Friday, June 24, 2016

 
COAST GUARD
The Coast Guard, Marine Maine Patrol, and several good Samaritans searched for three missing kayakers west of Mount Desert Island, Maine, Wednesday.
The Coast Guard recovered a body Wednesday and continues to search east of Sanibel for a family who was reported missing after the family Sunday set sail enroute to Fort Meyers.

CONTESTS
Fin-Finder has announced the winner of the 2016 Kiss Yer Fish Contest. Followers on Fin-Finder's Facebook and Instagram pages were invited to share photos of themselves kissing a fish and tagging them #KissYerFish16.

FISHERIES
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon stated Tuesday he is opposed to a push to transfer management authority of Gulf of Mexico red snapper from the federal government to the fisheries agencies of the five Gulf states.
The United States is proposing to extend catch limits on Pacific bluefin tuna in the eastern Pacific for another two years, as scientists have recommended, at the upcoming Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) meeting.

INDUSTRY
American Tackle has added a new Director of Promotions and Pro Staff and a new sales representative to its growing team as it seeks to tap into new sources of revenue.
Newell Brands CEO, Mike Polk, has hailed Pure Fishing as one of the most promising sporting brands within the group.
BRP (TSX:DOO) announced today that its latest vinrude E-TEC G2 innovations will be revealed from June 25 to 27, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to its entire dealer and OEM network, including 15 new dealers and two OEMs in the last quarter.

NEW PRODUCTS
Abu Garcia® designs and creates premium reels that push the limit of today's low profile reel market. Abu Garcia now offers the lightest Revo baitcasting reel ever produced with the new 4.5-ounce Revo® MGXtreme® being introduced in the 2016 ICAST show's New Product Showcase in July.
A pair of small rudders ahead of the prop gives steering control in reverse, a big plus for single inboard boats in difficult docking situations.
Pakayak is a patented high-performance sectional 14-foot sea/touring kayak made of hard plastic just transport by one person.

PASSINGS
Eugene Albert Bay, Jr., a legend in the advertising and publishing industries, died on Saturday, June 18, 2016. He was 83 years old.

PROMOTIONS
The Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp features free fun games for kids, activities and workshops where families can learn the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures together beginning June 25

STATES
One of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' state fish hatcheries – Wolf Lake, at 34270 County Road 652 in Mattawan – is in the midst of its summer programming efforts, which means visiting families are in store for a variety of fun and educational opportunities.
The purpose of these awards is to recognize Arizonans who have contributed significantly to the conservation of the state's wildlife, its outdoor heritage, and the mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is proposing changes to Commission Order 40 (fishing regulations) to be considered by the Game and Fish Commission at its August meeting in Pinetop.
Families and friends visiting Pennsylvania's popular outdoor spots over the Independence Day holiday weekend can enjoy a day of free fishing, thanks to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).
Through early June, more than 1,850 events have been registered with the department by a little over 200 different groups.
Swimmers and boaters suddenly exposed to the cold waters of Lake Tahoe may experience rapid breathing, gasping, fainting, muscle failure and immediate risk of drowning.
The Old Eastwood Ferry Boat Ramp on the Green River in Webster County has closed due to damage inflicted on the concrete.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds anglers and would-be anglers of all ages that July 4 is "free fishing day" in North Carolina.

TELEVISION
A one-hour special broadcast of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) championship bass fishing tournament, one of the most prestigious bass fishing tournaments, will air on NBC Sports Network this Sunday, June 26 from 9 – 10 a.m. EST.
Tune in to Destination Adventure this weekend and catch the best of fishing on Discovery's Destination America starting at 5A/ET.

YOUTH EVENTS
The Sixth Annual Nebraska State High School Fishing Tournament is scheduled for July 23 at Elwood Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
Youth 15 years of age and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Mary Crawford Lake beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25.

Yamaha Pro Matt Herren Offers Secrets for Bass Location

Changing Water Levels Move Fish Very Quickly, Says Yamaha Pro Matt Herren

Matt Herren's recent victory in the Toyota ® Texas Bass Classic, one of the most prestigious bass tournaments in the country, hinged almost entirely on the Yamaha Pro's ability to recognize and adjust to rapidly changing water conditions, even though he'd never before seen the lake he was fishing.

Herren won the three-day event on Lake Ray Roberts in north Texas with 15 bass weighing 51 pounds, 12 ounces, beating 37 other top-ranked anglers from both the Bassmaster ® Elite Series and the FLW ® Tour. This is his thirteenth season as a fulltime tournament pro, during which he has qualified for six Bassmaster Classics ® and five Forrest Wood Cup ® championships.

"When we started our two-day practice, the lake was more than two feet high," he explains, "and as expected, the fish were holding around shallow shoreline bushes and biting really well. Then, around noon that first practice day, the Corps of Engineers started dropping the water level, and I knew the shallow bite wouldn't last.

"By mid-morning the second day, I realized it was over for me in that shallow water so I started moving out to deeper water, because that's where bass go when a lake's water level starts dropping really fast. Later that afternoon, I found them again, between 200 and 300 yards further out, and I caught several quality fish that told me I had made the right decision."

Understanding how bass relate to their habitat, be it a lake, a river, or even a tidal system, is an important part of bass fishing, and having to relocate 'lost bass' that move when water levels change is one of the most common problems bass fishermen face.

"The first question you have to ask yourself is, 'Where are the bass going?'," continues the Yamaha Pro, "and the second question is, 'How are they going to get there?'. I think the key to answering both questions is locating a ditch or channel the bass can use to swim from shallow to deeper water. That's how they're almost always going to move, and that's what I found that allowed me to win at Lake Ray Roberts.

"Very seldom, when bass are leaving shallow water, will they simply scatter heading back to deep water. They move into shallow water using channels, and they move back out using those same channels."

Herren had noticed several small channels or ditches leading out from the shallow water when he'd started practice, and he followed them with his electronics out across the shallow flats to depths of about 10 feet. There, he also realized the channels contained abundant cover, in this case flooded cedar trees, and that's where the traveling bass had stopped and were suspended.

"When a lake is falling, you can fish your way down one of these channels, or just idle down it until you find some type of cover that might hold bass and start fishing there," says Herren. "Fish will not always move far, but they can certainly move fast, and this speed is what a lot of fishermen don't realize. During the Toyota ® Classic, they moved 300 yards in less than 24 hours, and I've been in tournaments where they moved both further and faster."

Herren caught the suspended bass with a 5/8-ounce jig he pitched into the limbs. Each tree, however, only held a single bass, and if they didn't bite his falling jig on the first pitch, he tried another tree. He caught some fish on crankbaits and soft plastics, but the majority came on his jig.

"The part of the puzzle I haven't figured out," laughs the Yamaha Pro, "is why each tree only had one bass, and when I removed that bass, another one did not come in to take its place. I was actually fishing new water on every single tree, so I'm just glad there were a lot of trees for me to fish."

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Apr. 1 - Nov. 30: Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Tournament. Fish from Raritan Bay to Delaware Bay for 8 inshore species. Unlimited weigh-ins. Over 80 chances to win cash and prizes. Entry $20. www.BeachNBoat.com

June 22 - June 26: Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, Sandestin, FL. Blue marlin, tuna, wahoo, dolphin and billfish release division. $1MM-plus in cash prizes. www.fishecbc.com

June 23 - June 25: Hyannis Tuna Fest, Hyannis, MA. $1,000 Awarded to the Heaviest Tuna. http://www.hyannistunafest.com/

June 29 - June 30: Mexico Beach Offshore Classic, 2016, Mexico Beach, FL. $1,000 Awarded to the Grand Prize Winner (most overall points). http://www.mexicobeachoffshoreclassic.com/

July 12 - July 17: Blue Marlin Grand Championship, Orange Beach, AL. Blue marlin, tuna, wahoo, dolphin and billfish release division. $1MM-plus in cash prizes. www.thewharfmarina.com/bmgc

July 16 - July 18: Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) Annual Conference. Billings, Montana. 406-728-7434, info@owaa.org; www.owaa.org

Aug. 2 - Aug. 6: International Fly Fishing Fair, Livingston , MT, workshops, tying and casting demonstrations, seminars and more, www.fedflyfishers.org

Aug. 15 - Aug. 19: Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament, Manteo, NC. Modified release format for billfish and weight divisions for tuna, wahoo and dolphin. $1M-plus in prizes. www.pcbtg.com





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