Tuesday, September 30, 2014

 
APPS
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' (LDWF) iPhone app will be renovated in coming months to make the information resource more user friendly.

CHEVY FLORIDA OUTDOORS TIP OF THE WEEK
Captain Hagaman spends most of his time chasing redfish and snook, but takes some time off in fall to collect a bit of venison and wild pork-here are a few tips.

COAST GUARD
Coast Guard law enforcement crews assisted in the arrest of an impaired boat operator Sunday, near Portland Harbor, Maine.

CONSERVATION
Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough were opened on September 25, 2014, after having been sealed in the 1970s and enduring decades of negative impacts from siltation and low water flows.
The Army Corps of Engineers Beaver Lake Project Office is looking for volunteers to join the Annual Beaver Lake Cleanup, Saturday, Oct. 4.

EVENTS
The speakers and presenters who will appear at the 2014 NMEA Marine Electronics Conference & Expo are the best in the business.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Bogue Homa on Saturday, October 4.

FISHERIES
NOAA Fisheries announces a new rule, effective October 27, 2014, which makes changes to the Gulf of Mexico reef fish fishery. The final rule published in the

HONORS AND AWARDS
Michael Muir, great-grandson of John Muir, and a wilderness advocate in his own right, was chosen as the recipient of the 2014 award exemplifying the spirit of the outdoors from the Outdoor Writers Association of California.

INDUSTRY
Intrepid Powerboats offers the first hybrid yacht factory powered by natural gas, featuring fuel-system technology from Blue Gas Marine, Inc. to power its outboard motors.
PRADCO Outdoor Brands, the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of fishing and hunting brands and products, has acquired Bandit Lures of Sardis, Mississippi.
Arctic Ice, manufacturer of high performance thermally regulating cooler panels is proud to partner with Canfield's Sporting Goods at 8457 West Center Road in Omaha, NE to bring their innovative product offerings to outdoorsmen in eastern Nebraska.
School of Fish (SOF), a kid's 3-hour fishing class where kids learn about lakes, fish, and how to catch them announced today they are offering a second winter of School of Fish ON ICE classes during fall and winter 2014-15.
Sea Ray is proud to introduce the completely redesigned 470 Sundancer, bringing cutting-edge advancements and enhanced social flow to this popular sport yacht model.

NEW PRODUCTS
GoPro's Emmy® Award-winning imaging technology combines with enhanced ease-of-use and powerful new features such as 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120 video capture (Black) and built-in touch display convenience (Silver), to make it easier than ever for consumers to self capture and share stunning, professional quality content of their favorite experiences.

RETAIL
The popular tackle maker Abu Garcia's newest rods and reels, introduced at the 2014 International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) in July, are now available at retail outlets nationwide.

STATES
Catchable-size rainbow trout will be stocked by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in October to enhance fishing opportunities this fall and winter.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that the Michigan State Waterways Commission meeting, originally scheduled for Oct. 3 in Marquette, has been canceled. The meeting will be rescheduled for December.
Fishing regulations, diving rules and other topics will be under discussion, along with several hunting regulations.

TOURNAMENTS
Brandon Houston of Burlington, Kentucky, weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 18 pounds, 10 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division Super Tournament on the Ohio River at Tanner's Creek Sunday. For his victory, Houston earned $5,077.
Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Michigan, weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 42 pounds even to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Michigan Division Super Tournament on Lake St. Clair Sunday. For his victory, Dobson earned $7,932.
Christopher Brown of Lexington, North Carolina, weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 25 pounds, 13 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League North Carolina Division Super Tournament on Lake Norman Sunday. For his victory, Brown earned $6,077.
Chevy pro Dion Hibdon of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, weighed a two-day total of 10 bass totaling 31 pounds, 2 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Ozark Division Super Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks Sunday. For his victory, Hibdon earned $8,131
Tim Smiley of White Pine, Tennessee, weighed a two-day total of six bass totaling 20 pounds, 12 ounces to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Volunteer Division Super Tournament on Watts Bar Lake Sunday. For his victory, Smiley earned $7,182.
MAKO Boats and Bass Pro Shops are hosting a Fishing Funament Oct. 16-19, 2014, at Bass Pro Shops World Wide Sportsman in Fort Myers, Florida.
Young Berkley pro Korey Sprengel showed up in a big way, winning his first NWT Championship title with a final two-day weight of 43.69 pounds. With bonuses installed, the Wisconsin native tallied an $84,424 payout.

After Lake Champlain Fish Tournaments: Study Finds Where the Fish Go

Today's feature, an interesting study on where bass go after being released at weigh-ins, comes to us from Lake Champlain International; www.mychamplain.net.


By Daniel Kelly

The Lake Champlain bass dispersal project crew (Credit: Lake Champlain Research Institute, SUNY Plattsburgh)
Lake Champlain has been a popular bass fishing spot for some time, made so by its size, surrounding scenery and abundant fish habitat, especially in its northern end. The lake's expansive tributaries also draw in anglers who like to rev up their fishing boats and make waves.

But with prized bass there getting more and more attention, scientists with the Lake Champlain Sea Grant wanted to know what impacts all the activity was having on the fishery.

"There are probably 75 tournaments on this lake each year," said Mark Malchoff, aquatic resources specialist with the Sea Grant. "And about four to six of them are big ones with sometimes 100 boats."

Malchoff, along with investigators from the Lake Champlain Research Institute at the State University of New York - Plattsburgh, wanted to quantify the impacts of catch-and-release policies at the competitions and how bass disperse after they've been released back into the water.

Their study began with tagging fish. Some were fitted with radio transmitters, but a vast majority were tagged with T-bars: tiny tags inserted between spines in dorsal fins. All of those had Malchoff's phone number and email address on them.

"You sort of release them and hope someone finds one, but there's no guarantee," said Malchoff. "It's a classic letter in a bottle."

Surgery underway on a Lake Champlain bass (Credit: D. Garneau, SUNY Plattsburgh)
The approach was useful because two tag methods allowed researchers to find if one was more reliable for tracking and if there were any effects caused by the tags themselves. Malchoff says there was good agreement between the two, with both helping researchers track bass movement through Lake Champlain during and after tournaments.

Largemouth bass, researchers found, are especially affected during tournament time. They experience more stress than smallmouth, as judged by a series of indicators including bloody fins, hook wounds or fin damage. A lot of the stress comes from being housed in livewells, which takes its toll. They may also be targeted more as competition labors on.

"With tournaments - the big ones at least - by day three, only the Top 10 to 20 anglers are still fishing," said Malchoff. "At that point, they're targeting the biggest fish they can find." And with live fish valued more at weigh-in time, fishermen try to keep fish swimming. "But the farther you move them (in livewells), the more likely it is they'll get beat up," said Malchoff.

A post-op tagged smallmouth (Credit: Lake Champlain Research Institute, SUNY Plattsburgh)
Smallmouth bass also exhibited signs of stress, but not as much as largemouths. Both bass types appeared more prone to bloody fins as water temperatures increased. And after they had been released back into Lake Champlain, researchers found that bass swam toward the north side. There is plenty of high-quality habitat on that end, says Malchoff, and going north saves a trip over deep-water areas to reach the southern end.

All the findings boil down to a few things fishermen and tournament organizers can do to protect and conserve bass in Champlain. "Don't transport them as far (in livewells), and lake temperature - in a lot of places, waters are warmest in late July or early August - avoid scheduling tournaments at those times if at all possible," said Malchoff.

Researchers also provided evidence against a commonly held notion that many types of fish stress could be attributed to barotrauma, or damage caused to them by sudden pressure changes. Fish that don't maintain equilibrium don't always need to have their air bladders deflated, Malchoff says, something that tournament anglers often do.

"My real interest is looking at tournaments as a sustainable resource," said Malchoff. "And like a lot of things, there's always room for improvement."

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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. 10 - Oct. 11: Florida Fly Fishing Expo featuring Bob Clouser, Wanda Taylor at Plantation Resort, Crystal River, Florida; http://fedflyfishers.org/Councils/Florida.aspx.

Oct. 11 - Oct. 12: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, Minneapolis, Minn., http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

Oct. 11 - Oct. 12: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, Minneapolis, Minn., http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

Oct. 11 - Oct. 12: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class. Minneapolis Marriott West, Minneapolis, Minn. http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

Oct. 17 - Oct. 18: IFA Kayak Championship at Houma, La.; www.ifatours.com

Oct. 17 - Oct. 19: Bisbee's Los Cabos Offshore Tournament, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. $750,000 in cash prizes. www.bisbees.com

Oct. 21 - Oct. 25: Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Tournament, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. $2.5 million-plus in cash prizes. www.bisbees.com

Oct. 24 - Oct. 25: IFA Redfish Championship at Houma, La.; www.ifatours.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. 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., http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.





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