Friday, July 28, 2017

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NOAA Fisheries asks boaters to keep a close eye out for feeding and traveling whales, and to remember to follow safe viewing guidelines, which include staying 100 feet away from whales such as humpback, fin, sei, and minke whales, and 500 yards away from the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, for your safety and theirs.

"This case is a great example of how vital it is for boaters to wear life jackets when underway," said Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Mullen, a Sector San Francisco duty watchstander. "If the man hadn't been wearing his life jacket, the situation would have likely ended in tragedy."

These 10 new projects will restore roughly 1,400 acres of habitat, and open 70 stream miles for fish passage.
Keep America Fishing, Jackall Lures and numerous B.A.S.S. Nation chapters around the country have joined forces to expand the 'Pledge to Pitch It' campaign to keep old plastic lures out of the water.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will turn out two things when its Conservation Officer Recruit School concludes in December. One is the highest-quality conservation officer possible. The other is the highest-quality person possible. The priorities are not necessarily in that order.

The spring Chinook fishery on the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam will close at sundown (8:18 p.m.) on Sunday, July 30.
Approximately 2,000 wild adult chinook are available for harvest by recreational sport anglers, with the fishery remaining open until further notice from WDFW.

The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) is seeking an entry-level Marketing and Communications Assistant to assist the Marketing and Communications team in helping to grow the CSF brand among elected officials, outdoor media and partners within the hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping community.

With nearly three times the output of standard imaging, MEGA's high frequency creates the most detailed images ever seen on a fish finder.

Perfect for on the deck of bass boats, flats boat or a center-console, Shimano's new Evair boat shoes offer both style and function for all kinds of fishing pursuits.

This week we launched "BHA's Podcast & Blast," a podcast spotlighting people, places and issues central to hunting and fishing on North America's backcountry public lands and waters.

This week on America Outdoors Radio we'll be introducing you to the innovative product from BOTE that won the Product of the Year Award at ICAST.

Breece Gahl reeled in the 47-pound, 6-ounce fish May 20 while fishing in the Atlantic Ocean 30 miles off Wrightsville Beach.

A full drawdown will allow for the aeration and consolidation of organic muck deposits that result from the natural aging of reservoirs, thus improving fish habitat and natural production for fish food organisms.
The N.H. Fish and Game Department will host a public information meeting to discuss current fisheries regulations on August 17, 2017, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Errol Town Hall in Errol, N.H.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting several goliath grouper public workshops throughout the state starting July 31 to gather input on goliath grouper management, including the possibility of a limited harvest in Florida state waters.
By pledging to introduce someone to the outdoors between now and NHF Day on Saturday, Sept. 23, participants will be eligible to win a Richard Childress Racing VIP race weekend package or the Ultimate Outdoor Experience from Big Cedar Lodge and Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium.
Thousands of common carp died last month in Waseca County's Lake Elysian because of a virus likely introduced to Minnesota waters by the release or escape of ornamental koi or pet goldfish.
A public hearing on proposed changes for several fishing related rules is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 17, in Plainfield.

Join host and filmmaker Graham Morton, as he teams up with some of the top captains and guides in the world.
The week of July 31–August 6 kicks off the dog days of summer with outrageous experiments and unique burger recipes on Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network.

This exciting new format will feature a professional division made up of 50 adult anglers and an amateur field made up of high school athletes, who currently compete in high school bass tournaments and know their way around a boat.
The first day of the much-anticipated Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels was canceled because of rough-water conditions, with seas to 4 feet.
Inshore anglers from across Louisiana and surrounding regions will converge at Houma, Louisiana, August 5-6, for the second regular-season events for the Louisiana Division of the 2017 IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela's and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing.

Alvey Reels--New Life Possible?

(Here's news on Alvey Reels, a venerable name in surf-casting gear, from our publisher, Jim Shepherd.)

Just days after ICAST, word came from Australian fishing reel manufacture Alvey Reels that they would be closing their doors- after nearly 100 years in business.

According to a notice posted on their Facebook page by Managing Director Bruce Alvey "it is with great sadness that I have to announce that Alvey Reels Austalia will be closing down."

In the announcement, Alvey cited rising costs, a slump in sales and competition from foreign brands. "It's a very hard decision," Alvey wrote, "We have people who have worked with us for 35 years and we are like a family."

(Editor's Note: For those unfamiliar with them, Alvey reels are what is known as "side-cast" reels. The spool, which is a revolving spool like a baitcaster, turns sideways for the cast, in effect becoming a very large diameter spinning reel. As all spinning aficionados know, a larger diameter spool usually results in longer casts with spinning tackle, so Alvey reels can really lay out some line. They also don't twist line at all, as many spinning reels do, because they function like a baitcaster on retrieve. There were two problems with the reels--they are relatively heavy, and they require a specialized rod with the first guide about half-way to the tip, to function. Also, unless you had someone to show you how to operate the rig--you have to flip the spool sideways for each cast, then back to vertical to retrieve--the concept is a bit hard to "get". But once you're rigged and equipped with a bit of know-how, they are gangbusters surf rigs. Visit for details.)

But wait, there's more to the story . . . .

Since the Facebook posting, Alvey has been swamped with orders from loyal customers and anglers who didn't own Alveys, but apparently always wanted to.

Consequently, Bruce updates his closure notice thusly: "we are overwhelmed by your response to the announcement that we intend to close down our business. It's staggering to believe there is so much support."

And because of that support, Alvey will continue to make reels over the next few weeks and "explore options, stay operating, and keep our staff employed."

Will they find enough sustained support to keep making Alveys?

No idea, but as always, we'll keep you posted.

--Jim Shepherd

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July 29 - July 30: Bowfishing Clinic at Nebraska's Eugene Mahoney State Park southeast of Ashland , begins 9 a.m.;

Aug. 3 - Aug. 6: Saltwater Showdown;

Aug. 12: 10th Annual Fly Fishing Festival. American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester, Vermont. Samantha Pitcher (802) 362-3300 ext. 208 or

Aug. 12 - Aug. 18: Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament, Manteo, NC. $1MM+ in cash prizes;

Aug. 19: Florida Fly Fishing Council annual meeting, Plantation Resort in Crystal River


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