"We believe in a national renewable fuels policy, but one that is both safe for boaters and sound for the environment," says BoatUS Government Affairs Program Manager Nicole Payla Wood.
With a $5 donation, people can receive a manatee or sea turtle decal from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Five Texas projects that address high priority conservation needs will receive $8.8 million, as part of a criminal settlement with BP and Transocean, according to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).
The Crowne Plaza hotel near the Minneapolis airport hosts the National Professional Anglers Association meetings, with a line-up of world-renowned speakers, a complimentary banquet supporting the Future Angler Foundation, technical and new-product sessions by tackle, marine and electronics companies, and dozens of industry leaders.
The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) is urging saltwater anglers from throughout the Gulf of Mexico to respond online at Regulations.gov in favor of increasing red snapper allocation for the recreational fishing community. The deadline for comment is Monday, December 9.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that 10 community parks and recreation facilities across the state will share $695,500 in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants.
Advertising space is available, and bids are now being accepted for the Ohio Boat Operators Guide, which is a booklet featuring the summary of boating laws and rules.
The new assortment of MAKO® boats available at the World Wide Sportsman, located at 81576 Overseas Highway in Islamorada, Fla., offers customers a place to see, touch and experience some of the newest models without leaving the Key's area.
FishingGear.com introduces an online marketplace for consumers in the Sportfishing Industry, a place for small independent manufacturers to create their own online storefronts to sell their handcrafted fishing gear. FishingGear.com is supporting the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) movement, supporting small businesses and promoting American made products. We provide consumers access to new and specialty items not otherwise available in their local area or through major retailers.
For the first time, Navionics charts can be accessed with SI-TEX Marine Electronics products. The new SVS-750, introduced by SI-TEX earlier this year, is a robust digital sounder that is now compatible with Navionics+, Gold, and HotMaps Premium.
The NPAA which is made up by many of today's greatest walleye fishing professionals will host a Kids Ice Fishing Clinic at the Owatonna, MN Cabela's during the Cabela's Ice Fishing Classic Celebration December 14th & 15th.
"Swamp People" stars along with top Bassmaster pros will headline the events at the Grand Opening Dec. 6-8.
Renowned marine wildlife artist, conservationist and scientist, Dr. Guy Harvey is scheduled for several Gulf Coast personal appearances starting at the Academy Sports + Outdoors location in Gulfport, Mississippi Saturday December 7th.
This Week on Outdoors Radio: Ice fishing is off to a Great Start in Northern Wisconsin and Lake of the Woods
This week, Dan Small Outdoors Radio features conservationist Mark LaBarbera, fishing guide Scott Bretting, Lake of the Woods tourism director Joe Henry, Jiffy pro-staffer Duffy Kopf and adventure traveler Dave "Buggman" Bayer.
Cabela's Incorporated announced today plans to open a 42,000-square-foot Cabela's Outpost store in Bowling Green, Ky.
Star brite®, one of the world's leading manufacturers of marine maintenance and care items, including the industry's #1 fuel additive, Star Tron® Enzyme Fuel Treatment, is proud to announce its sponsorship of The 2013 Bassmaster Classic Wild Card.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced today a reopening of commercial and recreational fishing within a portion of coastal waters adjacent to Elmer's Island in Jefferson Parish.
Twelve lakes scattered throughout Minnesota, including two in the metropolitan area, now are open for darkhouse spearing for northern pike, catfish, whitefish and other rough species.
The commission's regular meeting will take place Thursday, Dec. 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave., next to Spring Meadow Lake State Park off Highway 12 West.
With many Kentuckians getting some days off during the holiday season, sauger provide a cast-starved angler a chance to get away from the bustle surrounding the holidays and put some fish in hand.
The Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during hunting and fishing seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations.
Thousands of rainbow trout have been stocked around the state in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Family and Community Fishing Program locations. Among these fish are over 200 specially tagged fish that not only offer a good meal, but a prize as well.
Some famed pros, already qualified for the Classic, will be absent from this Florida event.
Blue land crabs are a common sight in South Florida, where they're sometimes found in mangrove country up to 5 miles from saltwater.
New tip-up designs solve age-old problems and introduce new ways to fish
I am a fan of sight-fishing, and in the days before Aqua-Vu underwater cameras, I spent years in a blacked out fishhouse to maximize visibility. Besides learning how easily walleyes spook in shallow water, I found that nearby holes would allow a beam of light to penetrate when the sun was high. The fish didn't seem to care about the light, but then most of the time I was targeting bottom-huggers like perch.
Then a few pieces started falling into place. Why did suspended 'gills seem to shy away from larger ice holes? Why did shallow-running pike seem to drop more baits than deep pike, particularly when fishing tip-ups? Did light have a bigger impact on fish than I realized? Or was movement the problem...the jiggle of a rod-tip or tip-up going off?
Then last winter, while taping an episode of "Stone Cold Fishing" on Lake of the Woods, something happened that really opened my eyes.
We were targeting giant pike with both live and dead baits on a shallow flat. We kept the baits high, just 2-3 feet below the ice in 8 feet of water. The first fish, a thick 14-pounder, hit a live sucker. The second, a bruiser pushing 20, took a dead cisco. In total we had eight flags that afternoon. But here's the interesting thing...none of them came on a rail-style tip-up. All the bites came on Frabill Pro-Thermal round tip-ups.
Why? We ran equal numbers of rail and round tip-ups and they were rigged identically. So I concluded that since the round tip-up blocked sunlight, the pike preferred the more natural setting.
That's only one benefit of thermal round tip-ups. I've been in situations with temps in the double digits below zero with blowing snow and round thermals have been the only tip-ups that didn't freeze up. Add that you can stack a half dozen in a five gallon bucket with no tangles or snagged kids, and I'm a big fan.
Aptly named "The Ice Spider," it features legs that deploy in seconds and fold up neatly for easy storage. What lead to a whole new way of fishing panfish for me, though, are The Spider's dual trip settings, one with more resistance for walleyes or the use of larger baits, and a lighter setting for panfish. The latter, combined with Frabill's Ultra Glide spool shaft, means crappies and bluegills can suck in a panfish jig on light line and never be the wiser.
At first, the idea of using a tip-up for panfish was a bit weird. Yet, the longer I thought about it, the more it made sense. We started using Frabill Spiders to scout for active main basin crappies and discovered it was possible to stay on roaming biters by using a wide spread of tip-ups.
The system is pretty simple. We'd cut jig holes over main basin crappie spots, and then on the outskirts of the area we'd cut a series of three holes for every location we planned to set a Spider tip-up. Then we'd hole hop to find fish, and as soon as a Spider would go off, we'd run to it...one guy pulling up the biting fish while the other two dropped jigs on the active feeders in the two adjacent holes.
We've found the system also works well for scouting panfish over massive weed beds, especially funnel areas that fish use like highways.
Deep Snow Hack
With input from anglers in snow-heavy regions like Michigan's Upper Peninsula and northern Canada, Frabill developed a tip-up that performs like no other in deep snow. Aptly named the Snow Shoe, it features a nearly-indestructible composite base in the shape of a show shoe to ride high in the snow. It has a long Ultra Glide spool shaft to reach down into the water for near frictionless free spooling off an extra large spool with 200 feet of line capacity. It also comes with a 17.5-inch flag stem to remain visible from afar. I know that when winter dumps on us, I'll be ready.
No other tip-up demonstrates better how far we've come from the first handmade stick-styles. Called the Calibrator, it's basically a Snow Shoe with a tiny digital LCD mini computer that records the depth of your bait, time of bite, time since the bite and the amount of line taken by the fish.
For example, there was a situation last winter when I didn't realize a flag had tripped. The Calibrator display told me that the fish bit 5 minutes ago, yet hadn't taken out much line. Unlike pike or bass, whose tendency is to run with the bait, walleyes will often stay close to the hole.
Lastly, I found it versatile for not only walleyes but pike and lake trout in the heavier trip setting, which allowed me to size up and fish big bait on big rigs. I don't know how much time I've wasted over the years chasing flags only to discover a big sucker minnow has tripped the flag.
Award-winning fisherman/jounalist, creator of Knot Wars, formerly with the North American Fishing Club, Steve Pennaz has launched Lake Commandos, a new brand that includes Lake Commando television/social media series on Pursuit Network and TuffTV.
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