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Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo

Billed as the oldest fishing tournament in the United States, the 2013 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo takes place this weekend. Angela Dorvin, event coordinator, said pre-registered participation is right on target for the event, […]

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Snook Sling

Even though snook season is closed, many anglers still enjoy the thrill of catching and releasing one of Florida’s premier game fish. It is not uncommon for anglers to weigh their catch using popular hand […]

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Fort Lauderdale Coast To Get New Reef

To clear a path for expansion of Port Everglades, federal engineers plan to build an artificial reef off the coast of Fort Lauderdale and fill it with 100,000 corals grown in nurseries onshore. The tentative […]

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What’s the purpose of life?

When he came out of high school in Connecticut, the young catcher’s nicknames were the “Moose” and the “New London Strong Boy.” At 6 feet, 2 inches and 225 pounds, John Ellis was a tough, […]

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Congressional Leadership for Fishery Relief

A bipartisan group of 38 lawmakers representing fishing communities from 10 states sent a letter today urging Congressional leadership to include fishery disaster relief in any final funding package for 2014. The letter aims to […]

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Bonefish, redfish, snook, snapper and more

Guides, anglers, fishing celebs and community giving back to Everglades National Park.  It’s one of the most fun, festive, unique and challenging tournaments, as anglers fish for seven species, set against the backdrop and intriguing […]

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Help Improve Bluefin Tuna Conservation

Proposed management changes could significantly benefit this iconic sport fish. For almost a century, bluefin tuna have been one of the most important big-game species sought by recreational fishermen. However, the development of a lucrative […]

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Mistakes In Choosing A Charter

1. Opting for a Half-Day Charter: Far too often, amateur and novice fishermen decide to take a half day charter without really knowing what to expect.  In order to give yourself and your captain time […]

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Gulf Artificial Reefs

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) rolled out new guidelines this that should make it easier for energy companies to “reef” obsolete platforms and related structures in the Gulf of Mexico where they […]

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Mystery of a Dying Lagoon

Where’s the sea grasses? If I hadn’t heard it once, I heard it 12 times this past summer regarding the Indian River Lagoon! Is it a mystery? Researchers know sea grass loss is due in […]

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Billfish Conservation Act Closer

When the Billfish Conservation Act (BCA) was signed into US law a year ago, conservationists worldwide cheered that the globe’s largest market for imported marlin, sailfish, and spearfish would soon be closed. Although the challenge […]

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VA Outdoor Report

Autumn has officially begun! With doves flying and the Special Youth Deer and Bear Hunting Day this Saturday, September 28th now part of the fall hunting traditions, how appropriate and timely that Virginia’s hunters and […]

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Invasive Shrimp Mounted

Stuffed shrimp are decor rather than dinner for some of the folks who have caught the really big sort — invasive Asian tiger shrimp — in the Gulf of Mexico or along the East Coast. […]

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NC Tries To Rid Itself Of Lionfish

A bounty on a fish? Marine scientists say an invasion of lionfish could be threatening native North Carolina reef populations and, as a result, some areas of the state are encouraging spearfishing the fish, which […]

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Oyster Reef Restored

Researchers from the Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies placed thousands of pounds of crushed concrete, rock and oyster shells in Aransas […]

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Free Grant Webinar on Barotrauma

If you’re a deep-sea fisherman, you’re all too familiar with the problems of releasing fish – either undersized or out of season – caught in deep water. Fish often appear bloated and cannot swim back […]

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Hot Gulf Action

Summer’s mostly calm weather provides frequent windows of opportunity for making long offshore runs to the deep Gulf of Mexico hotspots where the big fish live. The trips can cover 50-100 miles, but it’s more […]

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Mississippi Record Fish

The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources (MCMR) certified three Mississippi recreational saltwater fishing records during its August meeting. Joey Davis of Ocean Springs broke the state conventional tackle record for Bearded Brotula with a 17-pound, […]

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Who Is SAFMC

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council currently manages eight fisheries.  These fisheries include: coastal migratory pelagics, coral and live bottom habitat, dolphin and wahoo, golden crab, shrimp, snapper, grouper, spiny lobster, and Sargassum. Of these […]

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Estuary at Risk

The first hint that something was amiss here, in the shallow lagoons and brackish streams that buffer inland Florida from the Atlantic’s salt water, came last summer in the Banana River, just south of Kennedy […]

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Asian Tiger Shrimp – ALERT

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is aware of and constantly monitoring the appearance of Asian tiger prawns, a non-native species, in Louisiana waters.  LDWF officials are asking local shrimp harvesters to report catches […]

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Coast Guard Sued

The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound has filed a federal lawsuit against the Coast Guard, the latest in a series of suits against federal officials and agencies by groups opposing the planned Cape Wind offshore […]

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Support Marine Sanctuaries

As many of you know, the National Marine Sanctuary Program recently released a draft proposal to revive a public sanctuary nomination process. National marine sanctuaries are a key component of our nation’s commitment to conserve […]

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Venice FL Fishing Report 8/7

Many of our kids are starting back to school soon, so it’s back to weekends for the kids. Most recent trips have been for the younger anglers and its fun for all. I try to […]

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Knotty Tails

Cassie has always loved the water and fishing. She decided to embark on a adventure and combine it with a passion she has always had. Knotty Tails was born. Carey Chen as the artist has […]

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Best Practices

Loosely defined, best practices are things that every individual angler can do every time they are on the water to help conserve and protect the fishery we all dearly love.  They don’t cost much, you […]

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Free Federal Fishing Regs App

Free Federal Fishing Regs App from Gulf Council. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council offers a fishing regulations App for the Android and the iPhone – both are available for download. The Apps are […]

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LIVETARGET Saltwater Shrimp

Even for Las Vegas, the odds seemed unsurmountable for LIVETARGET to make it four in a row for “Best of Show” wins in the lure category, but the innovative new BaitBall design took top honors […]

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Targeting Blue Marlin

July and August are the prime months for targeting blue marlin in the East Region, particularly because one of their favorite foods—little tunny—are here in abundance. The little tunny (bonito) schools start showing up in […]

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Seizure: 10K Feet of Gill Net

Texas game wardens have concluded two separate week-long enforcement operations in South Texas that led to the seizure of more than 10,000 feet of illegal gill net, approximately two tons of marijuana, and the filing […]

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Gulf of Mexico Rigs Into Reefs

Offshore oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico serve as valuable marine habitat, supporting economically important recreational fishing in the Gulf region. In the face of increasing efforts to remove these structures, this […]