Friday, February 27, 2015

 
BOATING
Legendary marine manufacturer Ranger Boats brings its acclaimed line of performance saltwater fishing boats and industry-best sales incentives to the 21st Annual Tampa Tribune Outdoors Expo & Boat Show, February 27 to March 1 inside the Expo Hall of the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Fla.

COAST GUARD
The Coast Guard and local partners were able to rescue three people and a dog but one person was later found deceased.

CONSERVATION
CCA Louisiana and Chevron have teamed up for the longest and richest summer-long saltwater fishing tournament in Louisiana, making Chevron the title sponsor for the 21st Annual Statewide Tournament and Angler's Rodeo (STAR).

EVENTS
The 2015 Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash Presented by Berkley is set for another year on Kentucky Lake in Paris Landing, Tennessee on March 13-15.

FISHERIES
Anticipating another strong return of spring chinook salmon, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon have set the initial 2015 fishing season to run through April 10 on the lower Columbia River

INVASIVE SPECIES
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program

JOBS
Sellmark Corporation, a leading manufacturer of outdoor products headquartered in Mansfield, Texas, is seeking a marketing communication specialist. Knowledge or interest of outdoor consumer products is a major plus.

MEDIA
On this week's episode of Bill Dance Outdoors, Davidson fulfills a childhood dream and joins the host for an action-packed, educational bass fishing experience in Tennessee.
World Fishing Network, the leading entertainment destination and digital resource for anglers throughout North America, airs the latest episode of its signature monthly magazine format show, World Fishing Journal, with three new segments showcasing unique stories from across the angling community on Sunday, March 1 starting at 11:30 a.m. ET.

NEW PRODUCTS
The new Extreme Baitcast reels feature a seven-bearing system with Powerlock instant anti-reverse and 12 pounds maximum drag.
The revolutionary blade contains an actual glass crystal, yet performs like a standard metal blade thanks in part to high end ball bearings and tapered design.

ORGANIZATIONS
The FishAmerica Foundation (FAF) is, once again, the recipient of a generous donation from the American Snuff Company (ASC) to further the foundation's mission of fisheries conservation and habitat restoration.

PASSINGS
Eugenie Clark, an American marine biologist who fell in love with sharks as a child with her nose pressed against an aquarium tank died Wednesday morning in Sarasota, Florida.
Longime "Kentucky Afield" television host Hope Carleton Sr., 89, died yesterday at his home in western Kentucky. From 1957 until his retirement in 1980, Carleton hosted the broadcast, helping teach a generation of young Kentuckians a love of the outdoors.

SHOWS
The show at the Expo Centre in Northlands will feature a wide variety of boating, fishing, hunting, ATV and backcountry gear along with lots of how-to seminars.

STATES
Boaters can now use the larger motors, but must run them at idle speed only on Boltz, Bullock Pen and Corinth lakes in Grant County; Beaver Lake in Anderson County; Elmer Davis Lake in Owen County; Kincaid Lake in Pendleton County; Shanty Hollow Lake in Warren and Edmonson counties; and Swan Lake in Ballard County.
Successful north coast steelhead and salmon anglers could catch a $10-50 reward for returning their fish tags this season.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the results from its 2014 Master Angler program - a program that has been in place since 1973 to recognize large fish caught by recreational anglers.
Ohioans are invited to offer public comment regarding the proposed and future hunting, trapping and fishing regulations at open houses scheduled across the state.
More than 98,000 rainbow trout will be released into 63 public lakes and ponds around the state on selected dates through May.
It is the time of year anglers must make an investment in their future fishing, says this spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Steelhead, Smallmouth Bass and the Importance of Public Lands

Today's feature comes to us from the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and explores a question that applies in many parts of the nation right now as both federal and state land management agencies feel the squeeze of tightened budgets.


by Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Do you have a secret spot you like to access to fish your favorite run? Maybe your spot is accessed through public BLM or Forest Service land?

Image courtesy of Marty Sheppard/Little Creek Outfitters.
I have a few spots like this and remember a place I use to hike to that later was closed to the public. I remember thinking in frustration, "How could someone do that?" As a sportsman, outfitter and mother, I believe that one of the most important challenges of our time is to maintain public access to places we like to fish. I want my daughter to enjoy the same experiences and opportunities that I have had.

Some of the state's best fishing for steelhead, trout and smallmouth bass occurs on rivers and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service.

For example, the John Day River is the third longest undammed river in the Lower 48. It also is a stronghold for wild steelhead. The John Day is in my backyard, and, as a local fishing outfitter, I take pride in sharing this river with visitors and other anglers.

My husband and I have outfitted on the John Day River since 2001 and annually bring close to 180 people to our community, where they fish, shop, stay in hotels and eat at local restaurants. Anglers are mesmerized by the rimrock canyons, smell of juniper and solitude experienced on a John Day River float. These experiences connect visitors with something greater than themselves while at the same time support a major component of Oregon's rural economy. Public lands are a boon for those who travel from across the country to enjoy them, as well as those who call these places home.

A couple years ago, I met a hunter who believed the balance between federal and local control of public lands in southeast Oregon was skewed in the wrong direction. As we talked about public lands in Oregon, he said, "We need to take back the management of our land from the federal government and have states control it."

At the time I wasn't aware of the debate over public lands management that was happening in Utah and other Western states, where legislative efforts are under way to turn federal public lands over to the states.

I replied, "Are you sure that is a good thing? What will happen to our wildlife and habitat? Will that impact our access to hunting and fishing?"

His simple response: "We'll still be able to do all that."

Image courtesy of Marty Sheppard/Little Creek Outfitters.
I couldn't agree with him then, and, knowing what I do now, I maintain that our public lands should continue to be managed by the federal government.

Like many other Oregonians, I view federally managed public lands as my playground. Hunters and anglers come from all over to experience the high-quality hunting, fishing and solitude available on public lands in Oregon. As a professional guide, I depend on my continued ability to share the beauty of our public lands with folks from across our great nation. These lands and other federal lands across Oregon provide wide-reaching economic benefits to individuals like me and other Oregonians who rely on outdoor opportunities for income.

The federal government holds these public lands in trust so current and future generations can enjoy the rich beauty and resources that they offer. If ownership of these resources were transferred to the states, the expense of managing them could be prohibitive, leading to their eventual sale to private interests. This scenario would likely result in the widespread loss of public access to these uniquely American lands and waters.

Public lands rightfully belong to the citizenry, including Oregonians who depend on them for quality habitat for fish and wildlife, access to abundant hunting and angling and economic security. In an increasingly crowded West where open space is rapidly becoming one of the rarest and most valuable assets of the Western lifestyle, ensuring that these lands stay in the public trust is more important now than ever before.

To support sportsmen's access to our public lands, please visit www.sportsmensaccess.org and sign the petition.

TRCP's Oregon Field Representative Mia Sheppard lives and breathes being on the water and chukar hunting the breaks of desert rivers. Her passion to share this with others has inspired her to become a two-time distance-casting champion, teacher of fly-fishing, and advocate for women and kids in hunting and fishing. Mia and her husband Marty Sheppard (rod caddy) own Little Creek Outfitters, guiding fly-fishing trips on Oregon rivers. When she isn't working for the TRCP she can be found standing in a river with her husband or daughter chasing steelhead or planning the next adventure.

About Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

TRCP guarantees all Americans quality places to hunt and fish by uniting and amplifying their partners' voices to strengthen federal policy and funding. For more info. visit www.trcp.org

The Fishing Wire welcomes your comments and actively solicits letters and guest editorials from readers as well as fishery managers, scientists and industry experts in boating, fishing and related equipment. Please send your comments and suggestions to frank@thefishingwire.com.
Outdoors Calendar

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

Feb. 26 - Mar. 1: The Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at
Oaks, Oaks, Pennsylvania: www.SportShows.com.

Feb. 28 - Mar. 1: Oakley Big Bass Tournament. Harris Chain of Lakes, Florida. www.oakleybigbass.com

Mar. 4 - Mar. 8: Fred Hall Show, Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA www.fredhall.com

Mar. 5 - Mar. 8: World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition, Rockland Community College Field House
Suffern, New York; www.SportShows.com.

Mar. 7 - Mar. 8: IFA Redfish and Kayak Tours at Punta Gorda, Fla.; www.ifatours.com

Mar. 7 - Mar. 8: Oakley Big Bass Tour Event. Lake Conroe, Texas. www.oakleybigbass.com

Mar. 20 - Mar. 22: The Saltwater Fishing Expo, Garden State Exhibit Center
Somerset, New Jersey; www.SportShows.com.

Mar. 26 - Mar. 29: March 26-29: Fred Hall Show, Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego, CA www.fredhall.com

Mar. 26 - Mar. 29: IGFA School of Sportfishing seminar series at the 30th Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, FREE with paid attendance, hosted by International Game Fish Association, West Palm Beach, Florida. www.igfa.org

Mar. 28: Texas Team Trail at Lake Ray Roberts; www.texasteamtrail.com

Mar. 28 - Mar. 29: IFA Redfish and Kayak Tours at Titusville, Fla.; www.ifatours.com

Mar. 28 - Mar. 29: Oakley Big Bass Tour Event. Clarks Hill Lake, Georgia. www.oakleybigbass.com

Apr. 10 - Apr. 11: IFA Lucas Oil Redfish Open at Placida, Fla.; www.ifatours.com

Apr. 18 - Apr. 19: Oakley Big Bass Tour. Lake Norman, North Carolina. www.oakleybigbass.com

Apr. 25: Texas Team Trail at Lake Texoma; www.texasteamtrail.com

Apr. 25 - Apr. 26: Oakley Big Bass Tour Event. Smith Mountain Lake, VA. www.oakleybigbass.com www.oakleybigbass.com





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