. And, finally, Cooper/T. Smith was able to make transportation available and add a barge to enhance the whole project.

"To me, the exciting part is to see the public and private entities work together with the NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to accomplish a project that will be great for the reef system. It will provide really great opportunities for our citizens and general public who like to fish our offshore reefs."

The Alabama Power reef was deployed near the 70-foot Offshore Supply Boat Reef to provide additional habitat for species that anglers can target outside of the short red snapper season. MRD officials expect species like vermilion snapper and triggerfish will inhabit the reef as well as amberjack.

"The more diversified we can make the reef program, the more ecologically sound and more stable the reef system will be," Newton said. "The size of this reef will make it better suited to handle storm events and other stresses that might happen."

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Apr. 1 - Nov. 30: Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Tournament. Fish from Raritan Bay to Delaware Bay for 8 inshore species. Unlimited weigh-ins. Over 80 chances to win cash and prizes. Entry $20. www.BeachNBoat.com

Sept. 11 - Oct. 15: Nantucket Inshore Classic, Nantucket, Mass., www.nantucketanglersclub.com

Oct. 1: CCA CAL San Diego Fundraiser, Portuguese Hall San Diego, 5:30-9:30pm.  Craft Beers and Food Fest. 
Eventbrite for tickets  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cca-cal-san-diego-craft-beer-and-food-fest-tickets-27129409795

Oct. 1 - Oct. 2: Big Bass Tour at Lake Douglas, hourly payouts;
https://bigbasstour.com/events/2016/2016-douglas-lake-tennessee

Oct. 7 - Oct. 8: Florida Sportsman Fishing Expo, Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, Fla., opens 10 a.m. daily, admission $8; www.floridasportsman.com.

Oct. 8: Eastern Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing Federation Council Regional Expo, Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs, Colorado.www.facebook.com/ERMC.IFFF

Oct. 10 - Oct. 11: PWC Fall Fishing Tackle Dealer Show, Sevierville Convention Center, Sevierville, TN; www.pitmancreek.com/fallshow.htm.

Oct. 11: Captain Geoff Page of Chevy Florida Insider Fishing presents a free inshore fishing seminar with Captain Mike Anderson of Reel Animals TV, 7 p.m. at Gator Ford off I-4 east of Tampa, free food and drink.

Oct. 14 - Oct. 16: Bisbee's Los Cabos Offshore Tournament, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Modified release format for billfish and weight divisions for tuna and dorado. $750,000 in prizes. www.bisbees.com

Oct. 18 - Oct. 22: Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Tournament, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Black and blue marlin weight and release divisions. $2.5 million-plus in prizes. www.bisbees.com

Oct. 22 - Oct. 23: California B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Qualifier, Clear Lake, Lakeport, CA, http://www.calbn.com/

Nov. 3 - Nov. 5: King of the Beach king mackerel tournament, Madeira Beach, Fla, $50,000 top prize, total $200,000 payout; Details here.

Nov. 6: CCA CAL Orange County Fundraiser, Cypress Community Center, Cypress  11a-4pm  Crawfish Boil
Eventbrite for tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cca-fundraiser-crawfish-boil-tickets-27020666541





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