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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018

BOATING
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC), launched this week the U.S. Coast Guard Ready for Rescue Challenge, a $255,000 prize competition seeking boater safety solutions that will help make it easier to find people in the water.
CONSERVATION
In honor of National Estuaries Day, Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers for a cleanup of four sites (Skyway, Little Bayou Preserve, Bartlett Park, and Tampa Bay Watch) on Saturday, September 22, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The nonprofit CCA Florida, Duke Energy and FWC will be releasing over 10,000 Duke Energy hatchery-reared redfish following the Florida red tide bloom and when waters are determined to be safe, thanks to a donation from the Duke Energy Mariculture Center.

EVENTS
Florida Sportsman Magazine will return to Tampa to host the Florida Sportsman Expo at the Florida State Fairgrounds, October 6th & 7th
September 15 through 22 is Arkansas Hunting and Fishing Week, and there’s no better way to kick off the week-long celebration of the outdoors than one of the largest fishing events of the year at MacArthur Park in Little Rock.
FISHERIES
The combination of cooling water temperatures in the Columbia River and additional protections in the form of a river-wide steelhead retention closure have allowed managers to re-open the closed area adjacent to the mouth of the Deschutes River.

FUND RAISERS
Jeff Kolodzinski is a man on a mission — a Marathon Man out to break a record he already holds by catching more than 2,143 fish in 24 hours.
GRANTS
Top boating retailer grants $75,000 in funds to 50 nonprofit organizations dedicated to youth boating, sailing, adventure, conservation, education and stewardship.
INVASIVE SPECIES
Biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Fisheries Division confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in the portion of the White River just downstream of Bull Shoals Dam last week.

MEDIA
The Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) recently created a Social Media Influencer membership qualification category, available for both Voting media members and Associate media members (non-voting).
NEW PRODUCTS
The Okuma Hawaiian Custom Series rods are the latest addition to regional specific rods designed and built by local fisherman for the species and territory they are targeting.
NEW Okuma SURF-8K spinning reel utilizes the latest in technology to create a long distance surf casting reel at an affordable price.
Sometimes when you’re designing a new bait, you end up with something awesome that you weren’t even shooting for
ORGANIZATIONS
The Exhibition Hall, facing the downtown waterfront, will be a magnificent room to provide exhibits that showcase the resources and habitat restoration activities within the Tampa Bay estuary.
RADIO
We'll let you know about some very unique poppers that exude scent trails made by Odin Lures and we'll give away some salmon spinners from McOmies Custom Lures, plus talk with Colin Kearns, editor of Field & Stream, about a California deer hunt.
This week host Rob Keck is into camo patterns with a bit of racing mixed in. He’s talking to the Founder of TrueTimber Camo, Rusty Sellars.
SHOWS
Informa Exhibitions, the global trade and consumer exhibitions leader and world's premier yacht show organizer, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lana F. Bernstein as vice president of marketing for the company's U.S. Boat Shows.
STATES
Due to cooler water, the river is again open from an hour before sunrise to an hour after sunset.
The program’s seven-member citizen board reviews fish restoration and enhancement project proposals and makes funding recommendations to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The 2018 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season opens on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 57 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state.
Riverview Marina State Recreation Area (SRA) in Nebraska City and the boat ramp at Indian Cave State Park near Shubert are closed to the public until further notice due to high flows from the Missouri River.
TELEVISION
This weekend on Discovery Channel, you’re not going to want to miss new programming from Uncharted Waters with Peter Miller, Red, White and Bass, South Bend’s Lunkerville and more.
TOURNAMENTS
In a fitting end to a memorable season, Reel Addiction was named the winner of the 2018 King of the Hill Tournament with a 796.9 pound blue marlin, according to Series Director Robert “Fly” Navarro.
WASHINGTON
Nearly 60 Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) Members, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, joined leaders from the sportsmen's community in Washington, DC, for the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation's (CSF) 29th Annual Banquet and Auction.
Last week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued a new reorganization plan that will divide the agency into 12 regions to increase clarity and simplicity to its activities. NMMA has long advocated for streamlining the department and is encouraged by this action.
WILDLIFE
Through a $428,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s ECOHAB program, FIU and Mote are launching a three-year project to improve veterinary care for rescued manatees by studying how the cells in their immune system respond to certain antioxidants.

FISHING CALENDAR
September 8-9
Reef and Beach Cleanup at Palmetto, Florida

Prizes to $500 for most trash weighed in; www.suncoastaquaventures.com.

September 11
Reel Animals free fishing clinic

7-9 p.m. at Gator Ford off I-4 east of Tampa, features Captain Bill Nobles and Captain Mike Anderson of Reel Animals TV and radio shows, free food and drink.

September 14-15
Saltwater Sisters Ladies Tournament

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

September 19-23
Trout Unlimited Annual Meeting

Redding, CA; https://www.tu.org/annualmeeting

September 21-22
Big Greg Leonard Longest Redfish Tournament

Captains' meeting at the Salty Shamrock, Apollo Beach, Fla, 7 p.m. on the 21st. Entry $25, proceeds to Captains for Clean Water to help clean up the Everglades; www.southshoreanglers.com.

October 6-7
Florida Sportsman Expo
Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa

October 12-13
AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open

Lake Dardanelle -- Russellville, AR
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October 31 - November 4
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
 
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