Thursday, March 5, 2015

 
BIG CATCHES
The giant trout caught by Calvin Johnston was the largest ever caught from the White River, and the third largest ever caught in Arkansas.

COAST GUARD
A Coast Guard ice rescue crew rescued two people after their SUV became disabled on the ice near the mouth of the Saginaw River Monday evening.
A mariner located three overdue boaters Tuesday aground in their recreational boat in the Intracoastal Waterway a few miles south of the mouth of the Arroyo Colorado River.

CONTESTS
The State-Fish Art Contest uses art to ignite children's imagination while teaching them about fish and fishing. 1st-Place state artists, writing winners and their families will be invited to attend the EXPO held in conjunction again this year with the FLW Forrest Wood Cup bass fishing world championship on August 21 & 22 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

FISHERIES
Striped bass, summer flounder and black sea bass are expected to get the lion's share of attention at the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council meeting this Thursday (March 5) afternoon in Absecon, N.J.

FUND RAISERS
The annual Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry team fishing tournament will be held March 14 at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fish hatchery ramp on Lake Hamilton near Hot Springs.

INSTRUCTION
Noted Master Angler and TV host Captain Bill Miller leads a dream team including famed captains Scott Moore, Jay Mastry and Van Hubbard in an all-day saltwater fishing school March 28 at Tampa Fishing Outfitters.

LEGISLATION
Bill C-655 seeks to amend the Criminal Code to make it an offence to intentionally interfere with anyone lawfully hunting, fishing, sport shooting and trapping.

NEW PRODUCTS
Introducing the iBobber™ Smartwatch Fishfinder App— the first and only Smartwatch Fishfinder App.

ONLINE
Virtual tours of some of America's most important places—its parks, waterways and even battlefields—went online this week in Street View in Google Maps.

PUBLISHING
Ken Schultz, who has been writing about angling for more than 40 years, mainly for Field & Stream, where he was Fishing Editor for three decades.

RADIO
Gateway Outdoors visits the Great American Outdoor Show, held annually at the PA State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. This event is the nation's largest outdoor show of its kind with over 1,100 exhibitors covering 650,000 square feet of floor space.
This week on Dan Small Outdoors Radio, Scott Hed, director of the Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska, reports on efforts to stop the proposed Pebble Mine and protect water quality and the world's greatest wild salmon fishery in Bristol Bay.

SHOWS
The Saltwater Fishing Expo, running March 20-22, 2015 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ, is your chance to learn from the nation's top anglers.
The Arizona Game & Fish Department will be hosting its annual Outdoor Expo, Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29 on Carefree Highway, about 1/2 mile west of I-17 in Phoenix.

SPONSORSHIPS
Gemini Custom Apparel, maker of great-looking, professional-grade custom jerseys and other active sporting wear, has joined the Ultimate Bass Challenge for the 2015 tournament season.

STATES
Thanks to near record production of walleye eggs, the state stocked 31.9 million fish in 70 counties, up from the usual 22 to 24 million.
John Martin Reservoir will be opening the East and West Boat Ramps for the summer season March 15.
Since New Year's Day, seven anglers have submitted bass heavier than 13 pounds to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) TrophyCatch program, all of which were released alive.
Used Arkansas Game and Fish Commission boats, motors, trailers, ATVs and vehicles will be available for viewing and sealed bid submission at the agency's enforcement training center in Mayflower beginning next week
The VEC site of the event is part of MDWFP North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and is located adjacent to Enid Reservoir at Exit 233 east off I-55.

TOURNAMENTS
The 2015 Walmart Bass Fishing League season will continue with six tournaments on Saturday, March 14. The Arkie Division will take on Greers Ferry Lake, the LBL Division opens their season on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes, the Music City Division heads to Dale Hollow Lake, the Okie Division begins their season on Grand Lake, the Savannah River Division competes on Lake Russell, and the Volunteer Division starts their season on Lake Cherokee.
The Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops heads to the Red River March 5-7.

YOUTH EVENTS
The Citrus High School team of Hunter McPherson and Laramy Strickland brought a remarkable five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 29 pounds, 3 ounces to win the 2015 Florida State High School Fishing Championship on Lake Toho.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) are pleased to announce that Bass Pro Shops (Hooksett, NH) will be hosting a "Spring High School Bass Fishing Seminar" on March 25, 2015.

NOAA, Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute launch web portal to help managers fight invasive lionfish

Credit: USGS
The Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute and NOAA have partnered to launch a new web portal to provide managers, researchers, and the public with the latest information on the lionfish invasion in the Atlantic.

The Invasive Lionfish Web Portal serves as a clearinghouse for all things related to lionfish outreach and education, research, monitoring, and management. It provides scientifically accurate information for coastal managers, educators and the public on the lionfish invasion and its impacts by providing training videos, fact sheets, examples of management plans, and guidelines for monitoring.

The authors of the web portal include NOAA scientists and policy experts, non-profit environmental groups, academic scientists, and coastal managers from the Southeast U.S., Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico who together bring decades of experience fighting the lionfish invasion.

"Lionfish may prove to be one of the greatest threats of this century to fisheries in the Wider Caribbean Region," said Nancy Daves of NOAA-Fisheries Office of International Affairs. "We are partnering with Dr. James Morris and others in NOAA's Center for Coastal Ocean Services to extend NOAA's expertise internationally. With the lionfish web portal, coastal managers, scientists, and the public can work together to manage and better understand the lionfish and its economic and ecological impacts."

One of the site's special features is an interactive front page that includes live Twitter (#lionfish), Flickr, YouTube, and Google news feeds. It also includes a lionfish distribution map and discussion forum, as well as image and video contests.

NOAA launched an "Eat Lionfish" campaign aimed at promoting consumption of lionfish.
Credit: Reef Environmental Education Foundation
"The lionfish web portal was built to bring together scientists and coastal managers to share information and gather resources," said GCFI's executive director Bob Glazer. "We are confident that we can control lionfish in many places such as marine protected areas, sanctuaries, and other conservation areas if the many strategies and tools provided on the lionfish web portal are used."

Introduced into the southeast Atlantic through the U.S. aquarium trade in the 1980s, lionfish are firmly established in a range from North Carolina to South America, including the Gulf of Mexico. Lionfish are considered an aggressive threat to native fish populations and continue to cause ecological damage throughout their range.

Coastal managers are working to catch and control lionfish in some conservation areas using methods such as adopt-a-reef programs, paid or volunteer removal efforts, fishing derbies, and commercial harvesting of lionfish as a food fish or for other end uses including the aquarium or jewelry trades.

This project was funded by the U.S. Department of State's Office of Conservation and Water. Collaborating partners include NOAA's Office of International Affairs, NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), GCFI, the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), the International Coral Reef Initiative, and Oregon State University.

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Outdoors Calendar

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Apr. 12 - Mar. 31: 2nd Annual Lund Boats LCI Champlain Basin Derby,
50 weeks, 15 species, $25,000! www.lciderby.com

Mar. 4 - Mar. 8: Fred Hall Show, Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA www.fredhall.com

Mar. 5 - Mar. 8: World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition, Rockland Community College Field House
Suffern, New York; www.SportShows.com.

Mar. 5 - Mar. 8: Bonito Springs Boat Show, Naples Greyhound Track; http://goboatingflorida.com/spring-boat-show/

Mar. 7 - Mar. 8: IFA Redfish and Kayak Tours at Punta Gorda, Fla.; www.ifatours.com

Mar. 7 - Mar. 8: Oakley Big Bass Tour Event. Lake Conroe, Texas. www.oakleybigbass.com

Mar. 20 - Mar. 22: The Saltwater Fishing Expo, Garden State Exhibit Center
Somerset, New Jersey; www.SportShows.com.

Mar. 26 - Mar. 29: March 26-29: Fred Hall Show, Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego, CA www.fredhall.com

Mar. 26 - Mar. 29: IGFA School of Sportfishing seminar series at the 30th Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, FREE with paid attendance, hosted by International Game Fish Association, West Palm Beach, Florida. www.igfa.org

Mar. 28: Texas Team Trail at Lake Ray Roberts; www.texasteamtrail.com

Mar. 28 - Mar. 29: IFA Redfish and Kayak Tours at Titusville, Fla.; www.ifatours.com

Mar. 28 - Mar. 29: Oakley Big Bass Tour Event. Clarks Hill Lake, Georgia. www.oakleybigbass.com

Apr. 1: The Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Tournament is a New Jersey statewide, season-long, inshore, saltwater fishing tournament that challenges anglers of all skill and age levels to compete for cash and prizes.  Fish from anywhere; beach, boat, jetty, canoe once or everyday for stripers, fluke, weakfish, black drum, bluefish, kingfish, tog and sea bass.  Unlimited weigh-ins at over 60 convenient weigh stations; www.beachnboat.com;   Free registration with Code 3720.

Apr. 10 - Apr. 11: IFA Lucas Oil Redfish Open at Placida, Fla.; www.ifatours.com

Apr. 18 - Apr. 19: Oakley Big Bass Tour. Lake Norman, North Carolina. www.oakleybigbass.com

Apr. 25: Texas Team Trail at Lake Texoma; www.texasteamtrail.com

Apr. 25 - Apr. 26: Oakley Big Bass Tour Event. Smith Mountain Lake, VA. www.oakleybigbass.com www.oakleybigbass.com

May 2 - May 3: IFA Redfish and Kayak Tours at Georgetown, S.C.; www.ifatours.com





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