Thursday, October 30, 2014

The number of nests in Florida has increased over the past several years as a result of increased conservation efforts and decreased detrimental storms throughout the state.

A recent study produced by the San Francisco Estuary Institute-Aquatic Science Center and funded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) identifies the dramatic ecological transformation of the Delta over the past 150 years.
Three artificial reef sites and two state park projects totaling about $18 million will begin to compensate Texas for lost human use of natural resources resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is strongly opposed to sector separation and is deeply troubled that this poorly conceived and detrimental plan was passed by the Gulf Council, the industry group said in a release yesterday.
While the national picture is positive overall, there have been notable declines in some regions and with some species. For example, New England's cod fishery saw one of the most significant declines, with over a 50 percent decrease in both landings and revenue.

Where, how and when to find five species of Oregon trout-plus some tips on fishing knots.

Catch-A-Dream Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization, based in Starkville, Mississippi. Catch-A-Dream provides children age 18 and younger, who suffer from life-threatening illnesses, the chance of a lifetime to experience outdoor adventure.

Temple Fork Outfitters has announced an exclusive distribution partnership with Gary Loomis's Edge Rods.
The fish-heads at Custom Jigs & Spins get it ... and have introduced 12 new color combinations to their ever-popular Pro Series Slender Spoons.

Lake Waco has become the seventh lake in Texas to be infested by invasive zebra mussels.

DigiGone, a communication solution provider specializing in secure video transmission, today announced the introduction of new remote telemedicine kits for marine, aviation and land-based applications.
Offered in a sonar and non-sonar version, the GPSMAP 7400 and 7600 series is a premier line that streamlines high performance, usability and superior boating features with a renowned interface that makes any time on the water more productive and enjoyable.
The new Micro video cams provide crisp clarity and color that allow for effective underwater observation, and high-resolution digital video recording.
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced a new line of echoMAP combination chartplotters that integrates scanning sonar capabilities without the need of an additional sounder black box.
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the GSD 25, a premium sonar module that offers traditional sonar, 1kW CHIRP, CHIRP DownVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonar for a versatile, all-in-one black box.

Miami businessman Rodney Barreto, long time member of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, is the new chairman of the Wildlife Foundation of Florida (WFF).

By conducting this study year-over-year, Bonnier Custom Insights is able to evaluate how brand perceptions change and how purchase intent shifts over the course of time by having well informed consumers. Valuable insights such as these can be aggregated and brands can then compare data and success rates for smarter marketing strategies in the future.

The salmon ladder at Nimbus Hatchery in Rancho Cordova will open Monday, Nov. 3, signaling the start of the spawning season on the American River.
This fall, Clearwater anglers are allowed to keep two steelhead 20 inches or longer per day. The possession limit on the Clearwater is six steelhead and anglers are allowed to keep 20 steelhead for the season statewide.
Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission earlier this month approved a $70,000 budget increase for the Coal Pile Habitat Restoration project in Desha County.
It may look like a rusty hulk but the newly-sunk 155-foot Kinta S is already serving as an underwater oasis.
Anyone legally catching a 13-pound or bigger largemouth bass from Texas waters, public or private, between October 1 and April 30 is encouraged to submit the fish to the Toyota ShareLunker program to help breed bigger bass.

Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor television for American sportsmen and women, announced the network has dramatically increased its distribution of Sportsman HD in the Comcast Cable market of Chicago.
World Fishing Network premieres the third installment of the second season of its signature magazine format show, World Fishing Journal, with another all-star episode on Sunday, Nov. 2.

B.A.S.S. has expanded the Bassmaster High School Series to three Opens for 2015 and has increased the number of ways high school anglers can qualify for the Bassmaster High School National Championship.

Of Big Fish and Big Appetites

by Frank Sargeant, Editor

Geoff Page and Rick Murphy won the IFA Redfish Tour Championship at Houma, Louisiana last weekend by running 108 miles each way to find "fat" fish. (Photo Credit IFA Redfish Tour)
My old Florida fishing buds, Geoff Page and Rick Murphy, outsmarted the field at the IFA Redfish Tour Championship at Houma, Louisiana, and brought home a win, even though fishing the Louisiana marshes is a far cry from catching the reds of the Everglades and Florida's West Coast, where both anglers have their expertise.

The source of their victory was two-fold. First, they were smart enough to figure that a 27-inch redfish is a 27-inch redfish, which weighs in the neighborhood of 8 pounds and change--except if said redfish is a portly porker that has been stuffing itself on a regular basis without expending a lot of energy. The anglers looked for bait, great masses of bait, before they went looking for redfish.

The place where they found the most anywhere around Houma, Louisiana, the tournament headquarters, was at Venice.

Actually, Venice is not exactly anywhere near Houma, particularly by water; it's 108 miles, one way! In a backcountry boat, that is one HECK of a long ride, even on dead smooth water. That's where the second part of the equation came in--it was a very gutsy call to gamble on that long, long run, which cut greatly into their fishing time. While other anglers were catching fish, Page and Murphy were driving--for hours!

But the anglers had found pogies and finger mullet in vast schools in the Venice area, and they surmised that any redfish hanging with this enormous banquet might be fat enough to qualify for "Biggest Losers".

They were right. Their two biggest fish went 9.77 and 9.67 pounds, and their total for four fish over the two day event was 35.29 pounds. The anglers took home the championship and over 40 grand in cash and prizes.

Another angler who has been finding some fish with very large appetites this week is Captain William Toney, who fishes out of Homosassa, Florida. Toney has made it something of an art to extract whopper gag grouper from rocks in water as shallow as 6 to 10 feet, though the gags are usually found well offshore.

"The gags we're catching now are the ones that are ready to eat something huge," says Toney. "They come up after the grunts and snapper we're catching, and we put one of these panfish on the hook and they eat it."

Grunts and mangrove snapper you can comprehend, but Toney said that big fish of the week, estimated at 30 inches, came up and inhaled a full-grown Spanish mackerel at boatside! Unfortunately, the mack was hooked on light spinning gear, and the battle with the jumbo gag didn't last long.

Toney also tangles with the big inshore gags by flinging gigantic diving plugs and sometimes even huge topwaters. You can get in on this action with Toney by visiting his website at

Bottom line is fat fish are bound to be big eaters--at times, your best chance of fooling them might be to offer a big mouthful.

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