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Monday
Mar282011

This Site Will Help You Avoid Engine Damage

If you own an outboard engine, especially one that’s more than a few years old, here’s a site that you should know about: Pure-Gas.org.

This site doesn’t get into the political side of the ethanol issue and the fact that this “alternative” fuel is a boondoggle of the highest order, damaging our aquatic resources as well as our engines. Its purpose is to list the stations that sell ethanol-free gasoline in the U.S. and Canada.

If you want to get active and angry about this pork project that benefits a few as the expense of the majority, check out Demand Ethanol Free Premium Unleaded Gasoline.

Monday
Mar282011

When Is a Barrier Not a Barrier? When the Feds Operate It

Ah, yes, more reason to believe that the federal government is going to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes:

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that the electric barrier is not operating at a level high enough to stop all sizes of the exotic fish.

“The current barrier operating parameters are effective for fish as small as 5.4 inches in length,” the Corps said in a news release. “The research published in this report suggests that slightly higher operating parameters than those currently in use may be necessary to immobilize all very small Asian cap, as small as 1.7 to 3.2 inches in length.

So what’s the Corps doing about that? Check out Dan Egan’s article in the Journal Sentinel.

And keep your fingers crossed. That’s probably as effective a strategy as anything the feds will come up with.

Friday
Mar252011

Go Fishing to Help Save Rodman Reservoir

One of the main reasons that I like tournament fishing is that it allows you to help a good cause and have fun at the same time.

On Saturday, April 16, you can help a really good cause and have fun on one of Florida’s best bass fisheries by participating in the 15th Annual Save Rodman Reservoir (SRR) Open Bass Tournament. For more information, go to Save Rodman Reservoir’s website or call (386) 326-1112.

Don’t own a bass boat? No problem. SRR has a special small-boat category for craft with engines of 50 horsepower or less. But you must have a working livewell system.

Now, why is this such a good cause? SRR is the first line of defense against Rodman’s destruction, and it needs your support to continue protecting this resource from Florida Defenders of the Environment and its political allies.

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Thursday
Mar242011

Pity the Poor Fish Farmers

 

Absolutely incredible.

Here is the perfect example of how special interests now dictate public policy instead of reason and concern for the general welfare. Or, in other words, how we now let the tail wag the dog --- er, pig.

Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas says that a law banning the transport of live Asian carp across state lines is unfair to fish farmers. Make that Arkansas fish farmers.

Poor babies. Now they can’t sell more of the fish that have devastated public waters across much of the United States and now threaten the Great Lakes.

And, oh, by the way, that happened because those exotic carp escaped from those same fish farmers.

"Today these farmers are faced with the difficult decision of draining the ponds that currently contain bighead carp, now of little value, so that they may begin another crop cycle with a different species," Pryor said. "This process could lead to the potential release of large numbers of cultured bighead carp into the Mississippi River drainage."

Really, Senator Pryor? Is that a threat? And . . . so what. Releasing more bighead and silver carp into our rivers now would be like pouring a drop of water into a lake already overflowing its banks.

What should happen, of course, is that those fish should be killed, with state and federal officials making certain that the work is done properly.

But that would be too sensible a solution. After all, it would result in the fish farmers losing a little money, and we can’t have that. Can we, Senator Pryor?

Thursday
Mar242011

Budget Cuts Put Fishing Programs at Risk

Here's the latest from Keep America Fishing:

Members of Congress are determined to reduce the federal debt with some of our nation's most essential and effective fisheries management and conservation programs bearing the brunt of their budget-cutting efforts.

Our Members of Congress need to hear from our nation's 60 million anglers that fishery conservation and management should not disproportionately bear the burden of trying to reduce the federal deficit. KeepAmericaFishing™ is your conduit to Congress. Let your voice be heard!

Go here to find out more and take action.