Friday, July 21, 2017

 
COAST GUARD
Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan watchstanders received notification of a 17-foot Alumacraft under power with no persons aboard, and they issued an urgent marine information broadcast, directed a Coast Guard Station Milwaukee boatcrew, and a Coast Guard Air Facility Waukegan MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to search for a potential person in the water.

CONSERVATIONS
Volunteers are needed to monitor these collection tubes and send the used line to Berkley's Recycling Center.

ENFORCEMENT
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources law enforcement conservation officers have charged two men after an investigation of illegal netting in an Iowa river.

ENVIRONMENT
These vessels may be abandoned or become derelict at the end of their useful life, after damage from storms, or when boat owners cannot keep up with their maintenance due to time and economic constraints.
Blue-green algae is a simple organism in that its needs aren't all that complex: A little heat, some water, sunshine, throw in some sort of nutrient and you have the ingredients of an algal bloom.

EVENTS
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries together with their partners at Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter announce the date has been set for the next Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit for Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner

FISHERIES
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene the Outreach and Education Technical Committee in Tampa on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST.
NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Administrator John Bullard formally announced he will retire on January 5, 2018.
Bred to fight, more large rainbow trout than ever are being released at locations around the state this year, adding excitement to what is already one of Oregon's most popular outdoor activities—trout fishing.
Striper numbers are up in this big Kentucky lake: Here's how to get them.
Summer flounder, scup, black sea bass and bluefish are among the species on the agenda.

INDUSTRY
The deadline to enter products for the 2017 IBEX (International Boat Builders Exhibition and Conference) Innovation Awards – one of the industry's most prestigious recognitions – is August 4.

INVASIVE SPECIES
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently confirmed the presence of invasive red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) in Sunset Lake in Vicksburg, south of Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo County), and in a retention pond off Haggerty Road in Novi (Oakland County).

JOBS
The Development and Events Coordinator works closely with the Director of Development and Communications to plan and execute successful events and other fundraising efforts that support Bonefish and Tarpon Trust.

MARINE RESEARCH
We are recruiting 200 volunteer snorkelers to search for scallops August 26 in select areas within Boca Ciega and Lower Tampa Bay.
The purpose of this study is to obtain scientific data necessary for tarpon conservation that will be used exclusively to protect tarpon and enhance their habitat through improvements in fishery management.

ORGANIZATIONS
Dr. Ross Boucek, formerly with the Florida FWC will work with anglers and biologists to study sportfisheries of the flats throughout the Florida Keys.

STATES
Whether you're catching bass, crappie or bream, or just catching a few rays, it's important to keep in mind that too much of a good thing can be damaging to your health.
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) recently received a large bequest of over $338,000 from the estate of Revere businessman and sportsman Antimo N. DeFilippo.
The lake needs the public's help to restore its shorelines to pristine conditions during a cleanup event on Saturday, Aug. 26.
Hiking steep trails wearing full fire gear Wednesday and Thursday, and often with backpacks holding aerated buckets of fish and other gear, the rescue team salvaged fish from two populations of Gila trout from the ash-blanketed slopes of Mount Graham.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking input from recreational anglers to help shape the 2017 Pacific halibut and 2018 and 2019-2020 bottomfish seasons.
Anglers will also enjoy reading about coastal squid fishing: Try your hand at catching this peculiar species, and learn about its handling from hook to plate, including tips on rig setup and a delicious calamari recipe.

TELEVISION
The all-new Hobie Outdoor Adventures show airs on The Action Channel on Friday's at 7:00 PM/ET.

TOURNAMENTS
The world's best bass fishermen will be catching mixed bags of fat largemouth and smallmouth while surrounded by some of the country's most beautiful scenery in upstate New York at the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels out of Plattsburgh, July 27-30.

WORKSHOPS
Held at Cragun's Conference Center and Resort on Gull Lake in the Brainerd Lakes Area on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM, this one day intensive workshop is open to everyone from high school and college students that have a spark and passion for the outdoors to business owners & professionals already working in the industry.

The Fundamentals of Fluorocarbon

Of all the varieties of fishing line available today, fluoro creates the most intrigue

By Mitch Eeagan

Pete Maina uses fluorocarbon leaders for muskie, not just for stealth, but because it's better on the fish.
Walk the isles filled with fishing line in your favorite tackle shop and you can't help but feel overwhelmed. Brightly-colored packaging dangles end to end on pegboard, while bulk spools stacked on top of one another fill the shelf at your feet. So many brands. So many technique-specific lines. But you only have so many reels to fill. The decision of what to spool up with is not an easy one.

Of all the varieties available today, however, fluorocarbon (fluoro) creates the most intrigue. Contrary to popular belief, it's not the newest filament on the bobbin; it's been around since 1971, when Seaguar introduced the first fluorocarbon to fishing. During this same timeframe, though, the very monofilament lines anglers were already comfortable using began morphing into new classifications of their own; subsequently the spotlight swung away from fluoro. It wasn't until decades later that anglers started taking a closer look at fluorocarbon as an option. And the fish-catching results have been outstanding.

Not your father's fluoro

Modern-day engineering of fluorocarbon has produced lines much softer, yet even more abrasion resistant than earlier versions.

Case in point? A good friend of mine shared the results of his first time ever filling a spinning reel with fluoro more than a decade ago.

Long story short; all it took was a dozen blemished casts before my bud's short-temper shown through, vulgarities spewed and every inch of line was ripped from the reel and tossed into the storage compartment. To this day, because of that initial experience, he refuses to spool fluorocarbon. Too bad as he's missing out on catching more fish with the modernized adaptations.

"The fluorocarbon of old was nothing like it is today," says Seaguar devotee Troy Peterson of Mr. Bluegill Guide Service. "It started out kinky, and then the colder it got, the kinkier it would get. So much so that if you were to lower a lightweight bait, it would have a hard time falling through the water column.

"Today's fluoro is so soft and skinny, and that's just two of the reasons it works so well. First, you can cast further with it. After that, it's the finesse of the thin line that allows the bait to waft around with the water current instead of holding steadfast by thick, stiff line."

When fishing with ultralight gear, the Winnebago, Wisconsin-based guide fills the spools of his client's spinning reels with Seaguar's 4-pound-test AbrazX. Being able to keep your line straight in river current or windy conditions, too, is extremely important, says Peterson. And it's why the thin diameter of fluorocarbon is a winner. On heavier rigs, Seaguar Smackdown braid fills his spools, with fluorocarbon leaders tied to the business end via either a uni-to-uni knot or surgeon's knot.

Attributes

The first thing anglers hear about fluorocarbon is its invisibility. But is inconspicuousness what really makes a fish bite a bait tied to it? After all, some walleye pros tie their jigs directly to brightly-colored superline and catch plenty of fish, even in ultra-clear water. And while fluorocarbon is not quite 100% invisible, it does remain a less visible option than other line choices.

But with that said, Peterson has done side-by-side mono to fluoro comparisons, and states the catch rate is double when using fluorocarbon leaders.

What needs to be understood is fluoro is much denser than mono. So instead of floating, which in turn can impede the action of many lures, fluoro's near-neutral buoyancy allows lures to run where they should, and with all the action the manufacturer designed into them. And baits that fall slowly do so more naturally, while fanning side to side with the current or waves. And fluorocarbon's compactness makes it the perfect choice for vertical presentations like vertical jigging, slip-bobber fishing or live-bait rigging.

Troy "Mr. Bluegill" Peterson claims the catch is double for his clients when using fluorocarbon line.
The stretch of fluorocarbon, overall, is less than the rubber band-like qualities of monofilament, but much more forgiving than superline. This particular "give" allows a lure that's been swiped at but missed to hesitate just enough that a fish may come back for a second smack. Anglers who use A-rigs, for example, find they catch many more fish when using fluorocarbon over other types of line because it has the perfect amount of elasticity and the baits waver when a fish strikes but fails to connect. Don't stop reeling when you feel the initial hit; just let the line do the hesitating for you.

Fluorocarbon for conservation

Professional angler Pete Maina is known for his prowess when it comes to catching muskies and northern pike. And he favors fluorocarbon leaders over steel, not just because it's a stealthier tooth-proof link between the lure and main line, but it's actually easier on the fish, especially those caught while trolling.

"When the water's cold, below 40 degrees, muskies almost always start rolling when they get tired,"
states Maina. "The long, steel leaders I used to use had a tendency to cut up a fish, as well remove the protective slime if you weren't really careful with it. That just isn't the case when using fluorocarbon leaders."

When trolling, Maina's preferred leader is a hand-tied 8-foot-long Seaguar AbrazX Muskie/Pike Leader of 80- or 100-pound-test, which he ties directly to 65-pound-test Smackdown with a reverse Albright knot.

"Fluorocarbon has just the right about of stretch to it that it's a shock absorber when a big fish hits, but it's not so stretchy that you get poor hook sets," adds Maina. "And then even after rolling up in the line they can be returned to the lake unharmed."

When casting, his leaders are heavier, with 130-pound-test AbrazX Muskie/Pike Leader his go to. But they are no longer than 14 inches because anything more and figure-8's can't be made properly.

'Carbon overview

Fluorocarbon is unlike any other line on the market. If it's like monofilament and it's not like braid then what is it? Well, its properties make it the perfect line for fooling fish because of its density, thinness and stealth. And most of all, it's not the same fluoro of yesteryear; it's softer, thinner more abrasion resistant than ever before. Who knows, I might even be able to convince my buddy to give it another cast.

Mitch Eeagan is an outdoor writer who lives off the land and water within the mosquito-filled cedar swamps of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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Aug. 3 - Aug. 6: Saltwater Showdown; www.bluewatermovements.com.

Aug. 12: 10th Annual Fly Fishing Festival. American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester, Vermont. Samantha Pitcher (802) 362-3300 ext. 208 or spitcher@amff.org www.amff.org

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