Thursday, March 30, 2017

 
CONSERVATION
The 14th Annual CCA Florida Inter Chapter Challenge (ICC) is scheduled for June 23rd and 24th , 2017 at River Palm Cottages and Fish Camp in Jensen Beach.
Trout Unlimited strongly disagrees with some of EPA and natural resource agency cuts proposed by the Trump administration.

ENFORCEMENT
A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent cited a man for an alleged recreational fishing violation on March 26 in Terrebonne Parish.

EVENTS
Three Florida-based boat manufacturers will battle the elements in a charitable "gentleman's race" along the Florida coastline during the third annual Florida Skiff Challenge April 6-8.

FISHERIES
An online IFQ species identification guide is now available under the Additional Information tab on the Catch Shares Homepage at: portal.southeast.fisheries.noaa.gov/cs.
Florida waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1. This regional season will remain open through June 30.
Today's announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that it will provide a $9.5 million competitive grant to determine the abundance of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico is being praised by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR).
Some say reducing the catch by 30 percent will cripple recreational flounder fishing, a multimillion-dollar industry in New Jersey that supports bait-and-tackle shops, boat dealerships and other businesses that cater to fishermen.
On April 1, the limit will increase from two fish per day to three fish per day under an emergency rule, while waiting for a permanent rule to be approved.

FISHERIES SCIENCE
The event, at Bonaventure Resort in Weston, FL, will provide a venue for presentations and Q&A about the latest research of bonefish, tarpon, permit, and the fisheries.

HIGH SCHOOL TOURNAMENTS
The Spring Hill High School duo of Brady Gentry and Kory England, both of Hope, Arkansas, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the 2017 FLW High School Fishing Arkansas Open tournament on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

HONORS & AWARDS
Middleton is the owner of Dog River Marina, A&M Yacht Sales and Middleton Marine, three stalwart businesses in the central Gulf boating community.

NEW GEAR
Daiwa's new Tatula SV TW models will help you cast finesse baits far with ease.

ORGANIZATIONS
Christmas tree reefs are one of many ways local Bass Unlimited groups help improve fish habitat and angling opportunities.

PRO TEAMS
Sitting on a scant total of just 8 pounds, 9 ounces of bass at noon on day two of the three-day 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic at Lake Conroe, Texas, 25-year-old Bassmaster Elite angler Jordan Lee had no idea where he'd be standing just 28 hours later.
When the dust cleared at Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston, Texas, Strike King and BASS Elite Series Pro Jordan Lee had been crowned the champion of the 47th Bassmaster Classic.

RADIO
This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features Ballard's Black Island Resort manager Gary Moeller, Honda ATV/SxS media coordinator Susie Han, Range of Richfield president Jim Babiasz and pro angler Duffy Kopf.

RECORD FISH
New state record smallmouth and freshwater drum were among the impressive catches in the Angler Achievement Awards Program for 2016.
Carson Pete, shore-fishing Sunday at Upper Lake Mary near Flagstaff, landed a 33.36 pound channel catfish to set a new inland state record for Arizona.

SHOWS
The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) has decided on Denver as the new location for the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show (IFTD) starting in 2019.

STATES
The bills sponsored and supported by the California Sportfishing League (CSL) aim to address an alarming decline in fishing participation rates and license sales, and to protect sportfishing's $4.6 billion annual contribution to California communities dependent on outdoor tourism and jobs.
Spinney Mountain State Park will open to shore fishermen and boats Saturday, April 1, providing anglers with one of their coveted annual spring fishing rites.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has announced that the recreational greater amberjack season will close in Louisiana waters on Thursday, March 30.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau recently stocked 300 adult channel catfish into Coahoma County Lake in Clarksdale.
Chris Blankenship of Mobile, Alabama, has been appointed by Governor Robert Bentley as Deputy Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR).

WHERE TO GO
Known for its legendary fishing waters, the Miramichi River region of New Brunswick officially opens for angling season on April 15, 2017.

YOUTH EVENTS
The YPI was established to provide funding for the purpose of educating youth in the areas of hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation, and natural resource conservation.

Jordan Lee Leads a New Generation of Pro Anglers

By Frank Sargeant, Editor

At 25 years old, Jordan Lee of Guntersville, Alabama, now stands atop the world of competitive bass fishing. His surprising come-from-behind victory at this past weekend's Bassmaster Classic in Houston, Texas, not only earned him $300,000 in cash, but will also result in lots of additional income through sponsorship contracts in the coming year, and for many years thereafter.

Lee is one of a new generation of professional bass anglers who came up through the collegiate fishing program, a burgeoning system that seems on the way to creating the same sort of feeder system into the pro angler ranks that exists for college football and basketball. Lee fished for the college team at Auburn and graduated there several years ago, pretty much knowing from the time he was a freshman that he was headed towards the pro fishing circuits.

Lee is a proto-typical pro angler, with a lot more on his resume than being a really, really good bass fisherman. These days, the game is not only to win on the big stages, but also to be presentable, well-spoken, intelligent and knowledgeable. Stage presence has become increasingly important as social media converts rapidly to emphasize video rather than print. Lee has both the ability to put together a quick how-to video and the capability to write well for the outdoors websites and print publications--odds are, he's going to have a long and storied career.

The growth of the college bass fishing circuits has been remarkable; 10 years ago, collegiate fishing teams were pretty much unheard of. Today, there are dozens of them across the Southeast, and a recent national event drew some 500 young anglers to Kentucky Lake.

There are also a growing number of high schools with active fishing teams, and some colleges are even starting to offer a few scholarships to competitive young anglers who show promise.

There are at least three major circuits presently, including the Carhartt Bassmaster Collegiate Series through which Jordan Lee came up, the FLW YETI College Fishing Series and the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Championship.

To be sure, the tackle industry and the tournament organizations are wise to back these events, because they create the tournament anglers of tomorrow. A large segment of the fishing business runs on sale of bass tackle, and the most successful of these young anglers will influence tens of thousands from their generation to follow their lead in product choice.

All of this is not to say the personable young angler without an advanced education will no longer find the tournament trail a viable route to earning a living. For those who are very good and are natural performers and promoters, the doors to fishing fame will always be open. That's one of the great things about fishing--no bass ever checks your degree before grabbing a crankbait.

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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Mar. 31 - Apr. 1: American Crappie Trail Tournament, D'arbonne Point, Farmerville, LA - www.americancrappietrail.com

Apr. 7: Crappie Masters One Pole Ultimate Challenge, Lake Fork, Emory, TX www.crappiemasters.net

May 11 - May 14: Saltwater Shootout; www.bluewatermovements.com.

May 20 - May 21: California B.A.S.S. Nation State Team Qualifier #2, New Melones Reservoir, Angels Camp, CA, www.calbn.com





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