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Tuesday
Feb152011

Is Fishing In Saltwater Worth the Hassle?

State Senator Joe Negron stirred up a hornet’s nest of opposition earlier this month, when he introduced a bill into the Florida Legislature to do away with fishing licenses.

He said that obtaining a license “is part of the ongoing effort of hassle and inconvenience of government in our lives."

Along with many others, I pointed out that most anglers don’t mind buying licenses. That’s because they know that license fees pay for state fisheries management.

Additionally, having a dedicated source of funding allows that management to stay with the professionals. If agencies had to depend on legislatures for appropriations each year, politicians and politics could intrude.

But Jim Hutchinson of the Recreational Fishing Alliance brings up an interesting point regarding licenses for saltwater anglers: More and more, the feds are complicating recreational angling.

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Tuesday
Feb152011

N.C. Anglers: Check Out Randleman

Lots of regulations apply to North Carolina’s newest fishery, Randleman Lake, south of Greensboro. But an Activist Angler source highly placed in that state’s bass fishing community says that it’s definitely worth a visit.

 “I’m telling you, it’s awesome,” he says. “It’s not Lake Fork, but multiple 5- to 7-pounders are nothing.”

 Magazine writer Mike Marsh adds: "The 3,007-acre lake has not been a disappointment, producing lots of big largemouth bass. Some really great catches occurred last April, during the spawning period.”

 The fishery, also a water-supply source for the city of Randleman, features standing timber, rocky points, and numerous creeks.

Monday
Feb142011

Good News for Lake Michigan

Tests this past fall failed to show the presence of environmental DNA  for either bighead or silver carp in Michigan waters, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

 “This is great news for Michigan, but by no means should we relax our stance on Asian carp and the threat they pose to the Great Lakes Basin,” said Patricia Birkholz, director of the Office of the Great Lakes. “An ecological separation of the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes remains imperative to our goal of keeping this invasive species out of Michigan waters.”

 “It is encouraging that there are no signs of Asian carp in the eDNA results, but we must continue to be vigilant in our own monitoring efforts,” said fisheries chief Kelley Smith. “We are encouraging anglers to learn more about Asian carp, especially juvenile Asian carp, which can look a lot like many species of minnows commonly used as bait by Michigan anglers.”

Monday
Feb142011

The Bite Isn't Always About Hunger

 

Fisheries scientists estimate that only 5 percent of fish in any given bass population are actively feeding at one time. Thirty percent are inactive and 65 percent are neutral. That why accurate casts, subtle presentations, and enticing retrieves are so important.

From Better Bass Fishing.

 

Friday
Feb112011

Anglers Must Act to Stop N.C. Striper Kills

It’s time for North Carolina striper fishermen to get mad and get active!

This winter, commercial trawlers killed thousands of striped bass with legal culling to stay within the 50-fish limit but maximize profit, and the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission is doing nothing about it. Witnesses said that many of those fish exceeded the 28-inch minimum and weighed 15 pounds or more.

Express your disapproval of this practice and the state’s allowing it to Louis Daniel, director of marine fisheries at Louis.Daniel@ncdenr.gov

Here is what the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) reports:

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