Women to Tackle Fishing at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Gulf Coast University 2-15-2018

The popular “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” University returns to the Gulf Coast March 23-25, 2018 for their saltwater fishing seminar weekend at Bass Pro Shops Fort Myers. Hosted by the nonprofit Ladies Let’s Go Fishing Foundation, the event offers classroom instruction, hands-on fishing activities, conservation, networking and optional guided boat fishing. Perfect for women, men and teens who want to learn local fishing, this “No-Yelling School of Fishing” begins with informal networking on Friday evening. On Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm are speakers on conservation, inshore/backcountry and kayak fishing, equipment usage and more, followed by a hands-on fishing skill practice for releasing, dehooking/conservation, knot tying, … Continue reading Women to Tackle Fishing at Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Gulf Coast University 2-15-2018

Florida Keys Flats to Be Site of Spring Bonefish and Redfish Shootout, March 6-9 2-2-2018

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Up to 30 flats anglers can compete in the Jim Bokor Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish and Redfish Shootout set for Tuesday through Friday, March 6-9. The tournament was named after Bokor in recognition of his unwavering support of Keys fishing and his renowned record as an Islamorada flats angler. The all-release event’s point-earning rules dictate that to garner the title of grand champion, the winner needs a “slam” consisting of a redfish and bonefish combination, and that one line of maximum 10-pound test be used for all categories of tackle divisions: bait, artificial and fly. Overall grand-champion … Continue reading Florida Keys Flats to Be Site of Spring Bonefish and Redfish Shootout, March 6-9 2-2-2018

Anglers to Target Permit During Lower Keys’ March Merkin Tournament 1-28-2018

STOCK ISLAND, Florida Keys — Anglers passionate about targeting permit can seek the wily sport fish during the 2018 March Merkin Permit Tournament set for Monday through Thursday, March 12-15.  The angler who catches the most inches of permit while fly-fishing on the flats earns the title of tournament grand champion. The competition also is to recognize the grand champion guide, first and second runners-up and guides, and angler and guide who score the longest single permit. The tournament is to begin with a 6 p.m. kick-off dinner and rules meeting Monday, March 12, at Key West Harbour Yacht Club, … Continue reading Anglers to Target Permit During Lower Keys’ March Merkin Tournament 1-28-2018

Louisiana DWF Agents Perform Search and Rescue in Texas, Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division currently has 40 agents with 40 trucks and 40 vessels performing search and rescue missions in coordination with the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Law Enforcement Division in the Houston area for the flooding impacts caused by Hurricane Harvey. The LDWF agents have mostly been performing search and rescue missions in the southeastern Houston and the Katy areas. As of the morning of Aug. 29, LDWF agents have assisted Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Law Enforcement Division and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Law Enforcement Division with over 5,000 rescues. … Continue reading Louisiana DWF Agents Perform Search and Rescue in Texas, Louisiana

Florida Snook Season Starts Sept. 1

          | August 30, 2017   The recreational harvest season for snook starts Sept. 1 statewide. Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages anglers to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home. When releasing a snook, proper handling methods can help ensure your fish’s survival and the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about catch-and-release and the best way to handle a fish, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on … Continue reading Florida Snook Season Starts Sept. 1

ICAST Show Specials

Discounts, cash back, free freight, free goods and combos are just a few of the deals available only at ICAST from almost 200 exhibitors.When you arrive, pick up a copy of the ICAST Show Specials guide at the Registration Desk to see what’s being offered. Win Prizes By Writing Orders Just by writing orders, you have the chance to win daily cash prizes and the chance to win the Grand Prize of a trip for two to Crocodile Bay Resort in Costa Rica. Enter the Buyer Raffle To enter, simply ask the exhibitor for an entry form. When your order … Continue reading ICAST Show Specials

Behind the Increase in Gulf Red Snapper Harvest

Red snapper surface to feed on leftover bait that was tossed into the water over one of the thousands of artificial reefs off the Alabama coast. Photo by David Rainer By DAVID RAINER Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Fishing buddy Todd Kercher posted a video last weekend that many feel justifies the significant extension of the red snapper season for private recreational anglers in federal waters. Todd took his family out in the Gulf of Mexico to catch a limit of snapper, two per person with a 16-inch minimum. What he captured on video was what many snapper … Continue reading Behind the Increase in Gulf Red Snapper Harvest

Louisiana Proposal for Red Snapper Anglers Smells Fishy by Chris Horton

Louisiana Proposal for Red Snapper Anglers Smells Fishy Chris Horton, Fisheries Program Director, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation It was Albert Einstein who said that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. The continued trend of shorter and shorter recreational red snapper seasons under federal management, despite an abundant, healthy red snapper population, certainly seems insane. As a frequent Gulf Coast angler, I think we can all agree – it is time we think outside the box and break out of this federal mismanagement. On the surface, the announcement by Governor John … Continue reading Louisiana Proposal for Red Snapper Anglers Smells Fishy by Chris Horton

More Gulf Red Snapper Fishing Opens Today (June 16)

This Friday, June 16, begins the first weekend of an additional 39-day season for recreational red snapper fishing in Gulf federal waters and changes to the state season. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced these expanded fishing opportunities today, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) followed with an executive order setting the updated season in state waters. The 39-day season is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday, June 16, through Monday, Sept. 4. Also included are Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4, and Monday, Sept. 4. “Recreational red snapper fishing is highly important to Florida’s … Continue reading More Gulf Red Snapper Fishing Opens Today (June 16)

ST. CROIX ROD: Mojo and the Real Thing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing   Livebaits are key to a whole new category of spotted sea trout.     By Joe Balog   Park Falls, WI (June 9, 2017) – One of the most prolific inshore species available to anglers on any coast, spotted sea trout come in two varieties: eaters and gators. Eater trout – those measuring in the fifteen-inch range – are extremely popular game fish, due to their affinity to gather in big schools and chase down numerous lures. Gator trout, however, are a whole different ballgame. … Continue reading ST. CROIX ROD: Mojo and the Real Thing