Fishing Wire Ranger Boats
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2020

CONSERVATION
Eight major recreational fishing and boating groups are asking the Virginia General Assembly to advance legislation that transfers management authority of Atlantic menhaden, a key food source for striped bass and other recreational fish, to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.
An effort by the Angler Action Foundation and the state of Florida to restore essential fish habitat in southwest Florida will pay dividends for the health of its coast and the Everglades.
CONTESTS
The deadline is fast approaching for the 2020 State-Fish Art Contest, supported by Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops.

ENFORCEMENT
Judge Kevin Connor sentenced Larissa Demoll, 51, of Boothville, for obstruction of justice, filing false public records, negligent homicide and hit and run driving and ordered her to serve three separate two-year jail terms and three separate three-year jail terms with all of them running concurrently.
EVENTS
Famed TV angler Jimmy Houston is among the many speakers, and a kid's casting contest welcomes the youngsters.
FISHERIES
Check out this interesting drone video of South Carolina fisheries researchers running inshore trammel nets to capture, record and tag redfish, flounder and other inshore species.

It's not easy, but trout in Wyoming's frigid streams find a way to make it though the long, cold winters.
Here are three spots that offer great fishing in February as well as incredible views to help you forget the cold temperatures.
Several rule changes for spotted seatrout go into effect Feb. 1, including a closure to spotted seatrout harvest in the new Western Panhandle management zone.

ICE FISHING
With lots of good ice available statewide this month, getting out on the ice is a great family outing that can result in a great fried fish feast.
INDUSTRY
Pelican Products, Inc., the global leader in high-performance protective cases, recently announced an all-new line of Pelican™ CARGO Cases designed to provide the highest level of protection for gear and equipment on vehicles while optimizing storage for overlanding and outdoor adventure travel, professional applications and everyday use.
JOBS
BHA seeks a coordinator to lead our newly established Armed Forces Initiative (AFI) program. This individual will work to develop and implement the AFI program, supporting AFI programming efforts across North America.
PRO ANGLERS
Last year's Bassmaster Classic champion reflects on life and his career after heart surgery, and welcomes fans to the Bassmaster Classic Expo next month in Birmingham, Alabama.
STATES
Hatchery crews work in challenging conditions to produce Chinook salmon for anglers
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), in coordination with Whatcom County Parks, will temporarily close the Ferndale Nooksack River boat launch and public access to Hovander Park and the Tennant Lake Wildlife Area Unit in Whatcom County due to major flooding of the Nooksack River. 
The FWC Commission will listen to public testimony on and discuss several marine fisheries management items at the Feb. 19-20 meeting in Tallahassee.
Check out these videos detailing habitat restoration efforts restoring salmon, steelhead and trout fisheries across the state.
Don’t miss this opportunity to attend one of three public meetings to provide comments and opinions on how best to manage the 2020 spring Chinook Salmon fisheries in the Clearwater, Hells Canyon, lower Salmon, and Little Salmon river drainages.
Excitement for the spring trout fishing season begins today as the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is pleased to make its 2020 adult trout stocking schedules available online and on the PFBC’s “FishBoatPA” mobile app.
Fish and Wildlife Commissioners and ODFW staff will host a meet and greet on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 4:30-6 p.m. at ODFW’s booth (spot 539 in Hall C) at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show, Portland Expo Center.
Though low levels of red tide were observed in some ares, there were no fish kills or respiratory irritation reported.
Don’t miss the opportunity to provide comment on management for summer flounder/scup/black sea bass and bluefish during several public scoping hearings in February held by the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council.
TOURNAMENTS
Faith in his area rewarded Matt Robertson with his biggest limit of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeastern Regional on Lake Okeechobee and delivered the winning three-day total weight of 59 pounds, 14 ounces.
Unpredictable Florida weather will be a factor in the Bassmaster Elite Series opener on the St. Johns River out of Palatka.
Consistency was key for the Florida B.A.S.S. Nation team, which backed up a Wednesday leading weight of 197 pounds, 6 ounces with 198-13 Thursday to win the team championship at the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeastern Regional on Lake Okeechobee with a two-day total of 396 pounds, 3 ounces.
WORKSHOPS
Learn the basics of ice fishing, get out on the ice and catch some fish this month with CPW.

A team of 10 biologists and three commercial fishermen work together to capture and process over 1,000 live adult redfish on the deck of the commercial purse boat. Each fish is quickly measured, assessed for gender, and a small section of tail fin is removed for genetic analysis before being released alive.

Thousands of adult red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) gather in nearshore Gulf of Mexico waters during their September-November spawning season, often creating a golden vortex on the surface. Tides carry the offspring into an estuary where fish spend their first few years and are heavily targeted by anglers. Around the age of sexual maturity (3-6 years) which typically coincides with their matriculation out of the 27” slot limit, fish leave the estuary and join the spawning stock.

When blackened redfish became the craze in the 1980s, the red drum aggregations made it easy to catch huge numbers of adults in purse seines, causing concern for the sustainability of red drum populations and leading to the closure of red drum harvesting in federal waters in the Gulf. Ironically, because the population assessment of marine fish stocks typically depends on commercial landings data, this led to a new problem: The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council (GMFMC) did not have the data needed to evaluate the status of red drum populations. To address this problem, Dr. Sue Lowerre-Barbieri and team initiated a 3 year study in 2012 which integrated traditional fishing methods (spotter planes and purse seines) with emerging scientific techniques (acoustic telemetry and genetic analysis) to estimate the red drum spawning population size in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico as well as determine habitat use and site fidelity associated with reproduction.

A spotter plane is essential in locating aggregations of adult redfish such as this one off Tampa Bay. Although the aggregation is obvious from 700 feet in the air, these fish can be difficult to spot from the water.

Researchers conducted aerial surveys from Tampa Bay to Charlotte Harbor during the three spawning seasons to identify red drum aggregation locations. Working cooperatively with local commercial purse seine fishermen and a spotter plane, biologists caught, sampled, and released thousands of fish. Large sample sizes were needed to genetically characterize many individual fish for recapture rates and calculate population size. The fish were also measured for length, assessed for gender, and females had samples taken of their ovaries so that reproductive state could be determined. All red drum were then released.

One hundred of these captured red drum were implanted with acoustic tags (which emit sounds that are detected by underwater receivers) to track fish movements associated with spawning in nearshore waters between Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor. Researchers deployed 88 underwater receivers to monitor these fish, recording the date and time that a tagged fish swam within range of the receiver (400m) and the depth it was at and temperature of the water, allowing scientists to better understand individual spawning behavior. An additional 40 red drum captured inshore within estuarine nursery habitats of both Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor were implanted with tags to determine estuarine differences in recruitment to offshore spawning populations at both temporal and spatial scales.

The research showed red drum aggregations occur in nearshore waters in August and can continue through mid-November. The number of aggregations varied annually: in 2012, 6 aggregations were observed, in 2013 there were 17 sighted, and in 2014, 6 aggregations. No aggregations were sighted off Charlotte Harbor during the 2012 sampling season, possibly due to a red tide occurrence. In 2013 and 2014 aggregations were detected throughout most of the coastal area surveyed. Scientists took biological and genetic samples from 1,800 fish in 2012 (three aggregations), 3,400 fish in 2013 (six aggregations), and 3,781 fish in 2014 (5 aggregations). Acoustic telemetry data indicated that most fish use a range larger than the area between Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor. Spawning site fidelity was relatively high, with 60 percent of the fish detected in 2012 returning to the Tampa Bay spawning site in 2013 Acoustic data is currently being analyzed for fine scale behavior patterns associated with spawning as well as site fidelity in 2014 and 2015. This data will be integrated with the genetic tag/recapture data to estimate spawning population size.

Walters Burnsed S, Lowerre-Barbieri S, Bickford J, Hoerl Leone E. 2020. Recruitment and movement ecology of red drum Sciaenops ocellatus differs by natal estuary. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 633:181-196.

Lowerre-Barbieri SK, Tringali MD, Shea CP, Walters Burnsed S, Bickford J, Murphy M, Porch C. 2018. Assessing red drum spawning aggregations and abundance in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico: a multidisciplinary approach. ICES J Mar Sci. XX:fsy173.

Lowerre-Barbieri, S. K., S. L. Walters Burnsed, and J. W. Bickford. 2016. Assessing reproductive behavior important to fisheries management: a case study with red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus. Ecological Applications 26:979-995.

FISHING CALENDAR
February 1-9
Great American Outdoors Show

Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA; https://www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org
 

February 5-9
Pacific Sportsmen’s Show

Portland, OR; www.thesportshows.com

February 15-16
Fly Fishing Show

Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196 th St. S.W., Lynnwood, Wash.; www.flyfishingshow.com

February 21-23
Fly Fishing Show

Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, Calif.; www.flyfishingshow.com

February 22
Texas Team Trail

Lake Sam Rayburn, www.texasteamtrail.com

February 23
Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak

February 27 - March 1
World Fishing & Outdoor Expo

Suffern, NY

March 4-8
Fred Hall Show

Long Beach, CA; www.fredhall.com

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show

Wisconsin State Fair Park & Expo Center, West Allis, WI https://jssportsshow.com/

March 7-8
Fly Fishing Show

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

March 12-14
Casa de Campo Open

La Romana, D.R.; flyzonefishing.com

March 13-15
Saltwater Fishing Expo

Edison, NJ

March 14-15
Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley

March 21
Texas Team Trail

Lake Toledo Bend, www.texasteamtrail.com

March 26-29
Fred Hall Show

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA; https://www.fredhall.com/san-diego

March 27-29
New England Saltwater Fishing Show

Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, R.I.; http://www.nesaltwatershow.com

April 2-4
Chub Cay Invitational

Chub Cay Resort, Bahamas; chubcayfishingtournament.com

April 4
Western Walleye Expo

Adams County Regional Park, Brighton, Colorado; cowalleye@gmail.com, 970-699-5264.

April 18
Texas Team Trail

Lake Amistad,  www.texasteamtrail.com

 
Click here to unsubscribe
This newsletter was sent to [Email]
Fishing Wire - 2271 N Upton St., Arlington, VA 22207
Copyright © 2019, Outdoor Wire Digital Network.
All Rights Reserved.