In observance of Good Friday, there will be no editions of The Outdoor Wire Digital Network published on Friday, April 18. Our final editions for the week will be distributed on Thursday, April 17. If you have time-sensitive material, it should be submitted to us no later than 5:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, April 16. Material received after that time will be included in our regular publications which resume on Monday, April 21.
The Orvis Company has announced Doug Gibson, Three Rivers Ranch, Warm River, Idaho (www.threeriversranch.com) as recipient of the Orvis-Endorsed Guide Lifetime Achievement Award.
Officer Lee Lawshe of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) received the 2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award among other prestigious awards he received this year.
The Texas B.A.S.S. Nation has been given the "Partners in Conservation Award" for its outstanding contributions to drafting the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan.
Trout Unlimited and other sportsmen's groups are applauding the EPA proposal to restore the clear protection of the Clean Water Act to thousands of miles of headwater streams across the country.
The Coast Guard is overseeing response efforts, Tuesday, for an offshore drilling rig that began taking on water into a ballast tank after a large wave hit them in heavy seas more than 100 miles south of Galveston.
Across the Gulf Coast, dedicated Coast Guard personnel have responded to 1,082 suspected Deepwater Horizon NRC reports and overseen the cleanup of more than 5,500 pounds of oily material since June 2013
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites all to Trout Fest, Central California's annual celebration of one of the state's most popular fish.
ION, Academy Sports + Outdoors and Whitney Bank present the East Jefferson Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana's annual membership banquet on Wednesday, April 23, at the Landmark Hotel in Metairie.
The Ad Hoc Red Snapper For-Hire IFQ Advisory Panel will consider issues surrounding an IFQ-type program, provide the Council with feedback, and assist with program design.
Arctic Ice, manufacturer of high performance thermally regulating cooler panels is proud to partner with "Herb" Philipson's, Outfitters for the Great Outdoors, to bring their innovative product offerings to outdoorsmen throughout Upstate and Central New York
Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks will have free admission April 19 and 20, opening weekend of National Park Week.
Arribe Fishing has introduced its new 1200 Lever Drag, a gleaming red beauty so advanced, smooth, powerful and durable, it ushers in a new class of tackle - the "Performance Reel."
This telescoping flashlight can reach out to almost two feet to get at hard-to-reach keys, hooks, lures or other gear and includes powerful LED illumination that is easy on batteries.
McClelland says his Stratos 201XL is some 5 to 6 mph faster than his former boat, getting him to the top spots faster.
The Bass Pro Shops retail attraction will be located between Greenville and Spartanburg on Interstate 85 at Highway 101.
American Bass Anglers announced today that EnerSys, the manufacturer of ODYSSEY® batteries, will continue its sponsorship of ABA.
Over the course of the year, the DNR will stock roughly 26 million fish weighing nearly 370 tons, including eight species of trout and salmon and four coolwater species such as walleye and muskellunge.
Michigan's daily possession limit for Lake Erie walleye is based on its share of the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the lake, which is determined by the Lake Erie Committee under the guidance of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, based on fish abundance.
Combined, the state-licensed commercial fishery caught more than 3.6 million pounds of fish with an estimated wholesale dockside value of roughly $5.53 million prior to processing, marketing and retail sales.
The Land Use and Access Committee of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted yesterday to direct staff to coordinate with consultants to repair and improve the dam at Rhodes Pond near Godwin in Cumberland County.
Saturday, April 26 brings the statewide trout season; Lower Peninsula inland walleye, northern pike and muskellunge seasons; and the catch-and-immediate release seasons for largemouth and smallmouth bass in the Lower Peninsula.
Joined by Bobby Brewer and Brooks Beatty of Jackson Kayak in the beautiful Crystal Coast of North Carolina, Jim Sammons connects with Captain Joe Shute of Fish Finder Charters to track down some hard fighting amberjack.
This Sunday on the World Fishing Network (WFN) Jim Sammons journeys north...way north...to catch big pike and giant lake trout out of Plummer's Arctic Lodge with longtime friend and big fish expert Jeff Goudreau.
Inshore anglers from across Florida and surrounding regions will meet at Titusville, Fla., April 26-27, for the first regular-season event of the Florida East Division of the IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela's and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing.
A high-stakes, big-fish battle of epic proportions will take place when the Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit returns to the storied waters of the Detroit River and Western Lake Erie April 18-20.
Each fall, sea turtles in the Greater Atlantic Region (Maine to Virginia) strand due to cold stunning, a condition similar to hypothermia in people. Luckily, there are dedicated organizations and agencies that respond to stranded sea turtles and, when necessary, provide medical care in rehabilitation facilities.
Seems no matter where you fish in the coastal waters of the world, there is a flatfish of one species or another available to anglers. In the United States, if we start in New England and work our way around the country to the West Coast, you can encounter Atlantic halibut, yellowtail flounder, black back or winter flounder, four-spot flounder, summer flounder (commonly called fluke), southern flounder, Gulf flounder, California halibut and Pacific halibut. They range from small fish that might average a pound or two, like the winter flounder, to enormous flatties that can reach 9 feet in length and weights to over 500 pounds, like the Pacific halibut.
They vary in availability and range from estuaries to deep ocean waters. Some are scavengers like the winter flounder, while others are voracious predators like the summer and southern flounders and all the halibuts. Some species are at low levels of abundance, primarily the Atlantic halibut, which has become a very rare catch in U.S. waters, while others are exceedingly abundant, like the fluke. The most common trait is that they are asymmetrical in body shape or for lack of a better term-flat!
Interestingly, they aren't born that way. All flatfish start life looking rather unassuming as baby fish go until Mother Nature does her sleight of hand. Their eggs hatch into larvae that resemble typically symmetrical fish. The larvae quickly develop into a rounded form with protective spines on the head, over the gills and in the pelvic and pectoral fins. They are born with a swim bladder for buoyancy to make it easier to roam near the surface and feed on plankton, but as they grow they turn into "Frankenfish." One eye migrates across the top of the head onto the other side of the body, the swim bladder and spines literally disappear, the body coloration on the sightless side turns white, while the other side assumes a darker coloration that provides camouflage for lying on the bottom. That's important because the bottom is where these critters spend the majority of their time, either scavenging for a meal or lying in wait for a hapless fish or crustacean to get too close - and wham!
For anglers in the U.S. flounder are a favorite target species, not because they are a hard-fighting game fish, but because they are fun to catch and great to eat! You can't get around the fact that most recreational fishermen enjoy catching fish to eat, and flounders are pretty much at the top of the list. Most of the flatfish that anglers catch are of the smaller varieties, so we would like to pass along a technique that many consider the best way to fillet them.
For the best tasting flounder, try bleeding and icing immediately after landing. Lift the gill plate, cut the gill rakers with a scissor or knife, then put the fish in a live well or bucket of water to bleed out. When that's done, put the fish on ice in a cooler to firm up the meat for easier cleaning and to maintain the quality.
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