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Tuesday
Nov132012

AFTCO an Important Ally for Saltwater Anglers

In the Gulf of Mexico, portions of underwater offshore oil structures are left in place to provide marine habitat long after oil production has ceased.

If you’re a saltwater angler and don’t know about the American Fishing Tackle Company (AFTCO), it’s time that you became acquainted. It’s one of our best allies for marine conservation and defending angler access to the ocean’s fisheries.

For more than 50 years, the company has donated proceeds from sale of its tackle and clothing to those causes. In 2012, it contributed $500,000.

According to BD Outdoors, “This $500,000 was distributed to some of the most respected fishing and conservation organizations in the world.

“Many additional grassroots organizations and individuals who share with AFTCO and its customers a passion for recreational fishing also received contributions.

“This year, the most notable causes and organizations that received financial contributions from AFTCO and the Shedd Family included Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, California MLPA lawsuit, Hubbs Seaworld Research Institute, International Game Fish Association, and the Center for Coastal Conservation.”

Read more from BD Outdoors here.

And go to the AFTCO website to read about “defeating the longlines, removing the gillnets, rigs to reefs,” and “the fight against extreme fishing closures.”

Monday
Nov122012

We Love to Fish       provides another great example of why I’m so proud to be a part of the recreational fishing community. It offers angling trips for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

“Each guest on the boat is treated with respect and dignity and makes choices in the design of their day,” says the organization. “For many of our guests, this is their first time on the water and we are honored to share this experience with them.

“At We Love to Fish, we feel that it is our duty to share our expertise and passion of fishing with our guests, at no cost to them.

“Each guest is provided a rod and reel and is able to keep it for future days on the day. We are also proud to be a part of the Special Olympics, with our guests being invited to compete in this year’s summer games.”

To learn more, go here.

Monday
Nov122012

Follow the Shad for Bass Fishing Success in Fall

Mike Iaconelli and Pete Gluszek share insights into how and where to catch bass in fall at Keep America Fishing.

Here’s an excerpt:

“In order to understand the bass migration, you must first understand the bait migration. In most lakes across the country, shad are the main forage for the bass. After summer, the colder water brings the baitfish out in search of food of their own. The main source of food for the shad is plankton, and this brings them out of the main lake and into channels and creeks.

“The most important part of bass fishing in the fall is knowing where to find these schools of bait. If you can find the schools, you can also find the bass.”

Read the full story here.

But Don't Forget . . .

Secret: Many pros believe that most of our reservoirs have two distinct populations of bass. One population stays offshore except to spawn, relating more to deep-water structure and feeding primarily on shad. The other might migrate into deeper water during summer and winter, but prefers to feed in shallow water during spring and fall. What this means is that you almost always can find fish deep, and deep fish receive far less pressure from anglers than do those in the shallows.

--- From my book, Better Bass Fishing, available here or at Amazon.

Friday
Nov092012

More Criticism of Catch Shares

Writing in Florida Sportsman, Charles Mann presents an insightful condemnation of Catch Shares, the Obama Administration’s scheme to privatize a public resource in the name of conservation.

Here are a couple of excerpts:

“In the broad sense, Catch Shares allocate a specific portion of a fishery to specific fisherman. Supporters of Catch Shares cite increased efficiency that theoretically results in greater sustainability as the rationale for these programs. However, the practical result of catch shares really just appears to be consolidation of a resource into the hands of a few.”

“Further, to the extent that concerns about the eventual invasion of catch shares into the recreational arena prove to be true, these programs could keep the average person from going out and catching a dinner for the family from time to time. Unlike other agricultural practices where the farmer largely “produces” the eventual food product, commercial fishing is purely a harvest of a resource that is produced without the help of human beings.”

Read the full story here.

Friday
Nov092012

Action Alert! Urge Your Senators to Support Sportsmen's Act

Your help is needed now.

During the next few days, U.S. Senators are expected to vote on the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S. 3525). Designed to benefit sportfishing as well as recreational shooting and hunting, it’s the most comprehensive package of legislation related to the outdoors community in recent years.

The Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act, the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act, and the Making Public Land Public Act are some its most important provisions.

“From improving habitat conservation to increasing public access to protecting the use of traditional fishing tackle, this bill would have monumental impacts on anglers and hunters and maintain our conservation heritage,” says Keep America Fishing.

Go here to learn more and to send a message to your senators, urging them to support the proposed legislation.