SeaHunter Wins the Final Sail Championship in Key West KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Team SeaHunter, skippered by Ralph Montalvo of Coral Gables, Fla., released 11 sailfish to take top honors in the Final Sail tournament that ended April 19 in the Florida Keys. Tournament officials said Montalvo’s team amassed $70,575 in first-place prize money out of a total tournament purse of $685,100. Montalvo fished with Miami anglers Bernie Perez, who earned top angler honors with six releases, Raymond Romero, Ricky Lindner and John Schiffer as well as Nick Caito of Davie, Fla. “It was very competitive,” said Montalvo. “We … Continue reading [News] SeaHunter Wins the Final Sail Championship in Key West 5-26-2015
Illinois Town Says It’s Time To Haze Coyotes Geneva, Illinois is getting serious about chasing away coyotes. A new plan makes reference to “high-intensity hazing techniques by trained personnel.” Techniques include throwing rocks or golf balls, as well as “aggressive hazing” meant to “address more egregious coyote-related incidents” or attacks. Ammo Ban Plan Scuttles ATF Chief The first Senate-confirmed director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is leaving the post after less than two years, the agency announced Friday. B. Todd Jones’ resignation is effective March 31. After that, Deputy Director Thomas Brandon will become acting director. … Continue reading Pot Stores Want Your Guns! 3-24-2015
Florida Senators Join Call for Snapper Season Extension WASHINGTON, DC – A stubborn tropical system that impacted the eastern Gulf of Mexico for more than a week in late June put a significant dent in the shortest red snapper season on record and prompted Florida’s two U.S. Senators to write a letter to the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) requesting an extension to the season. “We’ve spoken at length about the red snapper fishery and its economic impact in the state of Florida. Fishing is more than a job in the Gulf of Mexico – it … Continue reading Florida Senators Join Call for Snapper Season Extension 7-2-2012
Leader in Technology is Now the Leader in Leaders
Spawned through angler demand, Knot2Kinky introduces ready-to-fish leaders
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. â€“ It’s been a couple orbits of the sun since Knot2Kinky forever changed the definition of premium leader material. The knottable, kink and bite resistant, corrosion-free, and stretchable super titanium wire has become the only leader line in the tackle boxes of many freshwater and saltwater anglers.
Convention has come calling, though, but not at the sacrifice of Knot2Kinky’s core characteristics. Welcome Knot2Kinky Leaders to Aquateko’s surging stockpile of innovative terminal tackle, joining ranks with the multitude of products in the InvisaSwivel lineup.
Steel leaders are to predator fishing what bobbers are to bluegills. To nullify fangs, canines and incisors, it’s mandatory to use a slash-proof leader. And to accommodate a wide range of fishing applications, one needs a full complement of weights and lengths.
Knot2Kinky Leaders come in strengths from 15- to 100-lb. Might only take 15-lbs of bite-back to tame a northern pike or bluefish. Move up the weight chart for muskies, mackerel and kingfish. And if you dare dabble in sharks or barracudas, better shoot right for the 100-lber.
Choosing a leader length is both an exercise in personal preference and specific application. The deeper you expect a fish to take the bait â€“ precariously running its teeth up the line â€“ the longer you need to go. Big fish with big baits call for 18-inch Knot2Kinky Leaders. Shorter nippers are better tackled with 6-inchers. Shorter leaders can also make better for casting, as the swivel doesn’t get choked in the top guide of your fishing rod.
Component-wise, all Knot2Kinky Leaders incorporate a heavy-duty, dual rotation ball-bearing swivel. The snap is similarly special. A trusted, size-matched Stay-Lokâ„¢ snap is standard issue on every size and length of Knot2Kinky Leader.
Alas, the leader in terminal tackle has leaders…
Knot2Kinky Leaders Available August, 2012 Continue reading “Knot2Kinky Now Leader in Technology is Now the Leader in Leaders 6-29-2012”
News for Immediate Release
June 28, 2012
Proposed cuts would slash conservation programs, have unprecedented, irrevocable effects
on fish and wildlife populations, hunting and angling opportunities
WASHINGTON â€“ The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and other sportsman-conservationists strongly criticized a U.S. House of Representatives appropriations bill that would dramatically reduce critical natural resource programs and sharply curtail federal agencies’ abilities to responsibly manage public resources and outdoor opportunities.
Funding levels and policy riders proposed by the House in its fiscal year 2013 appropriations bill for interior, environment and related agencies would severely reduce operating budgets for agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Environmental Protection Agency. Numerous programs critically important to the sportsmen’s community face deep cuts and would be affected by several damaging policy riders in the bill.
“This misguided action by the House not only would roll back investments in conservation spending,â€ said TRCP President and CEO Whit Fosburgh, “it also undermines the foundation of our nation’s conservation policy. The bill wages a full-frontal assault on basic natural resources management measures that will cost us money and jobs, both in the near and long term.â€
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service budget would be cut by more than one fifth under the proposal, and the U.S. Geological Survey budget would be reduced by nearly 10 percent. Egregiously, the all-important Land and Water Conservation Fund would be slashed by 80 percent â€“ to levels not seen since 1968. State and tribal grants, which support cooperative projects with states and private landowners to keep species from being listed under the Endangered Species Act, would be cut by 50 percent.
Budget reductions in the House bill include the following cuts (from fiscal year 2012 budget):
· U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service budget cut by $317 million
· U.S. Geological Survey budget cut by $101 million
· BLM operations and maintenance cut by $39.6 million
· North American Wetlands Conservation Act cut by $13 million
· EPA budget cut by 17 percent
· Land and Water Conservation Fund reduced by 80 percent
· State and tribal wildlife grants cut by $30 million
· Chesapeake Bay restoration funding cut by $7 million
The bill also includes several damaging policy riders, including a prohibition against using funds to provide guidance clarifying Clean Water Act jurisdiction over isolated wetlands and small streams.
The committee’s action comes a week after the Outdoor Industry Association released a major economic report documenting the economic contribution of hunting, fishing and other forms of outdoor recreation that depend upon a clean environmental and healthy public lands.
The House Appropriations Committee this morning voted to advance the $28 billion spending bill, which now will be considered by the full House of Representatives.
Members of the TRCP Policy Council weigh in on today’s House action:
Jim Martin, policy council chair, and conservation director, Berkley Conservation Institute: Continue reading “Sportsmen Decry Conservation Cuts in House Budget Bill 6-28-2012”
Looking much like a synchronized swimming routine, anglers at the end of Gulf State Park Pier gracefully yielded their positions along the rail to the fisherman with the bowed rod in hand.
Laughingly called the “Pier Shuffle,” the regulars at the 1,540-foot pier in Gulf Shores know the angler must go where the fish on the end of the line takes him, which means cooperation takes priority if the fish is to be landed.
David Thornton got hooked on pier fishing some 40 years ago, and his enthusiasm was only boosted when the new pier was completed in 2009.
“I’m from Mobile and this type of action just appealed to me,” Thornton said. “We started coming back every chance we got. I just enjoyed the good fishing aspect of it and the good people. One of the things is you meet people from all over – different parts of the Southeast and even the country. It’s kind of taken on a life of its own.”
There are basically two types of pier anglers. There is a group of diehard anglers who head to the octagon at the end of the pier as the sun begins to rise each morning. The fishing on the end is usually intense. Visitors tend to gravitate toward all the action at the octagon and can find themselves somewhat overwhelmed. That’s where the pier veterans come in if they’re welcome.
“You can tell pretty quickly if someone is lacking some of the skills for pier fishing,” Thornton said. “Sometimes all it takes is offering a little advice like, ‘Why don’t you loosen your drag a little bit, or hook the bait this way or try this hook and leader.’
“We’re just basically trying to teach people how to fit in so they don’t disrupt the anglers around them. That’s why the rules are laid out like they are. That’s why you see the pier carts, so people can keep their tackle away from the rail. Back down the pier, people lay their rods on the rail. On the end, if somebody hooks a running fish like a king or bull red, it’s hard to follow that fish to tire him. You’re going to have to move along the rail. So all you have to do is hold your rod up, step back and the fisherman can go right under you. That way it’s no intrusion to your fishing.”
Farther back toward the shore, the species that anglers catch are likely to change.
“Primarily, we’re catching king mackerel and Spanish mackerel on the end,” Thornton said. “As you progress toward the beach, you’re catching Spanish, bluefish, ladyfish and your inshore species like redfish, speckled trout and flounder.”
Pier anglers who fish the shallow water can also load ice chests with whiting at certain times of year, mostly when it’s a little cooler.
At times, according to pier regular John Giannini, schools of bull redfish (15 pounds and larger) will move past the pier and the action gets frenetic.
“When the bull reds come by, you may have 40 people hooked up,” Giannini said. “If they’re lucky, they’ll be able to land about half of them. It gets really hectic when the bulls come through.”
When someone hooks a big fish, the experienced anglers who aren’t hooked up spring into action, grabbing gaffs or nets to aid in the landing of the fish.
Harley Rogers, right, helps Robie Ray unhook a keeper speckled trout in the pre-dawn hours at Gulf State Park Pier in Gulf Shores. David Rainer photo.
“It’s the spirit of cooperation,” Thornton said. “People who aren’t hooked up will grab a gaff or a net and help people with their fish a lot of times. If it’s a bigger fish, like a 30- to 40-pound king, we might use two gaffs. You don’t want to take any chances with a fish that big.
“I’ve hooked a couple of tarpon out here, and I just saw one swim by. They’re just starting to move in. That’s probably the premiere fish to hook out here. I actually landed a tarpon during the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo in 1978.”
Of course, the pier in 1978 that stretched 825 feet into the Gulf of Mexico is no longer with us. Hurricane Ivan took care of that. The new, improved pier is much wider and longer.
“I can’t tell you how many times we stood at the end of the old pier and said, ‘If only if it was 100 yards longer,'” Thornton said. “Well, it’s not 100 yards longer, it’s 200 yards longer. And the fishing is phenomenally better. Instead of having 60 to 80 days when we catch king mackerel, we probably now have twice that many. It’s really opened up a whole new world for mackerel fishing.”
Jim Egbert, who had landed his daily limit of two king mackerel and was practicing catch-and-release, agreed wholeheartedly that the length of the new pier provides a great deal more opportunity to catch big fish.
Many anglers end at the octagon on the end of the 1,540-foot pier to catch king mackerel and other larger species. David Rainer photo.
“It’s extended our season on the front end and back end,” Egbert said. “In the fall, it was almost unheard of to catch any kings after October. Now we look forward each year to a Thanksgiving run. Now we’re able to compete with the piers in Florida for the entire year.”
For king mackerel, Thornton and Egbert recommend spinning tackle with a rod 7-9 feet long in medium to medium-heavy action. Also, line capacity is more important than the break strength of the line. The reel should be able to handle 250 to 300 yards of 15-pound-test line.
“The main thing is they need to make sure they have a light drag to start with,” Egbert said. “When a fish leaves here at 40 miles per hour, I don’t care if you have 150-pound line, it’s going to pop it. It’s all about line capacity and playing the fish. That king will probably run 200 yards when he’s first hooked, and you want him to make that run to tire him out.”
Thornton has teamed up with charter boat captain Troy Frady to provide visitors a wealth of coastal fishing information at http://www.fishingorangebeach.com/Surf-Fishing-Guide.htm. Continue reading “Pier Fishing With David Rainer 6-27-2012”
Fish In White River Stressed By Low Flows MEEKER, Colo. – Due to low flows in the White River, Colorado Parks and Wildlife managers are requesting that anglers fish only during the cooler, early morning hours, or to look for alternative fishing locations that are not as significantly affected by the current climate conditions. An official, voluntary closure like the one implemented on the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs last week is not currently planned for the White River. Wildlife managers hope to avoid an official closure by asking for voluntary cooperation from local anglers. “The current situation is very … Continue reading Fish in White River Stressed by Low Flows 6-27-2012
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June 25, 2012
OWAA legend Homer Circle dies at 97
MISSOULA, Mont. – OWAA mourns the death of the outdoor communication community’s favorite uncle – Homer Circle, who died unexpectedly Friday at the age of 97.
“Hey Jaybird, how do nasty chickens communicate?â€
“With fowl language!â€
Groan . . .
And thus begins a typical phone call with Homer Circle, longtime angling editor of Sports Afield magazine and an OWAA member since 1946. As Fred Kesting, longtime executive editor of the magazine, once told me, “There are two things you can always count on with Homer: 1) a “G or Gâ€ joke – you’re either going to grin or groan at the inevitable joke when you pick up the phone and hear, “Oh Fritz, did you hear the one . . .â€; and 2) “You can count on Homer always being there for you, in good times and bad.â€
Award-winning film producer Glenn Lau told me this about Circle: “For 30 years I have had the privilege of seeing people light up when they meet this man. Everyone, from all occupations, feels honored when Uncle Homer takes the time to listen to their stories and share some of his own. He is without a doubt the finest humanitarian that I’ve ever met. He is what many of us would like to be, open and receptive to everyone.â€
– Taken from “Homer Circle, Everybody’s Uncle,” an OWAA Legends piece written by Jay Cassell.
A member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America since 1946, Circle was perhaps best known to many as the long-time fishing editor for Sports Afield magazine, serving in that role from 1968 through 2002. He authored numerous books on bass fishing, including “The Art of Plug Fishing” (1965), “New Guide to Bass Fishing” (1972), “Worming and Plugging for Bass” (1972), “Circle on Bass” (1996) and “Bass Wisdom” (2000).
He was a host of television fishing programs, such as “The Fisherman,â€ “Sports Afieldâ€ and “The Outdoorsman,â€ and he starred in two fishing films, Bigmouth in 1973 and Bigmouth Forever in 1996.
“His is a remarkable life, with simple beginnings. While fresh out of high school, he took a job as a salesman in an outdoor store in Ohio. For the next eight years, he had the chance to see and use every new hook, line and sinker that was introduced to the market,” Cassell said in his article about Circle.
“One day an editor for the Springfield Daily News came into the outdoor store where Circle worked and asked him if he knew anybody who could write authoritatively about fishing. Knowing he was the best-qualified person for the job, Circle volunteered himself – and was hired.
“The tackle industry was still in its infancy then. Not willing to limit his fishing to lures sold on the market, Circle decided to make his own instead. The result was a plug, which he called The Walnut Crab. It worked so well that he took it to the president of Heddon fishing tackle, and declared he would match his lure against any lure Heddon had to offer.
“Heddon didn’t buy the lure – but they wisely hired Circle as the vice president of advertising and public relations, both for Heddon and the Daisy BB Gun Company, the parent company. In 1964, Circle began freelancing fishing articles to Sports Afield magazine, which, at the time, was headed by Editor Ted Kesting.
“One thing led to another and the rest, as they say, is history.”
The former president of OWAA (1967-68), Circle has received countless awards, including OWAA’s 1975 Jade of Chiefs Award, 1975 Excellence in Craft Award and 1979 Ham Brown Award. He was also inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in 1981, the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2001 and the IGFA Hall of Fame in 2007. He was also the recipient of the American Sportfishing Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.
He is survived by his daughter, Judy McCormack, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gayle. They were married for 70 years by the time she died in 2007. The family plans a private service for him, according to his granddaughter, Beth Costantino. Continue reading “OWAA Legend Homer Circle Dies at 97 6-25-2012”
Friday, June 22, 2012 Latest Issue of Lone Star Outdoor News This issue of Lone Star Outdoor News answers that question, along with looking at a new plan to combat Chronic Wasting Disease, which has made its way to Texas’ borders in hunter-harvested mule deer in New Mexico. Learn what the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department plans on doing to find the disease in the latest issue of LSON, available on newsstands today. Wondering about the upcoming dove season? LSON talks with several biologists about how often dove reproduce and what the outlook is going into this fall. Also … Continue reading Latest Issue of Lone Star Outdoor News 6-24-2012
Boat safety tips Boating safety equipment Keep the fun on the water coming — whether it’s a fishing boat, a canoe, or a personal watercraft that “floats your boat.” Operator inexperience, inattention, recklessness, and speeding are the four leading causes of tragic watercraft crashes and the leading cause of death is drowning. Crash statistics indicate boaters who wear life jackets and take boater safety courses are most likely to stay safe on Wisconsin waters. Follow these basic safety tips and enjoy Wisconsin’s great lakes and rivers with family and friends. Leave alcohol onshore. Never use drugs or alcohol before or … Continue reading Wisconsin DNR Boat Safety Tips 6-24-2012