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THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2019

BOATING
When recreational boaters are in grave trouble, the captains of the on-water recreational boat-towing service, TowBoatUS, don’t hesitate to act.
COLLEGIATE FISHING
The Association of Collegiate Anglers is excited to announce that Big Bite Baits will continue their support of collegiate anglers and the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.
CONSERVATION
Because a primary goal of Colorado Parks and Wildlife is conservation of native species, aquatic biologists worked last summer to move some Rio Grande cutthroat trout from harm’s way in the San Luis Valley.

Initiatives are under way to ensure safe water and support healthy ecosystems in Lake Erie, the warmest and shallowest of the Great Lakes.
EVENTS
Hosted by the North Carolina Coastal Federation, the oyster roast is a celebration of local seafood and a healthy coast while supporting environmental restoration
The prestigious championship bass tournament — widely known as the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing” — will be held March 15-17 in downtown Knoxville and on The University of Tennessee at Knoxville campus.

FISHERIES
Captain Chip Michalove and his three-man crew at Outcast Sport Fishing hooked seven great white sharks in eight hours a few miles off the coast of Hilton Head.
FISHING TIPS
The best thing about many of the Western Shore tributaries of the Chesapeake is that they’re almost like microcosms of the Bay itself, offering a range of Chesapeake Bay fishing opportunities from freshwater to salt and a range of species from largemouth bass to striped bass.
INDUSTRY
Sarah Burke has been appointed Senior Marketing Manager at Shimano North America Fishing Inc.

Running through the weekend, five of the industry’s boat shows will be open to the public, offering the year’s best deals, seminars, career opportunities, hands-on experiences and fun for the whole family.
According to NMMA’s Monthly Shipment Report (MSR), U.S. outboard engine wholesale shipments closed 2018 up 5.9 percent, compared to 2017, for NMMA’s control group of manufacturers, representing 95 percent of the market.
This expanded partnership will now allow St. Croix to focus completely on the manufacture and distribution of the finished “Best Rods on Earth” from their Park Falls, Wisconsin, facility, while RODgeeks handles the distribution of St. Croix blanks to custom rod builders.

INVASIVE SPECIES
This is the second occurrence of the invasive plant in Arkansas, with the first being in Smith Park Lake in Miller County in 2017.
Boat owners are required to purchase the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) stamp and operators must retain proof of purchase (electronic or printed receipt) on his or her person, the motorboat or sailboat, when operating the vessel
JOBS
The deadline is fast approaching to apply for summer employment with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

ORGANIZATIONS
Registration is now open for POMA's 14th Annual Business Conference happening June 18-20, 2019 in Wichita, Kansas.
To open their January Board meeting in Denver, Colorado, the AFFTA Board unanimously approved Jesse Haller to fill a recently vacated Director seat.
Long-time member and volunteer Phil Bloom has been named Interim Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), North America’s oldest and largest association of professional outdoor communicators, after the resignation of Executive Director Brandon Shuler.
SHOWS
The National Rifle Association is proud to announce an exciting schedule of new and not-to-miss attractions, seminars, celebrity guests, events and more at the 2019 Great American Outdoor Show, scheduled Feb. 2-10 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
STATES
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is planning to treat hydrilla on Lake Lawne on Jan. 30, weather permitting.
Fish passage waivers are permissible within the state’s fish passage policy if alternatives to providing passage are more beneficial than if passage were provided at the original location for which passage is required.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Kendra Wecker, chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife, announced today the appointments of Pete Novotny and Todd Haines as assistant chiefs for the division.
With all of the rainfall the state has endured the last few months, the Army Corps of Engineers is generating at the dam sites and running lots of water into the tailwaters throughout the state, from Beaver Lake and the White River to Millwood Lake and Little River and lots in between.
TOURNAMENTS
The annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament is held on the third Sunday in May -- May 19 this year -- at Island Beach State Park.
Catfish anglers from several states will travel to Wheeler Lake at Decatur, AL for a King Kat Tournament Trail event presented by Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s on March 16.
The national bass fishing team will be competing this February 8 thru 15 in South Africa on the river Vaal.

FISHING CALENDAR
January 25-27
Fly Fishing Show

New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, NJ;  www.flyfishingshow.com

February 1-2
Fly Fishing Show

Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA; www.flyfishingshow.com

February 2-10
Great American Outdoor Show

The annual Great American Outdoor Show will be held at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

February 9-10
Battle of the Bay

Tampa Bay to support military veterans’ organizations, $25 entry; www.mywarriorsplace.org/fishing-tournament.

March 22-24
Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic

State Fairgrounds in Columbia, S.C.; www.psc@dnr.sc.gov

 
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