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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2020

FISHERIES
The New England Fishery Management Council is seeking feedback, via their contractor Tidal Bay Consulting, on a template for a limited entry program for party/charter vessels in the recreational groundfish fishery.
FISHERIES HABITAT
The Corps has approved a planned deviation from LORS 2008 in anticipation of and following freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), to help reduce the risk of potential concerns associated with algal blooms in Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie, and Caloosahatchee estuaries while maintaining other project purposes.
FISHING SPOTS
Anglers fishing Sarasota Bay with Captain Rick Grassett had action with trout, blues, tripletail and more on flies and DOA Lures recently.

FISHING TIPS
Flounder, redfish, trout and more are on the agenda this month in the shallows of North Florida around St. Andrews Bay.
GEAR
Gamakatsu made their legendary Split Shot/Drop Shot hooks even more effective by adding fluorescent colors.
On the water, a high-quality hat shades the eyes while protecting the head from harmful UV rays. SPRO logo hats are fully adjustable to fit most heads.

Northland Fishing Tackle is offering a key addition to its industry-leading Glo-Shot® lineup, the Glo-Shot Fire-Belly Spoon.
Big Bite’s most popular shapes and colors are available in bulk packs of 25 and 100 counts. There are three great reasons to buy your favorite baits in bulk.
INDUSTRY
On September 14, 2020, the Alabama Marine Resources Division (MRD) opened applications for relief funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist in the recovery efforts of Alabama’s seafood-related businesses such as commercial fishing, processing, marine aquaculture, and charter for-hire activities.

MidwayUSA announces the release of "Hooked on Fishing", a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA.
JOBS
We're looking for a talented Copywriter/Producer to work on some of our biggest (and best) clients including national accounts with national exposure.
ORGANIZATIONS
The Wade Bourne Nature Center near Clarksville, Tenn., will open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 24.
STATES
The calendar includes hunting, fishing and trapping season dates for each month, along with beautiful photography, and it makes the perfect gift for any outdoor recreationist.
However, during the fall months there are special regulations in place as some species are spawning, so be sure to consult the 2020 Open Water and Ice Fishing Laws before you go.
Most anglers are still utilizing fly fishing tackle in order to catch chinook salmon, the most abundant fall species.
Catfish stocked in ponds around the state provide fishing opportunities for families starting the week of Oct. 20.
Flounder will be closed for harvest during the entire month of November for both commercial and recreational fishermen due to overfishing.
As the weather turns cooler, Nebraskans are urged to check boats, boat lifts and docks for invasive species when removing them from water bodies for the winter.
This webinar series will explore how agencies, universities, and locally-led organizations are working together to protect Michigan’s natural resources through the Michigan Invasive Species Program.
Due to upgrades, Fairfax Pond Dam at the Fairfax Pond-Rehe Wildlife Management Area in Preston County will be temporarily closed to fishing, waterfowl hunting and other recreation starting Oct. 20.
TOURNAMENTS
Cody Meyer caught 68 largemouth bass weighing 123 pounds, 12 ounces to win Shotgun Round 2 at the General Tire World Championship.
Lee Livesay had options, but he committed to a singular game plan based on patience and execution to win the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake with a four-day total of 58 pounds, 2 ounces.
The Texas Team Trail (TXTT) presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s will host its championship event on October 24-25 at Choke Canyon Reservoir.
WILDLIFE
The slow speed zone has been extended through Nov. 3 to protect an aggregation of the rare whale species.

Their mission is to support children in foster care through fly fishing and introduce them to their local water ecosystems, with the hope that connecting them to a rewarding hobby will provide an opportunity for foster children to have fun, feel supported, and develop a meaningful connection with the outdoors.

At Loon Outdoors we believe that sharing the outdoors with young people is a critical part of conserving and protecting the outdoors. People protect what they love and find enjoyment in. Organizations like The Mayfly Project use fly fishing as a catalyst to mentor children in foster care. Their mission is to support children in foster care through fly fishing and introduce them to their local water ecosystems, with the hope that connecting them to a rewarding hobby will provide an opportunity for foster children to have fun, feel supported, and develop a meaningful connection with the outdoors. Brett Zundel, Co-Owner of Loon Outdoors, had the opportunity to chat with Jess Westbrook from The Mayfly Project about their program.

Brett: You guys are all about building relationships with kids. What is it about fly fishing that helps you guys build these relationships?

Jess: We've found that children that have experienced trauma often have a difficult time opening up, so fly fishing is a perfect avenue to keep the pressure off of the conversations, and to just have fun without big expectations.

In regard to TMP, what are you most proud of?

We are most proud of not just the number of kids we are able to reach, but the quality of their experiences with our mentors. Our mentors are so great at meeting these kids where they are at and truly passing on the gift of fly fishing and conservation to the next generation.

What is something that has surprised you in establishing TMP?

We have been surprised and honored to see how quickly the fly fishing community has stepped up to the plate—to mentor, give, and care about our projects and about foster children!

Why are you passionate about kids in foster care in particular?

Foster children are a population that is often overlooked, but one that needs a connection with the outdoors more than most--if we don't take time to lead them there, they may not have anyone in their lives to teach them. Often, these kids have PTSD and other disorders that require coping mechanisms to manage their lives. Fly fishing is a coping mechanism that can help them succeed.

What is the biggest misconception people have about foster care?

The biggest misconception is these kids are really difficult to work with and may cause big problems for their mentors. We actually have found the opposite effect—caseworkers and group home staff call us after the project outings and say they have never seen their kids so engaged and happy at once. The majority of the kids we work with are typical kids, they are just in a crummy situation and need us to get them out for some fun!

When relationships are the goal it can be hard to define “success”, but what do you think of as a “win” in the work that you do?

The win for us isn't a step in a relationship, it's a smile, it's a kid forgetting to worry for a little while, it's a kid that says they are amazing for catching a big fish. It's all about building those positive memories in a world of mostly difficult memories.

Can you tell a single story that helps capture the heart of TMP?

The win for us isn’t a step in a relationship, it’s a smile, it’s a kid forgetting to worry for a little while, it’s a kid that says they are amazing for catching a big fish. It’s all about building those positive memories in a world of mostly difficult memories.

What makes an ideal mentor?

The ideal mentor does not have to be a professional fly fishing guide!! Someone who has a heart for foster children enjoys teaching fly fishing and is reliable!

What advice do you have for someone who wants to take kids fishing?

HAVE FUN - Do not let tailing loops, drifts full of drag or slapping the water with their fly rod ruin the trip!! Simply have fun focus on what the kids want (even if it means putting on a pink bugger because it's their favorite color)!!

Learn more about The Mayfly Project at themayflyproject.com or on Instagram.

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