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Friday
Mar272015

Learn About the Birds and Bees

 . . . as well as other life lessons in Fish, Frogs, And Fireflies--- Growing Up With Nature, a collection of essays and short stories by Robert Montgomery, along with 13 other contributors.

Friday
Mar272015

Catching Big Bass Can Cost You Big Bucks

Earlier this year, a California angler caught a 15-pound bass on a Jerry Rago Glideator (above), a large swimbait that retails for about $100. In The Dallas Morning Herald, Ray Sasser details the cost of baits over the years, including the iconic Rapala Floating Minnow.

Friday
Mar272015

A Good Use for Asian Carp

Burr Edde (left) and stepson Lucas Miller with record blue catfish.

Burr Edde III of Malta Bend became Missouri’s most recent record-breaking angler when he landed a giant blue catfish on a stretch of the Missouri River in Saline County using a trotline. The new “alternative method” record blue catfish caught by Edde on March 21 weighed 120 pounds, 8 ounces, with a length of 55 and 1/8 inches and a girth of 45 inches.

Edde used cut Asian carp as bait.

The giant broke the previous alternative-method state-record blue catfish of 117 pounds caught in 1964 on the Osage River.

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff verified the record-weight fish on March 25 using a certified scale at Bass Pro corporate headquarters in Springfield. The fish was preserved on ice for official weighing.

“Oh my goodness! That’s a big fish,” Edde recalled when he first saw the giant. “How am I going to get this one into the boat?! It was definitely an experience of a lifetime to catch one that big. I was blessed. And there are still lots of them out there!”

The longtime angler said he would have liked to release the record fish or donate it to the fish tanks at Bass Pro, but it didn’t survive long enough. “It’s too big to actually have mounted, but I’m getting a replica made.”

 

Thursday
Mar262015

Ike Foundation Wants to Help More Kids Go Fishing

About The Ike Foundation – The Ike Foundation was established in July 2014 by Michael Iaconelli with the main goal of getting more kids involved with the sport of fishing. The Ike Foundation will assist civic organizations, existing youth fishing organizations, and other charitable organizations in sponsoring events and functions which promote fishing to both inner city and rural youth. These events and functions will teach young people the sport of fishing, the ecology of the outdoors and the responsibility each person has in order to maintain our planets natural resources.

Mission Statement - Our mission is to get more kids fishing and in the outdoors, especially youth in areas where those activities are not readily available.

Coming in 2015 - We are  planning and implementing additional aspects of the Ike Foundation, including the following

  • More Ways to Get Involved
  • Events and Projects - auctions, tournaments, waterway cleanups, etc.
  • And More...

 

Wednesday
Mar252015

Boaters Who Don't Want More Corn In Their Gas Tanks Need to Speak Up Now

Ethanol damage

THE ISSUE: The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the 2005 federal law that requires the blending of biofuels such as corn-ethanol into our gasoline. When it was written, it assumed that America's use of gasoline would continue to rise and mandated escalating amounts of biofuels to be blended with our fuel. Since 2005, however, gasoline usage has actually declined steadily, which today forces more ethanol into less gasoline.

To keep up with this RFS mandate, in 2010 the EPA permitted E15 (fuel containing up to 15 percent ethanol) into the marketplace. Even though E15 is prohibited from being used in marine engines, snowmobiles, motorcycles, small engines like lawnmowers and leaf blowers, as well as any vehicle made before 2001, this fuel can now be found at more than 100 stations in 16 states at the very same pumps as E10 and ethanol-free gasoline.

More than 60 percent of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) half million members as well as millions of recreational boaters fill their boat's fuel tanks at roadside gas stations where the higher blend ethanol fuels are often the cheapest fuel at the pump. This creates a huge potential for misfueling and puts boaters at risk.

ACTION NEEDED NOW: For years, BoatUS has been battling in Washington to make sure recreational boat owners can buy gasoline that works with their recreational boat engines. Senators Diane Feinstein and Pat Toomey have now introduced S. 577, the "Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015" in the US Senate.

This bill, which has both Democrat and Republican support, will effectively remove the government mandate for higher blends of corn-based ethanol fuels (more than 10 percent) and allow for investment in other more compatible biofuels. BoatUS believes it is a critical step to solving the ethanol issue and urges America's boat owners to contact their Senators now to become  co-sponsors and supporters of S. 577. Boaters can do this here. For more on the Renewable Fuel Standard go here.

From BoatU.S.