Thursday, April 24, 2014

Organized by the Shenandoah Valley Trout Unlimited and the South River Fly Shop, Waynesboro, VA will host a fly-fishing tournament for teams of two anglers on April 26, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that a peer-reviewed analysis finds that the agency's habitat restoration programs are extraordinary engines for the U.S. economy.
The next Sea Grant monthly River Talk is scheduled for Apr. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Clyde Iron Works Restaurant, 2920 W. Michigan Street in Duluth, Minn.

Instructional seminars on fly fishing from the mountains to the Marquesas, interactive opportunities, including a casting pool 100 feet long, a wine garden for adults, and a kids expo for the younger ones all are on the agenda-and all in the shadow of the World's Fastest Half-Mile.
The free NWTF event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., May 10 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, Georgia.
World-renowned marine wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey will bring his latest documentary, Whale Sharks of the Yucatan: A Guy Harvey Expedition, to the Miramar Cultural Center | ArtsPark on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Cousins Tackle Corp of Huntington Beach, California, has announced its first retail partners that will help bring the company's premium-quality, American-made fishing rods and reels to anglers across the Sunshine State.
Carolina Skiff, one of the nation's top fiberglass boat builders, announced today its position as the #1 manufacturer in retail sales of fiberglass outboard-powered saltwater boats over 14 feet - holding an unrivaled 8.24 percent of the U.S. market share.
Bug Bam Products, the US-based manufacturer of the world's #1 selling mosquito-repelling wristband, has renewed its marketing partnership with, the industry's largest word-of-mouth marketing platform and leading provider of "real-time" fishing reports.

The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) seeks a Western States Coordinator to co-manage the state sportsmen's caucus effort organized under the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) and the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC) programs for the Western Region of the United States.

Scientists have conclusive evidence that the source of a unique rhythmic sound, recorded for decades in the Southern Ocean and called the "bio-duck," is the Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis).

Fresh out of the mold, the new Frabill Magnum Flow-Troll looks and performs like a beefier version of the iconic yellow and white Flow-Troll. The larger Magnum swallows a massive 10 quarts of water and a bonanza of bait.

Frank Dalli of Wake Forest reeled in the 49-pound, 1.6-ounce fish April 2 at the Gulf Stream ledge, 65 miles off Wrightsville Beach. It measured 43 inches fork length and had a 30-inch girth.

Celebrities, special demos and giveaways will abound at the grand opening celebration for Avon, Indiana's new Gander Mountain store. Special events and appearances are happening all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 25, 26 & 27.

National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) is pleased to announce that Yamaha Outdoors has once again signed on as a sponsor for 2014. This year's NHF Day is scheduled for September 27.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife will be stocking steelhead trout in the Vermilion River Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Tag Georgia's wildlife license plates will soon cost less and provide more support for conserving Georgia wild trout. Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 881 into law at Jekyll Island rolls back the cost of buying or renewing a wildlife plate to $25 and dedicates more than 75 percent of fees to the DNR Wildlife Resources Division programs that depend on them.
In past years, an estimated 10,000 anglers have turned out for the opener, and approximately 50,000 trout are caught during the first week of the season.
Anglers and fish enthusiasts alike can now see where their favorite fish species have been found using an interactive Department of Natural Resources research tool that shows results from fish surveys dating as far back as 130 years.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently held a public meeting to provide an update of the status of the first year of implementation of restoration plans covering Hendry Creek and Imperial River, as well as the Caloosahatchee Estuary Basin.
Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1, continuing through Aug. 31.

Wisconsin's Tony Kobriger and Dan Zwick charged from a three-way tie for 28th place on Day One all the way to the winner's circle at the Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit's Detroit River and Western Lake Erie tournament April 18-19.
Slated for May 7-9, 2014, at Lake Eufaula, the tournament will run out of Lakepoint State Resort ( in the town of Eufaula, Ala.
Inshore anglers from across South Carolina and surrounding regions will converge at Charleston, S.C., May 3-4, for the 2014 Atlantic Division season-opening events of the IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela's and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing.

The Fisherman Magazine recently formed a partnership with to offer its users up-to-the-minute, point-based marine forecasts on its website,

Humminbird® ONIX™ Finds Fish Fast: Crappie Case Study

Powerful, completely customizable and easy-to-use ONIX first step in classic trifecta: locate, catch, eat

EUFAULA, Ala.) - Humminbird Field Marketing Manager Bill Carson is an honest-to-goodness fishhead. Left to his druthers, he'd spend every waking minute aboard his center console boat teaching fellow anglers how to find and catch more fish with electronics.

The ONIX Side Imaging view reveals a majority of crappies off to the right of the boat, which gradually becomes deeper.
As the former Tournament Director of the now-defunct Wal-Mart FLW Striper Series, Carson knows a thing or two about finding and catching fish, especially brawny pelagics, although he's just at home fishing crappies on freshwater lakes, rivers and reservoirs, especially in the spring and fall.

"There's still that kid in me that absolutely delights in catching crappies," says Bill Carson. "Plus, when it comes to table fare, they're awfully hard to beat."

Truth is, since the launch of the Humminbird® ONIX™ at the 2013 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, Carson has been using the powerful new technology to find and catch pretty much everything that swims: from largemouth and spotted bass to stripers and walleyes to crappies and redfish.

"Second only to bass, panfish are America's fish. So a big part of Humminbird's job should be to show anglers how our technologies can help them find more panfish faster. And ONIX is the cat's pajamas. It gives anglers an unprecedented level of customization, so a bass fisherman can set it up for the way he fishes, a walleye guy, redfish angler, crappie fisherman and so on."

Just this past week, Carson took a break to fish crappies on Georgia's famed Lake Lanier. Running two ONIX10ci HD SI units, one at his console, the other on the bow, Carson says the new units are amazingly fast, powerful, customizable and easy to use. "ONIX eliminated a ton of guesswork and put me on crappies fast."

Like a lot of waters in the country right now, Carson found crappies pushing up shallower from wintering areas to pre-stage near shallower spawning habitat on Lake Lanier.

"These pre-staging areas can mean areas close to structure, like wood or docks. On Lanier manmade structure is key. For example, I can idle by a boat that's backed into the water off a dock and and the outdrives will actually hold fish. It's not unusual to find crappies hanging around the crud on a lower unit hanging in the water."

Notice the crappies on the left hand side of the boat. The chart indicates that the boat is Spot-Locked, notated by the anchor icon. The green line that trails left indicates the direction the trolling motor is turned. Also notice the saved waypoints where Carson marked other fish.
Carson's typical M.O. is idling parallel to docks with Side Imaging, looking for fish in and around the floating platforms, pilings and underwater cover. His favors the larger, shaded platforms of community docks which often hold massive schools of crappies.

"Side Imaging allows you to quickly identify which docks have fish on them and which don't. It's a great filter. No wasted time on areas with no fish."

Yet, as was the case on Carson's recent outing, a cold front moved in, pushing crappies away from docks and out over adjacent, deeper water.

"There just weren't the numbers of fish under the docks that there should have been. So, I looked to the other side of the boat away from the docks with Side Imaging. Once I found them with ONIX I was able to highlight a specific depth contour and keep idling that depth contour until I found the biggest schools."

Carson's magic depth was the 30-foot contour on his Humminbird LakeMaster map, which he set with a variance of plus/minus five feet a touch slider via the patented Depth Highlight feature, which highlighted the area in green for easy navigation.

"Since crappies typically look up to feed, I like to present my bait a foot or two above them in the water column. My set-up usually comprises 8-pound braid with a 2- or 3-foot leader of 8-pound fluorocarbon. I like braid for immediate hooksets on deeper fish; the soft tip of my rod prevents any ripped lips."

While filling his livewell with slabs destined for the dinner table, Carson stumbled on an underwater tree in relatively shallow water, illustrating how Humminbird Down Imaging can be a crappie angler's best friend.

"I was following that 30-foot contour when I approached a point and discovered a tree that had broken off and fallen into the water. You can clearly see the wood and fish suspended off of it in 10.5 feet with Down Imaging. So, not all crappies will suspend into deeper water during a cold front. Often, they will hold close to cover like wood, too."

Anglers using ONIX say that the Down Imaging view is sharper than on previous Humminbird units.

Bill Carson is Humminbird's Side-Imaging guru-he's taught hundreds of anglers to get the most from their ONIX machines in both fresh and salt water.
Carson explains: "The ONIX has a new all-in-one transducer that has a dedicated Down Imaging transducer element built in. Historically, unless you used a separate XNT 9 DI T transducer with your Side Imaging unit, all DI images were created out of two Side Imaging overlays. Now it's a dedicated transducer with a 455 kHz beam with an approximate 75-degree cone for stunning imagery.

"You also have an 800 kHz setting, but at 45 degrees, it's narrower. I typically want to use 455 kHz with DI for the same reason we want to use it with Side Imaging: bigger playing field. The only time I switch to 800 is when I'm looking for something that is very hard and reflective, like a car, an airplane or something metal. I might use it in boulder fields or rock piles, but nine times out of ten I'm using 455 kHz."

Speaking of fast operation, Carson says the visual icons on ONIX make operation a breeze.

"The upper left hand corner shows an arrow with a little brown box. What this tells me is I was looking at the screen in multi-pane view. Most likely, I had Down Imaging, Side Imaging, 2D Sonar and a chart in a custom wire frame view all at the same time. Then, I saw these fish on the tree so I simply touched the DI view window with both fingers and had it snap to a full-pane view, which is what you have in the illustration above."

He adds that on the top right of the screen you can tell at a glance what other integrate technologies are on and running. "The top right of my screen tells me left-to-right that my GPS, Sonar, and 360 Imaging are all on, my trolling motor is deployed, and iPilot Link is engaged."

The Payoff

At the end of the day, Carson says the new Humminbir ONIX is the first step in a beautiful trifecta: locate fish, catch fish, eat fish.

"I tell you what, that meal of fried crappies was the best meal I've had in a long time: fresh guacamole, sliced fresh jalapeno peppers, steamed taco shells, and perfectly fried fish ... wow!"

Pretty hard to argue with that.

Humminbird ONIX Crappie Case Study #1 officially CLOSED.

For more information visit, contact Humminbird, 678 Humminbird Lane, Eufaula, AL 36027, or call 800-633-1468.

About Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson Outdoors and consists of the Humminbird®, Minn Kota® and Cannon® brands. Humminbird® is a leading global innovator and manufacturer of marine electronics products including fishfinders, multifunction displays, autopilots, ice flashers, and premium cartography products. Minn Kota® is the world's leading manufacturer of electric trolling motors, as well as offers a complete line of shallow water anchors, battery chargers and marine accessories. Cannon® is the leader in controlled-depth fishing and includes a full line of downrigger products and accessories.

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Apr. 1 - Nov. 30: New Jersey inshore saltwater fishing tournament. Eight species, over 50 weigh stations, prizes for the largest catches. Proceeds to the Fisheries Conservation Trust. $20 entry; or 609.423.4002.

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

Apr. 24 - Apr. 28: Bassmaster Open, Red River, Shreveport, LA;

Apr. 25 - Apr. 26: National Walleye Tour at Detroit River - Trenton, Mich.;

Apr. 26: 11th Annual World Record Achievement Awards at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum , Dania Beach, FL;

Apr. 26 - Apr. 27: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, Houston, Texas, or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

Apr. 26 - Apr. 27: IFA Redfish and Kayak Tours at Titusville, Fla.;

Apr. 26 - Apr. 27: Muzzy Bowfishing Classic at Lake Guntersville, AL;

Apr. 27: Brian Kerchal Memorial Tournament and fund-raiser for Connecticut Youth at Candlewood Lake - Danbury Town Park ramp, Danbury, CT; 203-768-7212.

May 10 - May 11: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, Boston, Mass., or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

June 6 - June 7: Ed Alber Tarpon Rodeo on Tampa Bay, fund-raiser for Tampa Baywatch;

June 7 - June 8: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, Orlando, Fla., or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

June 14 - June 16: 33rd LCI Father's Day Derby presented by Yamaha.



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