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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2018

COLLEGIATE FISHING
As we near the halfway point in the season, Adrian College has 2,900 total points in their chase for Cabela's School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.
FISHERIES
According to Captain Rick Grassett of Sarasota, the waters off the beach have cleared and tripletail, Spanish and little tunny are hitting, while on the inside there's good action on snook around the dock-lights after sundown.
Purse-seine boats chasing menhaden into prime fall striper waters are threatening the fishery, say anglers on the New York Shore.

In continued efforts to restore American Shad (and other migratory fishes) by reconnecting historic migratory pathways, the Millstone River's Weston Causeway Dam was removed during the summer of 2017, and that effort now appears to be bearing fruit.
Fishing the tidal Hudson River is a unique and exciting experience that has been pursued by subsistence, commercial and recreational fishermen for centuries: Here are a few basics.
HIGH SCHOOL FISHING
The Oklahoma Student Angler Federation duo of Owen Williams, Afton, Oklahoma, and Easton Hitt, Bella Vista, Arkansas, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Grand Lake Open

INDUSTRY
Gator Guards® was recently awarded the inaugural International Boat Industry “Export Excellence Award” at the 2018 IBEX Show in Tampa, FL.
Innovative custom boat builder Intrepid Powerboats is bringing back its popular, long-retired flats boat with an all-new model, the Intrepid 200 Flats, a completely reengineered, cutting-edge version of the customer favorite originally introduced 25 years ago.
With Parkit360's line of rechargeable electric trailer dollies, a single person can move up to 15,000 lbs. with absolute ease, maneuvering around obstacles and tight corners.

INVASIVE SPECIES
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently confirmed new findings of New Zealand mudsnails in both the North Platte River near Casper and the Salt River south of Alpine.
JOBS
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) is seeking a Midwestern States Coordinator to co-manage the state legislative sportsmen’s caucus effort organized under the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) and the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) programs for the central Midwestern states (IA, IL, KS, MO, NE, OK, TX) within CSF’s Midwest Region.
PRO TEAMS
Mossy Oak has announced the addition of long-time Louisiana pro angler Greg Hackney to the Mossy Oak Fishing Team.
RADIO
A Cast & Blast Adventure includes fishing for walleye with Shelby Ross and on-the-water commentary about this fishery and fall walleye fishing in general in the Northwest.
RETAIL
The digital Holiday Sportsman Show was created to efficiently bring holiday internet shoppers together with outdoor companies during the critical fourth quarter shopping season. Just as the name implies, this is a holiday sports show like any traditional consumer show but done in the digital world.
STATES
The Winter Trout Lakes Stocking Program extends trout fishing action through the winter months and early spring until spring stocking begins.
Tournament organizers must apply for a permit using the “Fishing Contest Application” form from California DFW. Special conditions apply for black bass tournaments.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today that fisheries staff are busily stocking state-threatened lake sturgeon into several New York waters this month.
All funds from the purchase of Habitat & Access Stamps are directly deposited into the DEC Habitat and Access Account. It is used for ongoing and upcoming projects aimed toward conserving habitat and increasing fish and wildlife recreational access.
Rainbow trout, chinook salmon, steelhead and seven other species and one hybrid were among the 21,116,476 fish – weighing a combined 333 tons – stocked in Michigan’s public waters so far this year.
Representatives from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission held a special dedication Friday, Oct. 12, to thank local anglers and officials for their partnership and patience in revitalizing the 80-acre Lake June - an ongoing project during the last two years.
More than 100 local anglers and business owners joined the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission earlier this month in officially dedicating the first public boating access to Horseshoe Lake in Crittenden County.
The stocking of rainbow trout at Ogallala and Bridgeport has been rescheduled to Oct. 23 because of equipment issues.
SURVEYS
AnglerSurvey.com recently polled anglers on what was most important to them when choosing a place to cast a line and found that nearly 60 percent of them placed proximity to home as a key factor.
TOURNAMENTS
Boater Robert Walser of Lexington, North Carolina, caught a three-day cumulative total of 15 bass weighing 35 pounds, 8 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional championship on Lake Norman presented by Costa Sunglasses.

images courtesy of: Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation, Brian Jones, David Hay Jones

What is the problem with Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico?

Red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) is perhaps the most economically valuable and culturally relevant fishery in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The trends in fishing activity over the past 150 years have led to a depleted stock, which is now under a rebuilding plan.

As the stock continues to show signs of recovery, fishermen are seeing more (and larger) red snapper in the population; however, the spawning potential of the population (the number of eggs produced by reproductively active females) is still lower than the rebuilding target. 

The conundrum caused by a population that is rapidly rebuilding, but has not yet met its rebuilding target (the biomass needed for long-term sustainable yield), has led to discontent among some user groups. Hearing the frustration from their constituents, lawmakers took action.

 

What is The Great Red Snapper Count?

In 2016, Congress made funding available to independently estimate the population size of U.S. Gulf of Mexico red snapper. A total of $10 million was awarded by Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant for a two-year project, which will run from 2017 – 2019. 

The project, officially titled 'Estimating the absolute abundance of red snapper in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico,' but better known as the Great Red Snapper Count, aims to estimate the population size of red snapper in U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This evaluation will be conducted separately from the assessment process employed by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council through the SEDAR process. 

The project will be led by a well-integrated, multidisciplinary team of 21 investigators, which comprises leading fisheries experts from the Gulf region and beyond. A suite of methods, including habitat classification, direct visual counts, depletion surveys, and a high-reward tagging study, will be used across the entire U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

 

The Future of Gulf Red Snapper

The Great Red Snapper Count will provide an independent estimate (separate from the stock assessment-derived estimate) of red snapper abundance in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Results from this study will be compared with stock assessment results to examine what accounts for any differences observed. 

This project represents a unique opportunity to challenge the stock assessment-derived estimate of red snapper abundance in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, with the goal of ensuring the most robust management possible for this iconic fishery species.

See details on the program here:

  

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October 31 - November 4
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

November 12
Veterans Day

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November 16-19
International Roosterfish Tournament

November 22-23
Thanksgiving Holiday

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December 5-8
65th Annual Light Tackle Sailfish Tournament

Stuart, Florida; www.stuartsailfishclub.com

December 7-8
Fly Fishing and Rod building Fair
 
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