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MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018

CLINICS

Freshwater, saltwater and crabbing events are planned for this month, and all gear and instruction are provided free.

COAST GUARD
An aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Sector North Bend safely hoisted the 44-year-old male, who was reportedly uninjured, and transferred him back to his vehicle and his 15-year-old son. 
CONSERVATION

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), joined by local residents, announced at a press conference in New Durham today that it has sent notice to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department stating its intent to file a lawsuit against the agency for Clean Water Act violations. 

FISHERIES

The recreational fishery will open for two consecutive 3-day weekends: August 10-12, 2018 and August 17-19, 2018 with a 1 fish per person per day bag limit and no minimum size limit.  

Here's how to load up on tasty cats at lakes and streams across the state during prime time, the heat of summer when other fishing may be slow.

Oregon's DFW notes that releasing wild salmon requires special care to make sure that the majority survive.

An open house meeting is scheduled to review special regulations regarding northern pike in Minnie Belle Lake in Meeker County, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

S. 3119 and H.R. 2083 would amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to provide Northwest states and Columbia River treaty tribes streamlined authorities to effectively address excessive sea lion predation where the problem is most acute, including below Bonneville Dam, at Willamette Falls, and on tributary spawning grounds.  

HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITIONS

Keying on the coolest water they could find made winners of Grayson Morris and Tucker Smith during the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series National Championship presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods at Kentucky Lake. 

INDUSTRY

On Wednesday, the Trump Administration announced that they are considering increasing the Section 301 tariff on $200 billion in Chinese products from 10 to 25 percent – which includes boats, marine parts, and trailer tires. Because of this development, the administration has extended the deadline for submitting comments and requests to testify, and NMMA is encouraging all affected members to weigh in. 

INVASIVE SPECIES

The presence of adult zebra mussels in Omaha’s Cunningham Lake has been confirmed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. 

ORGANIZATIONS

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) has expanded its communications department with the addition of Dan Johnson as the organization’s new public relations manager. 

RADIO

This week Ken spent a day chasing topwater bass and big summer crappie with nationally acclaimed outdoors writer Brent Frazee.  Brent has over 40 years of award-winning writing to his credit and received the Outdoor Writers Association of America Lifetime Achievement award in 2014.  

RETAIL

The National Retail Federation (NRF), the world’s largest retail trade association representing more than 18,000 companies from the United States and more than 45 countries, has named Bass Pro Shops the number two hottest retailer in America ahead of Amazon, PetSmart, IKEA, Verizon and many others. 

STATES

If you’re looking to catch trout and salmon in central Maine, Maranacook Lake is one you’ll want to put on your bucket list. 

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce a portion of the coast is re-opened for recreational razor clamming as domoic acid levels have fallen below the closure limit.  

Inductees will be chosen based on the following criteria: ethics, leadership and commitment, unselfish contributions to the sport, scope of impact on freshwater fishing and fishing/fisheries management expertise and impact. 

With the new system, hunters and anglers can choose to carry their documents electronically (on their smart phone or tablet) and tag fish and wildlife with a mobile app that will work even offline. 

Beginning Monday, August 6, angling the North Umpqua River fly area is closed from 2 p.m. to one hour before sunrise. 

TOURNAMENTS

Bryan Labelle of Hinesburg, Vt., won the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Eastern Open No. 3 held on Lake Champlain with a three-day total weight of 58 pounds, 10 ounces. 

Catfish anglers from several states will travel to theMississippi River at Helena-West Helena, AR to compete in Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail. 

YOUTH EVENTS

Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish, connect with nature and have fun participating in the many activities offered to parents and children at Kids’ Fishing Day on Aug. 18 at Roaring River State Park. 

By DAVID RAINER
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

While the fanfare surrounding the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) proceeded nearby, Reid Nelson deftly made a series of surgeon’s knots to sew up an incision on the belly of a redfish that was a part of the live weigh-in category at the rodeo.

Nelson, a graduate student in the University of South Alabama’s Marine Sciences Department, inserted an acoustic tag in the redfish, red drum if you’re a purist or marine scientist, as part of the Coastal Alabama Acoustic Monitoring Program (CAAMP).

CAAMP monitors 55 receiver stations strategically placed in Alabama coastal waters to catch pings, which happen once a minute during the one-year lifespan of the acoustic tags in the fish.

Reid Nelson carefully inserts an acoustic tag into a redfish during the live weigh-in competition at the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. Photo by David Rainer

Nelson said 100 red drum were tagged in 2015. In 2016, another 100 red drum were tagged. Also in 2016, all tagging that didn’t occur at the ADSFR was transferred to Dog River and Fowl River on the western shore of Mobile Bay.

Nelson said the goal of CAAMP is to study fishing mortality, natural mortality and fish movement in response to water temperature and salinity levels.

Last year, the team added speckled trout to the tagging program and will continue to work with trout this year. As expected, redfish is a hardy species that handles catch-and-release very well. Speckled trout are not quite as resilient but still survive well enough to justify the live-release effort.

“With the popularity of the live weigh-in at the rodeo, we looked at it as a nice opportunity to tag live fish from different places,” Nelson said. “You can actually look at how successful live weigh-ins are. What we have seen from fish tagged at the rodeo, about 98 percent of the red drum have lived. About 78 percent of the speckled trout that we tagged at the rodeo have lived.

“Overall, mortality is pretty low, which I think is amazing. Some of the red drum were brought from all over, as far away as Mississippi and Louisiana.”

Nelson said 20 red drum and 15 speckled trout were fitted with the acoustic tags, which cost about $300 each, and released during the 2018 ADSFR. CAAMP is funded through the Alabama Marine Resources Division with a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

“What was really interesting about the rodeo is the map where the fish came from that were released at the rodeo,” he said. “One of the main concerns about a live weigh-in program is the fish won’t leave that area once they are released. Unlike the fish we tagged in the rivers, the fish we tagged at the rodeo leave Dauphin Island pretty readily. We’ve detected those fish as far away as Raft River in the Mobile Delta. We’ve detected them in Fowl River. We’ve detected them off the Gulf State Park Pier. They have even been detected by receiver arrays that other groups have out. It’s really remarkable how quickly and widespread these fish disperse.

“It’s interesting to do science with a part of the tournament. That’s really never been done. Another interesting thing is fishermen have been really good about telling us where they caught the fish. What we have seen is about 25 percent of the fish have gone back to where they were caught. With red drum that were caught in the rivers and brought to the rodeo, about 70 percent of those fish will disperse and end up returning to one of our local rivers. That’s been an amazing aspect of the study. We have no idea how those fish find their way back. It could be olfaction or chemoreceptors. It’s probably a combination of many navigation senses.”

Natural mortality with the red drum tagged in the first year of the study has been surprisingly low, according to Nelson. Out of the 100 fish tagged, only three died of natural causes. Fishing mortality took 10 out of the population in Fowl River from 2016-2017, and nine redfish were lost to fishing mortality in Dog River during the same time span.

“One of the other interesting things we saw is the seasonal peaks in the rivers,” Nelson said. “We saw more fishing mortality in the fall and spring.”

An eye-opening aspect of the CAAMP data when speckled trout were added to the study is the significant disparity in movement between species in response to weather and salinity changes.

“One of the most interesting things we’ve seen is a lot of the red drum really didn’t move that much from where they were actually tagged,” Nelson said. “Out of Fowl River, we had 13 fish leave the river over the course of the year, which is not very many in the grand scheme of things. Only five left Dog River during that year. For the year we have data, they were pretty much resident fish. Some of them would use different parts of the river. But for the most part, they tended to remain in the area where they were originally tagged.

“In fact, we had a family call in a fish a few months ago that had been tagged about a year ago. They literally caught that fish where we tagged it at Delta Port in Fowl River. That was amazing.”

Nelson said the most movement observed during the study came in December of 2016 when the water temperature was cooler than normal and the salinity was very high because of a lack of rain in the fall.

“The big conclusion so far on redfish is the majority of the slot fish tend to be resident,” he said. “It looks like they are pretty resilient to changes in temperature and salinity. We’ve seen big fluctuations in those two factors, and the fish didn’t leave the rivers when the salinity and temperature varied quite a bit. I thought that was really interesting.”

Now, throw speckled trout into the study, and the movement patterns are vastly different.

“During the first year of the big study with speckled trout, it was almost the complete opposite story,” Nelson said. “The trout were tagged last November and December. They were resident in the deep holes in the rivers until about February. When it was really cold, they were staying in the rivers. Once it started to warm up, we saw a push of fish leaving the rivers pretty quickly, moving down to Mississippi Sound and Dauphin Island. That is what you would expect.

“We had a couple of fish that moved from Dog River to the Mobile River. One of those fish actually came in at the rodeo. Instead of staying in the river, they pushed out relatively quickly.”

Nelson is also working with another program to study fish movement. The TAG Alabama program is sponsored by the Coastal Conservation Association of Alabama and relies on local anglers to insert dart tags in red drum and speckled trout caught in Alabama coastal waters.

“What we’re seeing with TAG Alabama is that many of those redfish are coming back right close to where they were tagged as well,” he said. “With TAG Alabama, we get a much larger spread of tagging locations instead of just the rivers.”

Anglers participating in TAG Alabama go to the website at http://tags.usouthal.edu/  to log tagging and recapture efforts for trout and redfish as well as red snapper, tripletails and sharks.

“We’ve had 743 red drum and speckled trout tagged so far,” Nelson said. “Considering we launched the program in April this year, that’s a lot. We’ve had 65 of those fish recaptured.

“I’m excited about this. CCA Alabama is providing the funding for this. I’m hoping we can keep this going.”

Another tagging effort that occurred partially during this year’s ADSFR involved tarpon, known as the silver king.

With the help of local tarpon enthusiasts during the ADSFR, researchers from Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Mississippi State University managed to attach eight satellite tags. Two more tarpon were caught and tagged the Saturday after the rodeo.

Of the eight fish tagged during the rodeo, all but one high-tailed it toward Louisiana, one traveling as far as the southern tip of Louisiana near South Pass. One fish, however, decided to explore Mobile Bay and made a huge loop inside the bay before heading west.

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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