Tuesday, April 25, 2017

 
BOATING
More than seven deaths in bar-related accidents have been reported along the Oregon coast last year.

COAST GUARD
The three mariners, who were aboard a 46-foot recreational vessel, climbed onto rocks and were then safely hoisted and transported to Paine Field, a small international airport in Everett.

ENFORCEMENT
The Coast Guard is encouraging tourists in Chincoteague this summer to check that charter boat captains are licensed and operating a vessel inspected by the Coast Guard.
Joshua C. Alfonso, 30, of St. Bernard Parish, pled guilty to taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area as set by the Department of Health and Hospitals.

ENVIRONMENT
Something is wrong in the north end of Biscayne Bay, where — despite decades of dredging and boat traffic and polluted stormwater runoff — thick meadows of seagrass once kept water gin clear and filled with marine life.
A determined and costly battle has begun against a sulfurous monster in the Indian River Lagoon, using a massive weapon of muck destruction.

EVENTS
As part of the National Free Fishing Day, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is planning a day of free fishing for the whole family June 3.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is accepting registrations for the annual summer workshop June 23-25 at the North Dakota 4-H Camp, Washburn.
The Louisiana Chapter of the Greater Caddo Lake Association (GCLA) in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold the first annual Caddo Lake Fishing Rodeo.

HIGH SCHOOL FISHING
The Oneonta High School duo of Laine Cooley of Oneonta, Alabama, and Noah Coleman of Pinson, Alabama, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 12 pounds even to win the 2017 FLW High School Fishing Alabama Open tournament on Logan Martin Lake.

INVASIVE SPECIES
When the challenge is launched and open, all potential solvers will need to do is register with InnoCentive (this is free) and you can start your work in your own private project room to create and submit your solution for review and judging.
Wildlife Forever is proud to announce the release of the Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ annual accomplishment report.

JOBS
The successful MarineMax Sales Consultant does more than build crucial customer relationships — they enjoy being ambassadors of our brand every day.

PUBLISHING
Outdoor Indiana magazine's May-June issue features a cover article on the state's 737 documented waterfalls.

RADIO
A mixed bag of topics of interest to outdoorsmen, including some info on freeze-tried camp food, are part of the show.

SHOWS
The 21st Southeast US Boat Show in Jacksonville, Fla., which organizers originally thought would start last weekend, announced it will take place May 19-21.

STATES
Big changes are in store for two fisheries in the Uintah Basin. Biologists are hoping to create the best largemouth bass fishery, and the best bluegill fishery, in the area.
The statewide trout season and the Lower Peninsula inland walleye, northern pike and muskellunge seasons all open Saturday, April 29.
North Dakota angler should note that the vast majority of the more than 600 public fishing access sites in the state are now available through Google Maps.
The Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District will open five spillway gates today at Table Rock Dam to supplement hydropower turbine releases as it lowers the lake.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division announces that at 6 a.m., Monday, May 1, 2017, all inside waters will close for commercial and recreational shrimp harvesting.

TOURNAMENTS
A variety of patterns might succeed for anglers fishing this Texas-Oklahoma impoundment, with bass in all three stages of the spawn.
A winning weight of 17-09 caught on shaky heads did the job for these anglers on one of Alabama's clearest and toughest lakes.
Steve Doty of Jonesboro, Ark. and Tracy Robinson of Gadsen, Ala., added 15.68 pounds to their tournament-best Day One weight of 23.46 pounds to beat over 250 teams and win the 2017 Bass Cat Owners' Invitational on Alabama's Lake Guntersville.

YOUTH EVENTS
The Department of Natural Resources will host a celebratory event Saturday, April 29, at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan, Michigan, to dedicate a new kids fishing pier.

Enjoy All-Season Success from Shore

Five ways for the shore-bound angler to enjoy more consistent catches

Dr. Jason Halfen
The Technological Angler

The author hoists a hefty pre-spawn walleye, taken from shore along a medium sized river. These five tips will help you to enjoy more consistent catches from shore, no matter which species of fish you pursue.
Let's face the facts: nearly everyone gets their start in fishing by casting a line from shore. These outings find us anxious to tangle with "whatever bites" and happy to steal a few moments near the water to wash away life's trials and tribulations.

The simplicity of angling from the shore is counterbalanced by the inherent limitations that accompany such trips: fishing locations are restricted to those places where we can legally access the shoreline, and our ability to probe the nooks and crannies of subsurface structure is limited by the distance covered by our longest casts. Even in the face of these obstacles, shore fishing continues to enjoy a special part in the repertoire of many sportsmen, ranging from the relative novice to the most seasoned and experienced angler. Here are five proven tips that will help bring more success to your shoreline fishing experiences.

Near-shore casting obstacles, like tall willows or reeds, can be outmaneuvered by using a long rod, like the St. Croix Legend Tournament Walleye Series (LTWS76MLXF).
Go Long. One of the most important tools for the shore-bound angler is a long rod. Certainly no secret to veterans of the Euro-carp scene, where rods up to 13 feet in length are commonplace, long rods provide significant advantages to multispecies anglers patrolling the shoreline. First, such rods allow anglers to avoid entanglements with imposing shoreline reeds and willows, where the rod's length can elevate baits above those obstacles during the cast, and can also keep the angler's line above that same cover during the retrieve. Second, long rods provide the leverage necessary to bring hooked fish quickly to shore, keeping them away from near-shore snags that could lead to loss of the "fish of the day".

When chasing walleyes, bass and panfish, my favorite shorefishing rod is the 7-foot, 6-inch St. Croix Legend Tournament Walleye Series (LTWS76MLXF). This rod provides the length needed to avoid shoreline cover and to make long casts; the sensitivity I to detect subtle bites from wary walleyes; and the right balance of power to dominate larger fish, while still allowing scrappy battles with crappies and perch.

When whiskered fish, like catfish or sturgeon, are on the menu, I select a beefy St. Croix Mojo Cat (MCS80MF2). This 8-foot rod features a unique, powerful blend of SCII graphite and linear S-glass that can easily muscle the orneriest cat to shore.

Watch your line. Productive shoreline fishing areas don't often occur as a sugar-sand beach, where barefoot anglers might frolic between bites. Rather, prime areas to target lunkers from shore are often tough to reach, and tougher to fish from, because of hazardous rocks, thick brush or downed trees, or manmade cover like docks or boathouses assembled from wood and metal. Casting, retrieving, and fighting fish near these abrasive objects can have dramatic, negative impacts on your line, often leading to line failure and the loss of a prize catch.

To avoid this heartbreak, choose a line that is tough enough for any shoreline application, like Seaguar AbrazX. A 100% fluorocarbon line fortified with advanced abrasion resistance, Seaguar AbrazX is designed to defeat the line-weakening effects of heavy cover, while remaining extremely soft for long casts and ease of handling. Perfect for walleyes hiding in the rocks and catfish tucked into timber, Seaguar AbrazX was also the line of choice for Jordan Lee, who relied on this abrasion-resistant fluorocarbon on his way to the 2017 Bassmaster Classic Championship.

Check your jig. One of the simplest, yet most effective ways to target fish from shore is with a jig. By selecting jigs of different weights, we can present a wide variety of both live and artificial baits through any portion in the water column. Indeed, a light jig can be dangled beneath a bobber or retrieved close to the surface. Choose a heavier jig to work the mid-range depths or to bounce a bait along the bottom.

The Fiskas XL Walleye Series Jig is an excellent choice for presenting live baits in moving waters.
Tackle shops are replete with jigs in a dizzying array of designs, shapes and sizes. One refinement that makes a big difference, especially when fishing in current, is the use of tungsten jigs. Well established in the ice fishing scene, tungsten is a non-toxic substitute for the traditional leadhead, and because of tungsten's high density, tungsten jigs will be smaller than lead jigs of the same weight. In current, a small-profile tungsten jig allows the angler to probe the depths of moving water while offering less resistance to current, which keeps the tungsten jig within the strike zone longer. Fiskas XL Walleye Series jigs are hand-painted tungsten jigs designed specifically for open water use, and are excellent choices when chasing spring walleyes from shore, particularly when tipped with live bait. When presenting bulkier soft plastics, choose a premium lead jig with a wider-gap hook and a wire plastic-keeper, like the B-Fish-N Tackle Precision Jig.

Keep fish nearby. While shore-bound anglers generally have limited mobility, the fish they are chasing enjoy complete freedom of movement. Active fish patrolling a stretch of shoreline, or hopping among pieces of near-shore cover, might be within reach of an angler casting from shore for only a small fraction of that angler's total fishing time. Where legal, BaitCloud is a unique product that will help to bring the fish to your location, and keep them there while you present baits to them. BaitCloud works by combining scent, sound, and visual attractants into a single, easy-to-use, biodegradable product that is proven to attract fish. Available in a variety of formulations, including specific recipes for bass, walleye, or panfish, BaitCloud can tip the scales in the shoreline angler's favor, especially when used in a lake or other area with minimal current.

Travel light. One way to enhance your mobility when fishing from shore is to carry only a minimalistic set of equipment. The less stuff that you have to pack and move, the more often you will switch spots; just like fishing from a boat or through the ice, angler mobility is truly the key to success.

Featuring abundant space and a durable, weatherproof coating, the Plano Zipperless Z-Series Tackle Bag is the perfect storage solution for the shore-bound angler.
I carry a limited selection of basic tools and tackle, jigs and baits, extra line and maybe even an old-school stringer, all packed within a Plano Zipperless Z-Series Tackle Bag. Featuring plenty of room for my shore-fishing equipment and a convenient shoulder strap for ease of transport, my Plano Z-Series Tackle Bag has a durable, water-resistant coating and splash-resistant openings to keep my tools and tackle dry, no matter where my shoreline travels take me, or how rainy (or snowy!) a fishing day might become.

Fishing from shore is a great way to reconnect with your angling roots, and to introduce a youngster to our sport. These five tips will help keep smiles on faces and rods bent with consistency, no matter which species of fish you pursue from the shoreline.

About the author: Dr. Jason Halfen owns and operates The Technological Angler, a company dedicated to teaching anglers to leverage modern technology to find and catch more and bigger fish. Learn more at www.technologicalangler.com .

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Apr. 28 - Apr. 29: Crappie Masters Kentucky/Tennessee State Championship on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, Paris, TN www.crappiemasters.net

May 11 - May 14: Saltwater Shootout; www.bluewatermovements.com.

May 19 - May 20: American Crappie Trail tournament on Kentucky Lake; registration deadline is May 14; www.americancrappietrail.com.

June 3 - June 4: California B.A.S.S. Nation State Team Qualifier 2, Lake Oroville, Oroville, CA; www.calbn.com.

June 5 - June 11: Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, Biloxi, MS. $1.5MM+ in cash prizes; mgcbc.com

June 8 - June 11: Saltwater Slam: www.bluewatermovements.com.

June 21 - June 25: Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, Sandestin, FL. $1.5MM+ in cash prizes; fishecbc.com

June 23 - June 25: Yellowtail Shootout, San Diego, CA; http://www.yellowtailshootout.com

June 24 - June 26: Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) Annual Meeting. Duluth, Minnesota. 406-728-7434, info@owaa.org; www.owaa.org

June 24 - June 26: OWAA Annual Conference. Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, Duluth, Minnesota. http://owaa.org/2017conference http://owaa.org/2017conference

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