Monday, November 24, 2014

 
EDITOR'S NOTE
Wire Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, we will not be publishing any wires on Thanksgiving Day, November 27 or Friday, November 28. If you have news for inclusion in our Wednesday, November 26, edition it should be submitted no later than 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 25. News received after that time will be included in our Monday, December 1, 2014 edition if still timely. We wish each of you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

APPS
Hunters and anglers can download all current valid licenses and new licenses to their mobile device and display them for game wardens.

BOATING
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division along with officials from Seminole County last week dedicated the Reynolds Landing Boat Ramp in Seminole County, giving boaters and anglers improved access to Lake Seminole and providing opportunity to host large-scale fishing tournaments, a known economic boost for local communities.
Ensuring a safe fuel supply for America's 12 million registered boat owners may have to wait, said Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the agency will further delay the final rule on how much ethanol refiners must blend into the nation's gasoline supply under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

CONTESTS
The "receive by" deadline is fast approaching. Entries for the 2015 Excellence in Craft Book Contest are due to OWAA headquarters by Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.

ENDANGERED SPECIES
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), at its Nov. 20 meeting in Key Largo, approved publication of a draft rule for new manatee protection zones for inshore waters of western Pinellas County.

ENFORCEMENT
Judge Desiree Charbonnet sentenced Paul Haptonstall, 35, to 120 days of imprisonment suspended and fined him $3,730.80 for the illegal selling of game fish.

ENVIRONMENT
A settlement of the legal battle over energy development on the Roan Plateau was announced, laying a "win-win" path forward that protects the Roan's most valued fish and wildlife habitats while also allowing for responsible energy development.
The Grand Challenge $10 million prize will be awarded to anyone who can successfully develop and execute a process to remove excessive phosphorus from our waterways, and develop a method to recycle that phosphorus into much needed phosphate for use in growing the world's food supply.
Patches extend approximately 50 miles alongshore and up to 35 miles offshore, depending on location, between Collier and Monroe counties.

FISHERIES
MRIP will be hosting a webinar on November 24, 2014 from 2-3pm EST at https://noaast.adobeconnect.com/mripstakeholders/ for those interested in the mail survey effort that NOAA says will improve fishery population estimates and management.
More cuts are likely in the recreational red snapper harvest under this series of rules, which is aimed at preventing anglers taking more than federal quotas of the popular reef fish.
Recent stock assessments for Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic migratory groups of Spanish mackerel indicate the stocks are healthy, thus justifying harvest increases.

FISHING TIPS
Winter is crappie or "speckled perch" time in Florida-here are some how-to tips from state fishery biologists.

GIFTS
The boating experts at The GPS Store have selected a collection of marine electronics and boating products sure to put a smile on every boater's face this Christmas morning.

HONORS & AWARDS
For the past five years, Miller has organized and promoted Fishing for Hope - a Thanksgiving food drive in which participants try to fill a fishing boat with donated food items. Each year has seen record donations delivering great impact to Metropolitan Ministries' seasonal needs.

INDUSTRY
L.L. Bean, purveyors of quality apparel and reliable outdoor equipment for over 100 years, is adding Arctic Ice to their extensive line of outdoor gear for the 2015 season.

INVASIVE SPECIES
The FWC will use the data to help identify sites where targeted lionfish removal might be most beneficial. All data will be available to the public and shared with other groups and agencies collecting this kind of information.

MARINE ELECTRONICS
These compact units pack a huge punch, offer anglers widescreen color display and pro features at an equally attractive price point.

NEW PRODUCTS
Hi Mountain Seasonings is offering unbelievable web-only spectacular savings deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Nov. 28 and Dec. 1.

ORGANIZATIONS
Hundreds of conservation minded attendees turned out for the educational and event packed weekend Nov. 7-8 at the IGFA Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla., all with a focus on raising awareness about the conservation of bonefish, tarpon, and permit.

STATES
The City of Tempe and the Arizona Game and Fish Department will host the Welcome Back the Trout Celebration from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at the SRP Tempe Town Lake Marina.
Fresh Dungeness crab is on the menu for holiday feasts after fishery managers determined the Oregon commercial crab season is ready to open on Dec. 1 at 9 a.m.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through Dec. 31 for membership on the Inland Fish Policy Advisory Group.

TOURNAMENTS
World-class walleye fishing, intense team-format competition and hefty payouts are on tap for the 2015 Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit season.

WOMEN IN THE OUTDOORS
A series of special events in 2015 will commemorate this milestone, beginning with a Beyond BOW workshop scheduled for Jan. 16-18 at Kenlake State Resort Park.

Winterizing Your Boats, Batteries and Electronics

Take care to get your boat, gear and electronics ready for winter, so you'll be ready for spring.

Racine, WI - November is here in full force. Chilly, wintery temperatures and conditions have hit the country like a wave over the past weeks, especially in the northern states.

Most anglers will be putting much of their gear into hibernation for the winter months. What should you do with your gear as the temperature drops?

Northern Climate Fishermen

Fishing line and other clutter can get stuck in the prop of your motor. Be sure to remove the prop from time to time for cleaning.
Anglers in the north have already seen the first snowflakes and are beginning to store their boats for the season. Some have held out, waiting for another weekend of decent temperatures in order to hit the water one last time before the holidays. Whether you've started your storage steps or not, it's important to follow proper and timely winterization techniques in order to preserve the life of your gear and keeping things running properly.

"When spring comes, you want to be able to get right out on the water," said Joe Carlson, former FLW angler and owner of Grampa Joe's Marine in Harris, Minnesota. "When it comes to winterization, work towards being able to get right back out there and keeping your setup in working order."

Carlson says if you have decided you're done for the season, before you cover your boat and electronics, keep two tips in mind: keep it clean, and keep it dry. Drying out each compartment of the boat, and cleaning each crevice extends the life of everything you have.

"Start at the front of the boat and clean each item. Remove your Minn Kota trolling motor prop, and clean out fishing line and any debris. Do a visual inspection all around. How does the transducer look? Are your brackets tight? Is there sitting water anywhere? Address these before covering."

Jeff Koester, professional walleye angler and team member on 2014 Masters Walleye Circuit Team of the Year, agrees with Carlson.

"My number one thing is to make sure everything is dry," Koester said. "Humminbird fishfinders, Minn Kota trolling motors and Talon anchors are built well, but it's always smart to clean them off and dry them before you cover them up. As with anything on your boat, it's smart to get ahead of potential mold or mildew."

Koester also suggests removing some items from the boat before storing.

If you can, remove electronics and other tools from their brackets and store them inside.
"Most electronics have a bracket that allows them to come off. I like to remove the Humminbird head and any loose tackle or items from the boat. Even the tiniest amount of water can freeze and cause big problems. Take your gear inside and store in a place that isn't exposed to the elements. That can be a garage, a closet or even just the corner of your basement."

Carlson and Koester also mentioned batteries as an important item to inspect.

"Whether you have Minn Kota Precision or Digital chargers, or something else, you should take the grounds off, charge the batteries all the way up, make sure there's enough electrolytes in them and load-test them," said Carlson. "Weak batteries won't make it through a cold winter."

"Both batteries and electronics aren't hurt by extra insulation," said Koester. "I like to wrap some of it up with an old blanket or towel for a little extra protection from the elements."

One item both seasoned anglers agreed didn't need much work, was their Talon shallow water anchor.

"Talons don't need much," laughed Carlson. "I'll extend them one last time out on the water to clean them off, but they're built to withstand."

There's Still Work to be Done for Warm-Weather Anglers

Anglers in warmer areas of the country are not out of the woods, despite not having to deal with the cold and the snow.

Mike Krause, FLW Walmart Bass angler and Marine Manager of Roland Martin's Marina in Clewiston, Florida, points out that his fellow Floridians need to keep their gear in working order 12 months a year, and that takes extra effort to maintain. Unsurprisingly, Krause also praises dryness and cleanliness.

"There's always benefits to keeping your gear clean, especially electronics," Krause said. "Get a good screen and button cleaner for your Humminbird screen and i-Pilot and Talon remotes. Routinely check tightness on trolling motor and transducer connections. Also consider taking plugs apart once a month for cleaning so they make good contact."

Krause also suggests letting the professionals deal with serious internal electronics issues.

"Do your research on anything you put on your boat," said Krause. "Your Minn Kota trolling motors and Talon shallow water anchor along with your Humminbird fishfinders are solid tools and investments. In the rare instance something goes wrong, don't take them apart. Take them to your dealer for top-notch service."

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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

Dec. 6 - Dec. 7: Mud Hole Custom Tackle's Rod Building 101 Class, Orlando, Fla., http://www.mudhole.com/Rod-Building-101/Classes or call (866) 790-7637 ext. 112.

Jan. 14 - Jan. 18: Chicago Boat Show, McCormick Place, Chicago; www.chicagoboatshow.com.





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