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MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2019

COAST GUARD
At 8:13 a.m., Coast Guard Station Marblehead received notification from an Ohio Department of Natural Resources representative that there were approximately 100 people stranded on an ice floe and that there were an additional 30 to 40 people in the water.
COLLEGIATE FISHING
This year's premier collegiate event will be held on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama and will feature a week-long schedule of activities for the collegiate anglers who've traveled from across the nation to compete.
CONSERVATION
Today, a single company, Omega Protein, accounts for 80 percent of the coastwide catch of menhaden, and this level of harvest could be responsible for as much as a 30-percent reduction in striped bass, the nation’s largest marine recreational fishery.

Ten years ago a regulation made it illegal for the sport fishing sector in Costa Rica to take a billfish, sailfish or marlin, out of the water for a “hero shot” photo of their prized catch.
Oysters and oyster reefs provide important benefits to the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, including clarifying water and providing fish habitat.
ENFORCEMENT
The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help in finding a person who has made several suspected false distress alerts to the Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command center since late December.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men for alleged gill net violations involving two separate cases in Plaquemines Parish.
FISHERIES
NOAA Fisheries has set the recreational minimum size limit for shortfin mako shark caught in federal waters (3 - 200 miles offshore) to 71 inches (fork length) for male sharks, and 83 inches (fork length) for female sharks.
The agreement, a milestone for NOAA, bolsters public-private sector cooperation promoting sustainable and responsible recreational fishing and boating opportunities in federal waters, including National Marine Sanctuaries.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will host three public meetings in March regarding Winnebago System walleye management.
GEAR
The West Palm Beach Fishing Club’s popular Marine Yard Sale is set for Saturday, April 13th at the club’s Fifth Street & North Flagler Drive headquarters.
When it comes to fishing topwaters, rattlebaits, bladed jigs, swim jigs and lots more, Seaguar Pro Mark Daniels Jr. says it's hard to beat the smooth, no-stretch power of Seaguar Smackdown Braid.

PRO TEAMS
With the 2019 Bassmaster Classic on the horizon, three Lure Lock pro anglers have been preparing their gear for the biggest event of bass fishing and are ready to take aim at hoisting the Bassmaster Classic trophy over their head.
SHOWS
Anglers who love to fish the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding waters will be flocking to the Bay Bridge Boat Show this April, to see the best fishing boats on the market today.
STATES
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will host a series of statewide meetings to inform the public and seek input on the proposed new statewide changes for trout fishing regulations.
This ongoing project aims to remove or restore all barriers fish passage between the headwaters in the Green Mountain National Forest and the main stem of the Mettawee.
Visiting winter boaters: It’s time to schedule your free watercraft inspections and decontaminations before heading home.
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.
Red tide was observed only in background concentrations off Hillsborough and Lee counties, and was not present anywhere else in state water samping.
During the week of March 17-23, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) are encouraging boaters toSpring Aboard by enrolling in a boating education course.
Fishing offers a great way for families to experience the diverse aquatic life and scenic places that Texas has to offer.
TOURNAMENTS
In response to flood warnings impacting the Red Wing, Minnesota area, the NWT event May 2-3 will be hosted on Lake Winnebago at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
WILDLIFE
Outdoorsmen, anglers and anyone driving through deer country, particularly in low light hours, can benefit from these safety tips.

FISHING CALENDAR
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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