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Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting 10-20 hard-working volunteers to help build oyster domes at our Marine Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde.
On Wednesday, February 27, NMMA – in coordination with the Congressional Boating Caucus – will host an event in Washington, D.C. to highlight the recreational boating industry’s economic impact at the national, state, and local level.
The Dunbar family has acquired Hofmann’s Lures Incorporated – a brand that has been in the fishing lure industry since 1952.

Correct Craft University is a voluntary program meant to provide opportunities for personal, professional and leadership enhancement.
According to Chris Steffen, KDWPT aquatic nuisance species coordinator, no zebra mussel larvae were detected in 2018 sampling efforts on 110 Kansas lakes not on the ANS Waters list.
The position is based in suburban Atlanta (Kennesaw, GA), where Game & Fish produces 28 monthly hunting and fishing magazines and online digital content that targets sportsmen in specific states or regions.

Tony Pena, 70, an international angler, writer and photographer, died Jan. 17 of an apparent heart attack in his San Diego area home
This week, Outdoors Radio features kayak instructor Jon Small, fishing guide Tyler Chisholm, pro angler Duffy Kopf and NRA safety instructor Starla Batzko. Jeff reports on great panfish action in central Wisconsin. Dan gears up for the Wisconsin Public Television Garden Expo Feb. 8-10 and Milwaukee Muskie Expo Feb. 15-17
We'll shift from hunting to crabbing when we tell you all about the Crack'n Crab Cleaner and Gauge made by TEAL Crab and with the continuing show season in mind, Trey Carskadon joins us to preview the second largest sportsmen's show in the nation, the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show coming up in Portland, Oregon.

More than 150,000 people visited a NMMA boat or sportshow this past weekend to browse and buy the latest in boats and accessories.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will hold two meetings in February to discuss selection of the next Wyoming Game and Fish Department director.
Wyoming Game and Fish Director Scott Talbott announced his retirement after 34 years of service with the agency.

Major research projects are highlighted, as well as documenting the extensive publications available via FWC's Digital Library.
Kevin Condon, 34, of Brattleboro, Vermont, is the lucky winner of the 2018 Vermont Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Lottery.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding several public meetings to gather community input about the agency’s aquatic plant herbicide treatment program.

The latest edition of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s fishing and trout fishing guidebooks are being distributed to AGFC offices and license dealers around the state.
Anglers of all skill levels are encouraged to join the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jewel Lake on Saturday, February 9, 2019, for a wefishak Community Fishing Day.
The FWC Commission will listen to public testimony on and discuss several marine fisheries management items at the Feb. 20-21 meeting in Gainesville.
Since most people now access the internet through their smart-phones, is now more mobile friendly: users can look up fishing and hunting regulations, download maps of Wildlife Management Areas, and purchase licenses, all on-the-go.
The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida, but was not observed in the northwest or on the east coast.
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Anglers discover that topwater redfishing is a lesson in quick thinking and accurate casting in Top Redfish, the upcoming episode of “Chasin’ The Sun.” The latest episode of the show, featuring co-hosts Justin Leake and Travis Holeman, is presented by Visit Panama City Beach, and will air on Saturday, February 2 at 8:00 a.m. EST / 7:00 a.m. CST on Discovery Channel.
This weekend on Discovery Channel, you’re not going to want to miss new programming from The Fish Guyz, The Next Bite, Operation Fishing Freedom, The Experience and more.
The 2019 Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River is scheduled for Feb. 7-10 with daily takeoffs at 7:30 a.m. ET from Palatka City Dock and Boat Ramp and weigh-ins at 4:10 p.m. each day at Palatka Riverfront Park.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering grants to assist high school fishing clubs in providing quality fishing programs for their members.

By Buzz Ramsey

It was co-worker Jarod Higginbotham who turned me onto the Two-Timing Steelhead Rig when he hooked two fat steelheads, in just a few casts, on this double rig suspended under a float while drifting his outfit through a pool where fresh steelhead were holding. The double set up works for more than just steelhead as we’ve caught trout, cutthroat, whitefish, and coho salmon while using it.

Besides being effective for nearly every river species, the Two-Timing rig is easy to tie up and use. It’s float fishing with a steelhead jig suspended under a pencil shaped bobber with a leader, 18-to-24 inches works, extending from your jig to a LiL’ Corky single-egg-imitation and hook. The Corky is pegged, held in position on your leader, a few inches above the hook by wedging a tooth pick where the leader threads through your Corky and breaking it off flush with the imitation egg.

The sizing of the hook and Corky are important because your goal is to offset the buoyancy of your Corky with a hook large enough to make it sink below your jig, but not so heavy a hook that it inhibits the Corky’s ability to look natural as it drifts along. In addition, you can increase your odds of success by setting your bobber such that your Corky will nudge bottom occasionally as it drifts downriver a few feet under your jig.

I remember Jarod being more than a little excited as he explaining to me how the buoyancy of the Corky helps float the hook point up (meaning you get hung on the bottom at lot less often) and how the larger/heavier hook required for this set up produces more-hookups-per-strike due to the bigger point-to-shank gap as compared to that of a smaller hook.

The first time we tried it together we landed four steelheads; three came on the Corky as compared to one on the steelhead jig located just a few feet up the line. With success like this, it’s like: why not add a leader and Corky to your steelhead jig when float fishing?

The Basics of Float Fishing

Float fishing is similar to the drift fishing method in that you cast out, across and slightly upstream, pick up the slack line between you and your float, and allow your float, jig and Corky (suspended below your jig) to drift downstream and through the holding water. Your drift is complete when your outfit nears the tail out, jig begins hitting bottom, or you cannot eliminate line drag by mending, which is when you’ll need to reel in and cast again.Float fishing consists of a series of casts, drifts, and retrieves. Because you’re fishing with your eyes rather than by feel, you’ll need to keep close tabs on your bobber at all times. When/if your bobber goes down/disappears (signaling a fish has taken youroffering) you must quickly and immediately set the hook.

In all cases, a drag-free drift with your float moving at or a bit slower than the river current is critical to success. If you’re fishing a current edge, that is, where slack and moving water meet, on the near side of the river, you should have no problem with line drag. It may be a different story if you’re casting out into a hole or drift where river current, especially a strong one, can grab your main line the moment it hits the water’s surface and push it downstream faster than your float is moving.

One way to reduce or momentarily eliminate line belly and its effect on maintaining a natural drift is to mend your line. Line mending is something fly anglers do, for the same reason, to prevent their fly from skating across and downstream too fast. To mend your line, start with your rod tip at a low angle and pointed at your float, progressively pull your rod tip up and backward (toward you) while rolling your rod tip and line upstream. When you mend, it’s important to do so aggressively enough that your main line will be tossed upstream all the way to your float. Given a strong current combined with a cross current cast, you may have to mend your main line several times during a single drift.

Casting out at a slight downstream angle and feeding line off your reel fast enough that your bobber won’t be overcome by line drag can reduce or eliminate the effects of line belly on your bobber. If you’re a boater, you can cast out to the side or at a 45-degree angle downstream too, but you may find better success and eliminate all line drag by anchoring above the area you wish to fish and maneuver your bobber directly downstream from your anchored boat.

Float fishing works best when the rivers are medium to low in height and the water is clear. And although float fishing will work anywhere fish hold, it’s especially effective for fishing current edges, where fast and slack water meet, a place where steelhead often hold.

Most anglers will suspended their jig half to three quarters of the way to the river bottom when fishing areas where the water is eight feet or less in depth and within a few feet of bottom where it’s deeper.

The two-timing rig means adding an 18-to-24-inch leader to your jig – just tie the leader to the bend of your jig hook and slide the knot up the hook shank toward the jig head, which will allow your jig to suspend below your float in a horizontal position (the fish like this jig presentation best).

Lil’ Corky single egg imitations are buoyant so it’s important when fishing one under a jig to offset the buoyancy of your Corky with a single hook large enough to make your Corky sink/drift below your jig. For the right amount of buoyancy, what works is a size 12 Corky rigged in conjunction with a size #1 single hook –(what I use is the needle point hook made by Owner.)

In more turbid water or at times when fish might respond to a larger egg imitation, try a size 10 or 8 Corky rigged in combination with a size 1/0 single hook. The key here is to peg your Corky 2-to-3 inches above your single hook with a round tooth pick. The buoyancy of the Corky floats the hook point up so you get hung up less with it as compared to using a bead or other non-buoyant egg imitation. Although any hook color will work there are times when a red colored hook might out-produce a bronze or nickel colored one. This outfit can be even more effective if you set your bobber such that the hook pegged a few inches below your Corky taps bottom occasionally as it drifts downstream in the river current.

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February 1-2
Fly Fishing Show

Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA;

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;

March 22-24
Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic

State Fairgrounds in Columbia, S.C.;

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