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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

CONTESTS
Students in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Illinois who fancy themselves a prodigy in outdoors writing should take note of the Outdoor News annual Youth Writing Contest that kicks off Sept. 7, 2018.
EVENTS
Activities at Dead Creek Wildlife Day are especially for people who enjoy hunting, fishing, birdwatching, or learning about Vermont’s diverse wildlife.
This year, on Sept. 22, everyone can enjoy any of the FREE scheduled celebratory events, including license-free fishing, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

FISHERIES
Scientists with the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute will be releasing 1,000 Lake Sturgeon Saturday in Kingston, TN.
Visit the hatcheries at Kewaunee and Racine and learn what "egg-take" operations are all about in Wisconsin's fisheries plans.
Starting Thursday (Sept. 13), fishing for salmon was closed on the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Hwy 395 in Pasco under new rules approved by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon

The 2018 walleye hatch appears to be exceptional, the second highest in the history of the Ohio survey, and the yellow perch hatch was strong, well above its long-term average.
FISHING TIPS
From eatin' size cats to giants, Georgia is loaded with a variety of catfish sizes and species, with most of them easy to fool for the whole family.
INDUSTRY
Alex Kramer, formerly of Galati Yacht Sales, joins the MarineMax team in the newly created position of National Sales Project Manager.

NEW PRODUCTS
The Super Duty 300 was built for anglers that throw big baits for muskies in the north, giant swimbaits for western bass, umbrella rigs for bass on the Tennessee River, fish for Yellowtail off the coast of California or go to head-to-head combat with heavy cover largemouths in Texas.
The new design, perfected by Kevin Van Dam, maintains perfect action while diving to depths of up to 10 feet.
NOAA
Responses to the survey indicate that in 2012, the baseline year chosen by researchers, nearly 49 million adults over 18 years of age nationwide participated in ocean and coastal recreation, spending more than 1.2 billion days along the coasts and spending over $141 billion in ocean recreation-related goods and services.
ORGANIZATIONS
The nonprofit Hope for Warriors organization will take combat veterans fishing near San Angelo, Texas providing custom rods, fishing tubes and an all-expense paid weekend to fish.
RADIO
Host Rob Keck will be in pursuit of waterfowl and big game this week with Justin Martin, General Manager for Duck Commander of “Duck Dynasty” fame, and Bob Foulkrod, television host and pro hunter.
SHOWS
Despite two days of rainfall, the show still saw a 9 percent increase in attendance over last year. Exhibitor feedback was positive with many reporting surpassing sales goals and noting the quality of attendees.
STATES
If you’re looking to catch a limit of sportfish this fall, Lake Merriweather in Rockbridge County is this year’s premier destination fishery for new and seasoned anglers.
TELEVISION
This weekend on Discovery Channel, you’re not going to want to miss new programming from On the Road with Rock & Aaron, Raised Hunting, Fish Mavericks, Local Knowledge and more.
TOURNAMENTS
The new Bass Pro Tour in a made-for-television format will employ catch-weigh-release to promote conservation rather than holding a central weigh-in at the end of the day, according to the latest report from BassFan.
The fishing tournament taking place Saturday, Sept. 22, on six oyster restoration sites near the mouth of the Choptank River, is meant to highlight the diversity of fish that thrive near oyster reefs.
The expanded MLF program includes the addition of the Bass Pro Tour, a premier 80-angler, eight-event tour with a championship and heightened payouts, made possible through enthusiastic support from Bass Pro Shops and Outdoor Sportsman Group (OSG).
The upcoming IFA Redfish Tour events set for September 22-23 at Georgetown, South Carolina, have been cancelled due to the expected arrival of Hurricane Florence.
WORKSHOPS
Learn saltwater tactics from top angling pros--and join them in an offshore fishing adventure.
This program, hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and scheduled for Nov. 2–4 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, provides a practical introduction to a wide variety of outdoor recreational skills and activities.

By Ben Secrest, Accurate Fishing

The right knots help land fish of a lifetime. This 256 lb. yellowfin is the perfect example for Team Accurate.

The attention to detail in daily life helps all of us moving forward to succeed in obstacles we face everyday. The whole adventure of fishing is based on some details that once summed up can lead to successfully landing or losing the fish of a lifetime.

One extremely important part of everyday fishing is being able to tie knots that will withstand the test of a gamefish during the heat of a lengthy battle. We wanted to show you some basic knots that will help you during your fishing adventures no matter if its at the lake, inshore along the coast or targeting larger gamefish offshore. Many of the knots are common in all fishing circles from super light line to heavy duty offshore fishing--they are proven. Here are some of the well known knots that you should become familiar with for your time on the water.

Clinch Knot is used to tie a hook, swivel, or lure onto your line. This clinch has been a staple knot among salt and freshwater anglers for years. This knot will work on monofilament or braided lines. When tying the knot make sure you cinch it tight using water or saliva to avoid any friction on the line. Tie the knot correctly and make sure you cinch it down by pulling securely on the running line. Once cinched then trim tag end.

Palomar knot Palomar has been a very popular knot among fishermen for securing their line to a hook. Its a very easy knot to tie and extremely strong. This knot works very well with monofilament and braid. There are variations of this knot out there and all work well if tied properly. Again lubricating the mono line helps reduce friction and it is extremely important to cinch the knot and trim tag end after.

UniKnot is well proven in all circles as easy to tie and can be used with heavier test line. This knot has been a main stay of lots of anglers including myself. I use it to tie on hooks, lures, swivels, and pretty much anything that requires a sound knot. When using lighter line I double the line through the eye of the hook and then tie a uniknot which gives you more strength at the eye of the hook. The thing about a unknot is when it cinches down right it's square on the hook. Very solid.

Loop knot is a popular knot among the artificial plug fishermen where a loop on the lure will elicit more action in the lure during certain retrieves. These knots are good but the thing to remember if you are going to fight gamefish for any length of time is that the loose line of the loop on the eye of the bait will wear overtime and often break. Catch a couple fish and check it for any frays to make sure you are solid.

Surgeons Knot is a double line knot for anglers looking for double the strength of their line or knots. It is also used to attach double line leaders. People use the bimini knot or the surgeons loop to attach leaders loop to loop. Very important to cinch it square or it will wear on itself.

Double Uniknot is one of the easy knots to tie and extremely reliable from two pound test to 100 lb. Its easy to tie and has a higher breaking strength versus others. This knot is used to tie leader onto your main line or to join two lines. It is a little bulkier going through the guides but is a proven performer for fishermen around the globe.

Improved Albright Knot is another knot for connecting two lines, running line to leader, that works perfect with mono, floro, or braid. This is a strong knot and very compact so it travels through the guides easier. We have used this knot for years for tying 30lb mono and to 100 to 150 lb leader material for casting rigs for stripe marlin here on the west coast. Fairly easy knot to tie once you practice it but like any knot make sure it is cinched prior to trimming any tag lines. The braid to floro leader works like magic. Remember with braid take more wraps so the knot lays right.

Tony Pena Knot works very well with mono to mono but it is the strongest of the knots we use for braid to mono/floro connections for poppers, surface lures, and baits for larger tunas. It is a very basic knot and probably the strongest we have used for leader to braid connection. With smaller lines we tie a 2 to 3 turn uni-knot for the overhand knot then ten up and ten back with the braid then through the loop. These knots push against each other when cinching and square up nicely. The knot goes through the guides well and is very easy to cast with minimal hang up in the guides. We have tied this knot exclusively for the last few years for our popper rigs with conventional gig with 65 or 80 lb braid to 100 or 130 lb floro leader. Very strong, dependable knot when tied correctly and fully cinched. Proven with the west coast tuna guys.

 All these knots have good ratings among anglers. Whatever you have the most confidence in tie. I have been tying the same knots for years and I have changed a couple knots along the way. Key to any knot is tie it correctly and most important thing is lubricate your line, cinch your knot, then trim tag end. Never trim the tag end until you cinch your knot. The knot is the very base to be successful catching fish. To be good at anything, you need to practice what is involved. Its the same with tying knots. While watching TV practice your knots. Get them right and they will help you produce that fish of a lifetime

Team Accurate
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FISHING CALENDAR
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.

September 27
Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Banquet

Wonders of Wildlife/Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO, tickets available. Meet the greats of bass angling and hear Dave Mercer emcee— www.bassfishinghof.com , or 501-541-6660.

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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