Monday, July 28, 2014

The Coast Guard rescued 10 people Thursday after their 22-foot pontoon boat the people were on started taking on water southeast of Bald Head Island.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center received notification from a good Samaritan, reporting an unconscious person in a two-person paddleboat drifting north of the Oakland Bay Bridge.

The temporary closure is the result of a blue-green algae bloom. Corps officials said boating and fishing is allowed but urges visitors to avoid the algae when out on the lake.

The DNR's Academy of Natural Resources, now in its seventh year, enrolls teachers into a week-long crash course on natural resources.

The fastest-growing threat to water quality in the Chesapeake Bay doesn't come from a factory pipe today - it comes from backyards across the region. That's why the Izaak Walton League is teaming up with homeowners to stop water pollution at its source.
Researchers already know that dioxin (a byproduct of burned plastics and industrial processes) is toxic and can contribute to cancer and heart problems in humans, but now they know it can impact a fish's nose tissue.
Satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show a bloom 80 miles long and 50 miles wide approximately 40 to 90 miles offshore between Dixie and Pasco counties.
Citizens have reported observations of thousands of dead and dying bottom-dwelling reef fish, including grouper, hogfish, white grunt, triggerfish and snapper, as well as sea turtles and crabs, to the FWC's Fish Kill Hotline.
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has made significant progress in finalizing the processes for implementing large-scale restoration projects throughout the Gulf of Mexico.
FWC researchers have begun using new approaches to more quickly detect and track harmful algal blooms in the Indian River Lagoon, which spans 156 miles and makes up 40 percent of Florida's east coast, supporting commercial and recreational clam and oyster farming.

The late arrival of summer has Lake Champlain's bass fishing behind schedule, but it should be back on track during the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open presented by Allstate July 31-Aug. 2.

An innovative public-private grant partnership forged by the Tampa Bay Estuary Program will offer more than $600,000 this year for important restoration, research and education projects in the Tampa Bay watershed.
Improving beach water quality, educating marina owners and boaters about environmental stewardship, and establishing maintenance protocols for storm water control measures are the key goals of projects being funded this fiscal year by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Catfish Edge has announced a partnership with Whisker Seeker Tackle, in the development of a new series of fishing rods for catfish anglers and other catfish tackle products.

On May 1, Dr. Dan James of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Pierre, SD, discovered live adult zebra mussels in Offutt Base Lake, while checking rocks in the shallow water, a discovery later confirmed by Nebraska Game & Parks.
An extensive effort to search three Ohio rivers found none of the invasive species of bighead or silver Asian carp, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

On Monday, July 28, at 1pm at Chicago City Hall a hearing will be held to debate legislation supported by Chicago City Council Alderman that would require all self-serve gas stations in the City of Chicago to sell gasoline with higher levels - 15% - of ethanol

Read about the remarkable catch of a new Texas blue marlin record of 972.7 pounds in the current issue of Lone Star Outdoor News.

The Florida Fly Fishing Expo - the state's only fly fishing show - returns to Plantation on Crystal River with fly casting and fly tying workshops for men, women, and children of all skill levels.

Lots of fishing opportunities as well as boating, canoeing and kayaking are all available in George and Jackson Counties.
In preparation for season three of TrophyCatch, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) launched a new and highly improved website to facilitate gathering data on Florida's famed trophy largemouth bass and to reward anglers for releasing them alive.
White Oak Lake is northwest of Camden in Ouachita County with some of the waters extending into Nevada County.

The University of Arkansas team of Jonny Schultz, Maumelle, Ark., and Sam Horn, Fort Smith, Ark., won the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference tournament on Lake Dardanelle Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 5 ounces.
Tournament week is set for August 17-22 and once again Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May and Sunset Marina in Ocean City will welcome participants from New England to Florida and beyond for another exciting week of offshore tournament fishing.

Boat Position Breakthrough

For years, anglers with bad backs have been asking for an auto-stow trolling motor-and now Minn Kota has released just such a motor-read about it here:

New fully-automatic Minn Kota Ulterra raises the bar in boat control

Boat control is critical in the quest to catch more fish, and electric trolling motors have long been a key ally in positioning our fishing platforms, especially when wind, current and other complicating factors come into play.

Still, even the finest trolling motors at times leave us wanting more, particularly when we're faced with the prospect of manually deploying, stowing and adjusting the height of the powerhead.

That is, until now. Minn Kota's new Ulterra bowmount trolling motor gives anglers complete, automated control over these critical functions, revolutionizing the art of boat positioning in the process.

"Along with a full suite of high-performance features such as integrated i-Pilot Link, the fast-response, electric steer Ulterra packs the groundbreaking punch of auto deploy, stow and power trim features," say s veteran guide, tournament champ and all-around fishing expert Scott Glorvigen.

Minn Kota's Ulterra deploys, stows and trims up or down with a push of a button.
While the technology is cutting edge, the concept is simple. "With the push of a button, Ulterra makes us more effective, efficient and safer fishermen," Glorvigen continues. Operated by handheld remote or foot pedal, the unit responds to Auto Stow, Auto Deploy, Power Trim and a host of other commands. Plus, thanks to the i-Pilot system and slick features such as Spot Lock, it offers complete, fully automated boat control.

"It's a huge advantage in a variety of situations," says Glorvigen. "For example, shallow water cover and structure can be fish magnets. With traditional trolling motors, you really have to pay attention to follow tight contours and manually respond to changes in water depth and the height of the cover. Ulterra automates and dominates these scenarios, so I can focus on fishing."

Effortless operation also encourages anglers to drop the hammer in areas they previously passed up. "Manually deploying and stowing traditional trollers is enough of a hassle that there are times we elect not to use them because it's easier to leave them in the cradle and move on," says Glorvigen.

Examples of commonly lost opportunities include downsized slices of structure and cover that seem to small to justify the effort required to drop the trolling motor, along with current- and wave-washed areas where the boat would quickly slip out of position before we could fire up the bowmount. Sadly, such areas can be sweet spots, meaning the cost of not fishing them adds up to countless missed catches.

"Also, think about how many times you've burned daylight idling over dead water while moving from one high-percentage area to another, only because it's such a pain to run up to the bow and stow the trolling motor," Glorvigen adds. "Ulterra takes away all the excuses."

Ulterra's fully automated operation allows anglers to focus on fishing.
On the safety front, Ulterra eliminates the need to bend over the bow to stow the trolling motor. "Although I've never fallen overboard, there have been many times, especially in rough water, where I've had to be really careful," Glorvigen says, noting that Ulterra's auto stow and deploy also puts an end to out-of-control drifts while toggling between main engine and trolling motor. "No more scrambling between the bow and the helm while the boat's at the mercy of wind, waves and current," he explains. "You're in control the whole time, with no chance of drifting into nearby boats, the dock or other water hazards."

Other safety features include a low-battery alarm that warns when power levels approach the minimum needed to stow the unit. "You can still use the motor when an alarm sounds," says Glorvigen. "And if the power does drop too low to raise the powerhead, you can always manually store it." Both the foot control and handheld remote are also armed with failsafe measures to prevent accidental deployment.

To accommodate a variety of boats and uses, the new Ulterra is available in 24- and 36-volt systems yielding 80 and 112 pounds of thrust, respectively, with shaft lengths of 45 and 60 inches. "The longer version is critical in heavy seas when you need the powerhead as far in the water as possible," says Glorvigen.

"In deployment mode, both sizes rise vertically, then drop the lower unit straight down," he adds. "So you can deploy them amazingly close to a dock or other structure. It's one more convenience and safety benefit of this great new boat-positioning system."

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