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TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019

COLLEGIATE FISHING
The University of North Alabama duo of Houston Calvert of Hayden, Alabama, and Justin Lane of Florence, Alabama, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake Guntersville presented by Bass Pro Shops Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 29 pounds, 3 ounces.
CONSERVATION
Shorebird nests, eggs and chicks are well-camouflaged and can easily be missed and even stepped on unless people know to look out for them.
Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe today announced the filing of rule amendments that will designate 749 miles of rivers and streams as Category One waterways, marking the first time in more than a decade that the state has designated waterways to this high level of protection.

CONTESTS
K-12 students from across the country can enter their artwork in the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest from now through March 31.
EVENTS
The Big Easy Casino will once again be the scene of the Dania Beach Marine Flea Market for four days, March 14th-17th.
Every fly-fishing tool from factory-fresh rods and reels to boots, waders, clothing and accessories – along with resorts and destinations to enjoy them – will greet visitors to the Lancaster Fly Fishing Show® Sat. and Sun. (March 9-10) in the Lancaster County Convention Center, 3 East Vine St., Lancaster.

FISHERIES
Winter conditions – very cold temperatures and heavy snow over ice, for example – can kill fish and other aquatic creatures like turtles, frogs, toads and crayfish.
Two brief seasons are planned in July for recreational anglers due to the limited number of adult red snapper thought to be in South Atlantic federal waters.
GRANTS
Nonprofit organizations dedicated to youth adventures on the water, education and stewardship encouraged to apply for grant funding in March

Groups that help people become hunters or anglers – or keep on hunting or fishing – can apply for grants from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
INDUSTRY
Lure Lock is excited to announce that Lure Lock cases featuring the ElasTak gel are now available in Walmart stores across the United States.
The next generation of the Crestliner Fish Hawk series expands the Deep-V line-up; a brand-new 1650 Fish Hawk joins the legendary family; the 1800 Bay enhances the Mod-V series; and the versatile Chase Pontoon series bolsters Crestliner’s recreational options.

NEW PRODUCTS
Realtree Reel Cod Skin Bites are made using wholesome and natural ingredients and are great for dogs with allergies to common meat proteins, such as chicken and pork.
The Cordova 20 Extra Small Cooler delivers all the features that have made Cordova coolers the new standard in outdoor food and beverage storage but in a size that is easy to transport from a vehicle to wherever adventure takes you.
Versatile and easy to carry, the new TrailBlaze™ drop-point folding knife from Outdoor Edge is a fully capable folding knife that is also conveniently suited for everyday carry.

RECORD FISH
Vermont Fish & Wildlife today announced that two fish caught in 2018, a cisco and a redhorse sucker, have been certified as new state records.
STATES
If you’re interested in talking with DNR fisheries staff about local and statewide issues important to you and your community, stop by one of the upcoming “Conversations & Coffee” events around the state this month and next.
Join Alaska Board of Fisheries Executive Director Glenn Haight at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery (WJHSFH) on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a seminar on how you can influence fishing regulations.
Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located near Cordesville in Berkeley County opened for fishing on March 1 for adult-youth only fishing.
This year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) will introduce three new additional award categories recognizing even more angler catches.
Hunting and fishing in North Dakota contributed an estimated $2.1 billion in annual input to the state’s economy, according to a recent report by the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University.
With frigid temperatures gripping much of the state and many lakes locked with thick ice, the spring stockings of rainbow trout and the season opener at the Two Rivers State Recreation Area Trout Lake are on hold.
TOURNAMENTS
The new tournament dates will be October 4th-5th on Kentucky Lake, out of Paris Landing State Park Marina in Henry County, TN.
WORKSHOPS
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, 1249 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL will have an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing school on Sat, March 16, with two expert saltwater guides as instructors.

by Buzz Ramsey, Yakima Bait Company

"Still-Fishing" (also known as dead-sticking or plunking) dough bait for trout is a popular and productive method for catching trout from lakes, reservoirs and rivers, many of which are frequently stocked with hatchery trout. It’s so Easy:Cast out, allow your outfit to sink to the bottom, wait for a bite, and set-the-hook when your rod tip dips toward the water. It’s important to leave some slack in your line, so trout can swim off with your bait and swallow it without feeling line resistance before you yank back on your rod tip to set the hook.

When using PowerBait you can greatly increase your success by using the right amount of dough trout bait in combination with a Lil’ Corky single-egg-imitation so that your bait will float above bottom to allow cruising trout to find it. This is fundamental to success and often results in quick limits. The buoyancy of your Lil Corky single-egg-imitation will take the guess work out of how much dough bait is the right amount to float your bait. 

When rigging a Lil’ Corky/PowerBait combination, use a ball of PowerBait slightly larger than your Lil’ Corky. We can tell you, based on extensive testing and observation of underwater video footage, that you will catch far more fish if your Lil’ Corky and PowerBait combination floats side-by-side in the water column.

 

Selecting the Right Leader Length: 

Leader length is important because, after all, you want your bait floating at the depth the fish are cruising, which might be close to the bottom during times when the water is clear and sun bright, higher in the water column during the spring - when water temperatures begin to warm - early and/or late in the day, or on overcast days. And while the average leader length should be 18-to-24 inches, a leader long enough to extend above bottom-growing vegetation might be the ticket to success when trout are swimming just above the weed tops. 

 

Rigging is Easy:

Simply thread your main line through the hole in an oval egg sinker, add a small plastic bead, and tie your line end to a size ten (10) barrel swivel. Then attach your leader (18-to-24 inches), complete with Lil’ Corky threaded on the leader above hook, to the free end of your swivel end, then mold a ball of PowerBait around your hook. 

Note: A size 12 treble hook should be used in combination with a size 12 Lil Corky, and size 14 treble with size 14 Lil Corky bait floater if you intend to keep the fish--if you're release fishing, avoid trebles and go with a larger single hook, maybe size 10.

 

Terminal Tackle You Will Need: 

1) Selection of size 12 and 14 Lil’ Corky floating egg imitation/bait-floaters; the most popular colors are pink pearl, red, orange, pink, sherbet, clown, and (for night fishing - where legal) luminous flame.   

2) Selection of size 12 and 14 treble hooks.

3) Selection of ¼, 3/8 and 1/2 ounce “Oval Egg” free-sliding sinkers.

4) Size 10 barrel swivels.

5) Size 4 and/or 6mm plastic beads

6) Spool of four (4) or six (6) pound test monofilament or fluorocarbon leader material. Fluorocarbon leader material is less visible to fish.

 

Prepared Bait 

The most popular and productive dough trout bait is Berkley PowerBait with the garlic flavors preferred by many anglers. The most popular dough bait colors include Rainbow, Sherbet, Chartreuse, Peach, and Flame Orange.

 

Rods, Reels and Fishing Line

Anglers specializing in still-fishing PowerBait employ 6 to 7 foot soft-tipped spinning rods rated for 2-to-8 pound test fishing line. Your spinning reel should be one with a quality drag, like an Abu Garcia or Pflueger brand. Purchasing a rod and reel combination, like one offered by Shakespeare and sized for trout, can represent an affordable option. The most popular fishing line is six (6) pound test monofilament. 

For more details, visit www.yakimabait.com

FISHING CALENDAR
March 9-10
Fly Fishing Show, Lancaster County Convention Center

3 East Vine St., Lancaster, Penn.; www.flyfishingshow.com

Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley

March 12
Free Inshore Seminar

Famed snook guide Scott Moore joins Captain Mike Anderson of “Reel Animals TV” for free inshore seminar, 7 to 9 p.m. at Gator Ford off I-4 east of Tampa, free food and drink; www.reelanimalsfishingteam.com.

Scott Moore and Captain Mike Anderson Free Inshore Seminar

Famed snook captain Scott Moore joins Captain Mike Anderson of “Reel Animals” radio and TV for a free inshore seminar at 7 p.m. at Gator Ford off I-4 east of Tampa. Free food and drink are included.

March 16
Longest Trout All-Release Tournament

Tampa Bay, $25 entry, PowerPole Shallow Water Anchor as first prize, proceeds to Angling for Relief pediatric cancer relief, Salty Shamrock in Apollo Beach; https://www.facebook.com/fishingisrelief

March 22-24
Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic

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

May 16-19
Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament

Destin, Florida, cash prizes for most lionfish brought in; www.emeraldcoastopen.com

May 23-24
2019 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops

June 3-9
Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel, Biloxi, MS; mgcbc.com

 
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