Friday, October 31, 2014

 
ACQUISITIONS
Dometic's acquisition of Atwood complements and further diversifies Dometic's existing product offerings and strengthens the company's global footprint.

BOATING
Two 16 year old boys from the Crowley area survived a boating incident on the Indian Creek Reservoir in Rapides Parish on Oct. 26, apparently thanks to a "kill switch" and PFD's.

COAST GUARD
Officials are seeking information from local mariners regarding the general use of the waterways and any issues with the visibility, placement or location of aids to navigation in that area before the comment deadline of Jan. 31, 2015.

CONSERVATION
The Catlin Seaview Survey is collaborating with the National Oceanographic and Atmostpheric Administration's (NOAA's) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to record and reveal America's protected marine sanctuaries.
A booming international trade in turtles has put pressure on populations across the country and has led to concern about the long-term survival of several species.
Biologists studied alligator snappers to see if populations had come back after intense commercial harvest in the 1960's and 70's when the species was unprotected.

ENFORCEMENT
The Coast Guard is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the individual responsible for making a false distress call in the vicinity of New Bern.

ENVIRONMENT
Some 400 volunteers are needed to plant 40,000 salt marsh plugs on the shore of the bay during three events in November.

FISHERIES
The latest ICATT reports state conclusively and unambiguously that both west and east bluefin stocks have shown a dramatic increase in their general populations and, in particular, in their spawning stock biomass
With the widespread interest in organic and local foods, perhaps it is not surprising that fishing for personal consumption is so popular. Anglers know exactly where the fish came from and can attest to its freshness.
Often called "the fish of a thousand casts," muskellunges are hard to come by; they are slow to mature and take many years to reach the minimum legal size of 42 inches.
President Obama has made it very clear that his "policies are on the ballot" in Tuesday's election - coastal fishermen should understand by now that those policies include blanket marine reserves, privatized fish stock, recreational catch shares, and sector separation, says the Recreational Fishing Alliance.

GEAR
Check out this assortment of fishing camo and other gear just right for early Christmas shopping.

HONORS & AWARDS
The South Carolina Outdoor Press Association (SCOPe) bestowed special honors on three charter members and one of the state's top wildlife biologists at the organization's 27th annual conference Oct. 18 in Seneca, S.C.
Mike Gofron and Mark Martin were named to the 2014 class of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame for their long and successful careers in pro walleye angling as well as their publishing efforts.
For his lifetime work of growing the sport, McKinnis was among the 2014 inductees in the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame on Tuesday at its facility in Dania Beach, Fla.

INDUSTRY
Modelorama, one of the leading retail beer and sundry chains in Mexico, is now stocking the Chillin' Brew brand of Arctic Ice for their thirsty customers in select locations throughout the country.

PHILANTHROPY
Nova Southeastern University (NSU) announced that Guy Harvey and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation are providing a very generous financial gift that will allow students, faculty and other researchers at NSU's Oceanographic Center to enhance their work and also provide scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students studying marine biology.

PROMOTIONS
Through the months of November and December any customer that purchases a Release Reel will be given a coupon, good for one handle + crank arm assembly (a $60 value).

RADIO
Exclusive to podcast and FM 100.5 FM ESPN broadcast, presented by Pappas Trading Post: Duffy Kopf reports on fall fishing action on the Madison Chain.

STATES
Final Poacher Sentenced from 2013 Abalone Sting Operation In total, $139,883 in fines and 11 fishing license revocations were handed out to the 18 subjects in a year-long proceeding after a 2013 sting operation.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources this week stocked 500 muskies measuring 13 inches apiece in Dewey Lake.

SWEEPSTAKES
One lucky winner, 18 years-of-age or older, will receive an assembled in U.S.A. Viking FI 4x4 in Hunter Green, total approximate retail value is $11,799.

TOURNAMENTS
A sexism row has forced a prestigious angling championships to change its rules after a female competitor spotted something fishy about the prize money.
The OFL, which debuts on NBCSN in 2015, will assemble a maximum of 30 elite teams comprised of anglers, captains and deckhands for a 14-location circuit that will compete from May through March.
National Bass West will kick off their 2015 tournament season in San Diego at El Capitan on Saturday, November 1st.

WEBSITES
Jump online today to see the new Shimano - at least in cyberspace - with the launch of the tackle makers upgraded web site at http://fish.shimano.com.

Fall Offers Great Georgia Trout Fishing Opportunities - Delayed Harvest Streams Open Nov. 1

Today's feature comes to us from the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Are trout streams calling you to go fish Georgia? Beautiful weather and fantastic scenery await you in the northern part of the state and beginning on November 1, fishing on five delayed harvest trout streams will open, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division.

Trout streams are designated either seasonal or year-round. "Five year-round streams are managed under special regulations called Delayed Harvest," said John Lee Thomson, Wildlife Resources Division trout stocking coordinator. "The 'DH' streams have special catch-and-release regulations from November 1-May 14, and are stocked monthly by WRD and our partner, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This combination of stocking and catch/release allows for good trout catch rates and high angler satisfaction."

The five trout streams managed under delayed harvest regulations are:

  • Toccoa River located on U.S. Forest Service land upstream of Lake Blue Ridge in Fannin County (from 0.4 miles above Shallowford Bridge to 450 feet above the Sandy Bottom Canoe Access).

  • Amicalola Creek on the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area (from Steele Bridge Road downstream to Georgia Hwy. 53).

  • Smith Creek downstream of Unicoi Lake (Unicoi State Park).

  • Chattahoochee River in Atlanta (Sope Creek, downstream of Johnson Ferry Road, downstream to the Hwy 41 bridge).

  • A portion of the Chattooga River (from Ga. Hwy. 28 upstream to the mouth of Reed Creek) on U.S. Forest Service land bordering South Carolina.


"Remember, during delayed harvest, anglers on these five streams also are restricted to artificial lures with one single hook," Thomson adds. "When May 15rolls around, the general regulations to designated trout water apply."

In addition to the excellent fall fishing opportunities that these delayed harvest streams provide, other Georgia streams offer ample year-round trout fishing. These streams are:

  • Noontootla Creek Watershed: This watershed offers high-quality, year-round fishing for wild brown and rainbow trout, with many of its tributaries offering a chance at a wild brook trout (a real plus since most other brook trout waters are closed to fishing after Oct. 31). Both Noontootla and its tributaries are managed under an artificial lure only regulation and have a 16" minimum size limit in order to "recycle" the 8"-12" trout that make up most of the population.

  • Dukes Creek: This stream, located on the Smithgall Woods-Dukes Creek Conservation Area, offers year-round trout fishing by reservation (706-878-3087). All fish caught here must be released immediately and anglers can only use artificial lures with barbless hooks. The stream offers a great chance at a trout over 20 inches, so bring your camera for a quick shot before release. Best time to fish is after a rain muddies the water.

  • Chattahoochee River: For good trout fishing close to metro Atlanta, the Chattahoochee River downstream of Buford Dam offers family-friendly, year-round fishing for stocked rainbow and wild brown trout. The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area parks offer good bank, wading and boating opportunities. The river will be stocked through the fall months to keep angler catches high. Year-round harvest is legal from Buford Dam to Sope Creek. Anglers should note that there is an artificial lure only section between Ga. Hwy 20 and the Medlock Bridge Boat Ramp. Best fishing is at low flow when the river is clear to slightly stained.

  • Some additional notable year-round trout streams include the Toccoa River downstream of Lake Blue Ridge, Tallulah River and the Chattooga River.


Anglers must possess a current Georgia fishing license as well as a trout license to fish for these beauties. By purchasing a license as well as fishing equipment and related items, you and your fellow anglers have helped fund sport fish restoration programs for years, thanks to the Sport Fish Restoration Act. This Act allows funds accumulated from a federal excise tax on fishing equipment and related items to be directed to activities that benefit recreational anglers. A portion of these funds is provided to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources based on several factors, including the number of paid sporting licenses. Sport Fish funds make the following activities possible: managing sport fish populations, raising freshwater fish in hatcheries and stocking them in public waters, maintaining and operating public fishing areas and building boat ramps and fishing piers, and much more!

Where can you get a fishing license? Buy it online or find a list of retail license vendors at www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes or buy it by phone at 1-800-366-2661.

For free Georgia trout stream maps, trout fishing tips and other trout fishing information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/Fishing/Trout .
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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. 30 - Nov. 2: IGFA School of Sportfishing seminar series at the 55th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, FREE with paid attendance, hosted by International Game Fish Association, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Florida. www.igfa.org

Oct. 30 - Nov. 3: Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Fort Lauderdale, FL; www.showmanagement.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. 1: Monofilament Madness shoreline cleanup, Fish Tales Marina, Fort Myers, FL; http://www.klcb.org/sp_monofilament.htm

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., advanced registration at http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

Nov. 8 - Nov. 9: Florida Sportsman Expo, Morocco Shrine Center, Jacksonville, Fla.; www.floridasportsman/expo.


Nov. 11: Veterans Day NO WIRE SERVICES. .

Dec. 6 - Dec. 7: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, Orlando, Fla., http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.





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