Friday, August 22, 2014

Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations app is now available for free on iOS and Android platforms.

Tim Spice, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Boater Education Coordinator, has been selected as the "State Educator of the Year" as well as the "Southern States' Educator of the Year."

The first thing to remember is that keeping a safe distance is not only good advice; it is the law.

The BoatUS Foundation, along with the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), have teamed up to seek out the newest technologies and design ideas with the "Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition" which kicked off yesterday.
Applications for the Everglades Wilderness Writing Expedition may be submitted by college students from August 24th-September 13th, 2014.
Winners of Wildlife Forever's State-Fish Art Contest and their families assembled in Columbia, South Carolina on August 15 and 16 at the Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing.

North Carolina's "On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive" campaign, a multi-agency initiative designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure everyone can safely travel on highways and waterways during summer months, continues throughout Labor Day weekend.
Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Colorado man has pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally trafficking in paddlefish caviar after being caught in an undercover operation in the Warsaw, Mo., area.

A patchy bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, is located approximately 20 miles offshore between northern Dixie and southern Pasco counties in the northeast Gulf of Mexico.
The Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Association and the Army Corps of Engineers are seeking volunteers and sponsors to pitch in from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 6 during the 45th Annual Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation will hold its annual Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet on Sept. 5 at the Statehouse Convention Center.

Proposals would cut harvest of striped bass to prevent future population declines.
The August 2014 Council Meeting Report is now available on the Council's website at

New grants for the care of Indiana's water bodies totaling $994,300 have been awarded through the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program in the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.
National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) and the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative partnered to promote a grant program called the NHF Day Live It! grants.

In an effort to help further educate and inform a rapidly expanding customer base, Arctic Ice has released a follow-up video to the Introduction to Arctic Ice released earlier this year.
Well-known marine trainer JD Schmid has joined Sea Ray as Director of Product Training.

With 10 technique-specific actions, All Star ASL rods feature nano-fiber blanks and titanium-framed guides with hardened titanium inserts.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in conjunction with the Grant Parish Police Jury have scheduled a drawdown for Hardwater Lake to begin on Tuesday, September 2 to control nuisance aquatic vegetation.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a public meeting Sept. 3 at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park on managing aquatic plants in Lake Hall, which is located north of Tallahassee.
From Aug. 22 through Sept. 9, South Dakota anglers will be allowed to harvest fish that will otherwise be lost during the lake renovation process.
The standard opening date for fall chinook in the Priest Rapids Pool is September 1. With Labor Day weekend falling on August 30, 2014, opening two days early will allow for additional angling opportunity.

Sportsman Channel and the Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) are combining efforts to honor the contributions of the American worker and celebrate today's youth, who represent the future of our nation's workforce and outdoor heritage.

Space still remains in this year's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program - the annual Sandhills retreat that teaches women of all ages various outdoor skills.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will offer a salmon fishing workshop for women on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27 in Mackinac County.

Next Elite Bassing Stop: The Twilight Zone

Today's feature comes to us from Ken Duke, Senior Editor of B.A.S.S. Publications and resident historian-as well as a clever writer, as this piece shows. See more of his work at

By Ken Duke

Ken Duke is the Senior Editor of B.A.S.S. Publications. To get your daily dose of bass information, history and trivia, follow him on Twitter @thinkbass.

UNION SPRINGS, N.Y. - At the beginning of each episode of The Twilight Zone, series creator Rod Serling would warn viewers that they were entering a different realm: "You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop ... the Twilight Zone!"

The A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite Series event on Cayuga Lake, Aug. 21-24, promises to be a lot like that. It's the penultimate stop in the 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series season, and the otherworldly connection between this year's competition and the lake are too great to ignore.

Here are the Top 10 reasons why the tournament might - just might - play out like an episode of The Twilight Zone.

Submitted for your approval ...

(10) Cayuga is one of 11 "Finger Lakes" in New York State. From an aerial view, the Finger Lakes look as though an extraterrestrial is clawing his way south.

(9) Though Seneca Lake is the largest of the Finger Lakes, Cayuga is the longest at 38.1 miles and covers about 42,000 surface acres. It's also the second deepest (again, behind Seneca) at 435 feet - much of which is actually below sea level, where who knows what may lurk!

(8) If you think Twilight Zone creator Serling had no connection to bass fishing, think again. He narrated Glen Lau's classic bass documentary, Bigmouth, in 1974.

(7) Cayuga and Seneca lakes are the site of an unexplained phenomenon known as "the Guns of Seneca." People in the area occasionally hear mysterious canon-like booms. Some attribute them to devices designed to scare birds away from crops. Others say they are the sound made when gas from decaying vegetation escapes from the deep lake bottom and breaks the water's surface. Ultimately, no one really knows.

(6) The tournament is scheduled to end on Aug. 24 - B.A.S.S. founder Ray Scott's 81st birthday, and it is the 81st tournament in Elite Series history.

(5) Serling's production company was "Cayuga Productions."

(4) Frontenac Island on Cayuga Lake is one of just two islands on the Finger Lakes and the only island on Cayuga. It's also the setting of The Carter Girls and the Battle of Frontenac Island, a 2012 novel by Mike LaMontagne. In it, the protagonists are led to a mysterious city full of mythological creatures where they find themselves imprisoned and sentenced to death simply for being human. Hopefully, our Elite anglers can avoid such a fate.

(3) Coming into this event, Kevin VanDam is on the outside looking in as far as qualifying for the Bassmaster Classic is concerned. The seven-time Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year and four-time Classic champ is 42nd in AOY points and could miss qualifying for the Classic for the first time in 24 years. Where else but The Twilight Zone could KVD miss the Classic?

(2) And KVD isn't the only one who needs a good finish at Cayuga. Thirty-two-time Classic qualifier and four-time Classic champ Rick Clunn is currently 52nd in AOY points. The last time that neither VanDam nor Clunn was in the Classic was 1973 - the year Serling's last television series, Night Gallery, was canceled.

(1) Serling's connection to Cayuga Lake was very real. He owned a summer home on the lake, and his family often vacationed there. He died in 1975 and is buried in Lake View Cemetery in Interlaken, N.Y. The lake that you can see from Lake View Cemetery is - you guessed it - Cayuga.
Doo-doo-doo-doo, Doo-doo-doo-doo!

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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; or 609.423.4002.

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

Aug. 21 - Aug. 24: A.R.E. Truck Caps, Bassmaster Elite, Series at Cayuga Lake, Cayuga Lake; Union Springs, NY

Aug. 22 - Aug. 24: Atlantic City, NJ. "The DO-AC Beach N Boat $1 Million Fishing Challenge" FREE and open to everyone, including kids! Visit for more information and to register for FREE using CODE: 3720.

Aug. 29 - Aug. 30: National Walleye Tour at Bays de Noc - Escanaba, Mich.,

Sept. 4 - Sept. 6: Bass Pro Shops Northern Open #3 presented by Allstate, Lake St. Clair, Detroit, Michigan.

Sept. 4 - Sept. 6: Bass Pro Shops Northern Open #3, presented by Allstate, Lake St. Clair; Detroit, MI

Sept. 6: Casting for the Cure tournament at Alabama's Logan Martin Lake, $50 entry, $1000 top prize;

Sept. 6 - Sept. 7: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, Orlando, Fla., or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

Sept. 11 - Sept. 13: 2014 Bass Pro Shops Central Open #3 presented by Allstate, Arkansas River, Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Sept. 12 - Sept. 14: 44th Annual Newport (RI) International Boat Show. Newport waterfront along America's Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. Media: Andrew Golden Rushton Gregory Communications 617-413-6521

Sept. 18: Florida CCA Pinellas Chapter's 27th Annual Banquet & Auction, Gulfport Casino, Gulfport, FL; 727-244-9474.

Sept. 20 - Sept. 21: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, Mobile, Ala., or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

Sept. 25 - Sept. 27: TrawlerFest, Harborview Marine Center, Baltimore;

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

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

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




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