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FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018

ACQUISITIONS

BRP (TSX:DOO) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Triton Industries, Inc., the leading North American manufacturer of the Manitou pontoon brand.  

COMPETITION

The first day of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Eastern Open No. 3 on Lake Champlain delivered three bags of 21 pounds or better, and Bobby Lane’s 21-pound, 13-ounce sack was the stoutest of the three. 

ENVIRONMENT

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) can occur naturally, but have been a problem for decades due to the negative environmental impacts associated with urban development, mass agriculture and pollution. 

EVENTS

The National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) announced today that back-to-back Bassmaster Classic champion (2017 and 2018), Jordan Lee will be speaking at the 2019 NPAA Annual Conference. 

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Aug. 4 is holding a public auction of confiscated fishing, hunting and trapping equipment beginning at 10 a.m. in Zimmerman.

Head out for the second annual Take an Adult Fishing Day in Michigan this Saturday, August 4! DNR uses this day to encourage youths to take an adult fishing – rather than waiting around to be asked to go. 

FISHERIES

The National Fish Habitat Partnership works collaboratively with many partners to reverse fish habitat declines across the U.S. 

Essential fish habitat (EFH) under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) is defined as: those waters and substrate necessary to fish for spawning, breeding, feeding, or growth to maturity. 

Management changes for these species will be discussed at four locations along the coast from Aug. 6 - Aug. 9.

LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' near real-time landings data collection program, indicates that 530,300 pounds, or 71 percent of Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds have been harvested through July 22. 

FISHING TIPS

Hot weather is tough on trout--follow these tips to help them survive catch-and-release through the dog days of summer.

GIVEAWAYS

Odin Lure Company—the New Hampshire headquartered company that has revolutionized fishing lures with its fishing system that incorporates sight, sound and scent into its designs—has launched its biggest giveaway to date. 

INDUSTRY

Old Town’s recent introduction of the Topwater fishing kayak series at ICAST 2018 has taken the global kayak fishing community by storm. 

Swanson Russell welcomes Bri Harding and Alex Jensen to its Omaha office and Michael Rudolf, Kiley Shuler and Katie Struckman to its Lincoln office.  

Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion and technology, has introduced a new line of 3.0-liter diesel engines for sterndrive, inboard and water-jet applications, available in 150hp, 230hp and 270hp. 

INVASIVE SPECIES

Boats that have been moored or stored for more than just a day or two in zebra mussel-infested waters may carry "hitchhiking" mussels attached to their hulls, engine drive units and anchor chains. 

LEGISLATION

NMMA worked with Congress and the administration to ensure the recreational boating industry’s priorities were included in the final bill. 

RADIO

Walleye tournament Champion and Mack's Lure Pro Guide Johnnie Candle has got some great advice about how to catch walleye during the dog days of summer and previews a multi-day, on the water seminar he'll be presenting this fall. 

STATES

Anglers now have new and exciting opportunities to partner with ShareLunker and be recognized for their achievement and contributions all year long. 

Our Page Springs Fish Hatchery has been selected by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for the Bronze Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program award. 

The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, Ballroom C, located at 250 Haskell Road in Bangor. 

The proposal would set the cost of an annual resident hunting or fishing license at $20; an increase of $3. 

The agenda includes final decisions on the 2018/2019 furbearer and trapping seasons and 2018 quotas, Reservoir Creek beaver transplant, and Future Fisheries Improvement Program summer 2018 projects. 

TELEVISION

This weekend on Discovery Channel, you’re not going to want to miss new programming from Americana Outdoors, South Bend’s Lunkerville, The Given Right, Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and more

WASHINGTON

The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard convened a hearing last week entitled, “NOAA’s Blue Economy Initiative: Supporting Commerce in American Oceans and Great Lakes,” to examine the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s initiative to support the sectors of American commerce that rely upon the oceans and Great Lakes.

WORKSHOPS

The event will feature presentations on musky biology, management, propagation, and fishing techniques, plus hands-on instruction. 

YOUTH EVENTS

Young anglers ages six through 15 are invited to compete in the free 16th Annual Young Angler Tournament this summer at the Shelter Island Pier, located at 1776 Shelter Island Drive on Saturday August 11th. 

YOUTH FISHING

By the smallest of margins, Trey McKinney and Carter Wijangco of the Bluegrass Jr. Bassmasters outlasted the 54-team field to win the 2018 Bassmaster Junior Championship on Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake. 

E. Weeks
South Carolina Coastal Resources

Friends Andy Ball and Brent Milgrom pose with two large red drum captures from their day at the Winyah jetties. NOTE: SCDNR biologists suggest leaving fish this large in the water for photos, or pulling them out for no more than 30 seconds and providing the proper horizontal support, as shown here. (Photo: Provided) 

 

Last month, Charlotte resident Andy Ball headed to the South Carolina coast for a summer escape.

“We were down with five other friends on a reunion of sorts – South Mecklenburg High School class of 1985,” Ball said. During the trip, Georgetown Coastal Adventures’ Captain Dan Scarborough took Ball and his friends out to the Winyah Bay jetties to target large red drum.

The friends got what they came for – including a three-and-a-half-foot bull red that topped out at 30 pounds, which Ball reeled in after a challenging fight.

The fishermen could tell it had been caught before: a plastic yellow tag protruded from the spottail’s back.

This tagging device is preloaded with tags that each have a different number for identifying individual fish. (Photo: Blaik Keppler/SCDNR) 

 

Tags are thin, nylon cords that let biologists track fish and other marine animals. Each tag has a unique number identifying that fish and the SCDNR number to call and report recaptures. Since the 1970s, SCDNR biologists have operated a volunteer tagging program whereby recreational anglers can turn their fishing trips into valuable scientific information by tagging the fish they’re already catching and releasing. Using a specialized tagging device, researchers and volunteer anglers typically insert the tag into the muscle of a fish just by the dorsal fin. Harmless to the fish, the tags can remain anchored there for decades as the fish grows.

Andy Ball contacted SCDNR’s tagging coordinator, Morgan Hart, to report the tag number and details of the red drum he’d recaptured. Every time a tagged fish is reported, Hart sends detailed updates about the fish’s history to both the original taggers and the recapturers. It’s a neat way to see where a particular fish has traveled since you last saw it.

When Hart ran the fish’s history, she was amazed – it had first been tagged over 21 years prior.

“I could tell right away that the tag report was special,” Hart said. “The tag number was different than anything I had seen recaptured before. Once I realized how long ago it was tagged, I think my mouth literally fell open.”

“I reached out to the original tagger, Kevin Mischke, and he was delighted to hear that one of his fish was still contributing to the population,” Hart said.

James Islander Kevin Mischke, who first tagged fish 'A033559,' dug up this photo from the 1990s, when he regularly tagged spottails in Wappoo Cut. (Photo: Provided)

 

Mischke was an active volunteer tagger from 1990 to 2006. In 1997, he’d caught a large red drum at Wappoo Cut, near his home on James Island. Mischke tagged the fish with a yellow, nylon tag labeled ‘A033559.’

When Mischke caught it, the red drum was already a mature fish at 35 inches – meaning he/she is now likely to be well older than 21 years of age. SCDNR research has shown red drum are impressively long-lived fish, with biologists documenting fish up to 40 years old.

A decade later, redfish ‘A033559’ showed up once again in the records, when angler Warren Wood caught and measured the fish in 2008. By this time, the red drum had grown five inches and migrated to Georgetown, where Wood reported catching it off the Winyah Bay jetties.

And that’s exactly where Andy Ball caught the fish this summer – no larger this time, but another decade older.

 

Redfish By the Numbers

Over the past 25 years, South Carolina anglers in the tagging program have tagged ~61,000 red drum. Those fish have been recaptured nearly 10,000 times, with individual fish being reported as many as four times each.

“Seeing how many fish are recaptured in our state really shows how important it is to carefully handle any fish you catch and release,” tagging coordinator Morgan Hart said. “Since we can’t just look in the water and see how many fish there are, it’s easy to assume that there are an infinite number of fish available to catch – but our recapture rate shows that’s just not the case.”

How to Report a Tagged Fish

You don’t have to be a volunteer tagger to help – we count on anyone who fishes in South Carolina to report tagged fish they encounter. Your fishing trip could provide valuable scientific data that helps biologists studying how far and when fish migrate, how long they live, and how best to protect different species in South Carolina.

Tagged fish can be reported online or by calling (843) 953-9832. Be sure to write down the tag number, date, location, species, and size of the fish so that you can accurately report it later.

If you’re interested in learning more about the tagging program, check out our website and/or contact program coordinator Morgan Hart at HartM@dnr.sc.gov.

Report a Tagged Fish Here

FISHING CALENDAR
June 18 - August 21
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Meeting in Key Wes

includes reef fish review and other topics; www.gulfcouncil.org

August 10-11
Jr. Angler Fishing Tournament out of Sailfish Marina

Stuart, FL; www.stuartsailfishclub.com

August 10-12
MidSouth Hunting and Fishing Expo

Memphis Agricenter; www.memphishuntshow.com.

August 12-18
Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament

Manteo, N.C.; pcbgt.com

August 14
Reel Animals Inshore Clinic

Gator Ford off I-4 east of Tampa. 7 p.m., features "Mr. Trout" Captain Richard Seward, free food and drink.

August 16
CCA-Florida Happy Hour

Coppertail Brewery, 2601 E. 2nd Avenue, Tampa, FL, 5 to 7 p.m., all anglers welcome; zbatley@ccaflorida.org.

September 3
Labor Day Observed, No Wires Published

September 14-15
Saltwater Sisters Ladies Tournament

Pirates Cove Resort and Marina in Stuart Fl.; www.stuartsailfishclub.com.

October 31 - November 4
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
 
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