Boating enthusiasts and beginners are invited to take advantage of a free boating safety class offered at this year's Spring Boating Expo, courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources' Law Enforcement Division, the Oakland County Marine Division and the Michigan Boating Industries Association.
Four fishermen who were thrown overboard from their vessel off Key Biscayne are alive Saturday morning after spending more than 10 hours of hours in the water.
Academy Sports + Outdoors and Whitney Bank present the Westbank Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association's annual membership banquet and auction on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the Four Columns in Harvey.
A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station South Padre Island intercepted a Mexican lancha carrying approximately 110 pounds of fish illegally caught in U.S. waters, Friday.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police charged five Queen Anne's County watermen Wednesday with illegally taking 51 bushels of oysters from a protected area near the mouth of the Wicomico River within Tangier Sound.
Saturday, April 19, will be the 25th annual Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, a free Earth Day celebration the whole family will enjoy.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo will showcase outdoor sports and fun, shooting sports and wildlife on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.
The West Palm Beach Fishing Club is going to be a real 'Hot Spot' for area anglers and boaters on Saturday, April 12th, when the club hosts its annual one-day yard sale with the fishermen in mind from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Fishing Club, located at 201 Fifth Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (on the corner of North Flagler Drive and 5th Street).
The department's effort to restore native landlocked Atlantic salmon populations to Lake Champlain is one project benefitting from the State Wildlife Grant program.
Brandon Lester uses Mud Hole Custom Tackle supplies to craft rods that exactly suit his fishing needs on the pro circuit.
The free seminar will be held in Salt Lake City on March 18. It starts at 7 p.m. in the Department of Natural Resources Auditorium, 1594 W. North Temple.
The Director of Client Development is responsible for achieving sales and revenue goals through outbound sales prospecting and supporting the overall sales and product marketing strategies.
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Internship Program is open to any student currently enrolled in an accredited university/college.
Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball announces the selection of Justin Unger as Deputy Superintendent for both Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks effective March 3.
Seth McGinn's new Dual-Fuel portable cooktop is nothing short of groundbreaking with its ability to utilize two different types of commonly available fuel types to cook meals and boil water anywhere, anytime.
The Berkley Experience trailer is poised to set up in Palm Bay, Fla. Consumers are encouraged to flock to the Bass Pro Shops March 14 - 16
BASS Elite Series Angler Kurt Dove will partner with Dixie Electric of Odessa, TX in 2014.
The commission proposed a no-cull rule on trout and prohibition of harvest for alligator gar, among other rules.
North Carolina Marine Fisheries Artificial Reef Program Public Meeting March 20 at North Topsail Beach
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss expansion and enhancement operations for Artificial Reef 360 (Topsail Reef). The Artificial Reef Program plans to expand the permitted reef site from the existing 105 acres to 178 acres to correct a long-time discrepancy between the permitted area and actual existing reef site.
An updated conservation agreement and strategy plan to protect the Rio Grande cutthroat trout was recently signed by the states of Colorado and New Mexico, three Native American tribes and several federal agencies.
David Kilgore lead the tournament from start to finish. His three-day tally of 54 pounds, 11 ounces of chunky largemouth and spotted bass earned him $6,741 and a Nitro Z9 powered by a Mercury 225 Pro XS. Even more important is an invitation to compete in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.
Pro angler Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., brought the largest stringer to the scale on Sunday - for the third time in four days of competition - to win the Walmart FLW Tour $30,000 first prize at Lake Hartwell.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) needs experienced anglers from all around the state to help others learn to fish through its free Discover Nature - Fishing Program.
Join Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Orvis, Project Healing Waters, and others for an introductory one-day class and begin your fly fishing adventures in Colorado.
A weekly, overnight summer camp operated by the UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H Program and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Barry Camp is ideal for youth who enjoy hands-on learning about outdoor skills and the environment.
The camp at Lake Texoma is run entirely by employees of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and aims to teach youth about the rewards offered by a career in wildlife - be it as a game warden, fish and wildlife biologist or even a communications or education specialist.
By David A. Brown
"The first day of the tournament is on a full moon, so they're going to want to pull up as long as the weather's straight," Scroggins said. "If that's the case, everything's going to be sight fishing and throwing swim jigs and chatterbaits. If the weather's bad, it's going to be a flipping tournament.
With the latter, Scroggins said that targeting dead hyacinth mats, along with the creek channels and sloughs running into spawning grounds, will be the plan. He also believes that jerkbaits could play a key role in the Lake Seminole event, particularly if the weather does not deliver ideal sight-fishing conditions.
"The fish in Seminole love a jerkbait and you can bet I'll have three or four of them tied on," Scroggins said. "That's going to be a really good technique for catching them there."
Scroggins said his jerkbait of choice will be the Smithwick Perfect 10 Rogue. A modern version of the heralded jerkbait design, the Perfect 10 reaches an impressive depth and tempts bass holding lower in the water column.
"Seminole has some deep channels and deep grass, so that bait is really going to excel there," Scroggins said. "Then, I'll throw some other jerkbaits with a lot of erratic action that go 4- or 5-feet deep, depending on what water depth I'm targeting."
"Seminole is a little bit cleaner than (Bassmaster Classic site) Lake Guntersville is right now, so anytime you get clear water, the Perfect 10 jerkbait will be a good idea."
For any of his jerkbaits, Scroggins likes flashy, chrome finishes, but he notes that those with orange bellies are always a good bet for southern lakes like Seminole. Reason being, that belly mimics a common bluegill coloration.
Scroggins said he'll specifically look for sand bars and other shallow hard bottom where big female bass will pull up for spawning. Lily pad fields, bulrush and reeds will also hold potential, he said.
For Swindle, Lake Seminole's abundant hydrilla will get a lot of his attention. Offering ideal habitat for prespawners to hold in cover just outside their spawning grounds. This tangled mass of aquatic vegetation presents a potential-packed transitional zone along its edges. Here, Swindle hopes to trigger several big bites with a lipless crankbait.
"I think the Xcalibur XR50 and the XR75 will play a key role here," he said. "We may not be on the red colors like we were at Guntersville, we may be more on the translucents like the Ghost Minnow or Pearl Melon color. But I think the rattling baits will be a factor.
"They're either going to be in the grass, or they've going to be bedding. If they're in the grass, you can't beat that lipless bait. You want to throw it out there, let it sink down into the grass and then rip it out. It's all a reaction bite."
Stacking up the pros and cons for Lake Seminole, Scroggins and Swindle summarized Seminole as rewarding, but no cake walk.
"The biggest thing is that it fishes small," Scroggins said. "Seminole only fishes about 10 miles long - through the Spring Creek area, up the Chattahoochee River a little bit and up the Flint. So everything is really confined and in three days of practice, you can pretty much look at everything you want to look at."
Swindle adds this: "I think Seminole offers some of the best sight fishing opportunities. Guys can break records by sight fishing."
Balancing the opportunities, Seminole also presents significant navigational concerns demanding awareness and abundant caution.
"Seminole has a lot of standing timber and it takes a little time to get around in it," Scroggins said. "You really have to know how to run that lake because you can get in trouble in a hurry."
Swindle concurs: "This is one of the most dangerous lakes we fish. A lot of equipment can get torn up there. Seminole is definitely a dangerous body of water to navigate. There's stumps, stumps and more stumps."
Nevertheless, Lake Seminole has a reputation for producing big sacks and a recent local event in which the winner sacked up a 39-pound limit, has Scroggins eager to see what the lake will offer the Elite field.
"The hadn't even started spawning yet (during that event), so looking at that, I'll say that it's going to take big weights - probably 30 pounds a day to remain competitive."
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